Friday, December 23, 2011

For the tenth game of Christmas, the UPS man brought to me ...

... a beautifully boxed copy of the Famicom version of Kirby's Adventure (known as Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari in Japan, which translates to something like Kirby of the Stars: Story of the Fountain of Dreams in English).

Honestly, I've never been all that interested in this game, although I couldn't tell you why. I'm guessing it's because it came out after the SNES was released; by then, my mind had moved on to 16-bit games like F-Zero, Final Fantasy II and Super Mario World.

That all changed, though, after playing Kirby's Return to Dream Land, which I enjoyed so much that I decided I just had to own the series' first console outing, too. So, I bought the copy seen in the photos below through eBay.



Anyway, I'm having such a blast with Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari--expect to hear more about that in an upcoming post--that I've already hit myself over the head a number of times (with one of those giant squeaky hammers) for passing on this magnificent platformer back when it was first released.

Oh, well, all that really matters is that I'm playing and enjoying it now, right?

By the way, if you'd like to see a few more photos of this game's beautiful box and cart, please check out my Flickr photostream at your earliest convenience. 

20 comments:

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That Kirby is so awkward and adorable. I can't believe you'd never played this one. It's one of my favorite NES games of all time, and for sure my favorite Kirby game.

Kimimi said...

This is the only NES game I own! I bought my son a handheld Famiclone with this deliciously pink cartridge to play, and he loves it just as much as I do :)

Linnea said...

Ooooooooooh myyy! The cartridge is pink!!! I did not know that! So amazingly beautiful. I agree with Justin, this is one of my top NES games ever. I've got to get this for my collection! I just have the american grey version. Hmpf!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I know it's weird, Justin. It just didn't appeal to me before I played Kirby's Return the Dream Land for some reason. I'm loving it now, though!

Bryan Ochalla said...

That's great, Kimimi! How great that both you and your son love this game :) That said, you really need to get yourself some more Famicom games!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Linnea! Yeah, it is as pink as can be. I love it! Sorry I haven't posted the rest of the photos to Flickr yet. Will do that shortly, I promise.

Kimimi said...

I know I know... there are just a lot of little niggles between me and more Famicom games, it's not that I'm not interested :)

Matthew Bartlett said...

Um... this is probably the cutest game related thing I've seen in a long time!

Love it when you share stuff like this!

Retr0gamer said...

Pink cartridge! I want one now! The west got such boring cartridges for the NES.

Bryan Ochalla said...

I was just teasing, Kimimi! I know there are plenty of reasons to not own more games, whether they're old or new -- with money being an important one :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Glad you got a kick out of this one, Matthew! And, yes, it is pretty darn cute, isn't it?

For a total sweet attack, check out my Flickr photostream for three more photos of this game's box and cart. Sorry it took me so long to post them, by the way!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Retr0gamer: Yeah, the pink cart was a big draw for me -- as was the rather awesome box art. And of course it helped that the game itself is pretty cool, too :)

Sean said...

I love Kirby too. I don`t have a boxed copy though, that looks really great!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, I was wondering what you thought of this game, Sean. Glad to hear you like it, too :) Merry Christmas to you and your wife, by the way!

Adam said...

I loved Kirby's Adventure on NES, I had it back in the early 90's when it first came out.

I also got the GBA remake A Nightmare in Dreamland

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Adam! Seems I'm one of the few who ignored this game when it was new. As for the GBA remake: I'll definitely be hunting down a copy of it soon, as I'm really enjoying the Famicom/NES original! Do you like the GBA remake, by the way?

Mark Ayala said...

Still enjoy this game frequently! Me and my brother got it right when it came out in '93 in the US and I still have so many fond memories of it and at least play through it once a year. It's hard to pick a favorite Kirby, but this one is up there. Plus the soundtrack provides great driving music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ronIL1A5f80

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Mark! That's a great story -- especially that you play through it at least once a year. I can see myself doing the same from now on, as the game is soooooo cute! Also, addictive. I love just trying out all of the different skills :) Oh, and, yes, the music is SUPERB!

Kevin said...

I feel I should mention that there's a 3D Classics version in the eShop. Although the actual version of the game depends on the region you purchased your system.

Fun game! Absolutely love it! You'll enjoy it!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I may get the 3D Classics version eventually, Kevin, although not right away. I certainly love what I've played of the Famicom version thus far. Glad to hear you like the game, too :)