For the last ten years, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and I have kept passing each other by, with no more than mere glances in the other’s direction before ultimately going our separate ways. Whether in the form of a physical SNES cartridge or a quick download vie the Wii U Virtual Console, I have had multiple opportunities to play the game, but have always chosen to spend my money on the highly praised Kirby Super Star instead. Finally, with the release of the SNES collection provided by the Switch Online service, I hadn’t any reason to ignore this game any longer. And now, in this post, I answer the question: do I regret taking so long to play this game? Well…yes and no. Continue reading Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Review
Today’s theme is tears, and I’ve been thinking a lot on this one, as I didn’t know how to write about tears without being depressing. We’ve all had sad experiences in our lives, so who wants to rehash them? But sometimes, ironically enough, being sad is sometimes a pleasant experience, a good way to release emotions and end up feeling happier as a result. To quote Sally Sparrow from my favorite Dr. Who episode Blink, sad is “happy for deep people”. So in today’s post, I thought I’d list a few of my favorite sad things. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 26: Tears
“Kirby” games always have a lot of fun, cute music (to match their adorable puffball hero, no doubt), and now I have a list of the top songs from “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” (poorly described, as usual), a game that seemed quite fond of the piano (you can detect that instrument in many of the songs, it seems). I have included links to Youtube, and the songs are in order from least good to most good.
10. “Meta Melon Isle” plays in the level of the same name. It is a fun, beach-y sounding song. It can’t help but make you happy. Smile, darn it! Upturn those lip corners!
9. “Stellar Way” is a bit annoying, as it really gets stuck in my head. But, it is also seriously a super adorable song, and it’s a bit different, as well.
8. “Halberd”, also known as “Meta Knight’s Revenge”, is a song that’s been in the series before. And it shows up again in the level with Meta Knight’s ship, because it’s a good song. Not my favorite version, but still good.
7. “Tankbot” plays when Kirby is in his tank form. It actually just repeats this fairly short tune the whole time, but I still like it anyway. It’s…action-y…or something.
6. “Vs. King Dedede”, his theme from previous games. This is always one of my favorites.
5. “Patch Castle” plays in the first level of the game, and it is a lovely song that is played on the piano (more so than many others). It strangely makes me sad, though. Don’t know why.
4. “Butter Building”, another famous “Kirby” song. I forget where it plays in this game, but it’s always been a fun one.
3. “Castle Dedede”, yet another song from previous games. I enjoy this one quite a bit, especially the piano parts.
2. “Vs. Squashini” plays during the boss battle against some strange, pumpkin (he looks more like a pumpkin than a squash to me) magician boss (who I find adorable). I enjoyed both the battle and the music.
1. “Dark Manor”, which plays in, well, a very dark, spooky manor which is in dire need of some nightlights. I knew this was my favorite song as soon as I heard it. I think a piano and a harpsichord are in there at parts. It’s a lovely song, but it also works quite well in this haunted little manor. (Spooky songs often are the best, no? Along with factory songs, but those don’t really appear in this game. Anyway…)
Duckini, Which is Not At All Like a Bikini or a Zuchini
But, don’t worry, he’s okay now. Ahem, a year ago, I decided to finally buy “Kirby’s Epic Yarn”. I was a bit apprehensive at first, as the game looks much different from what I’m used to. Kirby’s made of yarn now? Are you mad? But, I was running out of Wii games to buy, and I had heard nothing but good things about this game, so I decided to check it out. As I am slow, it took me a year to get around to playing this game (even after buying it, mind you), but now that I have, I must say I’m glad I did.
This game stars our favorite pink puffball as he goes on a quest to save Patch Land, a land made of yarn and fabric and buttons and the like (materials from my sewing box, actually) from the evil Yin-Yarn. While I have no idea what this villain’s deal is, I don’t expect much really, as it is a “Kirby” game, after all, and they were never deep on story. (Seriously, though, what was that guy’s motivation? And was his boss battle really that easy, or am I missing something? Gah, the vague story bugs me so!)
And while I enjoy “Kirby” games, one issue I have with them is that they are all the same, really. At least, that’s what I think. You played one, you’ve played them all. What this particular game has going for it, though, is the fact that it stands out from other “Kirby” games. For one thing, it still has the same simple charm that the series has always had, and yet this time around, like I said, everything is made of yarn and fabric and the like. Plus, Kirby can even unzip things in the environment, and one level has dinos with googly eyes. Both of those things are positively adorable. You also don’t have any health in this game, which I find odd, but Kirby loses beads if he gets hurt, so there is a bit of motivation not to get hit, since by collecting enough beads, you get gold medals (unsure of the purpose of these, but I still wanted them all just because), and if you have enough beads by the end of a boss battle, you get a new level to check out.
Another difference in this game is that Kirby does not have his famous copy abilities, which may seem strange, as this is one thing the “Kirby” series is known for, but they make up for this in other ways. Being made of yarn, Kirby is now more flexible than a contortionist, and he can bend his little, pink body into all kinds of shapes. So at various points throughout the game, he can turn into different things, like a tank, a dolphin (I like the dolphin), a train (I hate the train), and even a little fire truck that shoots water made of blue yarn. So at least these transformations are kind of similar to Kirby’s old abilities, and it does help to further differentiate this game from past entries of the series.
And just a quick mention of the fact that Kirby can also decorate a little apartment with items he buys or finds, plus he can talk to his friends and complete challenges, such as hide and seek and races, some of which can be rather difficult. This helps to get a little more out of an otherwise short game.
So this is a pretty short post, but that’s all you really need to know about this game. It’s still cute and fun, but what I noticed most was how it differs from other “Kirby” games, but in a good way. This is a refreshing change to a series I feel has not changed much over the years. If you buy one “Kirby” game, buy this one. (Or “Superstar”. Either one brings a little something special to the series.)
A Duck Made of Felt and String
Here are my top songs from “Kirby’s Return to Dream Land”. A lot of music from “Kirby” games is cute and happy, and all of it has a distinct style. Despite it being a cute game, there is actually a lot of good music. (Watch out, though. This does spoil the final boss. Sorry.) I included links to youtube rather than the actual videos because I don’t want loading my blog to take longer.
10. “Rainy Area” is a nice, happy song. I believe it’s in world 3, the ocean world. It’s just very pleasant to listen to. I feel quite cheery when I hear it.
9. “Grape Garden” is a very peaceful song that plays in world 5, the cloud world.
8. “Engine Area” is played in world 6, the machine world. It has an odd sound, but I like it. My favorite part is 0:47-1:09.
7. “Dark Area” is played in the last regular level of the game and also during part of a very important cut scene near the end…. It kind of has a mysterious sound to it.
6. “Boss Battle” is played during regular boss battles. It goes very well with a battle.
5. “Vs. Magolor Soul” is played during part of the final boss. (Sorry for the spoiler.) I especially like the beginning of the song. The music is appropriately epic.
4. “Machine Area” is played in world 6. I like the sound that’s kind of in the background, especially at the beginning. This music makes you feel like you’re somewhere rather dangerous.
3. “Cloudy Area” is a lovely song played in cloudy parts of world 5, and it really feels like you’re up in the clouds. I really like 0:19-0:32.
2. “Another Dimension” is played as you head for the final battle. I love this music. It gives the feeling of rushing to do something important, in this case, save the world.
1. “Castle Area” is played in world 5, and I thought it was a fun song. Not much to say. It’s just a nice song to listen to.
But, he apparently returned there in the game I recently beat, “Kirby’s Return toDreamLand”. It took me just under two weeks, and I got 100%. Normally, I am not a fan of cutesy games, but I still like “Kirby” games. And in my defense, “Kirby” games are classics, so it makes it okay.
Like usual, our pink puffball hero Kirby can inhale enemies and eat them to get their abilities. These abilities include things like Sword Kirby, Cutter Kirby (he’s not emo…), and Beam Kirby. You can actually do quite a bit of things with these abilities. There are different moves based on if you run while attacking, stay still, hold buttons, or attack in combination with another button. The series has actually not really changed much over the years. It’s still played with a control pad. It’s still a side-scroller. But, that’s fine. I like it just the way it is. In this game, Kirby also sometimes gets super strong abilities for a limited time. (This might be new, but I’m not sure. I missed a decent amount of the games.)
Anyway, there’s never much of a story in “Kirby” games, but this time, Kirby’s helping Magolor get back the pieces of his damaged ship. You collect big pieces of the ship when you beat a boss battle, and there are 120 energy spheres scattered throughout the levels, as well. When you collect these energy spheres, you open doors on Magolor’s ship that lead to copy abilities, a couple mini games, and these challenges where you use one copy ability and try to get as many points in this area while reaching the goal in time. Finding the energy spheres is pretty easy. I found them all without much trouble. I think this game might be even easier than the other ones.
Once you beat the game, The Arena opens up, where you have to beat a whole bunch of bosses and mini bosses in a row. I didn’t try super hard, so I didn’t get super far. I didn’t feel like it. They also act like there’s another game once you beat it, but it looks the same as the main game, so I didn’t do much with it. Maybe next time I play I’ll check it out. Once I beat the game, I got really lazy.
You can also apparently play the game with other people, and they can play as King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee. It annoys me that it seems I can’t play as them if I play alone. What are antisocial gamers to do?
Last of all, I love that “Kirby” games are cute and simple, and the story doesn’t seem like much, and yet they sometimes have a twist at the end. I really like the ending in this game. Most interesting part of the story. Only interesting part of the story.
Kirby’s Return to Duck Land
Anyone ever heard of the 100 theme challenge? It can be for writing or art (maybe anything, really), and there are 100 words or phrases that you use for inspiration. I did it for art a little over two years ago, before I started making pictures on Photoshop. It was fun, but I did all fan art and started to hurry through it. Very silly thing to do. But, if done properly, methinks it could really help someone with creative ideas. Open some metaphorical doors in the mind.
Perhaps I should try it again. I was considering using it to inspire some little stories, and maybe those stories could turn into bigger things. Maybe it’ll even help with the novel I currently have occasionally simmering in my mind. Don’t know yet, but I am at least pretty sure this challenge can help me come up with ideas I might never have thought of otherwise. Hooray for inspiration!
Anyway, I don’t really like most of the pictures I did, but there were a few decent things that came from the challenge:
For #8. Innocence, I drew Meta Knight threatening Kirby, while clueless Kirby offers him a flower. Cute, I guess.
For #12. Insanity, I drew ZiM in his old man costume screaming at the sight of the Madness Dog.
For #27. Foreign, I drew ZiM on the street holding a sign that says, “I sure am a foreign kid who loves Earth!” (It would make sense if you saw the show. Because ZiM’s an alien… Never mind.)
And #64. Mutitasking, ZiM is stealing a classmate’s brain while taking a test. (Again, you have to see the show. Specifically the episode where he steals classmates’ organs. “Dark Harvest”, I think.)
Wow, a lot of Invader ZiM stuff. Mostly, there was Invader ZiM, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Rayman, Banjo-Kazooie, and Kingdom Hearts. Like I said, all fan art. And they sound really lame when I explain them. I really need to do better next time, if there is a next time. …I wonder if someone could use the themes for creative snacks. It’s the #58. Kick in the Head snack! Now it’s the #97. Safety First snack!
The Duck Times 100