Over the weekend everyone’s favorite baby voiced, swallowing crazed pink blob celebrated a birthday — yup, Kirby is now 20-years-old. Nintendo will be releasing a compilation disc in honor of the Kirby franchise’s 20th birthday later this year, which is sure to feature Kirby standards like Kirby’s Adventure and Kirby Super Star, but what about less well-known stuff?
The Kirby series has never been afraid to experiment, and whether a person has played through obscure games like Kirby’s Block Ball or Kirby’s Dream Course is really what separates the Kirby casuals from the Kirby fanatics. So, take it from this Kirby fanatic, these are the lesser-known Kirby games you should be playing in honor of the marshmallow’s 20th birthday…
You can ride a giant cat in this game, and the 2nd player gets to play as an, uh, “special” gumdrop. What’s not to like?
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Show of hands, who knew they actually made a 3rd Dream Land game for the SNES? It came out very late in the SNES’ lifespan (as in, over a year after the release of the N64 late) so nobody played it, but I actually really like it. It has a nice visual style, and while it’s not as ambitious as Kirby’s Super Star, in my opinion it’s often more actual fun. Then again, I like my Kirby games a little more laid back, which definitely describes Dream Land 3. Still, even if you find it inferior to Super Star, it’s worth checking out.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Canvas Curse still represents one of the best uses of the DS touchscreen — not bad considering the game is now over seven years old. Plenty of platformers where you draw the platforms have come along since, but none of them have felt as fast or smooth as Canvas Curse.