[[caption-width-right:300:The one that started it all...]]
''Kirby's Dream Land'' (known as ''Hoshi no Kirby'' in Japan, meaning "Starry Kirby" or "Kirby of the Stars") is a 1992 UsefulNotes/GameBoy game developed by Creator/{{Nintendo}} subsidiary Creator/HALLaboratory. It is the first game of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series. The story is simple: King Dedede and his minions have stolen all of Dream Land's food and the Sparkling Stars used to harvest it, so Kirby sets off to right these wrongdoings after hearing about it on his travels.

Created and directed by a young HAL employee named Creator/MasahiroSakurai (he was just '''19''' when he came up with the Kirby character), the game was deliberately designed to be short and easy to allow younger kids to get into video games without having to contend with the [[NintendoHard high difficulty]] that Nintendo titles were infamous for. The venture proved to be a success, sparking the growth of one of HAL's most famous franchises.

It was also released for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole in 2011 and appeared in ''Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition'' in 2012. It also served as heavy inspiration for the "Spring Breeze" sub-game in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' for the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], as well as "Revenge of the King" in the ''Kirby Super Star Ultra'' [[VideoGameRemake remake]] for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS.

!!This game features the following tropes:
* {{Acrofatic}}: King Dedede moves surprisingly fast for a fat penguin. Especially on Extra Mode.
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: Mt. [=DeDeDe=], which has elements of all four stages you have to go through in any order, before you can battle Dedede.
* BigBad: King Dedede. In fact, this is one of the few non-spinoff games where he actually holds the position of FinalBoss.
* BigBoosHaunt: Castle Lololo.
* BossRush: Like the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man]]'' series, Mt. [=DeDeDe=] is composed of rematches against the four initial bosses before King Dedede himself. Unlike ''Mega Man'', however, there are small levels before each one.
* BubblyClouds: The second half of Float Islands and the entirety of the fourth level. Also the [[Main/TropeNamers Trope Namer]].
* ColorWash: The UsefulNotes/SuperGameBoy is precoded to play this game with a pinkish-red palette by default, reflecting Kirby's pink and red color scheme. This palette remained the same in the west despite Kirby being white-skinned in this game, likely because a grayscale palette would be counter-intuitive to the SGB's gimmick of playing Game Boy games in color.
* CulturalTranslation: In Japanese, one of the power ups Kirby can get is the Sweet Potato, which puffs him up and lets him "burp" out damaging dust clouds. The localization changed it to be a Mint Leaf instead (even though the sprite for it hardly resembles an actual mint leaf), which lets Kirby defeat enemies with "minty-fresh breath".
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Kirby inflates himself in the ending to be bigger than Dedede's castle so he can carry it and return the food inside to the Dream Landers. However, this is explained as him drawing from the power of the Sparkling Stars, since they go into him before he does so.
* DropTheHammer: King Dedede's WeaponOfChoice.
* DualBoss: Lololo & Lalala in the second stage, Castle Lololo.
* DubNameChange: Some of the items were renamed in the original localization: Mike became Microphone, Superspicy Curry became Spicy Food, Sweet Potato became Mint Leaf, and [[HyperactiveMetabolism Energy Drink]] became Pep Brew. The oddest has to be the [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Maxim Tomato]] which became a "Bag of Magic Food". While most of these renames didn't carry over to subsequent installments, the Mint Leaf did: when it reappeared in [[VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe Kirby Fighters]], it was given a unique model during localization.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** You can't copy abilities, dash, slide, or save progress after beating a stage. It's just simple suck-and-spit attacks. On top of that, King Dedede is the BigBad in this game rather than simply possessed or fighting Kirby due to a misunderstanding.
** Western commercials and box art also depicted Kirby as white just like the typical Game Boy screen, though Kirby was pink in Japan from day one.
* EnemyRollCall: The Extra Game ending does this. {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Kirby Super Star'' and ''Kirby Super Star Ultra''.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: King Dedede
** TheDragon: Kracko
** EvilGenius: Lololo & Lalala
** TheBrute: Whispy Woods
** DarkChick: Kabula
* FlunkyBoss: Kracko summons Waddle Doos during his boss fight against him.
* FriendlyEnemy: After clearing Extra Mode, a cutscene shows King Dedede sulking from his defeat. Kirby walks up to console him, then runs after him as he slinks away. This is the origin of Dedede's AntiVillain personality, which would be further established in ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure''.
** This scene is recreated in the ending of ''Super Star Ultra'''s "Revenge of the King", with the Waddle Dees consoling Dedede in place of Kirby.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One enemy is a one-eyed monster named Wizzer. In Extra Mode it's replaced with a one-eyed monster named ''Pee''zer.
* GreenHillZone: Green Greens.
* TheGoomba: Waddle Dees.
* NintendoHard: The Extra Game can be very punishing to unfamiliar players. Enemy damage is doubled and they move faster, some enemies have newer strategies, and the final boss moves much faster. New enemies have been added in place of some weaker enemies. Also, you can set the health and extra lives counter all the way down to one--one slip up, and it's all the way back to the title screen!
* {{Oculothorax}}: Waddle Doos appear to have one single eye, as well as Kracko, the boss of Bubbly Clouds.
* OneHitKill: Something that is rare for a ''Kirby'' game, touching the Gordos in Mt. [=DeDeDe=] instantly kills Kirby, regardless of how much vitality he had.
* PalmtreePanic: Float Islands (the first half).
* PowerUpFood:
** This is the game that originally featured "Superspicy Curry", a dish that gives Kirby the ability to spit fire for a limited time and has not been seen again until the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series (from ''Brawl'' onwards) and ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack''.
** Mint Leaves (Sweet Potatoes in the original Japanese version) were also another item that appeared in this game, allowing Kirby to temporarily infinitely shoot air pellets without deflating. Like the Superspicy Curry, they don't make a reappearance until ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'''s ''Kirby Fighters'' mode.
* PowerUpMotif: Two. One for the invincible Candy, another for the Mint Leaf and Superspicy Curry.
* ShockAndAwe: Kracko, a [[{{Oculothorax}} cycloptic]] thunder cloud boss. Also the Waddle Doos fire an electrical "Beam Whip" from their eye.
* SmartBomb:
** The Mike item, which kills all enemies on screen. Unlike its ability counterpart in later games, it can only be used once.
** Just before each of the bosses in Mt. [=DeDeDe=], there is (for some reason) a dancing Kirby. Touching this kills all enemies on the screen. This is necessary to proceed, as there is a Gordo in the doorway to the boss that can't be removed any other way.
* TheStinger: After beating the game normally, King Dedede is seen landing in front of the Extra Game code after getting tossed out his castle. He eventually recovers, throws a small tantrum, and runs off. Once the Extra Game is beaten, he instead lands in the same area (this time showing the Config Mode code) but can't even bring himself to get up. Kirby eventually shakes him awake and Dedede cries for moment before sulking off in defeat.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Certain levels have Bomb items which, when spat out, send explosions forward that decimate all enemies in their way.
* TreeTrunkTour: Kirby enters a tree in the first level.
* UnexpectedShmupLevel: The fight with the boss of Float Islands, Kaboola (later renamed Kabula in ''Ultra''), is this. These would later go on to become a staple of the series.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Whispy Woods in Extra Game. He drops Gordos, which do three units of damage out of six. And while he does that, you need to look for apples to fire at him.