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For those looking for a deep and modern experience, you won’t find it with Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition, and heck, why would you expect that in the first place from a game that celebrates 20 years of one character. That being said, what you will find is a great walk down memory lane with games that everyone in the family can enjoy. Sure, the included games could have used a visual makeover, but the charm and attraction of the original games is intact, and many will overlook the simple visuals as the gameplay and nostalgia is what is important here. Add to this the music disc, collectible book, and the interactive museum on the game disc, and you have a pretty good anniversary compilation that is well worth the price of admission.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Not all of the games in this classic collection stand the full test of time, but for die-hard Kirby fans, the entire package is more than worth the price tag.
Kirby’s Dream Collection is a fine tribute to Kirby’s 20-year history. Anyone who missed a chunk of his old outings, or just has an urge to replay them all, should definitely pick up this package. If you own all the games on Virtual Console on Wii or 3DS, it is a little harder to recommend, but if you don’t, Kirby’s Dream Collection is totally worth playing to experience Kirby’s old games and get a taste of what he’s doing now.
Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
There will inevitably be Kirby fans who will complain that more Kirby games weren't included or that none of the titles got any type of visual makeover, but it's difficult to complain too much given how many amazing Kirby titles have been collected onto one Wii disc, not to mention the fun bonus items and mini games that are also included. No doubt most Nintendo fans will have already played these games many times over, but it's still nice to see Nintendo giving their fluffy protagonist a little fanfare for 20 years of charming gaming magic.
Thanks to some timeless design, Kirby’s Dream Collection is packed with fun and should make a welcome addition to any game collection. Even so, it has limited value if you don’t care about the new challenge stages or the soundtrack disc. Nintendo had the opportunity here to release another incredible compilation that today’s generation could have remembered as fondly as older folks remember Super Mario All-Stars, but instead the company settled on something a bit less varied and comprehensive than the $40 price tag suggests you’ll find. It’s still very good and of course you should pick it up if you’re a huge Kirby fan, but gamers with limited budgets are perhaps better off doing some Virtual Console shopping instead.
Common Sense Media
In the end, Kirby's Dream Collection is probably best considered a kind of interactive collectible best suited for long-time Nintendo fans.
The Video Game Critic
Fans should bump up the grade by a letter, but this is probably more Kirby than the average gamer can withstand.