Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a main-series Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch and a remake of Kirby's Return to Dream Land on the Wii, which 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.
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).
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 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 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 Kirby, though as a different color. This multiplayer functionality also carries into nearly all of the Sub-Games on offer, as well as in Magolor Epilogue.
|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|
|Bring up 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)||Y||A|
|Super Inhale (Kirby only)||Hold B||Hold Y|
|Join Game (P2/P3/P4 only)||L+R or ZL+ZR||L+R or ZL+ZR|
|Emote||Right Stick||Right Stick|
|Put on/remove Dress-Up Mask||Press Right Stick||Press Right Stick|
The playable characters in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe are as follows:
|Playable characters in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|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.||Players 2-4 can select yellow, blue, and/or green Kirby to play as.|
|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.|
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 remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, the idea was ultimately scrapped). 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|
|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.|
|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.|
|Waddle Doo, Gemra, King Doo||Kirby can attack with an array of magical beam blasts to zap his enemies.|
|Poppy Bros. Jr.||Kirby can pull out bombs to toss at his enemies.|
|Searches||Kirby creates a massive explosion that wipes out all enemies on screen.|
|Sir Kibble, Jackle, Kibble Blade||Kirby battles his foes with bladed boomerangs that can be guided while in-flight.|
|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.|
|Knuckle Joe||Kirby gains access to a wide array of martial-arts and other techniques with which to pummel his foes.|
|Galbo, Hot Head, Flamer||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.|
|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.|
|Starman||Kirby can leap high in the air and dive downwards, plowing through any enemies in his way.|
|Chilly, Snowl||Kirby can breathe ice to freeze his opponents solid and then kick them away while gracefully skating along.|
|Leafan, Bulby||Kirby attacks his foes with a torrent of razor-sharp leaves.|
|Walky||Kirby can shout at his enemies up to three times to deal huge sonic damage to them.|
|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.|
|Moonja||Kirby gains access to a number of techniques and weapons typical of a fantasy Ninja warrior.|
|Parasol Waddle Dee||Kirby gains a parasol that he can use to gently glide through the air or break through enemy formations.|
|Noddy||Kirby falls asleep on the spot and cannot do anything until he wakes up again.|
|Sparky, Elec, Dubior||Kirby can generate a big electric field around himself and shoot electric projectiles at enemies.|
|Pierce, Lanzer||Kirby gains a spear which he can use to strike his foes from afar, or even twirl it around to start flying.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Twister||Kirby can turn himself into a raging whirlwind that passes through enemies very easily, but is difficult to control.|
|Water Galbo, Pluid, Water Galboros||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, introduced in Kirby Star Allies.|
|Whippy||Kirby gains a whip which he can use to strike or grab enemies and items from afar.|
|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.|
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|
|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.
|This is a super version of the Hammer ability.
It gives Kirby three stages of charge to hammer down giant stakes and produce shockwaves.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
- In the Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese versions, the first letters 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.
- Notably, in the Chinese version, the localized names also spell out CROWNED when romanized.
- In the Latin Spanish version, the first letters of Levels 1-7 spell out CORONAR (Spanish for "to crown").
- In the French version, 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, a reference to Kirby's home planet of the same name.
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
|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||A bulbous bat which hangs from ceilings until Kirby gets near, whence it will fly toward him and attack by collision.|
|Barbar||A giant invincible eel that pops out of holes and tries to swallow Kirby. It will chew him for a bit if successful.|
|Barracu||A nasty fish with sharp teeth that swims back and forth and will thrash Kirby with its jaws if it catches him.|
|Blipper||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||A giant Waddle Dee who requires a Super Inhale to eat, but is otherwise identical to the smaller ones.|
|Bouncy||A pink creature with a bow and spring who bounces in place.||Also has a Halcandra variant.|
|Bouncy Sis||A larger and more decorated version of Bouncy.|
|Bowby||A floating bow with a face that holds in place and will try to shoot arrows at Kirby.||Also has a Halcandra variant.|
|Bronto Burt||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||A yellow lass wearing a witch's hat who sweeps the ground using a broomstick.|
|Cappy||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||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||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||A large invulnerable cannon foe who shoots big ice volleys at Kirby.|
|Coconut||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||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||A circular crab-like enemy who scuttles along the ocean floor and extends its arms out diagonally to try and snip at Kirby.|
|Darpa||A Sphere Doomer-like foe that inhabits Another Dimension. Its only attack is to fly straight, attempting to ram into its target.|
|Degout||A floating robotic eye that cannot be inhaled and can be attacked a lot. Most are stationary, but some will pursue Kirby.|
|Deppa||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||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||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||A very large invulnerable cannon which fires flaming boulders on a regular basis.|
|Glunk||An unassuming anemone-like enemy which can fire projectiles from its head, and tends to cling to surfaces without moving.|
|Gordo||A spiny invulnerable floating enemy which should be avoided.|
|Hunter Degout||A red Degout who will pursue Kirby relentlessly, but only if he has a Key.|
|Hunter Scarfy||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||A massive black Barbar who emerges from lava pits and tries to eat Kirby.|
|Kabu||A small stone idol which is capable of rolling around, leaping, and occasionally vanishing just to reappear somewhere else.|
|Key Dee||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||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||A floating red eye wrapped in bandages which will chase Kirby if he is not looking at it. It cannot be inhaled.|
|Nruff||A woolly pig-like creature which charges and jumps. Waddle Dees can be seen riding them.|
|Pacloud||A cloudy variant of Pacto which has slightly higher stamina, but is otherwise the same.|
|Pacto||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||A crude paper suit made to resemble a Waddle Dee. Has three Waddle Dees inside which are exposed once the suit is destroyed.|
|Scarfy||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.|
|Shelt||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||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||A yellow squid who can swim through water, jump out of the water, and walk around on land.|
|Volttzo||An invulnerable large cannon which fires large balls of lightning on regular intervals.|
|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||Inflatable raft-like turtle enemies who float on the surface of the water and will pursue Kirby slowly.|
|Wapod||Ghostly Waddle Dees who waft out of pots. The pot must be destroyed to stop Wapods from appearing.|
|Copy Ability-providing enemies in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|Name||Image||New to this game?||Ability||Description||Notes|
|Armoroid (アーマロイド)||Mecha||A small floating droid with an energy cannon hidden in its forehead.|
|Blade Knight||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||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||Ice||A living snowman who can conjure a freezing aura around himself when Kirby gets near. Otherwise, he just shuffles around.|
|Don Puffle||Festival||A small round bird which flies at Kirby or shoots confetti at him.||Don Puffle originally debuted in Kirby Star Allies.|
|Elec||Spark||A robotic eyeball with green protrusions that rolls along walls and can emit electricity. A close cousin of Flamer.|
|Flamer||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||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||Fire||A small dragon-like blob creature which can hop around and breathe fire.|
|Gemra||Beam||A floating crystal ball with a hat that holds its position and fires a beam whip toward Kirby.|
|Hot Head||Fire||A flaming octopus-like enemy which spews flames from its snout.|
|Jackle||Cutter||A floating enemy similar to Wheelie in appearance which throws a cutter boomerang in whatever direction it is facing.|
|Knuckle Joe||Fighter||A young karate master who knows many different moves, though is still very susceptible to Kirby's inhale.|
|Lanzer||Spear||A purple-clad knight who marches back and forth and jabs with its trident.|
|Leafan||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||Ninja||An elusive foe in a purple ninja cloak who knows many tricks, but is still susceptible to Kirby's inhale.|
|Needlous||Needle||A spiky caterpillar-like foe that can roll up into a ball and rush forward.|
|Noddy||Sleep||A pink armless opponent who spends most of its time asleep.|
|Owgulf||Wing||A red owl-like bird that throws feather projectiles at Kirby.|
|Parasol Waddle Dee
Parasol Halcandle Dee
|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||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||Spear||A flying bumblebee soldier who uses a spear to attack.|
|Pluid||Water||A blob of water with eyes that drops from ceilings and tries to bump into Kirby.|
|Poppy Bros. Jr.||Bomb||A small trickster who throws large bombs at Kirby. The bombs can also be inhaled for the ability.|
|Rocky||Stone||A rock with eyes, feet, and a headband who falls very quickly after a leap or after walking off a cliff.|
|Sandran||Sand||A sandy lizard which spits sand at Kirby when he gets in range.|
|Searches||Crash||A floating spherical creature which will detonate if Kirby gets too close.|
|Sir Kibble||Cutter||A yellow suit of armor who throws cutter boomerangs at Kirby.|
|Snowl||Ice||A frosty owl who flies back and forth and drops chunks of ice on regular intervals.|
|Sodory||Sword||A living sword who hops using its blade and uses its hilt like wings. It can swipe at Kirby with its blade.|
|Sparky||Spark||A green tear-shaped blob enemy who can hop and emit an electric barrier around itself.|
|Starman||Hi-Jump||A star-shaped superhero with a cape who can make great leaps upward.|
|Tick||Needle||A white blob who can shoot a huge needle out the top of its head when Kirby tries to pass overhead.|
|Totenga||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||Tornado||A yellow spinning top foe who can briefly turn into a mini-tornado.|
|Waddle Doo||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||Mike||An anthropomorphic microphone that paces back and forth.|
|Water Galbo||Water||A blue Galbo which spits globs of water instead of breathing fire.|
|Whippy||Whip||A limbless cat-like creature with a long whip tail that it can strike with at far range.|
|Super Blade Knight||Ultra Sword||A more decorated version of Blade Knight who otherwise acts the same.|
|Super Chilly||Snow Bowl||A more decorated version of Chilly who otherwise acts the same.|
|Super Hammer||Grand Hammer||An inanimate hammer that can appear during the final boss battle in Extra Mode.|
|Super Hot Head||Monster Flame||A more decorated version of Hot Head who otherwise acts the same.|
|Super Waddle Doo||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
|Super Ability-specific enemies in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|Bomb Machine||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||A fire-spewing box which can be pounded flat using the Grand Hammer ability.|
|Drill Machine||A spiky piston-based machine that can be destroyed using the Flare Beam ability.|
|Giant Flotzo||A large pale octopus-like creature who hides inside a shipwreck, and can be defeated using the Monster Flame ability.|
|Merman Statue||A waddling statue with a barrel in its mouth. The barrel can be struck when exposed using Monster Flame.|
|Moai Block||A series of stone blocks; some being able to spew flames from their 'mouths'. Can be broken using Flare Beam.|
|Strike Box||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|
|Bonkers||Hammer||Bonkers attacks much like his counterparts in previous titles, but has an EX version with more formidable techniques.|
|Super Bonkers||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||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||Sword||A large armored swordsman who carries a shield and charges with his blade. His attacks are slow, but dangerous.|
|Kibble Blade||Cutter||A large silver version of Sir Kibble that throws huge inhalable cutter blades and sometimes charges head-first at Kirby.|
|King Doo||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||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||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||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|
|Whispy Woods||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||Replaced by Magolor Soul in Extra Mode and The True Arena.|
|HR-D3||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.||800
|Magolor Soul||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.||1200|
|Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler|
|Electricky Dooter||Aerogree Dimension||A green wizard similar to Mr. Dooter, but possesses the power to control lightning.||500|
|Fiery Puffer||Pyred Dimension||A horned, magma-covered pufferfish who possesses similar attacks to Fatty Puffer, but with added pyrotechnic capabilities.||500|
|Hydriath||Poseiblu Dimension||A merman-like entity which can throw globs of water. He has a similar appearance and fighting style to Goriath.||580|
|Rampaging Doomers||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.||750|
|Crowned Doomer||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.||620|
|Master Crown||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.||650|
|The True Arena|
|Galacta Knight||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.||600*|
|Magolor Soul (True Arena)||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.||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.|
- 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|
|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
- 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 escape into a familiar alternate universe, where he takes on a new identity for a time.
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
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:
- An easier difficulty setting has been implemented into the game 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 Extra Missions are added to the list, bringing the total number of missions to 120. Any Extra Missions that are cleared before unlocking the 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 right control 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.
- 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.
- A new HAL Room has been added to the Story Mode, in Dangerous Dinner - Stage 2.
- 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 more slowly 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, this would 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.
- Kirby and company can now dash from a standstill by quickly tilting the Control Stick, like in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and 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 and 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 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 Kirby Star Allies and Kirby and the Forgotten Land respectively.
- 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.
- Stages in Extra Mode have been further altered with additional enemies and fewer health items, going further than the Extra Mode in the original.
- 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.
- The Mix Copy Essence is also brought into this game from Kirby: Planet Robobot, appearing 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.
- Defeated Mid-Bosses also no longer damage Kirby or other characters that touch them while their inert bodies are still in the play area.
- Halcandra can now be accessed through an icon on Planet Popstar's map, and vice versa.
- 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, with a new clear fanfare. In the original game, they simply entered it like a regular door, and there was no fanfare.
- 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, 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 / 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.
- The low-pitched "Chesto!" exclamation when Kirby uses the Mike ability's Encore move was reused from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Additionally, new vocalizations and other sounds have been added to various enemies like Whispy Woods and objects like the rift wall in Another Dimension sections.
- The Another Dimension platforming areas are now presented in full color with a color wash effect, like the one seen in 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 modern appearance used since Kirby Star Allies and Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
- Each of the Super Ability acquisition cut-scenes 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 redesigned.
- 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 used the circle mark too until it was replaced with the check mark starting with Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Bandana Waddle Dee is now referred to by that name, whereas in the original, he was just called "Waddle Dee". He is also voiced, using the same clips as 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 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 changed, 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.
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.
The following characters and Copy Abilities are available in the demo:
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
|Demo||Correspondance 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 level 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|
|Area 5||Cookie Country - Stage 4, Area 4|
|Interdimensional Area||Cookie Country - Stage 4, Interdimensional Area||Both the level 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|
|General Director||Shinya Kumazaki|
|Section Director||Keita Tanifuji|
|Level Design Director||Yuki Endo|
|Game Designers||Taku Koinuma|
|Programming Director||Sho Tajima|
|Lead Programmers||Takashi Nozue|
|Art Director||Tsuyoshi Fujita|
|Lead Artists||Mamiko Sato|
|Character Art Director||Kenichiro Kita|
|Character Artists||Hitoshi Kikkawa|
|Character Animation||Tsuyoshi Wakayama|
|Effect Artists||Muneyuki Tejima|
|Field Art Director||Daisuke Morishita|
|Field Artists||Tadashi Hashikura|
|UI Art Director||Haruka Itoh|
|UI Concept Design||Yumi Todo|
|UI Artists||Naho Yoshizawa|
Yi Chin Liou
|Lead Music||Hirokazu Ando|
|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)
|Team Support||Yoshimi Takahashi|
|FRAT Framework Programmers||Kazuya Suetsugu|
|Technical Support||Hiroaki Nakano|
HAL Debug Team
Mario Club Co., Ltd.
AIQVE ONE Inc.
|Localization Management||Seiji Otoguro|
|NOA Localization Management||Reiko Ninomiya|
|NOA Translation||Ana Celeste Ascanio|
Yanett Cepeda Valor
Keli Dominciano Nakamura
Babi Velho Barreto
Ludovic Tientcheu Ponkin
|NOA Product Testing||Kirk Buchanan|
Gabriel M. Batista
Product Testing Technicians
|NOE Localisation Producers||Iván Garrido González|
Dario de Leo
|NOE Translation Coordinators||Pierre Sanchez|
|NOE Translation||Patrick Joyce|
Jónatan Marcos Millán
Ainhoa Bernad Hurtado
|NOE QA Coordinators||J. Ignacio León López|
Matthew David Jones
|NOE Quality Assurance||Damien Brichard|
Jessica Sánchez Herrera
|NOK Translation||Jihyuen Yoo|
|NOK Quality Assurance||Jeewan Chun|
|NOK Artwork||Hoonkyung Lee|
|NHL Translation||Sean Shen|
|NHL Quality Assurance||Eiju Umemura|
Wei Ming Chen
Chih Hsien Chien
|iQue Translation||Qiu Xiaochun|
|iQue Quality Assurance||Hu Huiming|
|Special Thanks||Hideki Akazawa|
Good-Feel Co., Ltd.
Based on the work of the development team from the original Wii version.
|Project Management||Yoshiki Suzuki|
|Associate Producer||Kei Ninomiya|
|Line Producer||Isao Takahashi|
|General Producers||Shigefumi Kawase|
|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. et Nintendo sont les auteurs de ce logiciel au regard du droit d'auteur. Tous droits réservés.
© HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Nintendo
Nintendo eShop description
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 European languages, no such name difference is present in this remake.
- This makes Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe the second Kirby remake of a game that originally had a different name between the American and European versions to use the original game's American name for the European title, the first being Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- 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.
- Main article: Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe/gallery
Artwork of Manager Magolor
Kirby using Ultra Sword to splat some Waddle Dees against the screen
Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee battling Whispy Woods
Gameplay of Magolor's Tome Trackers
Names in other languages
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||-|
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe official site
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe on Nintendo's store website (NA)
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe on Nintendo's store website (UK)
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe JP site
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Sales Reach 1.46 Million Units, Forgotten Land Tops 6.46 Million
- " 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))
- てれびげーむマガジン March 2023 (Terebigēmu Magazine March 2023)
- Overview Trailer
- Nintendo of Europe Twitter