Kirby's Dream Course

1994 video game

Kirby's Dream Course is a pinball video game that was developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo in 1993. It is for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Kirby's Dream Course
Developer(s)HAL Laboratory
Producer(s)Shigeru Miyamoto Edit this on Wikidata
Platform(s)Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS), Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
ReleaseSuper Nintendo Entertainment System:
  • JP: September 21, 1994
  • NA: February 1, 1995
  • AU: July 10, 1995
  • EU: August 24, 1995
Virtual Console (Wii):
  • JP: April 24, 2007
  • PAL: June 29, 2007
  • NA: July 23, 2007
  • KOR: February 24, 2009
Virtual Console (Wii U):
  • JP: May 8, 2013
  • PAL: May 13, 2013
  • NA: May 23, 2013
Virtual Console (New 3DS):
  • JP: June 7, 2016
  • PAL: June 9, 2016
  • NA: July 28, 2016
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
  • NA: September 5, 2019
  • WW: September 6, 2019

Gameplay change

Kirby's Dream Course is a mini golf video game. The art is in an isometric perspective, similar to games like Marble Madness.[1] Its plot involves Kirby's enemy King Dedede stealing all of the stars in the night sky.[2] Kirby sets out to stop Dedede and return the stars to the sky.[2]

Players move Kirby (or in the case of player two, a yellow Kirby look-alike named Keeby (キービィ, Kībī)) around a miniature golf course by bouncing him towards a specific area of the playfield.[2] Players must set the power, angle, and spin to hit various enemies found throughout the levels, which earns the player a star.[3] When only one enemy remains, that enemy transforms into the goal hole, which is worth two stars.[2] In multiplayer, two players try to get the most stars. A player can hit a star claimed by the other player to take it. Kirby/Keeby can knock himself into certain enemies to get a Copy Ability, which can be used to clear courses more quickly or hurt the other player.[4][5] These Copy abilities include Kirby/Keeby turning into a tornado, a sparking ball that can break certain obstacles, and a UFO that allows Kirby/Keeby to float and move at will for a short time.[2]

The game has eight single-player courses, with eight holes in each.[4] Completing courses awards the player with medals, which can be used to unlock extra features such as different versions of courses. The type of medal awarded is based on how well the player performed, with gold being the best.[2]

Reception change

Aggregate score
Review scores
CVG     [7]
Mega Fun61%[10]
Next Generation     [12]
Nintendo Life          [11]
Nintendo Power3.45/5[a]
Video Games (DE)80%[16]
Nintendo Acción88/100[18]

People liked Kirby's Dream Course for its weirdness and innovation.[8][12] GamePro writer Scary Larry claimed it was just as fun to play as the other Kirby games.[8] A writer for Next Generation found the mini golf gameplay system unique compared to other games, as did a reviewer from Electronic Gaming Monthly.[12][19] Next Generation and Larry also highlighted Dream Course's complexity, which was not common for a golf game at the time.[8][12] The game's colorful art was liked for its funny design.[8][12][19] Electronic Gaming Monthly said that the game's controls took a while to get used to.[19] Larry said that the accuracy of the player's shots was not well-refined.[8] Tom Guise of Computer and Video Games believed its originality made it one of the best SNES games,[7] which Electronic Gaming Monthly agreed with.[19] Javier Abad, a reviewer for Nintendo Acción, said that Kirby fans would enjoy it for the controls and art style.[18]

People have also said good things about the game in retrospective reviews. Staff from Nintendo Life compared its silliness to Electronic Arts' Zany Golf. They said that it had fun gameplay and a good difficulty level. They also believed that its graphics looked good.[11] IGN's Lucas M. Thomas believed Dream Course's unique concept made it impossible to compare it to other games.[5] Thomas and GameSpot's Frank Provo both enjoyed how useful the power-ups were.[4][5] USgamer writer Nadia Oxford liked its unusual level design and funny design, and said it offered a break from the more action-oriented games on the console.[3] IGN ranked the game 38th on their "Top 100 SNES Games of All Time."[20]

Notes change

  1. Nintendo Power scored Kirby's Dream Course 3.2/5 for graphics/sound, 3.3/5 for play control, 3.6/5 for challenge, and 3.7/5 for theme/fun.[13]

References change

  1. Brett Alan Weiss (1998). "Kirby's Dream Course". Allgame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Kirby's Dream Course instruction manual. USA: Nintendo. February 1, 1995.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oxford, Nadia (January 23, 2019). "Super NES Retro Review: Kirby's Dream Course". USgamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on October 26, 2020. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Provo, Frank (September 4, 2007). "Kirby's Dream Course Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Lucas M. Thomas (July 31, 2007). "Kirby's Dream Course". IGN. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  6. "Kirby's Dream Course Gamerankings Review Score". Archived from the original on 2019-12-05.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Guise, Tom (September 1996). "Review – Kirby's Dream Course". No. 178. Future Publishing. Computer and Video Games. p. 81. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Scary Larry (May 1995). "ProReview: Kirby's Dream Course". No. 70. IDG Communications. GamePro. p. 80. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  9. Mansill, Ben (August 1995). "Kirby's Dream Course". Hyper. No. 21. pp. 50–51. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  10. Björn (September 1996). "Kirby's Dream Course". Mega Fun (in German). p. 83. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Nintendo Life Staff (June 30, 2007). "Kirby's Dream Course Review (SNES)". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Rating SNES – Kirby's Dream Course". No. 5. Imagine Media. Next Generation. May 1995. p. 102. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  13. "Now Playing". Nintendo Power. Vol. 69. February 1995. pp. 102–107. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  14. Bros, Majorie (April 1995). "Kirby's Dream Course". Super GamePower (in Portuguese). No. 13. pp. 30–31. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  15. "Kirby's Dream Course". Total!. No. 58. October 1996. pp. 54–55. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  16. "Kirby's Dream Course". de:Video Games (in German). July 1995. p. 116. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  17. Higgins, Geoff (May 1995). "Kirby's Dream Course". Video Games: The Ultimate Gaming Magazine. No. 76. p. 69. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Abad, Javier (April 1996). "Super Stars – Kirby's Dream Course" (in Spanish). No. 41. Axel Springer España. Nintendo Acción. pp. 34–37. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 "Super NES – Kirby's Tee Shot". No. 65. EGM Media. Electronic Gaming Monthly. December 1994. pp. 278–279. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  20. Top 100 SNES Games of All Time -, retrieved 2022-09-04