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One day Kirby is surprised to discover that he cannot have any dreams during his customary after-lunch nap. Soon he discovers that King Dedede has stolen the Star Rod, which supplies the energy to the Fountain of Dreams, and broken it into several pieces, entrusting each of his allies with one. Kirby has no other choice but find these pieces and bring dreams back to the Dream Land.

Kirby's Adventure is an action side-scrolling platform game. As the pink puffball Kirby the player explores numerous colorful lands with a variety of enemies to defeat. To help out on his journey, Kirby has the ability to eat enemies and spit them out as projectiles. With certain enemies Kirby can capture their abilities and e.g. gain a sword, shoot lasers, or even fly around the level. There are seven different stages, each broken up into multiple levels, and sometimes also containing a couple of bonus mini-games. The game cartridge features a battery backup allowing games to be saved without the need for passwords.


Kirby's Adventure NES Fireball power-up is handy in this dark level. Find a light and turn it on.
Kirby's Adventure NES The egg catching bonus game.
Kirby's Adventure NES Use the claw to try to earn bonus lives
Kirby's Adventure NES fireball

Promo Images

Kirby's Adventure Screenshot
Kirby's Adventure Screenshot
Kirby's Adventure Screenshot
Kirby's Adventure Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "星のカービィ 夢の泉の物語" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari" -- Japanese title
  • "3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure" -- Nintendo 3DS title

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User Reviews

Original and cute adventure on the NES, but badly lack challenge and variety NES Bregalad (972)
Cute, sweet and a good challenge for inexperienced platformers like myself NES Asinine (1006)
In my opinion, this is another NES game that TOTALLY RULES! NES Dark Cloud (35)
Kirby's Adventure = NES classic NES Weston Sharpensteen (32)
Still awesome after almost 15 years. NES Andy Social (18)

Critic Reviews

Retro Game Age NES Oct 10, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS Apr 29, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Aug, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Game Freaks 365 NES Nov 01, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Quebec Gamers NES Dec 25, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85 Wii Sep 08, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jun, 1993 33 out of 40 82
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Jul 23, 2005 8 out of 10 80
IGN Nintendo 3DS Nov 18, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited NES Oct, 1994 7.8 out of 10 78


Topic # Posts Last Post
Isn't the GBA version an enhanced remake? 5 Kabushi (256621)
Jun 06, 2010
Such a popular game, yet no threads? 7 Simoneer (37)
Jun 06, 2010


Final Level

The final level of Kirby's Adventure, leading to the last boss, is directly based on Kirby's Dream Land for Game Boy. The level is entirely black and white, the four areas are based on the Game Boy game's four levels, and the music is exactly the same as Kirby's Dream Land level 1 theme.


The game was the second largest game (in megabits) to appear on the NES, weighing in at a hefty 6 megabits (768KB). HAL Laboratory's Metal Slader Glory takes the cake as the largest game on the NES, with 8 megabits (one full megabyte) of data.


The game received the following awards:
  • NES Game of the Year in the 1993 GamePro Editors' Choice Awards (Vol. 6, Issue 2)
  • #150 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time" by EGM Issue #200 (Feb. 2006)
Information also contributed by Big John WV and Tiago Jacques.

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