Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kirby's Streamland: The Games

First you draw a circle,
then you dot the eyes
add a great big smile
and presto, it's Kirby!

Everyone's favorite little pink Nintendo star is here and ready for a marathon on June 3rd, starting at 10 AM CST! New to the Kirby fandom? A diehard fan since 1993? Read on to find out more about the games the Moblins are playing and even learn some fun facts too!

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Kirby's Adventure

1993 - NES, Nintendo 3DS

Moblin Playing: Jason

This game is Kirby's first home console appearance! King Dedede stole the Star Rod from the Fountain of Dreams causing all the inhabitants of Dream Land to have dreamless naps. As the happy dreams disappear, a menacing force begins to emanate from the Fountain of Dreams and Nightmare is unleashed! In this epic adventure, you play as Kirby traveling through seven words and battling a variety of enemies and bosses in an effort to win back the Star Rod! Can we find a way to reconcile with King Dedede and defeat Nightmare?

Fun Facts: Kirby's Adventure is the only Kirby game on NES. It's also the first game where MetaKnight (Annie's favorite character) makes an appearance. Kirby's Adventure is the first Kirby game to incorporate a key Kirby feature - the ability to copy abilities by eating enemies! Yikes, that sounds a lot more horrifying when you type it out... You are what you eat I guess.

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Kirby's Dream Course

1994 - SNES

Moblin Playing: Jason + someone else because the hate that ensues is half the fun

Kirby's Dream Course has been destroying relationships almost as long as Mario Kart! Honestly, we're not sure this game actually has a plot but the premise is you play golf in an intergalactic setting destroying enemies on mind-melting courses and falling asleep until you eat enough Kirby food to earn a turn back. It's infuriating, addictive, and way more difficult than you'd think. Basically it has all the components to make it an instant classic.

Fun fact: I mean, the game is essentially Kirby golf on acid. Is that not unique enough for the game itself to be the fun fact?

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Kirby Super Star

1996 - SNES

Moblins Playing: Corey + Leslie

Eight little games, one big fun Kirby adventure! Kirby Super Star consists of Spring Breeze, Dyna Blade, Gourmet Race, The Great Cave Offensive (Corey's favorite), Revenge of Meta Knight, Milky Way Wishes, Samurai Kirby, and Megaton Punch. Each game has it's own independent plot from taking on King Dedede after he steals food from the citizens of Dream Land in Spring Breeze to exploring a cave system to collect 60 treasures in The Great Cave Offensive

Fun fact: Spring Breeze is actually a more simple remake of the original Kirby's Dream Land!

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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

2000 - Nintendo 64

Moblin Playing: Logan

What's worse than enemies like King Dedede and mind-melting golf courses? Dark Matter. On a fairy-populated planet called Ripple Star, a malicious force is taking over. In an effort to save the planet's sacred treasure, the Great Crystal, a little fairy named Ribbon flees the planet with the Crystal in tow. During her escape, Dark Matter catches up to Ribbon and shatters the Great Crystal into pieces across the galaxy. Ribbon lands on planet Pop Star and finds the one and only Kirby to join her in her quest! Can Ribbon and Kirby find all the Great Crystal shards and save the planet of Ripple Star? Will they be heralded as heroes on their home planets or end up lost among the stars? Only one way to find out (and that's by watching the stream, definitely not by playing it yourself)!

Fun fact: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was the only Kirby game made for the Nintendo 64 although Kirby does appear in Super Smash Bros. as a playable character!


Kirby Air Ride

2003 - GameCube

Moblins Playing: Jason + up to 3 other Moblins

Mario Kart but with Kirby. That's it.

Fun fact: Kirby Air Ride was the first GameCube game that could LAN play and connect up to 4 GameCube consoles.

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Kirby's Epic Yarn

2010 - Wii

Moblin Playing: Denny

Kirby's Epic Yarn is possibly the most darling game ever created. When you pull the threads of this game apart, what's left is an epic adventure filled with impossibly cute enemies, clever cloth scenery, and crafty new powers. Kirby's Epic Yarn has the ability to unravel any bad mood and leave you in stitches.

Fun fact: Kirby's Epic Yarn originally was supposed to be a one-off game that wasn't in the Kirby franchise at all! Near completion, they reworked the game as a Kirby game because it just seemed meant to be.

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Kirby's Return to Dream Land

2011 - Wii

Moblins Playing: Corey, Jason, Denny + Annie

The Lor Starcutter has crash-landed on Pop Star and the alien pilot within it, Magolor, needs Kirby's help! With his spaceship scattered to pieces across the planet, Kirby and friends join Magolor solving puzzles, evading enemies, and gathering pieces to rebuild the Lor Starcutter ship. Surely helping a random, shipwrecked alien that no one knows can only go well and not result in any issues whatsoever...

Fun fact: Kirby's Return to Dream Land was originally slated to be released on the GameCube in 2005 but development was delayed and the game being shifted to the Wii console. 

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

2015 - Wii U

Moblins Playing: Corey + Alex + Annie

When a giant portal opens up and steals all the color out of Dream Land, you know there's a problem. Enter Elline, a paintbrush fairly hailing from the land of Seventopia to save the day. Elline gives Kirby and his friends their color back and requests their help to restore order in both realms. Help Kirby roll down the path to success (literally, because he is stuck in clay ball form) and restore color to all of Pop Star!

Fun fact: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a follow up game to Kirby: Canvas Curse which came out in 2005 on the Nintendo DS. This was also the first Kirby game to use amiibos!



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