Continuing the theme of anniversary editions, to celebrate 20 years of the pinky pudgy blob, Nintendo will be releasing the Kirby Dream Collection for Japan and North America. Details have been released on the featured kirby titles and pack content, plus an official trailer and screenshots galore. But be warned, it appears that not everyone will be getting the anniversary release.
Now before you read the pink sugary goodness of the Kirby Collection, it is our duty to inform our fellow Australians that at this stage Nintendo Australia have no plans to release the collection in Australia. Yes that’s right my friends, there will be no little marshmallow man for us – and that sucks. There has also been no news on a European release, which indicates the title might not be getting a PAL version at all. That being said, feel free to read on for the delightful contents, so that you might be called to action and let Nintendo know you want your Kirby Collection!
So as we’ve mentioned, currently Kirby’s Dream Collection has only been confirmed for Japan and North America. Floating onto the Nintendo Wii, the game pack is assured to provide fans with some quality retro game reminiscence.
- Kirby’s Dream Land (Gameboy)
- Kirby’s Adventure (Famicom/NES)
- Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Gameboy)
- Kirby Super Star (Super Famicom/SNES)
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (Super Famicom/SNES)
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)
There will also be some new Kirby fun, with news site Andriasang detailing the addition of a new mode and History calendar. The ‘Challenge mode’ takes cues from the recently released Wii title Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, tasking players to use specific copy abilities; the mode will feature over 10 stages, such as “Sword Challenge” and “Fight Death Match”. Then if seven game features were not enough, there’s also the on-disc ‘Kirby History’ – a virtual calendar that reflects on the many games, comics, shows and other such things in Kirby’s past.
Information has also been released on the excellent extras of the game, although at this stage they have only been confirmed for the Japanese release. Kirby Dream Collection is aptly named, as the pack includes such collectible Kirby items as the CD Soundtrack, featuring music that spans from very first Kirby through to his adventures on the Wii; and a ‘Memorial book’, which contains details on Kirby’s 20 year history, plus development materiels that has never been released to the public.
Kirby’s Dream Collection will be released in Japan on July 19th, then in North America September 16th. It’s priced at ¥38,000 (approximately $47 AUS) with the RRP for the US still to be confirmed.
On a more hopeful note for PAL players, the 20th Anniversary collection will be available on Japan’s Nintendo e-shop, so perhaps something similar will be made available for us. In the meantime however feel free to voice your Kirby love to Nintendo on facebook or perhaps even contact Nintendo Australia.
You can also check out the official Kirby Collection Japanese website for more videos of the gameplay.