Kirby's Dream Land 3
Review by redmario217
"Super Star looks great. Kirby's Dream Land 3 is even better but one of my favorite."
In 1997, Nintendo released the last Kirby game on the SNES, Kirby's Dream Land 3. It was a sequel to Kirby's Dream Land 2 on the Game Boy. Though it was the last Nintendo game on the SNES era, this game was surprisingly excellent and better than Kirby Super Star.
Dream Land is in peace. Kirby is enjoying fishing with his friend, Gooey. Until one day, a dark comet streaks across the sky and lands on the planet, Pop Star. The comet is a black circle with a red eye and it begins to create tentacles that extend across the sky. Dream Land is now in danger, unless Kirby, Gooey, and his animal friends set on another adventure to save the planet once and for all. Despite no twist in the game, the story is quite amazing from the beginning. Kirby and Gooey are usually nice and friendly, even they having fun throughout the adventure.
For the features of this game, there are five levels to explore: Grassland, Ripple Field, Sand Canyon, Cloudy Park, and Iceberg. Each level contains six regular levels and a boss battle. In regular level, there are many enemies to look out for. Kirby on the other hand has the ability to suck enemy (or two); he can copy the enemy ability from them. There are eight copy abilities: Fire, Electricity, Ice, Spike, Cutter, Clean, Parasol, and Stone. With three animal friends return from Dream Land 2 (Rick, Kine, and Coo), three new friends join them (Chuchu, Pitch, and Nago). Each friends have different and unique abilities (ex. Rick + Fire = Fire Breathing Hamster, Chuchu + Stone = Swinging Rock, etc.). Like Super Star, there is a two-player co-op that features you and the second player, Gooey. Gooey has the same ability as Kirby, but he lacks of the ability to suck. He only grabs the enemy with his tongue. With six friends total, there are 56 copy abilities total. Throughout the level, Heart Star is the most part of the game. Collecting six Heart Stars and total 30 of them with 100% will get the final level as the true final boss. There some options include Boss Battles, Mini-Games, and watching cut-scenes. These features are above par; the abilities are, again, unique and brilliant, and the mini-games are just fun but only a single-player experience.
Different from Super Star, the gameplay is awesome. Kirby can still fly for unlimited amount of time. He can also run and jump throughout the level. On the second player, it still excellent as a good addition like Super Star did. The controls are very smooth and steady.
The graphics for this game are well drawn. The colors and backgrounds are very cute to look at. The levels are vaguely long as Kirby 64 but it still unique.
The sounds and music are definitely keep you mind in the Kirby series. The sound effects are still great and not that bad. The music in this game is magnificent from Grassland to Sand Canyon. The only song that you remember from Kirby Super Star is Gourmet Race Theme; you will find it in level 3-2 and 4-4.
This game takes you around 3-4 hours to complete. However, you can revisits the levels that already clear and searching for the Heart Star that you miss. Mini-games and boss battles are yours to enjoy; both of them are fun and challenging.
Overall: Kirby's Dream Land 3 is a fun action-adventure game. With unique features, awesome gameplay, well drawn graphics, and magnificent music, I'll recommend a buy, either from the store or on-line. Either way, it is my second favorite SNES game of all time.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 11/30/09
Game Release: Kirby's Dream Land 3 (US, November 1997)
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