Top 10 Best Kirby Games

The Top Ten
1 Kirby's Return to Dream Land

I finally got the chance to play this at an arcade once, and I've got to say it's definitely interesting. I didn't get to play it much, and apart from the controls being a little confusing because you're using a Wii remote, I liked it. The super abilities were a lot of fun to use as well.

I'm here because of the new Kirby game that Nintendo announced. It's probably going to be a lot like Kirby's Return to Dream Land, with the massive scope. We finally get a true 3D open-world Kirby game, with all the inspirations from other games and movie franchises coming to life, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot, Toy Story (that one alien-themed level reminded me of Pizza Planet), and of course, Super Mario (New Donk City, but it's based off Los Angeles, Chicago, or Miami).

We really needed a breath of fresh air for the Kirby franchise, and a new Kirby title after HAL taking a break, and it's one that proves that it's going to be equally good as RTDL.

2 Kirby Super Star Ultra

I have to say, this is definitely one of my favorite video game remakes of all time. Compared to other Kirby remakes, which just feel like remasters with minor tweaks, this one felt like a breath of fresh air after the 3-year gap between games. Squeak Squad and Canvas Curse were decent, but I wished there was more to them. Its replayability is through the roof.

More game modes were added, and many changes were made to the original six game modes and the side games, which put your reflexes to the test. The sound quality is still incredibly crisp after all these years, with the soundtrack being the best part. The two Halberd stage themes sound even more amazing now.

I have very fond memories of this game. Playing it under the Georgia sunset while on a camping/hunting trip felt like a spur-of-the-moment thing.

3 Kirby Triple Deluxe

Before I start, let me say that this is not my favorite Kirby game. However, on a list of the "best Kirby games," this should certainly be higher. I bought this thinking it was just a mere attempt to recapture the greatness of Return to Dreamland. But to my surprise, it took everything great about Return to Dreamland and improved it.

I never thought HAL could top their console releases, but I was very wrong. Triple Deluxe is visually the best of any other Kirby game and has very fun bosses. I could go on forever about how great this game is, but instead, I will just say that this is my 2nd favorite 3DS game and is a must-have for any 3DS owner. Kirby fan or not, this game delivers.

4 Kirby: Planet Robobot

This was such a fresh new idea for HAL and Nintendo. I loved every bit of this game. When this game was introduced, I thought, "This is going to be similar to the Sonic or Mega Man series," but it turns out I was wrong.

The Robobot Armor was such a great feature and gimmick, as well as a story that is really unique to the Kirby franchise. Planet Popstar is now mechanized, and it's up to Kirby to stop the rampant invasion of new technology while making most robots your friends. Plus, new copy abilities also appear, such as Doctor and Poison.

I love this game to bits, and I still play it to this day. There, I said it.

5 Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards

This game had an amazing soundtrack, followed by a very interesting storyline and wonderful powers and combos. I thought I had beaten the game when I was 10. Then, a few years later, I started playing again and realized it wasn't over. The fact that there is a hidden level that you unlock after you collect all the crystal shards is what tops this as the best Kirby game ever.

My favorite Kirby games are Kirby's Dreamland 2, 3, and 64. They're slightly different from the regular Kirby games. Kirby doesn't have hats, and the abilities work in a different way. Kirby 64 is the only one from the Dark Matter series on this list, so I voted for it, but my favorite is Kirby's Dreamland 3.

6 Kirby & the Amazing Mirror

All five games above this are definitely "better" in terms of what makes a game good. Despite that, Amazing Mirror is simply my favorite. It is the portable platformer of my childhood. I was already a huge Kirby fan when this came out and claimed that Kirby's Adventure 2 was the best. When I sat down and played the multiplayer with my friends, I realized I was wrong.

THIS was the best GBA game I have ever owned. This installment in the Kirby franchise was so amazing to me that I had two copies of the game and played them almost every day for two years. That is why I voted for this game, although the series seems to improve with each later release.

7 Kirby's Epic Yarn

It's kind of weird how there was such a long time gap between console and handheld Kirby games. Throughout the 2000s, HAL Laboratory mainly did Kirby games for handhelds, starting with 2002's Nightmare in Dream Land and ending with 2008's Super Star Ultra. Kirby Air Ride was mainly a forgotten console title, and there was a canceled Kirby project for the GameCube that was reworked into Return to Dream Land.

However, HAL announced their return to console Kirby games with a bang with a lighthearted Kirby adventure. Kirby's Epic Yarn is cute with a capital "C". It has extremely colorful graphics and an amazing soundtrack ("Dusk Dunes" gives me severe "Fox and The Hound" vibes due to its country/gospel flavor). The game also features a whole cast of new characters.

Also, "This grass feels funny," thought Kirby. "It feels like... pants!"

8 Kirby Squeak Squad

2006 was a weird year for Nintendo. First, you had the days leading up to the hype of the Wii being released, with its launch in November being one of the most exciting moments of my childhood. The DS Lite was also released. A massive flood of anticipated DS games also swept the markets, such as this forgotten gem of the Kirby franchise and possibly the DS library.

Squeak Squad is, how do I put it, a Kirby game. I don't know why Kirby decided to go on a murderous rampage over cake in this game, but it's just another Kirby experience, ignoring the story. It's also kind of funny how Daroach, the villain of this game, became forgotten until a certain Star Allies update.

For me, it's an easygoing Kirby experience. While I wouldn't call it bad, it's just a good Kirby game.

9 Kirby's Adventure

This game was the first Kirby I ever played, and it was the most life-changing game I've played. It's not the best, a bit laggy, but classic. To this day, it's hard to believe that this is an NES game.

That's my first Kirby game and one of the best 2D games I've played. I'm surprised it's not on this list.

This should be at least top 2. Ah, the 90s...

Seriously, this game has super awesome graphics!

10 Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land

This is the first Kirby game I played, so it's one of my favorites, although it's not very long. I finished it in 3 hours, 100% Normal Mode, and another 6 hours for 100% Extra Mode. But the Meta Knightmare sub-game is cool.

Just picked this up a couple days ago. Fairly short, but a nice challenge. Really enjoyed it.

The Contenders
11 Kirby's Dream Land 3

Yes, this was the best of the original three.

12 Kirby Super Star

Why is this not number one? It is easily the best Kirby game of all time, and people deserve to know that. Nobody wants to scroll down all the way to number 14 to see how good this game is. This deserves to be number one.

Even though Marx Soul is the hardest boss I've ever faced, it's still a fun game to play with your friends. I'd give it 7.2 out of 10.

Although Kirby Super Star Ultra is better, Kirby Super Star still deserves some credit for the original concept.

13 Kirby Mass Attack

By far the most underrated Kirby game. Truly a fantastic game that showcased the DS's touch screen perfectly. The soundtrack was catchy and memorable, and the gameplay was ridiculously fun. It's just a great game that did not get the attention it deserved.

There are already plenty of comments discussing how great this game is, and I'm in full agreement with them. This game is a classic, and it's one I find myself coming back to whenever I have nothing else to do.

Excellent game. Not Kirby's best, but it's very fun and has plenty of material. Not to mention, they finally brought Marx back as a cameo!

14 Kirby Star Allies

One of the few games I had before my dog somehow ripped it up. I actually really love the idea of this game, being able to combine abilities and recruit characters on your team. I also love the addition of different characters from past Kirby games. It almost feels like an anniversary game without really being an anniversary game.

This is where I got my knowledge of most of the Kirby games in general.

I think one of the main highlights of the game for me is probably the autumn stages later in the game. You know that warm feeling you get when it's October or November and the oak trees and birches change color, with soft crunching sounds beneath your feet and birds singing? Well, I got that exact feeling from playing the autumn countryside/forest levels in this game.

I felt that it was a nice surprise to introduce a new area like that, and the Switch's graphics really do point out the homespun, folksy, and quaint aspects of these levels. And yes, I actually like The Forgotten Land more than this game, but this game does serve as a nice experience from start to finish.

15 Kirby's Dreamland 2

If I could remake any game, it would be this one. That's right, it's over Metroid II, Majora's Mask, and Kirby 64. It's so good. I think a Wii U release would be perfect.

Why is this game not in the top 5? This game is a good old game.

16 Kirby Air Ride

Kirby Air Ride is an incredibly easy-to-get-into-and-play experience that is loads of fun, especially with friends. City Trial in particular, and the race to assemble one of the two Legendary Machines, occupied me and my friends for days, whether we were playing alone or together.

This is my favorite Kirby game ever! It has awesome graphics, really cool race tracks, and so many things to do! I highly recommend this game to people who like racing games and Kirby games.

Dyna Blade is pretty awesome in this game. This game just makes me want a real 3D Kirby. However, this game is quite groovy and the first Kirby game I played. 12/14.26

17 Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Why is this number 17? This is one of the best Kirby games, with so many easter eggs and an implied dark story. Amazing levels, and the fact that this is 3D should put it into the top 10 by itself because it is the most unique Kirby game.

I know it could be because it's recent, but it should be higher. There is no world in which this is worse than Star Allies.

This is definitely a huge milestone in the Kirby community, being the first game in 3D besides Blow Up Blast. Honestly, I love the game, but I'm a little disappointed at the lack of abilities. I think I understand why because you have about the same amount of mouthful modes, and those are cool. I really wish they could have brought stuff like Beam into this game.

Other than that, I love the open-world exploration. The 3D graphics are amazing - they nailed it.

18 Kirby's Dream Land

This is definitely the first game you should play if you think you want to get into the series. This was my first Kirby game, and I absolutely loved it!

The first Kirby game, simple but great. There is a configuration mode and a hard mode, good for any player!

It's too easy, short, and simplistic compared to later games, but it's still fun.

19 Kirby Canvas Curse

All I have to say is, epic levels, epic items, epic music, and epic bosses. Also, Giygas makes a return after you defeated him in Earthbound. That's the only thing I don't like about the game, Giygas making a return. Everything else is excellent. I'd give it 9 out of 10.

What's wrong with KCC? Maybe this Kirby game isn't usual, but it was a decent idea how Kirby had to roll like a ball throughout his whole adventure, collecting Medals and stuff. Why is it so low on this list? Whatever.

20 Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Absolutely love this game. Can't believe it's so low. Great story, unique gameplay, fantastic graphics, enticing collectibles, and best of all, an utterly amazing soundtrack.

Best Kirby game for music by far. Also the best final boss theme in Mario and Kirby put together!

21 Kirby's Dream Course

It is a great golf Kirby game. If you like golf and Kirby, you will like this too!

22 Super Kirby Clash

It's basically Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (RIP eShop), but it's possible to beat it without microtransactions. It's actually fun and has Galacta Knight.

23 Kirby Battle Royale

This game actually seems pretty fun. I really love the idea of a bunch of mini-games, it basically being like Mario Party. And hey, sleep finally has an actual purpose in this game! Who wouldn't love Dedede just bringing out a giant mech as the final boss?

24 Kirby Tilt N' Tumble

This game is ridiculously fun to play, and everyone who has a Game Boy Color should buy it.

25 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

I haven't played it yet, but I did play the demo a while back. I really like the new mode where you can play as Magolor and see what he's been up to since he was freed from the crown's control.

My only complaint is that I hate that they stuck with the Dedede design in Forgotten Land. I just think he looks ugly for some reason.

I feel like this was a bit short compared to Star Allies and Forgotten Land, but the mini-games add replay value. There is literally no point in playing Kirby 64 when the best part was Checkerboard Chase.

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