August marks the anniversary of when Kirby made his first appearance in the West, and it has been 24 years since he first appeared on our Game Boys. Released in August of 1992, Kirby’s Dream Land was the first game of the Kirby franchise. Ever since then he has appeared in many other games and consoles over the years. In honor of Kirby’s 24th birthday, Nintendo is adding 3 games Kirby’s Dream Course, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Kirby’s Mass Attack to the virtual console on the Wii U & 3DS.
Kirby’s Dream Course is a golf spinoff where instead of hitting a golf ball into each hole, the player hits Kirby into each hole. The goal is to hit Kirby into each hole before he loses all of his health. This game was originally released on the SNES in 1995, and now New Nintendo 3DS owners can grab it for only $8.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a 2D platformer set in a world of yarn. It features vastly different gameplay mechanics than what one would expect in a Kirby game, as he can’t fly, inhale or copy enemies abilities, which have always been a staple to the gameplay of the Kirby franchise. Epic Yarn was originally released in 2011 on Wii and now Wii U owners can grab this for $20. This is arguably my favorite game that was released on the Wii.
Kirby’s Mass Attack is a 2D platformer with some RTS elements mixed in and just like in Epic Yarn Kirby does not have his normal copying ability. You control 10 smaller Kirby’s due to a magic spell which split Kirby into 10 clones of himself. You control the Kirbys using just the stylus & touch screen while void of using the face buttons or the directional pad to play this game. Mass Attack was originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2011, and now Wii U owners can grab it for $10.