The year 2022 is all about Kirby as Nintendo celebrates the 30th anniversary of its beloved pink puffball hero. HAL Labs made Kirby's debut in 1992 with Kirby's dreamland, a five-level platform game on the original Game Boy. Since then, Kirby has swung his way through dozens of other episodes and into the hearts of Nintendo fans everywhere. Here are the top five Kirby games ever, based on their Metacritic score.
Kirby: Canvas Curse (Nintendo DS, 2005) - Metascore 86
The best Kirby game on Metacritic is 2005's Nintendo DS game Kirby: Canvas Curse, which had a Metascore of 86. This colorful platform game went away from traditional Kirby titles by letting the player use only the Nintendo DS pen to control Kirby instead of buttons and directional pads. Each stroke of the pen created a rainbow path that Kirby could follow to her destination.
"It's clearly the best game for DS out there at the moment and a good demonstration of how good a DS game can be when it uses all of its features," says VGPub. Kirby: Canvas Curse review read on Metacritic.
Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii, 2010) - 86
Wii game 2010 Kirby's epic yarn band for first place with another 86 Metascore. To take a similar approach to Paper Mario game, Kirby's epic yarn turned the pink hero into a yarn creation and sent him to Patch Land, a world made of fabric. Kirby's mission was to cross Patch Land and find pieces of magic yarn to stop the evil Yin-Yarn.
“Never before has a game been so uniquely captivating, charming and at the same time fun in its absolute entirety; truly an epic experience that every self-respecting gamer should own, ”says N-Europe's review, as seen on Metacritic.
Kirby Mass Attack (Nintendo DS, 2011) - 83
The Nintendo DS once again used its handy touchscreen mechanic of the 2011s Kirby mass attack, which received an 83 Metascore. This time, the villain split Necrodeus Kirby into 10 pieces and scattered them across the Popopo Islands. Using the pen, players found and controlled mini-Kirby's that would help defeat Necrodeus and restore Kirby's normal form.
“Mass attacks is, in other words, a game of ingenuity, humor and leftfield surprises, and it all lends itself to an almost perfect pass for Nintendo's aging DS, ”said The Telegraph in its review.
Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Wii, 2012) - 82
Ten years ago, Nintendo celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Kirby series with a special-edition anthology series on the Wii. Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition soon turned into one of the best Kirby games with a Metascore of 82. The collection included six classic titles: Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure Land, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64: Krystalskårene.
"Kirby's Dream collection is a great tribute to Kirby's 20-year history, ”wrote NintendoWorldReport. "Anyone who missed out on some of their old excursions, or just has an urge to play them all, should definitely pick up this package."
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (Game Boy Advance, 2002) - 81
Finally, a 2002 Game Boy Advance title shines in the top 5. Kirby: Nightmare in dreamland has a Metascore of 81. Acts as a remake of Kirby's adventure, the game followed Kirby on a journey to reclaim Star Rod and defeat King Dedede. In addition to singleplayer mode, Nightmare in dreamland had a multiplayer mode for up to three friends.
"With amazing level designs, amazing enemies and power-ups, as well as the addition of some fun and entertaining multiplayer modes, Kirby is a must-have," Gaming Age wrote, as can be seen on Metacritic.
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