Kirby’s Dreamland 3

The year was 1997. The N64 was out for a whole year at this point, which means that as far as North America was concerned, the SNES was dead as dead can be. Who gives a fuck about 2d games now when we have shitty looking polygonal games? AW YEAH BOI.

Unfortunately, in the year 1997, I was also 7 years old which means that I had absolutely no means of disposable income or making money to buy a $70 SNES game. This means that, much to my chagrin, KDL3 had to go by the wayside and wait until a few years later where I would get the chance to be able to play it (but not own it, even so). When I was 10, I did use all of my birthday money on Kirby 64, something I am very proud of to this day. Yes, I don’t have many things to be proud of. Yes, I am completely disappointing no matter how you look at it.

Found this game at 1up and eyed it up several times, especially with an attractive price of $55 dollars (About 10 under market and that’s not even counting shipping). I told myself “Next time I go in there, if that game is still there, I am going to buy it.” And buy it I did, apparently ruining other’s chance at getting the game. I felt evil but as a collector, that is the most satisfying feeling one can experience.

I gave the game a test run and it’s just as I remember, although I admittedly never played it at launch. A colorful, crayon like aesthetic adorns the game with music that we still hear remixes of to this day. Abilities are not quite as fleshed out as they are in other installments like Kirby Super Star (or the fantastic, recent Kirby’s Triple Deluxe). That said, Kirby is still one of my favorites (my absolute favorite as a child) and I’m proud to add this to my collection.

Missi also picked up Wild Arms 2 and Parappa the Rapper. I personally have no childhood memories of either as I never owned a PS1 as a kid, so I won’t comment on those.

I also noticed a “Secret of Mana” cartridge popped up at the shop for a similar price…Hmm…I think I know what my next purchase will be.


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