11. 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (3DS eShop)

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (3DS eShop)3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (3DS eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 17th Nov 2011 (USA) / 17th Nov 2011 (UK/EU)

There's no questioning the quality of Kirby's Adventure: it was one of the NES's standout titles, and much like Kirby's Dream Land, its charm remains intact. Hidden exits, fun mini-games and fantastic stage design all came together to make this an endlessly replayable experience, now with optional 3D thanks to this addition in Nintendo's short-lived 3D Classics line on 3DS. It doesn't really bring much to the table besides that (perfect performance and portability notwithstanding), but the autostereoscopic option here gives you a genuine reason to rebuy and replay this retro classic.

10. Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)

Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 1st May 1995 (USA) / 31st Jul 1995 (UK/EU)

Kirby's Dream Land 2 is great, simple fun and one of the better traditionally-styled Kirby titles. The technical mastery of Game Boy really shines through even now, with great presentation and a fairly large world to conquer. Even though its low level of challenge makes it seem smaller than it actually is, its length and numerous power-ups to experiment with make it ideal for repeat playthroughs. After all these years, this still plays like a dream.

9. Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA)

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA)Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 2nd Dec 2002 (USA) / 26th Sep 2003 (UK/EU)

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is a worthy remake of the pink puffball's first home console adventure. While what it offers is a tad basic compared to what more modern Kirby titles offer, it's still very playable, and there are little creative moments where game occasionally shines. As with practically every other game featuring the Kirbster, its delightful, colourful visuals make it a supremely charming experience, and one which will be most appreciated by players looking for only a very light challenge.

8. Kirby's Adventure (NES)

Kirby's Adventure (NES)Kirby's Adventure (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 1st May 1993 (USA) / 12th Sep 1993 (UK/EU)

Kirby's Adventure is a vibrant masterclass of NES platforming whether you've got the 3D slider set to max in the 3D Classics version on 3DS or you're enjoying it old-school-style with just the two dimensions on NES or as part of the Nintendo Switch Online NES library offering. It's a high point in the pink puffball's illustrious career and its 8-bit visuals still look great all these years later. Even if you don't consider yourself a Kirby fan, this adventure will win you over. You might say... it sucks you in.

7. Kirby Super Star (SNES)

Kirby Super Star (SNES)Kirby Super Star (SNES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 20th Sep 1996 (USA) / 23rd Jan 1997 (UK/EU)

This is less a game and more a smorgasbord of ideas thrown at the SNES which — somewhat unexpectedly — congeals into a satisfying blend of games, sub-games and mini-games. There are nine in total and the titular character is a versatile hero that manages to suck up these experimental bits and pieces and meld them into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. 'Cohesive' might be generous, but Kirby Super Star is thoroughly entertaining and well worth a look.

6. Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Good-Feel
Release Date: 17th Oct 2010 (USA) / 25th Feb 2011 (UK/EU)

A gorgeous, low-stress game that transports Kirby into a world of fabric and thread, Kirby's Epic Yarn was the first of Good-Feel's material-based platformers and is arguably still the best. We adore it, and anyone who says it's lacking in challenge is correct... but missing the point entirely. Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the most joyous and creative games on Wii, or indeed any platform.

5. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 2nd May 2014 (USA) / 16th May 2014 (UK/EU)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a pleasant platforming package that doesn’t push the envelope very far. The Story Mode is an elegant but conservative adventure that trades too greatly in familiarity and simplicity, the same type of neo-nostalgia that Nintendo courts so successfully with the Mario and Zelda franchises. Triple Deluxe is sure to scratch that Kirby itch — or create one for new players — but fails to move the franchise forward in any meaningful direction. However, the rest of the package holds its own quite well and went on birthed more than one standalone titles with Kirby Fighters and Dedede's Drum Dash. A fine introduction to Kirby's brand of adventuring, then.

4. Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Wii)

Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Wii)Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 16th Sep 2012 (USA)

A 20th anniversary collection of some of the most popular Kirby games ever, 2012's Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition spans the puffball's debut on Game Boy through his NES and SNES adventures and also includes his N64 outing; so, that's Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby Super Star and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards in one very convenient package. Convenient for Japanese and North American players, that is — it never saw the light of day in PAL regions.

You see that? That's our sad face.

3. Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Wii)

Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Wii)Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 24th Oct 2011 (USA) / 25th Nov 2011 (UK/EU)

Taking Kirby back to his classic style of game following a couple of genre departures, Kirby's Return to Dream Land was a worthy return and yet another glittering gem in the Wii's platforming line up. With all the colour and creativity you'd expect from HAL, and a ton of content to delve into, this was a wonderful trip to Kirby's land of dreams.

2. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)

Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 10th Jun 2016 (USA) / 10th Jun 2016 (UK/EU)

Building on the solid foundation of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, this is a game where the pink ball can transform into Mech Kirby. Personally, we would have scribbled that into the design doc, grinned from ear to ear and gone down the pub for a celebratory pint, but the consummate professionals at HAL took that winning central idea and surrounded it with brilliantly designed worlds, trademark rainbow visuals and enough charming moments to make Kirby: Planet Robobot the finest outing on 3DS — and arguably on any system — for The Most Powerful Video Game Character Of Them All™.

We always knew he was more than candyfloss with a face.

1. Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS)

Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS)Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 22nd Sep 2008 (USA) / 18th Sep 2009 (UK/EU)

Kirby Super Star Ultra is a magnificent update of the SNES original with high production values and all the charm you've come to expect from the pink puffball over the years. HAL added a host of new modes and minigames for veterans, but this is accessible to all age groups. Though it may be a little on the easy side, the Kirby series is hardly known for its teeth-grinding difficulty and this is an outing for the saviour of Smash that's worth rediscovering.


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