Having dealt with the threat of Dark Matter, Kirby decides to go on a fishing trip with his pal Gooey. Just then, a giant dark cloud descends over Pop Star, possessing King Dedede and his minions and sending down some of their own to supplement it. Coo the Owl rushes to inform Kirby that Dark Matter has returned to take over Pop Star. Kirby and his new allies go to save the day once again.
A number of expansions have been made over its predecessor. First, Gooey can be summoned either as a CPU-controlled helper or a P2-controlled character. Gooey has the ability to copy abilities just like Kirby by capturing enemies with his tongue.Kirby's Dream Land 3
is the SNES
sequel to Kirby's Dream Land 2
, and the second game in Shinichi Shimomura's "Dark Matter Trilogy" arc of the Kirby
series. Much like the previous game, there is a small number of copy abilities, the same seven abilities from Dream Land 2
plus the Clean ability which has so far only appeared in this game. These abilities are more oriented towards puzzle solving than combat.
Plus there are the Animal Friends. Returning from the previous game are Rick, who has gained the ability to Wall Jump
; Kine, who no longer hops slowly out of water; and Coo, who's essentially unchanged. Joining them are three new Animal Friends: Nago the Cat, who can triple jump; Chu Chu the Octopus, who can cling to ceilings; and Pitch the Bird, who flies much like Kirby does. Like in Dream Land 2
, using a Copy Ability while riding an Animal Friend creates a new attack. The biggest expansion over the original is that unlike there being an optional puzzle per world, there is an optional puzzle per level. Replacing the Rainbow Drops as the optional collectable of the game are the Heart Stars. Each level has a specific objective to complete in order to obtain the Heart Star of each level.
This game was one of the last Nintendo-owned games to be released on the SNES (1997, a full year after the release of the Nintendo 64
), and as such, it stands as one of the best-looking games released for the system. It uses a unique crayon-drawn look not unlike Yoshi's Island
, but is enhanced by a special rendering filter that blends pixels together, a precursor to the HD filters used in modern releases of classic games today.
The direct sequel to this game is Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
, the final game in the Dark Matter Trilogy.
This game provides examples of:
- Advancing Boss of Doom: Whispy Woods sprouts a demonic face and starts walking forward on his roots once his health has been depleted to half.
- Art Initiates Life: Ado (who may or may not be Adeleine from the sequel), the boss of Cloudy Park, who attacks by drawing weaker versions of bosses from Dream Land 2, which are Sweet Stuff, Ice Dragon, Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright, and Kracko. After beating them, Ado tries to charge at Kirby, but she is defeated instantly by using his Slide Attack.
- Some drawings of enemies in the final level of Cloudy Park come to life and attack you, possibly foreshadowing Ado's ability.
- Art Shift: Shifts from a fairly standard cartoon look to a crayon-drawn look unique to this game.
- Ascended Extra: Gooey was just a filler character that appeared if you already had an Animal Friend that would have been rescued otherwise in Dream Land 2. Here, he's the second playable character, who can use nearly all of Kirby's abilities.
- Big Bad: Dark Matter, just like in Dream Land 2, or more accurately Zero, the core of Dark Matter.
- Bloody Murder: Zero cuts itself to shoot its blood at you, then flies into the background to shoot Tears of Blood at you.
- Body Horror: After defeating the Dark Matter-possessed Dedede once, Dark Matter starts floating around with Dedede's body, making his chest rip open to reveal a set of teeth trying to chomp Kirby, and also to reveal Dark Matter's eye shooting Energy Balls at Kirby.
- Boss Rush: Beating the True Final Boss unlocks "Boss Butch", a straight run through all the bosses in order with no healing.
- Broken Angel: The very last Heart Star mission requires you to gather the feathers that have been stolen from an angel.
- Ceiling Cling: Chu Chu lets you do this.
- Crossover: Quite a bit of the Heart Star missions involve crossovers from other game series by Nintendo.
- Grass Land 4 requires you to fetch Goku for Chao, both of whom are characters from an obscure Japan-only Famicom game called Yuuyuuki.
- Sand Canyon 4 requires you to fetch Donbe for Hikari, both of whom are characters from another obscure Japan-only Famicom game called Shin Onigashima.
- Sand Canyon 6 requires you to assemble the NES peripheral R.O.B. for Professor Hector.
- Most recognizable of them all, Iceberg 2 requires you to destroy several Metroids for Samus Aran.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Gooey is a blob of Dark Matter who has turned against the rest of the dark cloud and fights with Kirby.
- Demoted to Dragon: Dark Matter is fought as it was in Dream Land 2 in the Hyper Zone. It turns out that it's just one blob of the giant cloud of Dark Matter, all controlled by Zero.
- Doppelgänger: The mysterious Batamon enemy, which patrols in mostly unreachable areas, although Pitch's Spark attack can easily dispatch them and there's a secret exit in Cloudy Park 3 with loads of them where you actually can kill one of them. This enemy has a highly uncanny resemblance to Kirby, just with a wider face.
- Dual Boss: Pon and Con, a tanuki and kitsune respectively, are the bosses of Sand Canyon.
- Easter Egg: Skipping over the exit in Cloudy Park 3 gets you to an alternate exit which has loads of the Kirby Doppelgänger known as Batamon, and you can actually kill one of them without having to use Pitch's Spark ability.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Love-Love Stick, which is made of all the Heart Stars and, like the Rainbow Sword, is used against the True Final Boss.
- Escort Mission: The penultimate level of each world always has a Heart Star mission that requires you to bring a certain Animal Friend to the end. In order, you must reunite Kine with his wife, reunite Pitch with his mother, reunite Chuchu with her best friend, and reunite Rick and Nago with their respective girlfriends.
- Eyes Always Shut: Nago the cat, except when the player picks another Friend in front of him.
- Eye Scream: As a last-ditch effort, Zero tears out its own eye and has it chase you in the final phase of its fight.
- Fetch Quest: There's always at least one level in each world that has this as the Heart Star mission. Several of them require Trial-and-Error Gameplay by replaying the level until you get it right since they require you to take the correct path.
- Final Boss: King Dedede possessed by Dark Matter, and like Dream Land 2, the game ends there if you don't have all the Heart Stars.
- Goomba Stomp: Rick, Kine and Nago have this ability. You can even bounce off enemies with it.
- Guide Dang It: Most of the Heart Star missions have very vague hints or none at all on what you need to do to complete them. One of them even requires you to know what you do in another video game series to complete one Heart Star mission, which is destroy several Metroids for Samus Aran by freezing them and kicking them into lava.
- Light Is Not Good: Zero is the primarily white core of all Dark Matter.
- Made of Good: The Love-Love Stick is made of the combined feelings of gratitude of all of Pop Star that you gathered via the Heart Stars.
- Making a Splash: Pitch's Clean ability turns him into a bucket of water with which Kirby uses to splash on enemies. You must use this to clear a Heart Star mission in Ripple Field by watering some blue flower seedlings.
- Mini-Game: One Heart Star mission per world is a speed memorization minigame that has to do with Gordos. They range from spotting the color of a Gordo, memorizing how many there are of a color, and memorizing what sound a Gordo makes. If you fail it, you have to do the whole level again just to play it again.
- Nerf: Coo's game breaking Cutter attack was reduced from a Spread Shot of Feather Flechettes to a single razor feather. It's still quite useful in that it's a large projectile that goes across the entire screen.
- Power Copying: Burning, Ice, Cutter, Needle, Parasol, Stone, and Spark all return from Dream Land 2. The Clean ability makes its sole appearance in this game, though it has also appeared in the anime with its own hat.
- Power-Up Mount: The Animal Friends.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Acro is Orca spelled backwards.
- Serial Escalation: The original small cloud of Dark Matter in the predecessor threatened Dream Land. This time, the giant cloud of Dark Matter threatens the entire planet.
- Shout-Out: The level names Grass Land, Ripple Field, and Hyper Zone are references to the same level names in Hyper Zone which was a game also developed by HAL Laboratory.
- Surprise Creepy: And how! First off is King Dedede's Body Horror induced by Dark Matter, then there's the bloody True Final Boss Zero.
- Tears of Blood: Zero launches these at you from the background as one of its attacks.
- Tennis Boss: The underwater phase of Acro's boss fight is fought by deflecting her projectiles back at her.
- Triple Jump: Nago's character-specific ability is to do two successive midair jumps after jumping off the ground once.
- True Final Boss: Dark Matter, just like in the previous game, and then it's followed up by the controller of all Dark Matter, Zero.
- Underwater Boss Battle: The second half of the boss fight against the orca Acro.
- Video Game Settings: In order:
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Dark Matter and Zero even more so, to the point that it shoots its blood at you. Definitely the crowning example of this trope in the Kirby series as a whole.
- Wall Jump: Rick now has the ability to scale walls by repeatedly jumping on them like Mega Man X.
- When Trees Attack: Whispy Woods serves as the first boss, notably after you deplete his health by half, he uproots himself and starts walking forward.