Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Kirby has had a long history with Nintendo, and really shone brightest during the SNES era. While the SNES Classic Edition does include Kirby Super Star (arguably one of the very best Kirby experiences ever), the console’s second option for the pink puffball is a golf game, completely overlooking the fun, puzzle-focused experience that is Kirby’s Dream Land 3.
For starters, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is the first direct sequel in the Dream Land series after the first two games didn’t really have anything to do with one another outside of sharing the same protagonist. This allowed the third entry to really build off of the solid foundation of its predecessor by doubling down on animal teammates, giving Kirby and Gooey a new adventure that sees the world on the brink of destruction, and really getting creative with environmental puzzles. When it comes to single Kirby experiences, there isn’t much better than this and it’s a notable absence from the SNES Classic Edition’s lineup.