Twenty years ago, video game fans were introduced for the first time to NintendoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s iconic Kirby character. Now fans can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the pink and powerful hero with KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Collection: Special Edition, available exclusively for the Wii system. This colorful collection includes six classic Kirby games on one disc, additional Challenge Stages based on 2011Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Return to Dream Land, an interactive timeline, a CD containing favorite music from the series and a commemorative book that gives new and existing fans a fun inside look at the history of Kirby.
Since his debut in 1992Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Land for the portable Game Boy system, Kirby has starred in 22 video games that have collectively sold more than 33 million units worldwide. Over the years, players of all kinds have joined him on wild adventures in Dream Land, experiencing the fun of watching Kirby fly, inhale enemies to copy their abilities or spit them out as projectiles. KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Collection: Special Edition includes an action-packed array of fan-favorite Kirby games, music and commemorative content:
- KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Land (originally released for Game Boy in 1992)
- KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Adventure (originally released for NES in 1993)
- KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Land 2 (originally released for Game Boy in 1995)
- KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Super Star (originally released for Super NES in 1996)
- KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Land 3 (originally released for Super NES in 1997)
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (originally released for the Nintendo 64 system in 2000)
- Ã¢â‚¬Å“New Challenge Stages,Ã¢â‚¬Â a new set of Challenge Stages in the style of those found in KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Return to Dream Land (originally released for the Wii system in 2011)
- KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s History, an interactive timeline that players can use to browse classic box art, game footage and milestones from throughout KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 20-year career Ã¢â‚¬â€ all with the ability to jump straight from the timeline into a game
- A special audio CD containing 45 memorable tracks (more than an hourÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth of music) from across KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career, including alternate versions of three classic Kirby themes
- KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 20th Anniversary Celebration Book, which contains fascinating character information and illustrations, including early Kirby concept artwork
KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Collection: Special Edition is available at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kirby is recognized around the world as a character that embodies imaginative family fun,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This special collection is a fitting way to commemorate his first 20 years as a true gaming hero. With nearly 40 million Wii systems sold in the United States alone, players of all experience levels can join in the celebration by checking out KirbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Collection: Special Edition.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Now through Oct. 31, consumers in the U.S. also can enter for the chance to win a set of collectible Kirby Round Playing Cards that pay tribute to the spherical pink superstar.