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Everything We Know About Kirby's Return To Dream Land Deluxe

CBR 9/14/2022 Daniel Kurland
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Nintendo’s odd and ever-evolving Kirby games have endured for more than 30 years and proven themselves to be one of Nintendo’s most popular properties. Nintendo is fortunate enough to have many beloved first-party franchises, but Kirby is an adorable entity who’s had some extremely unique platforming adventures over the years.

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It hasn’t been long since the Switch’s last Kirby game, but the latest Nintendo Direct presentation confirms its upcoming successor, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe. More Kirby is always a good thing and Dream Land Deluxe looks like a promising return to the basics, but fans already have some questions over the newest installment in the series.

It’s A Remake Of The Wii’s Kirby’s Return To Dream Land

The Kirby franchise has had a healthy life on both Nintendo's handheld and home consoles, which has also resulted in a number of remake titles. The Switch's upcoming Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is actually an upgraded remake of the 2011 Wii title, Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

The Wii game was popular enough that the original wasn't an overlooked gem, but it's still exciting to have an update of the satisfying title. It's unclear just how many liberties will be taken with the original's level design and how extensively the game is being "remade."

Its Release Date Is February 24, 2023

Nintendo Direct presentations adopt all sorts of strategies when it comes to the release dates of the games that they advertise. Sometimes the titles teased are years away with no firm release date set, while there have also been Nintendo Directs that advertise games that are immediately available upon the presentation’s conclusion.

Fortunately, audiences won’t have to wait too long for Return to Dream Land Deluxe. The game’s release date is currently set for February 24, 2023, which means that fans should be able to play it less than six months after its initial announcement. Meanwhile, Metroid Prime 4 fans are waiting for any sort of update.

There Will Be New Sub-Games, Like Magolor’s Tome Trackers, Included

The Kirby titles have a healthy tradition of including entertaining sub-games, some of which have enough depth to get spun off into their own expanded releases. The original Kirby's Return to Dream Land for the Wii features several fun minigames like Ninja Dojo, Samurai Kirby, Smash Ride, and a number of Copy Ability-based Challenges.

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Return to Dream Land Deluxe will include at least one new sub-game, Magolor's Tome Trackers, which appears to be a memory-based matching exercise. The original sub-games are all strong, but additional content in this department is still appreciated.

It Will Include A New Kirby Power, The Mecha Copy Ability

One of the most entertaining elements of any Kirby game is the different Copy Abilities that are on display. The franchise has experimented with more than 50 unique Copy Abilities over the years and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe includes a compelling two-dozen options to explore.

Standard Copy Abilities like Cutter, Beam, and Ninja are back, but the Switch game adds a brand-new transformation, the Mecha Copy Ability. Mecha Kirby can fire lasers of contrasting power at enemies, deliver close-range power punches, and even release a barrage of missiles. It looks to be one of the strongest and most fun Copy Abilities in the series.

It Can Be Experienced As Both A Solo Or Co-Operative Adventure

A major mechanic in the original Kirby's Return To Dream Land is the ability to transform the single-player adventure into a co-operative affair at a moment's notice. Up to four players can join in to assist in the forms of Meta Knight, King Dedede, Bandana Waddle Dee, or alternate colored versions of Kirby.

Admittedly, the Wii game received criticism over how the addition of multiplayer made the game too easy, so it’s possible that a rebalanced difficulty will be present in Deluxe. At this point, no new playable characters for the remake have been announced, but it stands to reason this co-operative feature will be smoothed out.

Classic Dream Land Enemies Like Waddle Dee, Blade Knight, And Poppy Bros. Jr. Are Back

The Kirby franchise has its roots in Planet Popstar’s Dream Land, but it hasn't been afraid to travel outside its comfort zone and explore a wide galaxy of adventures. At the same time, Kirby has also repeatedly revisited Dream Land and some of these trips cast typical enemies in creepy new lights.

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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe doesn't plan to give Kirby's home world a bold makeover, which means that the traditional enemies are back. Alternatively, the bosses in the game contain a fair mix of old and new faces, such as Whispy Woods and Mr. Dooter, but also subversions like Galacta Knight, Waddle Tank, and Robo Dedede.

Super Abilities Make Their Return From The Original

The Kirby series has gotten creative with its hero's defining suction skill with his Mouthful Mode transformations in Kirby and the Forgotten Land being the most recent reinvention. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe will bring back the Wii original's Super Abilities. These enhanced skills are time-sensitive powers that Kirby can only control for a few minutes.

These Super Abilities are obtained by inhaling "Super" versions of standard enemies, which usually is no easy feat. Only five Super Abilities exist: Ultra Sword, Monster Flame, Grand Hammer, Flare Beam, and Snow Bowl, all of which will be in the Switch remake. However, it's also possible that one or two new Super Abilities also get added to the game.

The Game’s Final Boss Is The Corrupted Magolor

There's a growing lore to the Kirby games that has gotten considerably more complicated since the days when King Dedede was the ultimate evil. New, malevolent entities continue to plague Planet Popstar and beyond. In the case of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Magolor that becomes the final boss.

Magolor begins as a harmless Dream Land inhabitant, but the corruption of his soul pushes him to dark places. Magolor is a devastating final boss in Return to Dream Land Deluxe, but he curiously becomes a trusted ally to Kirby in the more recent entries in the franchise, like Kirby Star Allies and Kirby Fighters 2.

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