Kirby’s Adventure was released in 1993 when many gamers had packed up their NES in favour of the shiny new Sega Mega Drive / Genesis or a SNES. Those who stayed faithful to the mighty grey toaster and picked up this game at the time would have been in for a real treat. It really pushed the boundaries of the NES hardware, and then some.
Most gamers these days will be familiar with Kirby, the big pink puffball who can suck up and consume his enemies. With a breath of air in his lungs he could even fly, which brought a whole new dimension when compared to the average platform game around at the time.
The fiendish King Dedede is wreaking havoc and has stolen the beloved Star Rod which lets people dream. Kirby has to travel across seven different worlds, broken down into several stages, to sort this mess out and restore harmony to the kingdom. Along the way you will encounter mini-bosses and a big boss at the end of each world. Some of these encounters are very innovative and feature unique attack patterns.
The weapons system is really neat, you can suck up enemies and gobble them to imitate their special abilities. Snap up specific foes and you can smash through walls, shoot fireballs or take up arms with a sword. Deciding which weapon will be best against certain enemies is important if you want to make life easier for yourself.
Kirby's Adventure won’t take you too long to complete, and compared to other 2D platformers it isn’t that hard either. You might complete the game in around four hours, but completionists will find lots to go back for. By replaying levels you can find every bonus room and hidden switch and see the special ending. Progress is saved automatically, so even when you turn your Wii off after a long session you can start where you left off the next time you play.
Kirby’s Adventure has aged really well; it is still as playable as the day it was released. For just 500 Wii points you could do a lot worse than to check this out for yourself, unless you have the patience to wait for SNES' Kirby Super Star to hit the Virtual Console, which is generally considered to be the best of the series.