Cary’s Top Five LEAST Favorite Kirby Games

KIRBYCLAYA new Kirby game is being released this week: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.  I’m always excited when a new Kirby game comes out.  I like Kirby games better than Mario titles!  And usually when a new Kirby game comes out, I like to write a blog about Kirby.  So this time I’m going to write about my LEAST favorite Kirby games.  Why so negative?  Well, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is actually a sequel to Kirby Canvas Curse, one of the games on this list.  But don’t worry.  None of the games on my list are BAD games.  There’s no such thing as a bad Kirby game.  I just like these games less than others.  And this list isn’t in any particular order either.  So let’s roll!

Kirby’s Dream Land

You’d think that since I’m such a big Kirby fan now, I’d be sold on the first game.  But that wasn’t the case when it first came out.  Sure, I was interested in it since it was made by the same folks who did Adventures of Lolo, one of my favorite NES series at the time (Lolo was even in the first Kirby game).  And I also appreciated that they made a platformer that all ages can play and enjoy.  But at the time when this game came out, I was a still a kid with a limited income.  So I didn’t want to spend money on a game that I had to pay full price for, and beat quickly and get tired of it.  Luckily, years later I did borrow the game from a friend and beat both quests in an hour, so I’m glad I didn’t get it after all.  And even though Kirby didn’t have his trademark copy ability in the first game, you could tell the gears were turning in the developers’ heads even at such an early start.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

This game isn’t really bad, more so it was disappointing to me.  We were finally getting a Kirby game on the Game Boy Advance (it had been a long time since a new Kirby game came out).  And it turns out that it’s just a remake of the NES Kirby’s Adventure that I played to death already.  Don’t get me wrong, Kirby’s Adventure is one of the best Kirby games out there, I was just hoping for something new for Kirby’s first GBA outing.  Luckily, soon after we did get a great new Kirby GBA game with Kirby and the Amazing Mirror.

Kirby’s Block Ball

It’s basically BreakOut or Arkanoid with Kirby.  Which seems like a good idea, since Kirby is a ball and all.  This is one of the few challenging Kirby games to me.  One, I’m not very good at those paddle and block breaking games.  I love ‘em, I’m just not very good at them!  Also, you can’t carry over extra lives to new stages in Block Ball, which makes starting a new area extra tough.

Kirby’s Avalanche

It’s just Puyo Puyo, which isn’t a bad puzzler by any means.  SEGA did the same thing with Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.  It just doesn’t really have anything to do with Kirby or Sonic.

Kirby Canvas Curse

A lot of people name Canvas Curse as one of their favorite Kirby games, early DS games, or just creative games in general.  But I don’t know, it just didn’t click with me for some reason.  It’s hard to explain.  I had a hard time with the controls, and I felt that other early DS games made better use of the touch screen.  Like Pac-Pix.  Even Miyamoto said he wished he would’ve thought of Pac-Pix first!  But I will say that I did play through Canvas Curse, so don’t think I didn’t give it a fair shake.

But just because I didn’t like Canvas Curse as much as others, it doesn’t mean I’m going to go into Rainbow Curse with a negative attitude.  Now that I’ve had years of touch screen gaming under my belt with the DS, 3DS, iPad, and Wii U, I may do better with the controls this time.  Plus, I really like the clay animated graphics in Rainbow Curse.  I have a strong interest in clay animation and stop motion, and I even took a class on it once.  I liked it in the 16- and 32-bit days when many developers were using clay animation for graphics and non-computer generated 3-D models.  I’d love to see that style make a comeback.  Clayfighter is due for a remake, wouldn’t you agree?

Anyway, so those are my least favorite Kirby games.  In the comments section, let me know if there are any Kirby games you don’t like, and if you’re looking forward to Rainbow Curse, too!

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