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How to Play the Kirby Games in Order

A guide on how to play the Kirby games in an order based on Nintendo systems.

It’s crazy realizing that Kirby has been around for over two decades, and the lovable (and chaotic) pink creature isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. HAL Laboratory has released a long list of Kirby titles since the game’s inception, which may stagger new and old fans alike. If you aren’t sure where to start, here’s how to play the Kirby games in order.

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How to Play the Kirby Games in Order

The good news (and bad news, some may feel) is that Kirby doesn’t have any definitive timeline. There’s even some debate as to which games are canon and which aren’t, so we’ll stick to the mainline Kirby games for this list.

  1. Kirby’s Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (NES/Game Boy Advance)
  2. Kirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy)
  3. Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Game Boy)
  4. Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES)
  5. Kirby Super Star/Kirby: Super Star Ultra (SNES/Nintendo DS)
  6. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64)
  7. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Game Boy Advance)
  8. Kirby’s Return To Dream Land (Wii)
  9. Kirby: Squeak Squad (Nintendo DS)
  10. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS)
  11. Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo 3DS)
  12. Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo Switch)
  13. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo Switch)

With this order, you’ll experience the Kirby games mostly in order of a system’s release date. That way you can complete all the titles for one system before moving onto the next. However, a few were grouped alongside other titles, indicating that the latter is a remake of the former. For example, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is a remake of Kirby’s Adventure. Depending on your situation, it might be easier (and cheaper) to purchase the remake over the original.

And with that, we close the book on how to play the Kirby games in order. If you can’t get enough Kirby after all that, find out what Kirby’s Dream Buffet is all about or maybe what the best Kirby games of all-time are.


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