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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

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US and Japanese box art for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) HAL Laboratory
Release date(s) February 24th, 2023
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Supported languages Japanese, American English, British English, Canadian French, European French, Italian, German, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone 10+
PEGI: 7+
CERO: All Ages
Game size 5 GB
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a main-series Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch. It is a remake of the Wii game Kirby's Return to Dream Land. The game was announced on September 13th, 2022 and released on February 24th, 2023; a demo of the game was made available on February 8th, 2023, following that day's Nintendo Direct. It features the same story and gameplay as the original, but with new additions such as new Copy Abilities (namely the brand new Mecha and Sand abilities and the returning Festival ability from Kirby Star Allies), a revamped collection of Sub-Games housed in the new location Merry Magoland (an amusement park run by Magolor that acts as a separate mode in the game), and a new Extra Mode that features Magolor as the main character called Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, in which Magolor must recover his lost powers.

While Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe features nearly the exact same side-scrolling 2.5-D gameplay as the original, the graphics have been given an overhaul, giving all the characters strong outlines and increasing the detail and contrast. In addition, the characters (most notably King Dedede), enemies, and objects have been updated to their modern looks. Super Abilities have also been refined with faster gameplay and more visual flair. On top of this, several gameplay and control style tweaks, sound changes, and other small additions overall transform the experience when compared to the original game. The game reportedly sold almost 1.5 million units as of March 2023, and is thus expected to surpass the sales of the original Wii game.[1]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is available in all languages that Kirby's Return to Dream Land was originally available in, along with new translations in Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, and Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional).


The main story of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is entirely unchanged from the original game, though the cinematic cutscenes have all been graphically updated.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe features the same story as the original game in its Main Mode. In it, Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee have their merry peaceful day in Dream Land interrupted when Magolor comes crashing in from Another Dimension on his ship - the Lor Starcutter - which flies into pieces that scatter all around the world of Popstar. Kirby, kind soul that he is, agrees to help the stranger Magolor get his ship parts back, so he and his friends go adventuring across the land to recover them, having to fight off certain powerful opponents to get the larger pieces. Once the Lor is back together again, its grateful captain thanks Kirby and his friends by taking them on a cruise to his "homeworld" Halcandra, where they are subsequently attacked by a ferocious four-headed dragon named Landia.

Magolor urges Kirby to go and defeat the dragon for him, so he does so, knocking the dragon's crown off his highest head in the process. Magolor then shows up and takes this crown, placing it on his head and transforming into a big menacing apparition. Magolor reveals that he had actually tricked Kirby into defeating Landia so he could take this artifact for his own, and declares that he will now use its power to take over the universe, starting with Popstar. To stop him, Landia teams up with Kirby and his friends to chase Magolor into Another Dimension and they defeat him in the end, shattering the crown and banishing Magolor to parts unknown. Kirby and friends are subsequently taken home by Landia and the Lor before the dimension collapses in on them, resolving the conflict.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe introduces a new extra story in the form of Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, which is detailed in its section below.


Gameplay in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe follows the original, encapsulating classic side-scrolling platforming with an increased emphasis on exploration and combat over precise jumping or maneuvering.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe features the same core gameplay of the original, though with many adjustments and touch-ups following innovations introduced by games such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Star Allies, and even Kirby and the Forgotten Land. At heart, the gameplay still closely matches up with the classic formula established all the way back in Kirby's Adventure, as Kirby and his friends move through largely linear stages, using various abilities and attacks to deal with the enemies that litter the landscape, with the goal being to reach the door at the end to clear the stage or to defeat the boss at the end of each level. To assist in this endeavor, Kirby and friends can make use of various items that appear in the stages, such as the Crackler, Stomper Boot, and Prism Shield, as well as picking up food items to recover health and Point Stars to gain extra lives. The most notable breaks in regular gameplay are the sections in stages that make use of the powerful Super Abilities, which are used to clear large obstacles and open rifts to Another Dimension for an extra challenge just before the end of certain stages.

Like the original game, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe can be played solo or with up to 4 players for simultaneous multiplayer co-op. Additional players can drop in and drop out at any time, though they cannot be controlled by the CPU like in Kirby Super Star or Kirby Star Allies. Also unlike those games, additional players can also play as different colored Kirbys. This multiplayer functionality also carries into nearly all of the Sub-Games on offer, as well as in Magolor Epilogue.


General controls  
Control Type A Type B
Move (press twice to dash and down to crouch) Left Stick, directional buttons or + Control Pad Left Stick, directional buttons or + Control Pad
Inhale (Kirby) or Attack (other characters) B Y
Jump A B
Bring up Souvenir Item menu X X
Guard (tilt L Stick to dodge, press in the air to air dodge) L, R, ZL or ZR L, R, ZL or ZR
Drop ability (Kirby only) Hold Y Hold A
Super Inhale (Kirby only) Hold B Hold Y
Pause +/- +/-
Join Game (P2/P3/P4 only) L+R or ZL+ZR L+R or ZL+ZR
Emote R Stick R Stick
Put on/remove Dress-Up Mask Press R Stick Press R Stick

Playable characters[edit]

The playable characters in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe are as follows:

Playable characters in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Character Description Notes
Kirby, round and brave as ever, takes the lead on the adventure as the P1 character. Using his inhale, he can gobble enemies up and spit them back out as Star Bullets or swallow them to potentially gain a new power, greatly changing up his playstyle in the process. Additional players can also choose to control differently-colored Kirbys (yellow for player 2, blue for player 3, and green for player 4).
A portly regal bird-like man who has put his past differences with his "arch frenemy" aside to join Kirby on his adventure. King Dedede packs a wallop with his hammer, using all of the same techniques as Hammer Kirby, in addition to some tricks of his own. King Dedede has new moves which were not present in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land, such as his Head Slide and Super Dedede Jump.
A mysterious masked swordsman who shares a similar physique to Kirby, though with bat-like wings that give him great aerial mobility at all times. His playstyle is similar to both Sword and Wing Kirby, though with his own set of tricks as well. Meta Knight has new moves which were not present in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land, such as his Galactic Counter and Crescent Shot.
An intrepid Waddle Dee who carries a spear and a blue bandana to distinguish him from his more humdrum relatives. His playstyle is very similar to Spear Kirby, though he gains some improved mobility due to possessing an Infinity Jump. Bandana Waddle Dee can now use his "Ground Thrust" technique, which was introduced in Kirby Star Allies.
After clearing the main Story Mode, Magolor is playable in his own adventure, Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler. Though initially quite weak and with few attacks, Magolor is able to gradually restore his lost powers until he becomes a force to be reckoned with. Magolor's moveset in this game resembles that in Kirby Star Allies, though with a lot of changes. Additional players control differently-colored Magolors (yellow for player 2, blue for player 3, and green for player 4).

Copy Abilities[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe features every Copy Ability from the original game, in addition to the new Mecha and Sand abilities, as well as Festival, making it the first remake to add Copy Abilities that were not in the original game (although introducing new abilities was considered for the previous remakes, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the idea was ultimately scrapped for both games[2][3]). Some abilities were also given updated movesets based on later games.

The following are all the Copy Abilities in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, along with other details:

Copy Abilities in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Ability Appearance Provider(s) Description Notes
New Abilities
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Armoroid Kirby gains mechanical robotic armor that allows him to perform fiery and electric punches, fly with a jet pack, drop mines, and perform other such attacks. This ability is similar to the boss Metal General.
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Sandran Kirby gains a large array of attacks relating to sand, such as making dust devils, creating a sand fist, and even conjuring a sand castle to attack from below. This ability is similar to Leaf.
Returning Abilities
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Waddle Doo, Gemra, King Doo, Metal General Kirby can attack with an array of magical beam blasts to zap his enemies.
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Poppy Bros. Jr., Bomb Machine, Mr. Dooter, Metal General, HR-D3, Rampaging Doomers, Crowned Doomer, Master Crown Kirby can pull out bombs to toss at his enemies.
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Searches, Metal General Kirby creates a massive explosion that wipes out all enemies on screen.
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Sir Kibble, Jackle, Kibble Blade Kirby battles his foes with bladed boomerangs that can be guided while in-flight.
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Don Puffle Kirby can dance with his friends to make all enemies on screen turn into Point Stars and food. This ability was not present in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but comes from Kirby Star Allies instead.
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Knuckle Joe Kirby gains access to a wide array of martial-arts and other techniques with which to pummel his foes.
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Galbo, Hot Head, Flamer, Fire Sphere Doomer, Fiery Puffer, Mr. Dooter EX, volcano rocks Kirby gains the ability to breathe fire at his foes, and turn into a fireball to tackle them. Kirby can also use the Searing Burn and Fireball Jump techniques originating from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
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Bonkers Kirby uses a large wooden mallet to clobber his foes and pound down stakes. Hammer Flip can be charged, as in more recent games.
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Starman Kirby can leap high in the air and dive downwards, plowing through any enemies in his way.
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Chilly, Snowl, Strike Box, Ice Sphere Doomer, Goriath Kirby can breathe ice to freeze his opponents solid and then kick them away while gracefully skating along.
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Leafan, Bulby, Master Crown Kirby attacks his foes with a torrent of razor-sharp leaves.
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Walky Kirby can shout at his enemies up to three times to deal huge sonic damage to them.
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Needlous, Tick, Totenga Kirby projects long sharp spikes out from his body to defend himself from assailants, and can shoot them out with enough effort.
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Moonja Kirby gains access to a number of techniques and weapons typical of a fantasy Ninja warrior.
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Parasol Waddle Dee Kirby gains a parasol that he can use to gently glide through the air or break through enemy formations.
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Noddy Kirby falls asleep on the spot and cannot do anything until he wakes up again.
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Sparky, Elec, Dubior, Spark Sphere Doomer, Metal General EX, Electricky Dooter Kirby can generate a big electric field around himself and shoot electric projectiles at enemies.
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Pierce, Lanzer Kirby gains a spear which he can use to strike his foes from afar, or even twirl it around to start flying.
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Rocky, Moundo Kirby can turn to stone to avoid damage and slide down slopes safely through enemies, or land on them from above for big damage. New Stone Change forms from recent Kirby games have been added. Additionally, Kirby can also use Mighty Uppercut and rotate in stone form, both originating from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
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Blade Knight, Gigant Edge Kirby gains a sword and the courage to strike his foes deftly with many different attacks. Kirby can also use the Twister Slash, Hat Thrust, and Sky Energy Sword attacks originating from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
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Twister Kirby can turn himself into a raging whirlwind that passes through enemies very easily, but is difficult to control.
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Water Galbo, Pluid, Water Galboros, Fatty Puffer, Hydriath, Crowned Doomer Kirby gains the ability to surf through his enemies and attack them with pressurized water spouts. Kirby can now make his Geyser rise higher by mashing the attack button and no longer has to hold down to use Rainbow Rain, both introduced in Kirby Star Allies.
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Whippy Kirby gains a whip which he can use to strike or grab enemies and items from afar.
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Owgulf Kirby gains a pair of wings and the ability to fly with grace, speed, and power. Wing Kirby's hat has been given a slight redesign.

Super Abilities[edit]

Like in the original game, Kirby has access to five Super Abilities which are more powerful versions of regular abilities. They are as follows:

Super Abilities in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Ability Appearance Description Notes
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This is a super version of the Beam ability.
It allows Kirby to freely control an electric ball that can destroy star-marked enemies and obstacles as well as electrify Beam Lamps.
Kirby can now Disengage by pressing the attack button, as it was previously only possible using the jump button.
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This is a super version of the Hammer ability.
It gives Kirby three stages of charge to hammer down giant stakes and produce shockwaves.
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This is a super version of the Fire ability.
It gives Kirby the ability to summon a fiery dragon that flies horizontally and and destroys star-marked enemies and obstacles on its way.
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This is a super version of the Ice ability.
It gives Kirby the ability to become a large snowball that can roll and jump, destroying star-marked enemies and obstacles on his way.
This is notably similar to the Ice-Ice Power Combo from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
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This is a super version of the Sword ability.
It gives Kirby a large sword (with several variations) that can destroy star-marked enemies and obstacles.
There are two new sword variations, Wild Edge's blade and Morpho Knight's sword (which are both available to Kirby as Evolved Copy Abilities in Kirby and the Forgotten Land).


All main levels include one boss stage, which is included in the stage count.

World Level Name Stages Energy
Ship Part Boss(es) Description
Popstar Level 1 13 Oars This level is a grassy level with trees and vegetation. Some parts of this level are played underground.
Level 2 16 Right Wing This level is set in a desert with pyramids and ruins.
Level 3 16 Left Wing This level takes place in aquatic environments, above and under the sea.
Level 4 19 Emblem This level is characterized by being snowy and icy throughout.
Level 5 20 Mast This level bears a vague "Jack and the Beanstalk" feel, starting on the ground, carrying to the sky, and eventually arriving at a castle situated in the air. Like in previous games, this level features stages where characters can walk on clouds.
Halcandra Level 6 21 N/A This level is set in a mechanized and industrialized area, showing signs of decay.
Level 7 15 N/A This level is set in a volcanic, lava-dominated land.
Another Dimension Level 8 N/A 0 N/A This level is a boss level where Kirby must fight the final three bosses of the game. This area is located in a dark, eerie, alternate dimension.

The first letters in the English names of Levels 1-7 spell out CROWNED, indicating how Magolor crowns himself with the Master Crown near the end of the story. This word is also the name of the music track that plays in the final battle against Magolor.

  • In the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese versions, the names are written in both the native language and in English. The native Chinese names also spell out CROWNED when converted to pinyin.
  • In the Latin Spanish version, the first letters of Levels 1-7 spell out CORONAR (Spanish for "to crown").
  • In the French versions, the first letters of Levels 1-7 spell out PARFAIT (French for "perfect").
  • In the German version, the first letters of Levels 1-7 spell out KROENEN, with the "OE" likely being meant to symbolize the "ö" in "Krönen" (German for "to crown").
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese version, the first letters of Levels 1-7 spell out CORAGEM (Portuguese for "courage").
  • In the Dutch version, the first letters of Levels 1-7 spell out POPSTAR, referring to Kirby's home planet.


Artwork of Armoroid, one of the few new enemies added to this game over the original.

All of the enemies, mid-bosses, and bosses in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land return in this remake, and none have been replaced. However, a handful of new enemies and bosses have been added, particularly due to the new Copy Abilities and new fights in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler. In addition, a few enemies and bosses have been altered somewhat, whether that be in look, attack patterns, or both.

All enemies from the original (and a few new ones) appear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, namely:

Neutral enemies in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Name Image New to this game? Description Notes
Armor Waddle Dee
Armor Halcandle Dee
KRtDLD Armor Waddle Dee screenshot.png KRtDLD Halcandra Armor Dee screenshot.png No A heavy metal suit made to resemble a Waddle Dee. Has three Waddle Dees inside which are exposed once the suit breaks. Also has a Halcandra variant.
Babut KRtDLD Babut screenshot.png No A bulbous bat which hangs from ceilings until Kirby gets near, whence it will fly toward him and attack by collision.
Barbar KRtDLD Barbar screenshot.png No A giant invincible eel that pops out of holes and tries to swallow Kirby. It will chew him for a bit if successful.
Barracu KRtDLD Barracu screenshot.png No A nasty fish with sharp teeth that swims back and forth and will thrash Kirby with its jaws if it catches him.
Blipper KRtDLD Blipper screenshot.png No A fish that wears goggles. It will swim after Kirby or try to jump out of the water to hit him. It flops around on land.
Big Waddle Dee KRtDLD Big Waddle Dee screenshot.png No A giant Waddle Dee who requires a Super Inhale to eat, but is otherwise identical to the smaller ones.
Bouncy KRtDLD Bouncy screenshot.pngKRtDLD Halcandra Bouncy screenshot.png No A pink creature with a bow and spring who bounces in place. Also has a Halcandra variant.
Bouncy Sis KRtDLD Bouncy Sis screenshot.png No A larger and more decorated version of Bouncy.
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No A floating bow with a face that holds in place and will try to shoot arrows at Kirby. Also has a Halcandra variant.
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No A stubborn flying ball of a foe who will fly in consistent patterns, hold in place, or pursue Kirby. Also has a Halcandra variant.
Broom Hatter KRtDLD Broom Hatter screenshot.png No A yellow lass wearing a witch's hat who sweeps the ground using a broomstick.
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No A mushroom-like foe who wears a cap. If Kirby attempts to inhale Cappy while its cap is on, the cap will fly into his mouth in place of the enemy proper.
Cerulean KRtDLD Cerulean screenshot.png No A spear tip-shaped flying foe who gently glides in a straight direction while sometimes slowly descending. It can only attack by collision but does not actively seek to do so.
Clayn KRtDLD Clayn screenshot.png No A slug-like foe who curls up into a small blob until approached, where it then unfurls and reveals itself. Does not do much aside from this.
Coldtzo KRtDLD Coldtzo screenshot.png No A large invulnerable cannon foe who shoots big ice volleys at Kirby.
Coconut KRtDLD Coconut screenshot.png No A seemingly inanimate object which will try to drop on Kirby's head and explode if he passes underneath. Comes in two different sizes.
Como KRtDLD Como screenshot.png No A spider-like foe who slides down on a strand of silk when Kirby approaches. It will be defeated if hit directly or if its string is cut.
Craby KRtDLD Craby screenshot.png No A circular crab-like enemy who scuttles along the ocean floor and extends its arms out diagonally to try and snip at Kirby.
Darpa KRtDLD Darpa screenshot.png No A Sphere Doomer-like foe that inhabits Another Dimension. Its only attack is to fly straight, attempting to ram into its target.
Degout KRtDLD Degout screenshot.png No A floating robotic eye that cannot be inhaled and can be attacked a lot. Most are stationary, but some will pursue Kirby.
Deppa KRtDLD Deppa screenshot.png No A Sphere Doomer-like foe that inhabits Another Dimension. It is big and bulky, can fire projectiles, and explodes into four pieces when defeated.
Dippa KRtDLD Dippa screenshot.png No A Sphere Doomer-like foe that inhabits Another Dimension. It is slightly larger than a Darpa, can fire projectiles, and attempts to ram into its target.
Dupa KRtDLD Dupa screenshot.png No A Sphere Doomer-like foe that inhabits Another Dimension. It is egg-shaped and clings to surfaces with its feet, firing projectiles as it goes.
Gigatzo KRtDLD Gigatzo screenshot.png No A very large invulnerable cannon which fires flaming boulders on a regular basis.
Glunk KRtDLD Glunk screenshot.png No An unassuming anemone-like enemy which can fire projectiles from its head, and tends to cling to surfaces without moving.
Gordo KRtDLD Gordo screenshot.png No A spiny invulnerable floating enemy which should be avoided.
Hunter Degout KRtDLD Hunter Degout screenshot.png No A red Degout who will pursue Kirby relentlessly, but only if he has a Key.
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No A red Scarfy who will pursue Kirby relentlessly, but only if he has a Key. It reverts to normal if he drops or uses the key.
Iron Barbar KRtDLD Iron Barbar screenshot.png No A massive black Barbar who emerges from lava pits and tries to eat Kirby.
Kabu KRtDLD Kabu screenshot.png No A small stone idol which is capable of rolling around, leaping, and occasionally vanishing just to reappear somewhere else.
Key Dee KRtDLD Key Dee screenshot.png No A yellow Waddle Dee-like creature with a monkey's face and tail who can be seen holding Keys. Kirby has to chase it down and defeat it to get its key.
Mopoo KRtDLD Mopoo screenshot.png No Circular snow-tuft creatures that jump out of fissures in the ground or in clouds and either arc back down or keep rising indefinitely. Fissures produce them continuously.
Mumbies KRtDLD Mumbies screenshot.png No A floating red eye wrapped in bandages which will chase Kirby if he is not looking at it. It cannot be inhaled.
Nruff KRtDLD Nruff screenshot.png No A woolly pig-like creature which charges and jumps. Waddle Dees can be seen riding them.
Pacloud KRtDLD Pacloud screenshot.png No A cloudy variant of Pacto which has slightly higher stamina, but is otherwise the same.
Pacto KRtDLD Pacto screenshot.png No A floating yellow monster with a huge maw who will try to eat Kirby if he enters its range. Has rather high stamina.
Puppet Waddle Dee KRtDLD Puppet Waddle Dee screenshot.png No A crude paper suit made to resemble a Waddle Dee. Has three Waddle Dees inside which are exposed once the suit is destroyed.
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No A deviously cute flying creature who usually holds in place. If Kirby tries to inhale it or hurts it, it turns into a demon and chases him.
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No A small armless creature that wears a pointed metal helmet and charges at Kirby. The helmet can be inhaled or broken, leaving the defenseless Shelt to run in fear.
Shotzo KRtDLD Shotzo screenshot.png No An invulnerable round cannon that shoots continuous volleys and may re-orient itself to aim at Kirby. It can fall if the ground is removed from beneath it.
Squishy KRtDLD Squishy screenshot.png No A yellow squid who can swim through water, jump out of the water, and walk around on land.
Volttzo KRtDLD Volttzo screenshot.png No An invulnerable large cannon which fires large balls of lightning on regular intervals.
Waddle Dee
Halcandle Dee
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No A common and generally passive creature similar to Kirby in physique, though without a mouth. Also has a Halcandra variant. Can be seen swinging from ropes.
Walf KRtDLD Walf screenshot.png No Inflatable raft-like turtle enemies who float on the surface of the water and will pursue Kirby slowly.
Wapod KRtDLD Wapod screenshot.png No Ghostly Waddle Dees who waft out of pots. The pot must be destroyed to stop Wapods from appearing.

Ability-providing enemies[edit]

Copy Ability-providing enemies in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Name Image New to this game? Ability Description Notes
Armoroid KRtDLD Armoroid screenshot.png Yes Mecha A small floating droid with an energy cannon hidden in its forehead.
Blade Knight KRtDLD Blade Knight screenshot.png No Sword A swordsman in green armor who sits in place or walks slowly and will try to swipe at Kirby if he gets close.
Bulby KRtDLD Bulby screenshot.png No Leaf An animate tuber plant with eyes and limbs that pops out of the ground when startled, then slowly glides down using its flower.
Chilly KRtDLD Chilly screenshot.png No Ice A living snowman who can conjure a freezing aura around himself when Kirby gets near. Otherwise, he just shuffles around.
Don Puffle KRtDLD Don Puffle screenshot.png Yes Festival A small round bird which flies at Kirby or shoots confetti at him. Don Puffle originally debuted in Kirby Star Allies.
Elec KRtDLD Elec screenshot.png No Spark A robotic eyeball with green protrusions that rolls along walls and can emit electricity. A close cousin of Flamer.
Flamer KRtDLD Flamer screenshot.png No Fire A spicy eyeball with pink protrusions that rolls along walls and can spout flames. It will occasionally jump off the wall to try and tackle Kirby.
Foley KRtDLD Foley screenshot.png No Bomb A circular flying creature with a propeller cap. If Kirby tries to pass underneath, Foley drops its propeller and falls, exploding once it hits something.
Galbo KRtDLD Galbo screenshot.png No Fire A small dragon-like blob creature which can hop around and breathe fire.
Gemra KRtDLD Gemra screenshot.png No Beam A floating crystal ball with a hat that holds its position and fires a beam whip toward Kirby.
Hot Head KRtDLD Hot Head screenshot.png No Fire A flaming octopus-like enemy which spews flames from its snout.
Jackle KRtDLD Jackle screenshot.png No Cutter A floating enemy similar to Wheelie in appearance which throws a cutter boomerang in whatever direction it is facing.
Knuckle Joe KRtDLD Knuckle Joe screenshot.png No Fighter A young karate master who knows many different moves, though is still very susceptible to Kirby's inhale.
Lanzer KRtDLD Lanzer screenshot.png No Spear A purple-clad knight who marches back and forth and jabs with its trident.
Leafan KRtDLD Leafan screenshot.png No Leaf A bulbous orange creature with a leafy crown and tail which can float gently through the air and spit seeds out on both sides of itself.
Moonja KRtDLD Moonja screenshot.png No Ninja An elusive foe in a purple ninja cloak who knows many tricks, but is still susceptible to Kirby's inhale.
Needlous KRtDLD Needlous screenshot.png No Needle A spiky caterpillar-like foe that can roll up into a ball and rush forward.
Noddy KRtDLD Noddy screenshot.png No Sleep A pink armless opponent who spends most of its time asleep.
Owgulf KRtDLD Owgulf screenshot.png No Wing A red owl-like bird that throws feather projectiles at Kirby.
Parasol Waddle Dee
Parasol Halcandle Dee
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No Parasol A Waddle Dee holding a Parasol which can be used to slow a fall. Can be made to drop the parasol if attacked or after landing from a drift. Also has a Halcandra variant.
Parasol Waddle Doo KRtDLD Parasol Waddle Doo screenshot.png No Parasol or Beam A Waddle Doo holding a Parasol which can be used to slow a fall. Can be made to drop the parasol if attacked or after landing from a drift.
Pierce KRtDLD Pierce screenshot.png No Spear A flying bumblebee soldier who uses a spear to attack.
Pluid KRtDLD Pluid screenshot.png No Water A blob of water with eyes that drops from ceilings and tries to bump into Kirby.
Poppy Bros. Jr. KRtDLD Poppy Bros. Jr. screenshot.png No Bomb A small trickster who throws large bombs at Kirby. The bombs can also be inhaled for the ability.
Rocky KRtDLD Rocky screenshot.png No Stone A rock with eyes, feet, and a headband who falls very quickly after a leap or after walking off a cliff.
Sandran KRtDLD Sandran screenshot.png Yes Sand A sandy lizard which spits sand at Kirby when he gets in range.
Searches KRtDLD Searches screenshot.png No Crash A floating spherical creature which will detonate if Kirby gets too close.
Sir Kibble KRtDLD Sir Kibble screenshot.png No Cutter A yellow suit of armor who throws cutter boomerangs at Kirby.
Snowl KRtDLD Snowl screenshot.png No Ice A frosty owl who flies back and forth and drops chunks of ice on regular intervals.
Sodory KRtDLD Sodory screenshot.png No Sword A living sword who hops using its blade and uses its hilt like wings. It can swipe at Kirby with its blade.
Sparky KRtDLD Sparky screenshot.png No Spark A green tear-shaped blob enemy who can hop and emit an electric barrier around itself.
Starman KRtDLD Starman screenshot.png No Hi-Jump A star-shaped superhero with a cape who can make great leaps upward.
Tick KRtDLD Tick screenshot.png No Needle A white blob who can shoot a huge needle out the top of its head when Kirby tries to pass overhead.
Totenga KRtDLD Totenga screenshot.png No Needle A spiky orange creature who rests atop a tall green spiky cactus. Hits to the cactus cause it to shrink. Totenga cannot be inhaled until the cactus base is completely gone.
Twister KRtDLD Twister screenshot.png No Tornado A yellow spinning top foe who can briefly turn into a mini-tornado.
Waddle Doo KRtDLD Waddle Doo screenshot.png

KRtDLD Swinging Waddle Doo screenshot.png

No Beam A small cycloptic creature similar to Waddle Dees who can fire a beam from his giant eye. Can also be seen swinging from ropes.
Walky KRtDLD Walky screenshot.png No Mike An anthropomorphic microphone that paces back and forth.
Water Galbo KRtDLD Water Galbo screenshot.png No Water A blue Galbo which spits globs of water instead of breathing fire.
Whippy KRtDLD Whippy screenshot.png No Whip A limbless cat-like creature with a long whip tail that it can strike with at far range.
Super Enemies
Super Blade Knight KRtDLD Super Blade Knight screenshot.png No Ultra Sword A more decorated version of Blade Knight who otherwise acts the same.
Super Chilly KRtDLD Super Chilly screenshot.png No Snow Bowl A more decorated version of Chilly who otherwise acts the same.
Super Hammer KRtDLD Super Hammer screenshot.png No Grand Hammer An inanimate hammer that can appear during the final boss battle in Extra Mode.
Super Hot Head KRtDLD Super Hot Head screenshot.png No Monster Flame A more decorated version of Hot Head who otherwise acts the same.
Super Waddle Doo KRtDLD Super Waddle Doo screenshot.png No Flare Beam A more decorated version of Waddle Doo who otherwise acts the same.
Super Enemies will drop ability stars upon defeat. Super Bonkers is mentioned in the Mid-Bosses section below.

Super Ability-specific enemies[edit]

Super Ability-specific enemies in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Name Image Description Notes
Bomb Machine KRtDLD Bomb Machine screenshot.png A large bomb on a wheel trolley and crank which re-positions it. It fires missiles from its mouth and can be defeated by lighting its fuse with the Monster Flame ability. The missiles provide the Bomb ability if swallowed.
Burner Box KRtDLD Burner Box screenshot.png A fire-spewing box which can be pounded flat using the Grand Hammer ability.
Drill Machine KRtDLD Drill Machine screenshot.png A spiky piston-based machine that can be destroyed using the Flare Beam or Monster Flame ability.
Giant Flotzo KRtDLD Giant Flotzo screenshot.png A large pale octopus-like creature who hides inside a shipwreck, and can be defeated using the Monster Flame ability.
Merman Statue KRtDLD Merman Statue screenshot.png A waddling statue with a barrel in its mouth. The barrel can be struck when exposed using Monster Flame.
Moai Block KRtDLD Moai Block screenshot.pngKRtDLD Moai Block screenshot 2.png A series of stone blocks; some being able to spew flames from their 'mouths'. Can be broken using Flare Beam.
Strike Box KRtDLD Strike Box screenshot.png A jack-in-the-box-like enemy who pops out in various places to fire beam blasts. Can be smashed using the Grand Hammer ability, but it tends to try to avoid Kirby's attacks. Its projectiles provide the Ice ability when swallowed.


Mid-Bosses in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Name Appearance Copy Ability Description
Bonkers KRtDLD Bonkers screenshot.png
KRtDLD Bonkers EX screenshot.png
Hammer Bonkers attacks much like his counterparts in previous titles, but has an EX version with more formidable techniques.
Super Bonkers KRtDLD Super Bonkers screenshot.pngKRtDLD Super Bonkers EX screenshot.png Grand Hammer A super variant of Bonkers who provides the Grand Hammer ability. Despite his name and look, Super Bonkers is not any tougher than normal Bonkers.
Dubior KRtDLD Dubior screenshot.pngKRtDLD Dubior EX screenshot.png Spark A floating UFO-type enemy that can generate an energy shield and fire sparks in various patterns. It can also summon little minions that can be swallowed and spat back at it.
Gigant Edge KRtDLD Gigant Edge screenshot.pngKRtDLD Gigant Edge EX screenshot.png Sword A large armored swordsman who carries a shield and charges with his blade. His attacks are slow, but dangerous.
Kibble Blade KRtDLD Kibble Blade screenshot.pngKRtDLD Kibble Blade EX screenshot.png Cutter A large silver version of Sir Kibble that throws huge inhalable cutter blades and sometimes charges head-first at Kirby.
King Doo KRtDLD King Doo screenshot.pngKRtDLD King Doo EX screenshot.png Beam A very large Waddle Doo with a long hair-lick draped over his eye. He can fire his beam in many different ways, much like Beam Kirby can.
Moundo KRtDLD Moundo screenshot.pngKRtDLD Moundo EX screenshot.png Stone Resembles a tiny mountain with eyes, a craggy mouth, a headband, and a pair of sandals. It attacks by rolling about and crashing down from above.
Sphere Doomer KRtDLD Sphere Doomer screenshot.pngKRtDLD Sphere Doomer EX screenshot.png
KRtDLD Red Sphere Doomer screenshot.pngKRtDLD Red Sphere Doomer EX screenshot.png
KRtDLD Cyan Sphere Doomer screenshot.pngKRtDLD Cyan Sphere Doomer EX screenshot.png
KRtDLD Silver Sphere Doomer screenshot.pngKRtDLD Silver Sphere Doomer EX screenshot.png
N/A Spectral beings from Another Dimension that come in four variants. Each Doomer is characterized by its vaguely bird-like features attached to a spherical ghostly body, and can be sorted from least to most powerful through the number of tail feathers each one bears. They attack with various flying maneuvers and firing energy orbs that can be inhaled and spat back. Most Sphere Doomers drop two Energy Spheres upon defeat.
Water Galboros KRtDLD Water Galboros screenshot.pngKRtDLD Water Galboros EX screenshot.png Water A large Galbo-like enemy that spits water projectiles. It also performs various attacks with its girth, by charging and slamming.


Bosses in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Boss Image New to this game? Area Description HP HP (EX) Notes
Story Mode
Whispy Woods KRtDLD Whispy Woods screenshot.png

KRtDLD Whispy Woods EX screenshot.png

No Cookie Country - Stage 5 A sentient tree which can drop apples and breathe gale force winds to attack. Whispy Woods also gains the ability to inhale and chew on Kirby and friends. 420 520
Mr. Dooter KRtDLD Mr Dooter Screenshot.png

KRtDLD Mr Dooter EX Screenshot.png

No Raisin Ruins - Stage 5 An Arabian magician which can produce skulls and snakes from his hat, and can spin rapidly to form a tornado. 460 620
Fatty Puffer KRtDLD Fatty Puffer screenshot.png

KRtDLD Fatty Puffer EX screenshot.png

No Onion Ocean - Stage 5 An obese pufferfish with the ability to perform a rolling charge, spit water projectiles, and inflate to an even more monstrous size when damaged enough. 610 750
Goriath KRtDLD Goriath screenshot.png

KRtDLD Goriath EX screenshot.png

No White Wafers - Stage 6 A large white primate with the ability to control ice and deliver powerful punches. In his second phase, Goriath's hair turns golden and he gains additional attacks, such as the ability to fire energy waves. 500 580
Grand Doomer KRtDLD Grand Doomer screenshot.png

KRtDLD Grand Doomer EX screenshot.png

No Nutty Noon - Stage 6 The final boss fought on Popstar, Grand Doomer is the leader of the fierce Sphere Doomers. It can fire energy spheres and disappear into a dimensional hole to ambush Kirby. During Grand Doomer's second phase within the main mode, it gains stony armor which can only be damaged by the Ultra Sword ability. 630 690
Metal General KRtDLD Metal General screenshot.png

KRtDLD Metal General EX screenshot.png

No Egg Engines - Stage 6 The mechanical guardian of Egg Engines, Metal General possesses impressive swordsmanship and can shoot bombs and giant missiles at Kirby. 660 700 In Extra Mode, Metal General EX is fought before HR-D3.
Landia KRtDLD Landia screenshot.png

KRtDLD Landia EX screenshot.png

No Dangerous Dinner - Stage 4 The draconian keeper of the Master Crown, Landia consists of four smaller dragons which can combine into a single, four-headed beast. Landia's attacks consist of launching fireballs, creating windstorms, and wielding electrical currents. 700 780
Lor & Magolor KRtDLD Lor & Magolor screenshot.png

KRtDLD Lor EX & Magolor screenshot.png

No Another Dimension Magolor manipulates the corrupted Lor Starcutter to assault Kirby. It can launch star projectiles and energy orbs, throw its wings akin to boomerangs, and even control a massive hurricane. 630 730
Magolor KRtDLD Traitor Magolor screenshot.png

KRtDLD Traitor Magolor EX screenshot.png

No Another Dimension The deceitful wizard possesses an impressive array of magical abilities, including the ability to launch magical spheres, summon Doomers to glide across the screen, and generate black holes. In his second phase, Magolor creates a star-like shield which can only be broken using Super Abilities. 660 860 When Kirby deals the final blow using Ultra Sword, Magolor appears to initially resist the blade strike.
Magolor's second form KRtDLD Magolor second form screenshot.png No Another Dimension After his initial defeat, Magolor transforms into an ethereal, more powerful reincarnated form. In his second phase, Magolor's second form can wield his own, twisted renditions of Kirby's Super Abilities. 900 No Replaced by Magolor Soul in Extra Mode and The True Arena.
Extra Mode
HR-D3 KRtDLD HR-D3 screenshot.png No Stage 6 (Extra Mode only) A titanic robot piloted by Metal General. It has two separate health bars for each of its attack phases. HR-D3 can fire homing rockets, shoot lasers from its eyes, and spin its giant arms around. No 800


Magolor Soul KRtDLD Magolor Soul screenshot.png No Another Dimension (Extra Mode only) Said to be the form of Magolor after being consumed completely by the Master Crown, Magolor Soul is an even more powerful version of Magolor's second form from the main Story Mode. No 1200
Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler
Electricky Dooter KRtDLD Electricky Dooter screenshot.png Yes Aerogree Dimension A green wizard similar to Mr. Dooter, but possesses the power to control lightning. No 500
Fiery Puffer KRtDLD Fiery Puffer screenshot.png Yes Pyred Dimension A horned, magma-covered pufferfish who possesses similar attacks to Fatty Puffer, but with added pyrotechnic capabilities. No 500
Hydriath KRtDLD Hydriath screenshot.png Yes Poseiblu Dimension A merman-like entity which can throw globs of water. He has a similar appearance and fighting style to Goriath. No 580
Rampaging Doomers KRtDLD Rampaging Doomers screenshot.png Yes Locandra Dimension A quartet of Sphere Doomers which fly across the screen while attempting to tackle Magolor. They can also create damaging energy clouds and summon black holes. No 750
Crowned Doomer KRtDLD Crowned Doomer screenshot.png Yes Ethereal Altar Grand Doomer after taking on a powerful and shady new form due to being imbued with shards of the Master Crown and consuming Magolor's red fruit. No 620
Master Crown KRtDLD Master Crown boss screenshot.png Yes Ethereal Altar A giant tree assimilated by the Master Crown. The Master Crown's attacks consist of launching thick tree roots through portals, and dropping crystalline apples on Magolor. No 650
The True Arena
Galacta Knight KRtDLD Galacta Knight screenshot.png No The True Arena A legendary swordsman akin to Meta Knight, said to be the most powerful warrior in the galaxy. He possesses a wide range of attacks with his lance and shield, as well as the ability to summon and launch energy swords. No 600*
Magolor Soul (True Arena) KRtDLD Magolor Soul phase 2 screenshot.png Yes The True Arena By far the most difficult rendition of Magolor, this version of Magolor Soul is even less restrained than his Extra Mode fight. Namely, he can launch two Magolor Cannons at once, and now possesses attacks based on the Sand and Mecha abilities. No 1500


In Magolor Soul's second phase, his eyes disappear except for the one in his mouth, suggesting that the Master Crown has fully assimilated Magolor's body.
  • For reference, the basic Star Bullet does 52 damage.
  • Multiplayer damage multiplier: 0.8 for 2 players, 0.75 for 3 players, 0.7 for 4 players.
  • Existing bosses have increased HP compared to their counterparts in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Bosses have 75% maximum HP in The Arena and The True Arena (rounded down to zero decimal places).
  • The table lists the actual HP of Galacta Knight* and Magolor Soul* in The True Arena instead of their internal base HP of 800 and 2000 (800+1200), respectively.

Merry Magoland[edit]

Wide view of Merry Magoland, with all the Sub-Games visible.
Kirby and his friends arriving at the park via Warp Star.
Main article: Merry Magoland

Merry Magoland is a new area of the game where Kirby and up to three other players can participate in competitive Sub-Games (although the games can also be accessed in the Lor Starcutter like in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land). There are far more than in previous games, with most returning from older games in the Kirby series.

In Merry Magoland, the Sub-Games are hosted by Manager Magolor, who gives Kirby tips and, if the player is connected to Nintendo Switch Online, will share data from other players around the world, like Wise Waddle Dee in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Despite this, Merry Magoland is same system-only, with no local communication or online multiplayer. Playing Sub-Games will accumulate stamps, which unlock cosmetic Dress-Up Masks or items for use in the main game.

The following Sub-Games are available:

Sub-Games in Merry Magoland
Sub-Game Origin game Description Notes
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land A game where the contestants bat a bomb around using frying pans, and whoever doesn't bat in time gets blown up and eliminated from the game.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe A new game where the contestants run around top-down arenas and shoot at each other using laser guns. Likely a replacement for Scope Shot from the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land, which does not appear in this game.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards A game where the contestants run around an 8x8 grid platform and throw waves to drop tiles to try and make their opponents fall. A new "High-Speed" mode has been added in this version, which is unlocked after clearing Intense difficulty.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror A game where the contestants charge up and punch a boulder to see who can create the deepest fissure in the ground.
Kirby's Adventure A game where the contestants catch eggs thrown by Robo Dedede while avoiding bombs. The original game had King Dedede throwing the eggs and bombs, but this was changed since he is a possible contestant now.
Kirby Super Star Ultra A game where the contestants shoot cardboard cutouts of enemies that pop up in a Wild West-like setting. A new Magolor target has been added in this version, worth more points than the others.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe A new game where the contestants try to find the book that Magolor is thinking of in a library.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land A game where the contestants toss shurikens at moving targets to try and hit the bull's-eyes.
Kirby Super Star A game where the contestants strike when prompted as quickly as they can to try to come out on top. There is now both a single player and multiplayer version of this game, with the former resembling classic Samurai Kirby and the latter resembling Quick Draw's multiplayer mode in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe A variant of Samurai Kirby which pits Kirby against the 99 most recent times from around the world. This game is not available until Samurai Kirby is played at least once.
This game uses a connection to the internet, though it is not played live against other opponents and CPUs are only used if the player doesn't have an internet connection. It is the only sub-game here that is single-player only.
Kirby: Squeak Squad A game where the contestants bump each other using special "Smash Stars" to knock each other off the arena. The Squeaks return as course obstacles as well, with additions compared to the original game.

Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler[edit]

After the main Story Mode, a new Extra Mode is unlocked which stars Magolor, stranded in Another Dimension and greatly weakened.
Main article: Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler

New to this game, an Extra Mode called Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler features Magolor as the main playable character. In it, after he is defeated in the main story, Magolor is cast adrift through Another Dimension and loses most of his magical power. He has to traverse various otherworldly realms and slowly build his magic back so that he can find a way back home. He does this by finding various magical artifacts known as Fruit Fragments which congregate at an old abandoned Ethereal Altar. Once all the fragments are found, they coalesce into a magical crystal fruit which is then stolen by a ghostly being possessed by the shards of the broken Master Crown. When Magolor defeats this beast, the shards then fuse directly with the fruit to form a giant tree-like apparition which Magolor has to defeat using his own version of the Ultra Sword. After presumably destroying the Master Crown for good, Magolor is able to leave through a dimensional rift into the Dream Kingdom, where he takes on a new role as the owner of a shop.

This Extra Mode features new stages and souped-up versions of bosses from the main game. It can also be played with up to four players, though all of them play as different colored Magolors. While significantly shorter than the main adventure, Magolor Epilogue features a fresh take on the Kirby formula, using its progression system for Magolor as well as an emphasis on scoring combos on enemies.

Other differences from Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Aside from the above-mentioned additions and changes, the following other changes have been made between Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe:

New features[edit]

Image of Kirby using one of his emotes, which was not possible in the original game.
Screenshot from the Sand Challenge, one of the two new Challenge Stages in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
  • An easier difficulty setting has been implemented into the game's Story Mode called "Helper Magolor". With this enabled, Magolor will appear during stages to toss Kirby helpful items, including a potion that doubles his health, and Ability Stars during boss battles. Magolor will also save Kirby if he falls into a bottomless pit.
  • The new enemies and Copy Abilities have been dispersed throughout the regular stages, replacing previous enemies and/or Copy Essences in certain instances.
  • Additional collectibles have been added to stages, such as Stamp Tickets.
  • There are two additional Challenge Stages for the newly added Mecha and Sand copy abilities, bringing the total to nine stages.
  • There is now a Missions board which can be viewed in Merry Magoland, with 100 objectives mostly revolving around the Sub-Games. Upon completion, 20 True Extra Missions are added to the list, bringing the total number of missions to 120. Any True Extra Missions that are cleared before unlocking the True Extra Missions list will still be recorded, and marked accordingly after unlocking the list.
  • A new item, the Random Copy Essence, has been introduced. This item acts like the Mix Copy Essence from Kirby: Planet Robobot, but cycles between abilities much more slowly. It can be carried in Kirby's inventory and spawned at will. Notably, using this item means Kirby can make use of Copy Abilities in the Another Dimension platforming stages.
  • Kirby can now obtain Souvenirs which he can carry in his inventory to save for later, much like the Stock Items in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. These items include Maxim Tomatoes, Energy Drinks, Cracklers, Balloon Bombs, and Random Copy Essences.
  • Kirby and his friends can wear Dress-Up Masks which can alter the face of the wearer.
  • Kirby and other characters now have access to Emotes, much like in Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Kirby's Dream Buffet. These Emotes are entirely new, and may be performed by moving the R Stick in different directions.
  • All bosses have unique Special Page descriptions on the pause screen. In the original, only a select few had them.
    • In the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean versions, the Special Pages give titles to several of the bosses, similar to Kirby Star Allies and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. This was largely removed from the other localizations, which instead work the titles into the actual text.
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe has amiibo functionality, allowing the player to scan in figures to get items during stages.
  • In Extra Mode Magolor Soul now juggles his enemies faster and travels through portals faster than how he did in the original game, in which he retained the same speed as Magolor (second form).
  • The True Arena adds the six bosses from Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, so it now has 21 rounds, up from 15 in the original.
    • Magolor Soul also has a heavily modified fight within The True Arena, with a new battlefield, two health bars, new attacks based on Mecha and Sand, a new song ("Supreme Ruler's Coronation - OVERLORD" from Kirby Star Allies), and a new defeat animation.
  • A new HAL Room has been added to the Story Mode and Extra Mode, in Dangerous Dinner - Stage 2.

Gameplay/control changes[edit]

The control settings menu for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, showing options that were not available in the original game
  • The player can adjust the controls between Type A, the default control style that plays like Kirby Star Allies, and Type B, which plays more like Kirby Super Star. There is also an option to have Kirby automatically swallow ability-yielding objects or enemies, like in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. If Helper Magolor is enabled, Auto-Swallow is automatically turned on, though it can still be turned off with Helper Magolor enabled.
  • Controls have been updated to match later games in the series.
    • All instances of motion controls have been made optional. While the player still has the option to use them, the game also allows for button or control stick inputs as appropriate, and descriptions of features that primarily used motion controls instead only mention button or control stick ones for most part. For instance, Ninja Dojo supports motion controls as in the original if the player uses Joy-Con controllers, but the game can now be played simply with buttons.
    • Due to the above, Super Inhale now automatically activates after inhaling for a little while (assuming that no other inputs are made), like in most other games that feature it. It also activates much slower while in the air.
    • Kirby and friends have the ability to swim faster by pressing the jump button repeatedly, which was introduced in Kirby: Triple Deluxe; in the original, they did this automatically, and pressing the jump button would instead bring them to the surface.
      • They can also swim and use the Water Gun diagonally, which was introduced in Kirby Star Allies.
    • Besides pressing the - button like in the original, Copy Abilities can also be dropped by holding Y (type A) or A (type B) for a short time, like in Kirby Star Allies onward.
    • Kirby and company can now dash from a standstill by quickly tilting the Control Stick, like in Kirby: Triple Deluxe onward.
    • Kirby and company can now Quick Fall while airborne by pressing down on the Control Stick or + Control Pad twice, like in Kirby: Triple Deluxe onward.
    • Kirby and friends now have the ability to Dodge and Air Dodge, a mechanic that was introduced in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
    • A Fuse Cannon's fuse can now be made to burn faster by crouching while inside the cannon, like in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
  • Existing bosses have slightly increased HP compared to their counterparts in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Various Kirby's Copy Abilities and other playable characters have their move damage tweaked.
  • Some of Kirby's Copy Abilities (e.g. Sword, Fire) contain moves that were not introduced until games released after the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • The Wing and Tornado abilities have gained the ability to cool down Flame Blocks, an attribute given to them in games starting with Kirby Star Allies.
  • Many of the stage puzzles have been subtly redesigned to facilitate their completion and lessen the consequences of failure (e.g. newly placed Copy Essences, weaker water currents, etc.).
  • Because of the revamped lighting engine, dark areas are now lit up by any object that gives off ambient light, rather than specifically-coded ones.
  • King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee have been given additional moves to more closely match their appearance as Dream Friends in Kirby Star Allies and Buddies in Kirby Fighters 2.[4]
  • Copy Essences have been altered in various ways:
    • The Mix Copy Essence from Kirby: Planet Robobot appears before certain boss fights as well as in the initial lobbies for The Arena and The True Arena.
    • Defeated Mid-Bosses now leave behind a Copy Essence that corresponds to the ability they give, a trait introduced in Kirby Star Allies.
    • Many Copy Essences were replaced, either with the new abilities or with already existing ones.
    • Along with the newly-added abilities (Mecha, Sand, and Festival), Crash and Mike are now available in the Copy Ability Rooms, as they have been in games since Kirby: Triple Deluxe. As a result, a fifth Copy Ability Room has been added, and the assortment of abilities in each room has been adjusted.
  • Stages in Extra Mode have been further altered with additional enemies and fewer health items, going further than the Extra Mode in the original.[5]
  • Super Abilities have received multiple changes to make them faster overall:
    • The initial cutscene that plays when obtaining a Super Ability can be skipped.
    • Kirby's general movement speed is increased while using a Super Ability.
    • Super Ability attack animations are faster.
    • The timer for Super Abilities drains more quickly.
    • A Super Ability's Ability Star no longer vanishes when manually discarded, though the timer doesn't reset when re-obtained.
  • The amount of lives Kirby has is no longer reset when returning to the main menu or restarting the game, much like in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Kirby Star Allies.
  • Much like in Kirby Star Allies, obtaining the max number of lives (99) places a crown on Kirby's stock icon. In addition, the icon will then smile.
  • In the original game, Mix was activated by inhaling three ability-providing enemies of any kind, and the roulette would always run in a random order. In this game, while it still can be activated the same way as the original, it will now activate if two enemies with different abilities are inhaled, and the roulette always runs in a fixed order (though it still starts at a random position). These changes bring Mix more in line with how it functions in Kirby: Triple Deluxe onward.
  • Defeated Mid-Bosses no longer damage Kirby or other characters that touch them while their inert bodies are still in the play area, as with Kirby: Triple Deluxe onward.
    • Similarly, Balloon Bombs no longer damage the player after exploding.
  • Halcandra can now be accessed through an icon on Planet Popstar's map, and vice versa.

Audio/visual changes[edit]

One of the more notable visual changes is that the areas inside the rifts to Another Dimension are no longer initially monochrome.
Kirby posing in front of the Goal Door with a special fanfare at the end of the stage: this was not present in the original game.
  • The doors and Goal Doors have been updated to their Kirby Star Allies designs. Also, Kirby and his partners now pose before they enter the Goal Door in regular stages, with a clear fanfare. In the original game, Kirby only posed when entering the Goal Door in Challenge Stages.
  • The original game's music has been remastered in higher quality, though it has not been changed otherwise. Interestingly, the remasters are not the same as Kirby Wii Music Selection, and in some cases, sound less crisp than the music selection.
    • Certain areas in stages, such as caves and dark places, now add dampening and reverb effects to the music and other sound effects.
    • The music and sound effects also muffle if Kirby enters water, much like in Kirby Star Allies.
    • Welcome Your New Overlord was slightly remixed to make the song's guitar solo more prominent.
  • There are several new or repurposed songs interspersed within the game, such as HAL Rooms playing music from Kirby's Dream Buffet rather than the version of "Green Greens" from the Item Challenge, and HR-D3's second phase playing "Roar of Dedede" instead of "Guardian Angel: Landia".
  • Kirby and other characters have new voice clips, with the Super Abilities in particular each having distinct shouts associated with them.
    • In particular, Kirby now yells during the final Ultra Sword clash against Magolor (EX), like in the final battles of later games starting with Kirby: Planet Robobot, and finishes off with the "Toryah!" battle cry from the Ultra Sword Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
    • In the original game, the low-pitched "Chesto!" exclamation when Kirby uses the Mike ability's Encore move was a modified voice clip from Kirby Super Star Ultra. The remake reuses the equivalent voice clip from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, like in the other main series games since then, and as such has increased reverb.
    • Kirby shouts "Hi!" when he beats a stage, as with Kirby: Triple Deluxe onward.
    • Kirby screams when he gets sucked into one of Magolor's Black Holes. In the original Wii version, Kirby was silent while getting sucked in.
  • New vocalizations and miscellaneous sounds have been added to various enemies like Whispy Woods and objects like the rift wall in Another Dimension sections.
    • When Kirby is in the final clash using the Ultra Sword against Magolor (EX), sounds of the sword clashing with Magolor's star-shaped runes arounds his hands are heard. When Kirby slices Magolor four more times after the clash is over, there is additional reverb on each slash, and the final cut has a unique and more dramatic slashing sound, unlike in the original game where it used the ordinary slashing sound.
  • The timing for certain music tracks or sound effects has been changed. For example, when Magolor's second form or Magolor Soul are defeated, his screams now play as soon as he looks back up and opens his "mouth". Previously, they played almost as soon his defeat animation started.
    • The Goal Game music used to play immediately after dealing the final blow to a boss. In Deluxe, the music starts playing after the Part Sphere or Fruit Fragment appears after defeating a boss, with the exception of Landia. Due to this change, the music doesn't play at all after defeating Metal General and HR-D3.
  • The Another Dimension platforming areas are now presented in full color with a color wash effect, like the one seen in the stages of Isolated Isles: Forgo Dreams, rather than being monochrome at first. When Sphere Doomers are defeated, the color wash is removed, corresponding to how the original game would return to full color.
  • Some characters who have reappeared in later games have had their designs updated to match, including enemies such as Poppy Bros. Jr. and Walf. Others, such as Gigant Edge and Gigatzo, use upscaled versions of their original designs.
  • Certain Copy Abilities have been visually redesigned, particularly ones that appeared in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Wing's hat has also been redesigned to give it less of a resemblance to a warbonnet.
  • Merry Magoland can now be seen in the background of Nutty Noon - Stage 1.
  • The stage devices and items have had their designs updated to match their appearances used since Kirby Star Allies.
  • Each of the Super Ability acquisition cutscenes have been updated and made distinct, whereas before, they were all the same, albeit with Kirby posing differently.
    • The classic Super Ability animations are retained for the boss fight against Magolor and Magolor EX.
  • When enemies are hit by Super Ability attacks, they now have a chance to "splat" against the screen.
  • The Ability Star icons have all been subtly redesigned using new artwork.
  • There have been many minor visual updates to various effects and animations in the game, including updated transition effects when going from one area to another.
  • Super Ability-granting enemies now warp in through a portal from Another Dimension, rather than simply popping in as before.
  • In the Japanese version, the circle mark used in the signs of first few stages is no longer used, replacing it with the check mark normally used in the international versions of games up until Kirby Star Allies.
    • The Korean version of the original game also used the circle mark, though this was replaced with the check mark starting with Kirby: Triple Deluxe and has persisted in every game since.

Other changes[edit]

The Main Mode menu, with everything unlocked and completed
  • Bandana Waddle Dee is now referred to by his name used in Kirby: Triple Deluxe onward. In the original, he was just called "Waddle Dee". He is also voiced, reusing the voice clips from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
  • Several bits of flavor text from the original game have been rewritten in the remake's Japanese script, although most changes are minor (for example, adding a first person pronoun in Bandana Waddle Dee's description). In English and most translations, a good part of the text was retranslated, causing some changes compared to the original, some bigger than others. As a result of having more room for text compared to the original, the new text is longer and generally more accurate to the original Japanese script on the whole.
  • The player can choose to enter Main Mode or Merry Magoland directly after choosing a file.
  • The Main Mode menu has been redesigned; besides adding the new modes, the background is now the same as the title screen, a "Past Adventures" menu has been added, and the previous "Main Mode" option is now referred to as Story Mode.
  • The Sound Test has been completely redesigned, and is now known as the Jukebox. It no longer includes sound effects, but now has an auto feature, song titles, and colored music notes indicating the composer of each track.
  • In the demo version, Magolor doesn't get annoyed if Kirby talks to him a lot of times. Instead, Magolor says that Kirby is probably expecting him to say "something clever and/or insightful", but then gives a metaphor for how he is out of things to say, and that he and Kirby should talk some other time.
  • Like in later games starting with Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the staff credits can be viewed from the start of the game in the Theater. There is a new credits medley that plays only when the credits are viewed through here.


The title screen for the demo version
The main menu for the demo version, after completing the Main Mode content

On February 8th, 2023, a demo version of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe was released to the public via Nintendo eShop. This demo features the opening cutscene for the game, as well as limited access to the Main Mode and to Merry Magoland. In the Main Mode, the player has access to the Lor Starcutter, as well as a few stages in Cookie Country. The first two of these stages are compilations of areas from Cookie Country and early Raisin Ruins stages, while the third and last is the boss stage against Whispy Woods. Merry Magoland is unlocked after clearing the first stage. After clearing Whispy Woods, a few more Copy Abilities are made available inside the Testing Area in the Lor Starcutter, and Whispy Woods EX is unlocked. In addition, defeating Whispy Woods or Whispy Woods EX triggers a movie that showcases features from the full game, including the Magolor Epilogue.

Notably, a HAL Room is accessible from the second stage in the demo, though it has a different set of Copy Essences than it does in the main game.

The following characters and Copy Abilities are available in the demo:

Copy Abilities[edit]

Super Abilities[edit]


In Merry Magoland, the player has access to the Ninja Dojo and Booming Blasters Sub-Games, along with three Missions for each game. Energy Drinks, Cracklers, and Random Copy Essences may be obtained as souvenirs, along with the Dress-Up Masks for Waddle Dee, Kine, Chef Kawasaki, King Dedede, and Elfilin.

Differences with the full game[edit]

Stage differences  
Demo Correspondence in the full game Notes
Cookie Country - Stage 1
Area 1 Cookie Country - Stage 1, Area 1
Area 2 Cookie Country - Stage 1, Area 2
Area 3 Cookie Country - Stage 2, Area 1
Area 4 Cookie Country - Stage 3, Area 4
Area 5 Cookie Country - Stage 1, Area 3
Interdimensional Area Cookie Country - Stage 1, Interdimensional Area Both the stage and boss parts are from Cookie Country - Stage 1 in the full game.
Cookie Country - Stage 2
Area 1 Raisin Ruins - Stage 1, Area 1
Bonus Area 1 Raisin Ruins - Stage 1, Bonus Area 1
Area 2 Raisin Ruins - Stage 1, Area 3
Area 3 Raisin Ruins - Stage 2, Area 1
Area 4 Cookie Country - Stage 4, Area 1 The Sparky is replaced by a Sir Kibble.
Area 5 Cookie Country - Stage 4, Area 4
Interdimensional Area Cookie Country - Stage 4, Interdimensional Area Both the stage and boss parts are from Cookie Country - Stage 4 in the full game.

Note that Stage 5 is unlocked immediately after beating Stage 2, which, in turn, prevents access to Stages 3 and 4.


The following is a list of staff who have worked on Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe:

Staff of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe  
Position Developer(s)
Director icon KRtDLD.png General Director Shinya Kumazaki
Director icon KRtDLD.png Director Yutaka Watanabe
Director icon KRtDLD.png Section Director Keita Tanifuji
Level Design Support icon KRtDLD.png Level Design Director Yuki Endo
Level Design Support icon KRtDLD.png Game Designers Taku Koinuma
Mari Ueda
Akira Oono
Yusuke Matsuo
Yuki Watanabe
Jideock Kim
Takehiko Kubokawa
Shinya Yamashita
Tomo Yamashiro
Jun Kuronuma
Programming icon KRtDLD.png Programming Director Sho Tajima
Programming icon KRtDLD.png Lead Programmers Takashi Nozue
Yohei Fukuda
Programming icon KRtDLD.png Programmers Takaaki Kawahara
Tomohiro Kamochi
Shun Yasaka
Yuya Natsumi
Yu Arimatsu
Masahiro Nakajima
Yutaro Fujimura
Satoru Nakanishi
Naoya Taki
Tatsuya Beppu
Kouji Kikkawa
Satoshi Ohtake
Takeo Sakai
Takaya Nakamura
Tomohiro Obayashi
Etsuma Oda
Yasunari Kidoba
Hsien-Wen Kang
Design icon KRtDLD.png Art Director Tsuyoshi Fujita
Design icon KRtDLD.png Lead Artists Mamiko Sato
Natsuki Tsuji
Design icon KRtDLD.png Character Art Director Kenichiro Kita
Design icon KRtDLD.png Character Artists Hitoshi Kikkawa
Tsukasa Kirinoe
Kaijiro Kojima
Saori Ono
Ami Ishikawa
Tomoka Ogura
Kensuke Fukumaru
Shingo Kabaya
Kenji Tanaka
Sunao Kashiwano
Takashi Saito
Reina Hayashi
Jukyung Kim
Design icon KRtDLD.png Character Animation Tsuyoshi Wakayama
Takumi Matsushita
Takahiro Umeda
Masami Sakakura
Sayaka Yanaga
Design icon KRtDLD.png Effect Artists Muneyuki Tejima
Chikara Yanagita
Yukiko Tagawa
Motif Design icon KRtDLD.png Field Art Director Daisuke Morishita
Motif Design icon KRtDLD.png Field Artists Tadashi Hashikura
Fumiaki Miyauchi
Sachie Mikuni
Ayako Souma
Yusuke Ishikawa
Akira Fujiki
Hayato Kishita
Keisuke Hirose
Takahiro Kumada
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa
Shohei Takehara
Yasunori Honda
UI Design icon KRtDLD.png UI Art Director Haruka Itoh
UI Design icon KRtDLD.png UI Concept Design Yumi Todo
UI Design icon KRtDLD.png UI Artists Naho Yoshizawa
Tomomi Ozaki
Maki Shibata
Shigeyuki Kawata
Masashi Fujiura
Asami Nakata
Ikumi Maruyama
Mayu Hamada
Sahana Ito
Movie icon KRtDLD.png Movie D.A.G Inc.
Ryuhei Ozai
Yoji Shiga
Yoriko Furuya
Akira Goto
Tomohiro Kikuchi
Riki Kaneda
Tasuku Kiyono
Moe Kakami
Taiki Midorikawa
Yuka Kimura
Chen Zhao
Yi Chin Liou
Kaoruko Kitaichi
Sound icon KRtDLD.png Lead Music Hirokazu Ando
Yuki Shimooka
Sound icon KRtDLD.png Sound Jun Ishikawa
Kiyoshi Hazemoto

Yuuta Ogasawara
Yuki Kato
Sound icon KRtDLD.png Voice Makiko Ohmoto (Kirby, Queen Sectonia and Susie)

Mugihito (President Haltmann)
Ryoka Yuzuki (Zan Partizanne)
Rie Takahashi (Flamberge)
Reina Ueda (Francisca)
Shigeru Chiba (Hyness)
Kurumi Mamiya (Elfilin)
Kenta Miyake (Leongar)
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png Team Support Yoshimi Takahashi
Katsuhiro Sakoda
Yasuo Takagi
Programming icon KRtDLD.png FRAT Framework Programmers Kazuya Suetsugu
Tetsuya Noge
Tomokazu Tsuruoka
Ryoichiro Atono
Shinichi Kawaji
Tatsuya Murase
Rui Uchida
Ayumu Kato
Yuya Suzuki
Masataka Seshimo
Keigo Tsuda
Munemasa Kimura
Takashi Matsuda
Programming icon KRtDLD.png Technical Support Hiroaki Nakano
Yousuke Fukunaga
Kazuya Konishi
Junichi Aoyagi
Takaaki Kazuno
Takayuki Sugano
Takashi Nemoto
Hajime Imaizumi
Akio Hanyu
Tatsuhiro Tanoue
Takeshi Minagawa
Takehiro Oyama
Tomohiro Umeda
Shogo Takaki
Public Relations icon KRtDLD.png Artwork Rieko Kawahara
Yuto Ibaraki
Emi Imamura
Keiko Inoue
Kiyomi Itani
Testing icon KRtDLD.png Testing Masaru Kobayashi
Miki Yamaguchi
Takeshi Tamura
Akiko Ohashi
Katsuro Sasaki
Yoshimasa Goto
Takuya Nomura
Daijiro Takeshima
Masashi Yoshihiro
Airi Manzawa
Takaaki Tsujii

HAL Debug Team
Mario Club Co., Ltd.
Management icon KRtDLD.png Localization Management Seiji Otoguro
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png Localization Shigeru Hashiguchi
Kenichi Masuda
Shigeru Hirayama
Management icon KRtDLD.png NOA Localization Management Reiko Ninomiya
Rich Amtower
Michael Benedetto
Raymond Elliget
Nicko Gonzalez
Berenice Hofsetz
Tim O'Leary
César Pérez
Morgan Ritchie
Thaddée Wiseur
Álex Zarza
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png NOA Translation Ana Celeste Ascanio
Billy Carroll
Yanett Cepeda Valor
Kris Copeland
Marjolaine Drouin
Paloma Hernandez
Dutch Hixenbaugh
Sara Hoad
Marissol Karczeski
Kristopher Katz
Brandon Kraemer
Keli Dominciano Nakamura
Camila Pallotta
Erin Peterson
Carolina Quesada
Babi Velho Barreto
Lauren Wells
Ludovic Tientcheu Ponkin
Taryn Ziegler
Felipe Zylbersztajn
Testing icon KRtDLD.png NOA Product Testing Kirk Buchanan
Tomo Ishiyama
Sean Egan
Tomoko Mikami
Andy Kolden
Jim Holdeman
Makiko Szolas
Tom Hertzog
David Potts
Tori Arvisais
Michael Sahlin
James Dillon
Josh Yagi-Stanton
Paul Gardner
Gabriel M. Batista
Daniela Escobar
William Mashburn
Pedro Souto
Pascal Ramirez
Kenneth Treffry
Jordon Galloway
Kamran Majidimehr
Sean Roberts
Sam Barrett-Farris
Product Testing Technicians
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png NOE Localisation Producers Iván Garrido González
Saskia Doorschodt
Dario de Leo
Liam Higgins
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png NOE Translation Coordinators Pierre Sanchez
Andrea Jähn
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png NOE Translation Patrick Joyce
Jo Legge
Clémence Dieryck
Hervé Lefranc
Anthony Fouillen
Giovanna Prati
Mirko Capocelli
Kent Robello
Michael Hussinger
Sebastian Brück
Hannah Siebert
Sascha Weinard
Jónatan Marcos Millán
Ainhoa Bernad Hurtado
Patrick Koudstaal
Christian Buter
Carsten Harmans
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png NOE QA Coordinators J. Ignacio León López
Matthew David Jones
Testing icon KRtDLD.png NOE Quality Assurance Damien Brichard
Guillaume Deschamps
Veronica Casi
Manuel Tants
Edwin Kirschenmann
Jessica Sánchez Herrera
Keywords Studios
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD KR.png NOK Translation Jihyuen Yoo
Soonil Kim
Testing icon KRtDLD.png NOK Quality Assurance Jeewan Chun
Public Relations icon KRtDLD.png NOK Artwork Hoonkyung Lee
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png NHL Translation Sean Shen
Tracy Cheng
Testing icon KRtDLD.png NHL Quality Assurance Eiju Umemura
Wei Ming Chen
Chih Hsien Chien
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png iQue Translation Qiu Xiaochun
Testing icon KRtDLD.png iQue Quality Assurance Hu Huiming
Special Thanks icon KRtDLD.png Special Thanks Hideki Akazawa
Nobuteru Maeda
Riki Fuhrmann
Koji Ishii
Tadashi Kawai
Kazushige Masuda
Masayo Nakagami
Yurina Inoue
Shigenobu Kasai
Tetsuya Abe
Tomohiro Minemura
Shohei Takahama
Hiroaki Ikarashi
Yuri Shiono
Nobuyuki Okada
Kunihiko Mori

Good-Feel Co., Ltd.

Based on the work of the development team from the original Wii version.
Design Advisor icon KRtDLD.png Coordinator Kenta Nakanishi
Management icon KRtDLD.png Project Management Yoshiki Suzuki
Yu Kanai
Ayaka Seno
Tatsuya Kikuchi
Shinya Saito
Akira Kinashi

Atsuko Yamashita
Tetsuya Mochizuki
Producer icon KRtDLD.png Associate Producer Kei Ninomiya
Producer icon KRtDLD.png Line Producer Isao Takahashi
Producer icon KRtDLD.png Producers Tadashi Kamitake
Jun Tsuda
Toyokazu Nonaka
Producer icon KRtDLD.png General Producers Shigefumi Kawase
Shinya Takahashi
Executive Producer icon KRtDLD.png Executive Producer Shuntaro Furukawa

HAL Laboratory, Inc.

HAL Laboratory, Inc. and Nintendo are the authors of this software for the purpose of copyright.
All rights reserved.
© HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Nintendo

Nintendo eShop description[edit]

Kirby's adventures continue in Dream Land!

The tough puff Kirby is back for a 4-player platforming adventure. Copy enemies' abilities and use their power to attack with a sword, wield a whip, and float with a parasol. You can also laser blast with the new Mecha Copy Ability that makes a series debut! The extra muscle will be handy in finding missing pieces for Magolor's ship, which crash landed on Planet Popstar. Float and fight along with friends on the same system, where each player can control another Kirby or one of Kirby's iconic friends like King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee.

Take a break from the adventure and play subgames with friends

Play attractions built around returning subgames like Samurai Kirby as well as some brand-new ones like Magolor's Tome Trackers. Bring along up to 3 additional friends on a detour from the adventure as you compete on the same system and share the fun together!


  • Despite the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land being called Kirby's Adventure Wii in the European translations, no such name difference is present in this remake.[6]
    • This makes Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe the second remake of a Kirby game that originally had a different name between the North American and European versions to use the original game's North American name for the European title as well, the first being Kirby Super Star Ultra.
    • However, the Japanese title is still ほしのカービィWiiウィー デラックス (Kirby of the Stars Wii Deluxe) even though it is not on the Wii system. The developers were worried if keeping "Wii" in the name would confuse customers, and even considered giving the game a brand new name like New ほしのカービィ (New Kirby of the Stars), or adding a subtitle, like the novel "Kirby: Lor Starcutter and a Magician of Falsehood", but they decided to use "Wii" in the end, as they ended up agreeing that it would make it clearer that the game was a deluxe version of the original Wii game.[7] The "Wii" subtitle also carried over to the Korean and Chinese names.
  • The internal codename for this game is "Ark", referencing the Lor Starcutter. Elements related to Merry Magoland are codenamed "YY" after the Japanese title and elements related to Magolor Epilogue are codenamed "Maho" after the first two syllables of Magolor's Japanese name.


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ほしのカービィWiiウィー デラックス
Hoshi no Kābyi Wii Derakkusu
Kirby of the Stars Wii Deluxe
Traditional Chinese 星之卡比Wii 豪華版
Xīng zhī Kǎbǐ Wii Háohuábǎn
Kirby of the Stars Wii Deluxe Edition
Simplified Chinese 星之卡比Wii 豪华版
Xīng zhī Kǎbǐ Wii Háohuábǎn
Dutch Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe -
French Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe -
German Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe -
Italian Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe -
Korean 별의 커비 Wii 디럭스
byeol-ui keobi Wii dileogseu
Kirby of the Stars Wii Deluxe
Portuguese Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe -
Russian Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Spanish Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe -

External links[edit]


  1. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Sales Reach 1.46 Million Units, Forgotten Land Tops 6.46 Million
  2. " And we had planned to add new abilities, but we ran out of memory and time so we had to axe them." –Masahiro Sakurai (Translation of the Nintendo Dream interview about Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land)
  3. " コピー能力の数自体は『スーパーデラックス』とまったく同じです。新能力の追加も検討しました。ただ、新能力を追加するなら、いろんなモードで使えるようにしたい。そうなると、作品全体のバランスを崩す可能性がありますので、今回は控えることにしました。" –Shinya Kumazaki (Nintendo Online Magazine Kirby Super Star Ultra interview (Japanese))
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  5. Overview Trailer
  6. Nintendo of Europe Twitter
  7. Nintendo Dream interview about Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, May 2023 (translation)