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Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Hoshi no Kirby Wii in Japanese, and Kirby's Adventure Wii in European languages) is a game in the Kirby series for the Wii, developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. While initially believed to be a finalization of the cancelled GameCube title shown off at E3 2005, Return to Dream Land, is, in fact, the fourth attempt at making a home console game since Kirby Air Ride.

One day, while greedy King Dedede and Waddle Dee are chasing Kirby for his cake, a gateway suddenly opens up in the sky, and a ship known as the Lor Starcutter emerges. It crashes, and Kirby, Dedede, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight (who happened to be in the area) must help Magolor, the ship's captain, recover its parts and get it working again...

Compared to the experimental approach of the series throughout the 2000s, a knock-on effect of series creator Masahiro Sakurai's 2003 departure from HAL, Return to Dream Land offers a modernized take on the gameplay style of Kirby Super Star, with far more action-oriented gameplay marked by a return to wide movesets for copy abilities. Additionally, four new copy abilities are introduced (Water, Whip, Leaf, and Spear), as are Super Abilities, enhanced versions of various powers that can each use Final Smash-like attacks. At the same time, however, the game also maintains the puzzle solving elements and storytelling style of the 2000s games, more cleanly consolidating them with the action platforming approach and setting the definitive prototype for later entries in the series. The game additionally features co-op multiplayer alongside Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Bandana Waddle Dee.


The game was released in North America on October 24, 2011, Japan on October 27, 2011, Europe on November 25, 2011, and Australia on December 2, 2011.

Several years later in 2018, it would gain a hard mode Game Mod developed by a dedicated fan called Kirby: Revenge of Dream Land which was released on October 31st, 2021.

A Video Game Remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, was announced on the September 2022 Nintendo Direct and will release for Nintendo Switch on February 24, 2023. In addition to featuring a visual overhaul (and Dedede's Kirby and the Forgotten Land redesign), the remake adds the new Mecha ability and an enhanced library of subgames, including new games and remade subgames from past Kirby games such as "Samurai Kirby", "Smash Ride", and "Bomb Rally".


Tropes used in this game:

  • 100% Completion: Collecting all 120 Energy Spheres, but clearing all of the Challenge rooms with a Bronze medal or higher all also count to getting 100%. In order to get complete 100% you also need to clear Extra Mode 100% by doing the same things, as well as taking on both Boss Rush modes.
  • 2½D: The first game since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to contain 2D gameplay among 3D graphics. Unlike in Kirby 64, however, there are no bends or curves in Kirby's path.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: The Sphere Doomer areas have you outrunning what seems to be a black hole.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • The names for all the levels but the last one, Another Dimension, are composed of an adjective and a noun that start with the same letter.
    • This game is notable for standardizing PopStar/Pop Star as "Planet Popstar".
  • Alternate World Map: Halcandra, Magolor's home planet becomes accessible after you assemble all of his ship parts.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: You fight the Doomers and the final boss, Magolor, in a different dimension where the floor is neon-coloured and the background is a blue space.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: After a brief break in the trend with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Star Ultra, and Epic Yarn, Kirby once again dons angry eyebrows and is wielding the Ultra Sword on the North American box art, unlike the Japanese and European box art. Averted for the Deluxe release, which depicts Kirby with a happy face in the American box art.
  • Another Dimension: The portal that Kirby opens with a Super Ability leads to that place where you fight the Sphere Doomers for Energy Spheres, and later, Magolor after defeating Landia. It's literally named "Another Dimension". Magolor's homeworld of Halcandra is also situated in a different dimension to Planet Popstar.
  • Ascended Extra: The bandana-wearing Waddle Dee, a minor character from Kirby Super Star, is now a playable character.
  • Art Evolution: In Deluxe:
    • The entire game has a Cel Shading-esque effect applied to all of the visuals, making the game look closer to a storybook setting, and all of the characters now sport thick black outlines.
    • Dedede's design in the remake has been changed to his redesign from Kirby and the Forgotten Land, now with his original colors rather than his Beast Pack attire.
    • Likewise, Meta Knight's design in the remake was changed to that of Planet Robobot onward, with his mask being somewhat bigger and his feet being armor shoes rather than plain purple stubs like the original.
    • Bandana Waddle Dee, while having virtually no changes design-wise, looks closer to how he does in Forgotten Land than in the original game.
  • Artefact Title: The remake is called Hoshi no Kirby Wii Deluxe in Japan even though it's no longer on the Wii. Averted with the PAL version, though, which uses the American title.
  • Artifact of Doom: The flavor text of Magolor Soul implies that the Master Crown itself is sentient and evil, and takes over Magolor's body to channel its power. The Crown also wiggles about in all of Magolor's boss fights, implying that it's manipulating Magolor already. And it looks really creepy doing so. It also changes shape for each of Magolor's forms.
  • Background Music Override: The theme song to the super abilities are programmed to do this almost every time you obtain one, which is more obvious when you hack the game to use them within areas where they can't normally be used within (like The True Arena, for example).
  • Barehanded Blade Block: After you break all of Magolor's protections with Ultra Sword, he'll attempt to block it with his hands. Mash buttons or shake the Wii Remote against his attempt, and Kirby then proceeds to slash him over and over before doing one final, truly gigantic slash.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: All of the level names were already in English in the Japanese version, but some were changed slightly to sound more natural in the localization. White Wafer was changed to White Wafers, Nuts Noon to Nutty Noon, and Egger Engines to Egg Engines. The final level, "The last battle in another dimension," was abbreviated to just Another Dimension.
  • Batman Gambit: Magolor gets the heroes to defeat the dragon Landia so he can take the Master Crown he guards and use its power to rule the universe.
  • The Beastmaster: Monster Flame Kirby can summon a dragon Wreathed in Flames to destroy trees. And so can Magolor Soul to attack you.
  • BFS: The Ultra Sword ability, as seen in this E3 2011 trailer, can conjure a variety of sharp objects for Kirby to attack with, all of which are several times as big as the hero is.
  • Big Bad: During the team's visit to Halcandra, they are suddenly attacked by a four-headed dragon named Landia, which Magolor begs Kirby and co. to defeat. Subverted when it's revealed that Magolor is the real villain. He tricked the gang in order to obtain the dragon's Master Crown, which he intends to use to conquer the universe.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: Goriath, the boss of the snow level, is based on a Yeti.
  • Blade on a Stick: Waddle Dee wields one to attack with, and Kirby can get one if he acquires the Spear ability.
  • Blackout Basement: Several areas have you traverse through a dark room, with lit candles to help you out (not only as a light source). Some abilities (such as Fire or Spark) can help you see in the dark, too.
  • Blow You Away: Tornado Kirby has the ability to transform himself into a destructive miniature tornado, as well as fire blasts of wind from his crown.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • Galacta Knight makes a reappearance in The True Arena.
    • HR-D3 can only be fought in the Extra Mode and The True Arena, not in the Main mode or The Arena.
  • Boss Remix: The Super Ability theme is remixed into something more upbeat when used in the Grand Doomer battle and at the end of Stage 7-3.
  • Boss Rush: Two of them. There's The Arena, which is a rush through all bosses in Main mode, and The True Arena, which is a rush through all bosses in the Extra Mode (plus a fight against Galacta Knight). There's also the last level of Dangerous Dinner, the final segment of which is multiple copies of every miniboss in the game — which you face after getting the Ultra Sword ability for a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. The last level of Nutty Noon, on the other hand, is a tower filled with minibosses from the game (no Sphere Doomers, though), much like Kirby's Adventure. The tower holds Gigant Edge, Moundo, Water Galboros, and Dubior, if you're going through the main entrance. The hidden entrance contains Water Galboros, King Doo, Dubior, Kibble Blade, Gigant Edge, Bonkers, and Moundo.
  • But Thou Must!: The very first Energy Sphere is just floating in a wide open room, but you can't proceed in the level without collecting it. It also applies in the Extra Mode.
  • Call-Forward: The box art for Return to Dream Land Deluxe adds Magolor's theme park from Kirby's Dream Collection to the background, which was created by Magolor after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Cameo:
    • One of Stone's forms is a statue of three of the "Dark Matter Trilogy" Animal Friends: Rick, Coo, and Kine.
    • Stone in general is chock full of cameos. Wham Bam Rock from Super Star, the Dragoon from Air Ride, Meta Knight and Galacta Knight's wings and masks, the HAL Laboratory logo, Kirby's original 8-bit sprite, and a few others.
    • The UFO enemy appears to reward Kirby during end-of-level bonus games, despite UFO being absent from the game.
    • The UFO and Kaboola, the blimp boss from Kirby's Dream Land, appear in the background as bonus point targets in the Scope Shot mini-game.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Water ability, which made its debut in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! as Official Fan-Submitted Content.
  • Chef of Iron: While the traditional Cook ability is not present, Kirby can still use this trope by turning his Ultra Sword into a massive meat cleaver.
  • Chest Monster: In a variant, when you encounter Energy Spheres in a Pocket Dimension, they will turn into a Sphere Doomer that you have to fight as a mini-boss. Once they're beaten, you can obtain the spheres. The fight with Grand Doomer also starts with you obtaining the sphere containing the mast, complete with the "item get" fanfare... which promptly gets halted as Grand Doomer appears and engulfs the sphere, starting the fight.
  • Cool Crown: The Master Crown that Magolor wants to rule the universe with. He says that it is a source of infinite power.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: In multiplayer, Yellow Kirby, Blue Kirby (replacing Red Kirby), and Green Kirby are available as characters, for those don't want to play as King Dedede, Meta Knight, or Bandana Waddle Dee.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Oh, BOY, where do we start with HR-D3? It refers to two bosses form earlier in the series: the HR-H/E, the boss of Shiver Star in Kirby 64 (hence the HR part), and Mecha Dedede at the end of Kirby's Dream Course (hence the D3 part). All of its attacks in its first form are modified versions of HR-H's attacks, which makes sense considering Dedede helped Kirby in that game. Also, the way it Turns Red is in itself a nod: while other bosses in the game Turn Red at 50-60% health remaining, HR-D3 has two full health bars, much like many of the bosses from Kirby 64. On top of all this, HR-D3 is a recolor of the Dedede Robot that appeared in the E3 2005 trailer for the unreleased GameCube game (the original version of which previously appeared at the end of the second chapter of the Kirby Mass Attack sub-game Kirby Quest).
    • Some of the levels in Onion Ocean use Kine's theme from Kirby's Dream Land 2 as background music.
    • Loads, mostly to Kirby Super Star and its remake. In this installment of the series, the developers have referenced nearly everything Kirby-related. Now has its own page.
  • Cool Sword: Played with. Ultra Sword can summon massive, stylized swords Kirby can attack with. However, sometimes it also generates comical items, like a giant fish (which somehow is just as powerful as a real blade).
  • Crown of Horns: The Master Crown takes on a much more elaborate, twisted antler-like form for the Magolor Soul EX fight.
  • Crown of Power: The Master Crown worn by the dragon Landia. Magolor proceeds to steal it, and its power ends up consuming him.
"A sad shell possessed by the limitless power of the Master Crown, no more than a manifestation of the crown itself."
  • Culturally Sensitive Adaptation: The trailer for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe shows that Wing Kirby's hat is redesigned to bear less of a resemblance to a warbonnet, owed to increased scrutiny towards cultural appropriation of Native American imagery in the decade since the Wii version's release (especially in regards to the warbonnet, which in Native American culture can only be worn by tribespeople who earned the right to do so).
  • Cute Is Evil:
    • Landia is quite cute for the boss of the last level. Subverted when he is revealed to be Good All Along.
    • A much straighter example with Magolor, who is an adorable alien creature that is later revealed to be Evil All Along.
  • Dark Reprise: Magolor Soul's battle theme, C-R-O-W-N-E-D, is one giant dark medley containing Nightmare's theme, Green Greens, the main theme, and Magolor's theme.
  • The Day the Music Lied: A pretty obvious one in Nutty Noon's boss stage. You pick your powerup, go to where the boss should be, and...the end-of-level music is playing? But we haven't beaten anything yet? And there's the item we're supposed to get... When you pick it up, the usual Item Get! music goes sour, and the prize turns into Grand Doomer.
  • Disc-One Final Boss:
    • Grand Doomer is the final boss Kirby must defeat to repair Magolor's ship. After it's done, the two head to Halcandra, where the game's final levels take place.
    • Landia seems to be the main villain and the final boss of the game, as he is responsible for the destruction of the Lor Starcutter, as well as the source of all trouble going on in Halcandara. This is all just a massive Batman Gambit from Magolor, who reveals himself as the true Big Bad and becomes the Final Boss.
  • Disc-One Final Dungeon:
    • Nutty Noon. Did you really think you were done with the game? We still haven't even collected all the Energy Spheres yet!
    • Dangerous Dinner. You defeated Landia and saved the day, right? Except Magolor has other plans...
  • Disc-One Nuke: In stage 1-4, if you get to the very end of the first room and touch the rightmost boundary then go back, you'll find that a section of the stage has sunk down, revealing a hidden door. Behind it is one of the game's two HAL rooms, with this one harboring four Copy Essencesnote  of advanced abilities that aren't supposed to show up until more than halfway through the game.
  • Disney Death: While Magolor's survival was much up to debate, Kirby's Dream Collection confirms that he survived and made a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Disney Villain Death: This happens to Goriath, complete with him looking down before he falls.
  • Dreamworks Face: Sometimes, when Kirby does his signature dance, he may make this expression.
  • Drop the Hammer: The classic Hammer ability returns in this game, and it's accompanied by the new Grand Hammer Super Ability, which has Kirby send out a massive shockwave whenever he wields it.
  • Dub Name Change: Magolor is referred to as "Mahoroa" in the Japanese release, which is pronounced similar to mahoroba (meaning wonderful place). The change was made to translate his Meaningful Name into the English language ("mahou" also means magic, which the "Mag" part of his English name also references).
  • Easter Egg:
    • The "HAL Rooms" are back, again accessible in obscure ways.
    • Also, if the player shakes the Wii Remote right before the opening video plays, a different colored Kirby will appear during the opening cinematic and on the title screen.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Just like in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, each of the worlds are named after food (with the exception of the eighth level). note 
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • The Sphere Doomers have this vibe to them. They live in Another Dimension eating energy spheres, and that's we all know about them.
    • Magolor's second form is a monstrous being of black smoke (teal as Magolor Soul) with red eyes and a white mouth frozen in a Slasher Smile. For added bonus, an eye pops out when he opens his mouth.
  • Enemy Mine: King Dedede (again), Meta Knight (again), and Waddle Dee are helping Kirby on his quest.
  • Energy Ball: Flare Beam Kirby, who can create an orb of energy that can be remotely controlled.
  • Eternal Engine: Egg Engines, the sixth world and first world in Halcandra, takes place in a factory.
  • Evil All Along: Magolor, who executed a massive Batman Gambit to get Kirby and the crew to beat Landia and take the Master Crown so he could take over the universe.
  • Evil Makeover: The Lor Starcutter gets one when Magolor powers it up to face Kirby and the others while riding on Landia.
  • Expy: Magolor, plot-wise and otherwise:
    • Like Marx, Magolor tricks Kirby into fulfilling his evil plan and betrays him in the end. He also shares a few attacks with Marx, like the black hole and the huge laser. This is cemented in Extra Mode, where Magolor's second form is called Magolor Soul.
    • Magolor EX uses Marx's briar attack, alongside the aforementioned laser and black hole moves. In all of his forms, Magolor resembles a jester, too, just like Marx.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Kirby was already a Big Eater, but now he can inhale other players, even (for the second time) King Dedede, to spit out more powerful stars.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning:
    • Three variations of Sphere Doomers represent Fire, Spark, and Ice, and Kirby can gain those Copy Abilities by eating their orbs.
    • The three elemental Super Abilities are Monster Flame, Flare Beam, and Snow Bowl.
  • Floating Limbs:
    • Magolor's arms are detached from his body. He keeps this trait for his monstrous boss forms.
    • Mr. Dooter, the boss of Raisin Ruins, has detachable White Gloves which allows him to juggle with ease.
  • Franchise Codifier: After years of experimentation, this game codified the definitive formula for later entries by mixing the elaborate action of Kirby Super Star with the puzzle and story-heavy direction of Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. While the groundwork was slowly being laid out during the 2000s, it was this title in 2011 that cohesively solidified it, setting the standard for subsequent Kirby games.
  • Friendly Enemy: In the secret "Kirby Master!" video, Magolor, Galacta Knight, and Marx are inexplicably among the audience enjoying a very special Kirby Dance.
  • Fun with Acronyms: If you take the first letters of each level note , you get "CROWNED," which foreshadows Magolor's possession of the Master Crown. This is alluded to in the way that the game shows the alliterative letter in bold. The soundtrack points it out too: The True Final Boss's theme is called C-R-O-W-N-E-D.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Grand Hammer gives Kirby a rainbow-colored one.
  • Golden Super Mode: When Goriath, the boss of White Wafers, Turns Red, his hair stands up and glows yellow.
  • Goomba Stomp: This game allows Kirby to control a giant cleat to perform this trope on enemies. It's highly reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. 3's Kuribo/Goomba's Shoe.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It's implied that the Master Crown that Magolor wanted so badly is this, as it is said that the Crown possesses Magolor's lifeless shell in order to create Magolor Soul. How much influence it had on Landia when he wore the crown is kind of ambiguous.
  • Green Hill Zone: Cookie Country, the first world in Planet Popstar, is a grassy plain, and it is where Kirby and his friends begin their adventure to help find Magolor's missing ship parts.
  • Green Thumb: The new Leaf Kirby lets him attack with swirling leaves and hide himself in a pile of leaves. Like TAC's guard in Kirby Super Star, attacks pass through Kirby without harming him in that state.
  • Hailfire Peaks: Nutty Noon appears to be Level in the Clouds mixed with Floating Continent.
  • Hidden Depths: If you talk to Magolor...
    • ...after getting all the Energy Spheres, he reveals to you that he acquired the Lor Starcutter by excavating it from the volcano where Landia lives, and that the ship is said to have a mind of its own, making it on par with legendary weapons like Kirby's Star Rod and Meta Knight's sword Galaxia. He also reveals that he was told everything he knew about Kirby by a friend, long before they even met. Some fans have theorized that said friend is Marx, Ribbon, or someone else entirely. Maybe even Galacta Knight.
    • Extra Mode, he outright tells you that Landia guards a crown that allows the wearer to rule the universe, and that Landia will not part with it easily, and that therefore you should defeat Landia post-haste, with a cheerful expression that could not possibly be sinister in any way. Of course, this is before the second time you fight him as the final boss, so nothing is truly spoiled.
    • ...after getting all the Energy Spheres in Extra Mode, he says that the Lor Starcutter was made by the same people who built "clockwork stars" (most likely a reference to Nova from Milky Way Wishes). He also mentions that some enemies Kirby fought before came from the world where he comes from. Magolor also says that the Lor Starcutter, clockwork stars, and the Master Crown were created by the use of an incredible power.
  • Hub Level: Returning from Kirby's Adventure, though this time they're accessed through a world map. The Lor Starcutter is designed similarly, though it's more of a sandbox in that you can check in on Magolor and use the Energy Spheres you've collected throughout the game to get abilities for convenience, enter challenge rooms, or play Mini Games.
  • Human Snowball: Snow Bowl Kirby can turn into a giant snowball to mow down enemies.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • When compared to Kirby, HR-D3, who is fought in Extra Mode as phases 2 and 3 of the Egg Engine Boss.
    • Your objective is to shoot these down in the Scope Shot Mini-Game.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: Waddle Dee can use his spear for this effect by spinning it rapidly above him, using it to hover for a little time. Kirby can do the same if he has the Spear copy ability.
  • Interface Screw: White Sphere Doomers EX and Magolor Soul have the ability to flip the screen upside-down during battle.
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • Beating Stage 5-5 will show that there are still more Energy Spheres to be collected, giving away the fact that there are more worlds for Kirby to explore.
    • The overworld screen specifically has a spot reserved telling you you're on Planet Popstar. Pretty much a given considering Magolor even said he'd take you to visit his planet after fixing the ship.
  • Jaw Drop: King Dedede's reaction to the final boss showing his true form.
  • King Mook:
    • Several of the minibosses are these: King Doo (a large, yellow Waddle Doo), Water Galboros (a large Water Galbo), and Kibble Blade (a Sir Kibble with a more knight-like helmet).
    • The boss of Nutty Noon is the "Grand Doomer," a giant Sphere Doomer guarding the last Lor part.
  • Legacy Boss Battle: Galacta Knight from Kirby Super Star Ultra appears as an extra boss in The True Arena. In this game, he cannot be fought anywhere else.
  • Leitmotif: The theme that plays inside the Lor Starcutter and on the file select screen is mostly associated with Magolor, though it is a bit of a Recurring Riff, too.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Dangerous Dinner, the seventh world and final world in Halcandra, is lava-themed.
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: When Kirby finds the Lor Starcutter's mast, he starts performing his signature dance, when the music suddenly stops and the ship part gets swallowed by the Grand Doomer, initiating the boss fight.
  • Level in the Clouds: Nutty Noon, the fifth and final world in Planet Popstar, mostly takes place on a giant tower extending deep into the stratosphere, and the last piece of the Lor Starcutter is guarded at the very top.
  • Limit Break: Large, glowing enemies, which when consumed will give Kirby larger, more destructive versions of their normal powers (i.e. Sword becomes Ultra Sword, Fire becomes Monster Flame). Ultra Sword Kirby cuts massive ropes with his BFS, Monster Flame can use a dragon to burn down trees, Snow Bowl literally bowls over obstacles on his path, Flare Beam destroys blocks and activates switches around Kirby, and Grand Hammer drives down giant pegs and generate massive shockwaves.
  • Living Hat: The Master Crown is at least implied to be sentient, with it visibly wobbling on Magolor's head. It also grows when its user decides to take on its power, and later Magolor's soul is mentioned to be "a sad shell, nothing more than a manifestation of the Master Crown itself".
  • Making a Splash: Water Kirby, who's actually a Canon Immigrant from the anime. It lets him slide on fire blocks and lava, surf through enemies, hit enemies up with a water geyser, float while firing a water stream downward and attack with damaging rainbows. It also improves your underwater bubble shooter.
  • Marathon Boss: Metal General EX, an already tough fight that's extended to three stages when he reveals the HR-D3 mech; thankfully, it checkpoints at HR-D3.
  • Medley:
    • The first miniboss theme (this one is used for miniboss battles on Planet Popstar) is a medley of the Egg Catcher and Boss/Arena themes from Kirby's Adventure. The second one (this one is used for miniboss battles on Halcandra) is based on the miniboss theme from Kirby 64, which was also previously used for battles with the Meta-Knights in Nightmare in Dream Land.
    • The music used for the Item Challenge and secret HAL rooms is a medley of various versions of Green Greens.
    • The final boss theme, C-R-O-W-N-E-D. You can hear Nightmare's theme, Green Greens, the Kirby GCN trailer theme, Cookie Country's hub and first level themes, and, of course, Magolor's theme.
  • Multi-Stage Battle: Goriath does this by smashing the snowy floor after you hit him enough. It turns from snow to icy to both, etc.
  • New Game Plus: Beating the game once unlocks Extra Mode (a throwback to Extra Game from the original Kirby's Dream Land), where your Life Meter is reduced by a third, the enemies now come in various sizes, Phanto-esque foes are now added to every area with a key, and the bosses are harder. Also, Magolor's One-Winged Angel form is now more powerful than ever, especially when you finally encounter Magolor Soul. And before that, Metal General EX summons HR-D3, becoming a three-form Sequential Boss.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The Eternal Engine levels of Egg Engines are dangerous enough to give the factory level of Kirby 64 a run for its money.
  • Notice This: Objects that can be destroyed with a Super Ability are marked with glowing stars. The enemies that give the abilities themselves glow brightly and the first time per level they spawn, the camera zooms in on them.
  • One-Hit Kill: The super abilities are programmed to do this to whomever they're used against. Including the game's main bosses as well, apparently. You're still out of luck with Gordos and Shotzos though.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Under the influence of the Master Crown, Magolor takes on a more menacing form after being defeated with the Ultra Sword.
    • Just when you think Metal General EX is going down, he summons HR-D3 and fights you with it.
  • Only Sane Man: Meta Knight's reactions to Kirby and Dedede at the title screen suggest this.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: One of the bosses is Landia, the four-headed dragon who attacked Magolor. He can split into four smaller one-headed dragons.
  • Outrun the Fireball: You have to outrun an EXPANDING BLACK HOLE in the pocket dimensions.
  • Palmtree Panic: Onion Ocean, the third world in Planet Popstar, is water-themed and takes place on a beach.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Ultra Sword becomes a large fan on rare occasions.
  • Plot Coupons: The five parts of the Lor Starcutter, obtained after defeating each level's boss, and the 120 Energy Spheres, many missing in each level.
  • Pocket Dimension: There appears to be many of them throughout the game, where a good portion of the Energy Spheres can be found. The final battle against Magolor also takes place here.
  • Power Copying: Kirby's signature ability to copy his foe's powers make a return after being absent in Kirby's Epic Yarn. The new ones are Leaf, Spear, Water and Whip. The game also introduces Super Abilities, a more powerful version of the regular abilities that Kirby can use to wreck everything on his path and solve big puzzles. Magolor's second form imitates the Super Abilities in the fight against him.
  • Power Up Mount: In Co-op, anyone can be this to each other. You can even stack up all four characters to create a giant totem pole.
  • Powered Armor: The Mecha ability, introduced in Deluxe, grants Kirby a suit of robotic armor, including oversized gauntlets and dual shoulder cannons. Kirby can fire cannon shots at foes, punch them with a dash attack, or charge up and unleash a massive, multi-hitting laser beam.
  • Recurring Riff: Even though Kirby is already notorious for Recycled Soundtracks, a few themes in this game recur in several different pieces of its own background music, and in several different contexts, too:
    • The main motif from the Kirby GCN trailer, the first part of which hits the tonic, subdominant, and dominant notes in that order three times in syncopation.
    • The first part of the Title Screen/Cookie Country hub theme, where the brass instruments do a couple of up-and-down octaves through tonic and dominant.
    • The opening bars of Cookie Country's first level, which is very similar to the middle snippet of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor's main subject.
    • The Recurring Riff from Kirby Super Star.
    • Magolor's Leitmotif is occasionally used like this as well.
  • Regretful Traitor: Magolor is heavily implied to be this. On top of saying he genuinely appreciated Kirby and co.'s help in repairing his ship, the description of his soul form is "A sad shell possessed by the limitless power of the Master Crown, no more than a manifestation of the crown itself". In Dream Collection he actually makes peace with Kirby.
  • Retraux:
    • The BGM for the Item Challenge is a retro-style remix of Green Greens, sounding very similar to the arrangement used in Super Star.
    • Some BGM are new songs in the style of Dream Land 3 and The Crystal Shards.
    • In terms of gameplay, the entire game may qualify.
  • Rubberband AI: The Advancing Wall of Doom in the different dimension levels will always be just offscreen, slowly coming into view, no matter how much you think you've distanced yourself from it. But if you are close enough to it, it clearly slows down, and it gets exponentially faster the further away you are from it. You can make the wall reel back by spitting stars at it. This is practically essential to know in later parts of the New Game Plus, where the wall is faster.
  • Sad Battle Music: Landia's theme is somewhat melancholic, foreshadowing that he's not evil, just trying to prevent Magolor from getting his hands in the Master Crown.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Magolor, complete with stock "bravo," right before he picks up the Master Crown and reveals his true form.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • True to Kirby form, the backgrounds of this game are vivid, detailed, and colorful. From a bird's eye view of Dreamland to outer space itself, the Kirby series delivers on this trope.
    • The backgrounds in the "Looming Darkness" sections shown after you defeat the Sphere Doomers are hauntingly beautiful.
  • Scoring Points: Present in the challenge rooms.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: You can tell American Kirby Is Hardcore when he has his BFS aimed right in the face of anyone looking at the (American) cover.
  • Sequential Boss: The only bosses who don't simply have one two part health bar are the Grand Doomer (though the second part of the battle is not played in The Arena and he just explodes), Magolor, and HR-D3. The last is even worse if you're playing Extra Mode instead of The True Arena, as you have to fight it immediately after Metal General EX.
  • Shamu Fu: Ultra Sword might occasionally pull out a giant tuna for its attack.
  • Shifting Sand Land: Raisin Ruins, the second world in Planet Popstar, takes place in a desert.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Whip Kirby wears a fedora. Just to drive the point home, the first level in which you obtain the Whip has you outrunning rolling boulders.
    • Not only does Sword Kirby regain the Sword Beam at full health, it now has a chargeable Spin Attack! In this game, the Spin Attack hits targets more than once instead of a single time that simply does more damage at once like in its inspiration series, often making it useful for shaving off enemies' health, especially for enemies that are more durable. He also looks like Link.
    • The shoe powerup is a reference to the Goomba Shoe: An invincible, ridable giant shoe that can walk on spikes, but is only available in select levels.
    • Just in case HAL didn't make Fighter's fireball move a direct shout-out to a certain fighting game obvious enough, one of the inputs to perform an instant powered-up version of the standard fireball is down, forward, 1 button.
    • Some movesets were adapted to resemble the characters' skills from Super Smash Bros. Brawl:
      • Meta Knight can now perform his Shuttle Loop and jab attack from that game.
      • Both the Hammer ability and Dedede have a downwards drilling attack that comes from Dedede's down-air.
    • One of the snow levels features multiple cannons (somewhat standard Kirby fare), although one cannon path features a trail of banana bunches.
    • Halcandra is a combination of the names of HAL Laboratorynote , the company that made this game, and the alien name for Mars in C. S. Lewis' The Space Trilogy "Candra" means planet in Old Solar, and Malacandra is the Old Solar name for Mars.
    • Goriath's hair turns gold and stands up when he Turns Red. And if that's not enough, he's got Kamehame Hadouken attacks, too! And when Goriath EX goes Super Saiyan, he gets a Spirit Bomb.
    • Magolor's Lor Starcutter's mast, during its battle in Final Dimension, has a picture of the Dark Star on its sail. The EX version has a picture of the Dark Star X.
  • Signpost Tutorial: There are large signposts in the background of the first few levels that demonstrate controls and actions with pictures. If the player follows directions, the sign shows a checkmark and the game plays a chime.
  • Sizeshifter: Whispy, Mr. Dooter, and Fatty Puffer grow in size when they turn red.
  • Sliding Scale of Visuals Versus Dialogue: The Full Motion Video cutscenes have no dialogue... except for when Magolor reveals his actual role in the plot.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: White Wafers, the fourth world in Planet Popstar, is snow-themed.
  • Snot Bubble: One of Sleep's moves allows you to do this, waking Kirby up quickly and destroying nearby enemies who comes across it.
  • Snowy Sleigh Bells: Snowball Scuffle, which plays in a level from the glacial White Wafers, makes sure to start off with sleigh bells, setting the wintery feel right off the bat.
  • Speaking Simlish: Word Of God states Magolor essentially speaks "Magolorese" throughout the game and that the subtitles that appear everytime he speaks provide translations to what he says. Indeed, it's actually possible to hear his voice in-game when he does so (except during a certain cutscene). It's mostly unintelligible aside from a few words like Kirby's name.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Abilities that make use of weapons can often let Kirby spin them. In particular, the Sword can now perform a Spin Attack and the spear can be spun around like a helicopter blade, making Kirby fly upward and hit enemies in the way.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Sometimes Kirby's Ultra Sword ability has him use a fish as a weapon. Get it? Swordfish.
    • In the first level of Nutty Noon, the two main powerups Kirby can find in the first area are Whip and Wing. Whip gives Kirby a cowboy hat, while Wing gives him a feathered headdress that looks vaguely Native American. So Kirby's playing Cowboys and Indians. ...Get it?
  • Sticks to the Back: Whenever someone with a weapon needs to use both their hands or play the goal game, they resort to this.
  • Storm of Blades: One of Galacta Knight's attacks when he Turns Red is to summon several energy blades that rain down on Kirby.
  • Super Title 64 Advance: Both the Japanese title and the European one have "Wii" in them.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Since Meta Knight is an ally and playable character for this game, Metal General is made as a substitute for a "knight" boss fight, although he ends up having pretty distinct attacks. Galacta Knight also appears as a more proper substitute.
  • Teleport Spam: The Grand Doomer, Ice Sphere Doomers, and Magolor all teleport all across the screen during their boss battles.
  • Theme Music Power-Up:
    • Galacta Knight's fight starts out with Landia's boss theme, but when his health drops by roughly half, his theme from Kirby Super Star Ultra starts up and he fights more seriously.
    • The Super Abilities give Kirby his own Leitmotif, including during the fights against the Grand Doomer and the minibosses in 7-3, but not when fighting Magolor, whose own boss theme continues playing until Kirby wins the Blade Lock, at which point the music stops.
  • Tiered by Name: Almost all of the bosses and minibosses that appear in Extra Mode have "EX" added to their names, in addition to looking more menacing than their Main mode counterparts.
  • Totally Radical: Magolor's speech, Pre-Evil Plan reveal.
    Magolor: The Lor is a beast!
  • Transformation Is a Free Action:
    • Bosses cannot be hurt when they're in the middle of turning red when their health bars drop by half. Their health bars glow to signify that they're temporarily invincible.
    • The action freezes while Kirby does his elaborate Super Ability transformations.
  • Turns Red: Every boss does this when their health bars fall by half.
    • Mr. Dooter EX and Fatty Puffer EX are both mainly recolored red (from light blue and purple, respectively).
    • The last series of bosses from Landia EX onwards (including Galacta Knight) turn red when their health hits about 60%.
  • Underwater City: One lies beneath Onion Ocean's waters. It is merely a background elementh and cannot be visited by Kirby.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: In Kirby tradition. After Magolor is transformed by the Master Crown, Kirby and the gang each ride on a part of Landia into another dimension where this trope takes place. The tradition is played with a bit, though. Most Kirby games take the mystical item that Kirby was assembling over the course of the game, and use it against the final boss, who's usually a One-Winged Angel version of the penultimate boss. This time, you ride the penultimate boss, who's revealed to have been Good All Along, and the item you've been assembling the whole game ends up being turned against you as the Shmup stage boss battle.
  • Unlockable Difficulty Levels: Extra Mode is unlocked upon beating the regular campaign. The mode features stronger enemies and harder boss fights.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Super Abilities don't have many techniques compared to their regular counterparts, but they're all very strong, as they're meant to destroy giant obstacles.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Magolor's boss forms have attacks where they juggle enemies or energy spheres before hurling them at you.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Goriath is when the game starts getting harder. Unlike other bosses, he moves fast and attacks quickly; notably, it's rare for him to actually be on the ground. He also gets some pretty powerful attacks after he Turns Red, and the platform (as he crushes them one after another) becomes more uneven over time.
  • Wall of Weapons: Ultra Sword pulls out an assortment of large swords and sharp objects to cut with, like a standard Kirby sword, Meta Knight's Galaxia sword, a scimitar/cutlass, a butcher's knife, and a kendo sword. Occasionally, it will also produce a giant fish or a paper fan.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Whispy Woods reprises this role from the classic Kirby games, being the first major boss the player comes across. His attack pattern is as simple as it was in the earlier titles.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: If someone who's not using controller slot 1 (Kirby unless playing as someone else in The Arena) dies, they can come back anytime even without an extra life available (coming back with zero lives just means starting with less than half health). If Player 1 dies, then everyone goes back to the start of the room, like in single-player.
  • Wham Episode: Probably the biggest example in the series pre-Star Allies, introducing the ancients and the massive lore surrounding them, as well as the revelation of the true creators behind both the Star Rod and the Novas. The Ancients would of course become some of the most recurring figures throughout the franchise, even having an incredibly major posthumous role in Star Allies and being implied to have also had another posthumous role in Forgotten Land.
  • Whip It Good: Whip Kirby, a new ability for this game. Aside from having mid-ranged attacks, the whip also lets Kirby grab enemies and then throw them to a direction to hit other enemies.
  • Windmill Scenery: Several weird windmills are scattered around the bucolic Cookie Country. They seem to be actual trees with three rotating leaves acting as blades.
  • Wintry Auroral Sky: Northern lights are heavily featured in the icy White Wafers. They are bright enough to occur in broad daylight and are very colourful (a mix of red, violet, green and blue). One of the level features them so prominently that its music track is actually unofficially named "Aurora Area".
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Sometimes, the Ultra Sword will turn into a massive Shinai blade.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: From Meta Knight's pause screen description:
    "The masked knight cometh!"


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Alternative Title(s): Kirbys Adventure Wii, Kirbys Return To Dream Land Deluxe


Watch me whip

The Whip ability can be used to grapple foes over and over and over and over and overâ¦

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