Monday, September 17, 2012

Is Kirby's Dream Collection worth $40? What do Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards' hours suggest?

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Is Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition worth its asking price of $39.99? Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition released just yesterday for the Wii and includes 6 classic Kirby games, challenge stages from the Wii title Kirby's Return to Dream Land (released just last year), a Kirby soundtrack CD, and a few other Kirby related items. The collection has a MSRP of $39.99, and received an ESRB rating of "Everyone 10+" with "Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is one of the 6 classic Kirby games in the Special Edition, and was originally released for the Nintendo 64 on June 26, 2000. The game was released again through the Wii's Virtual Console service on February 25, 2008 and is available to download for 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10. The Crystal Shards received an "Everyone" rating from the ESRB and has no content listed for parents and gamers to be aware of.

Have you purchased Kirby's Dream Collection and wondering how many hours to expect from it? Maybe you haven't bought Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition yet, but are curious as to how many hours you can expect from the Kirby games in it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look at how many hours you can probably expect to get out of one Kirby game included in it, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards!

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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards now has 935,279 Total Hours of gameplay reported, from approximately 89,306 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Wii's Nintendo Channel (older report here). The average play-time per day/session is 1 Hours 4 Minutes, with the overall reported average being 10 Hours 28 Minutes "Per person" as the image above shows.

The game has a "professional" review score average of 75.30%, based on 21 reviews on It has a customer review score average of 83.09%, based on 110 reviews from

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards' U.S. Virtual Console release has made Nintenod about $893,060, just based on the $10 price point and the approximate number of Wii owners that have reported data since the game released.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have not played Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, though I am very interested in Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition that released yesterday. If you have never seen footage from Kirby's Nintendo 64 game, or what games Kirby's Dream Collection contains, the video below has trailers for both:

You can purchase Kirby 64 on your Wii for $10 from the Virtual Console, but if you get Kirby's Dream Collection you get 6 Kirby games, so it's like you are purchasing Kirby 64 for just $6.67. With The Crystal Shards having an average of more than 10 hours "Per person", I think the new Special Edition with the other 5 Kirby games and bonus materials is well worth the asking price $39.99.

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Have any of you played Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and if so, what do you think about the game? Do you think it was a good choice to be included with Kirby's Dream Collection?

If any of you bought Kirby's Dream Collection yesterday (or today), have you had a chance to check it out yet?

If you are interested in Kirby 64 or Kirby's Dream Collection, you can see links to the products on below:


  1. I really like the character of Kirby, but for some reason I've never been able to get into his games.

    Perhaps it's just because they tend to be very straightforward and easy - not that I have a problem with easy games, but when a game is designed around being accessible for kids, there are certain elements that need to be left out. I *think* that's why I've never really got into these games.

  2. Hey Matt, I feel the same way. The games look interesting, perhaps fun, but when I sit down to play them - I'm end up being disappointed. Take Kirby's Epic Yarn - great reviews, new style, whimsical, childish, but innocent and fun looking. I borrowed it from a co-worker with high hopes (especially after watching all the gameplay videos) and it was very underwhelming. Maybe I just hyped it up too much? I'm still considering going back and buying it at a bargain price in the future, but not anytime soon.

  3. Mirroring what you guys have said. Cute character, my daughter loves him, and I'll sit down to play the games, and they are an okay time killer, but I never really get invested in the titles myself

  4. I can only remember playing and beating one Kirby game, and that was Epic Yarn with Mrs. Coffee. She really enjoyed the game, but once I saw the credits roll on it, I never played it again. The collecting of items/beads in the game was interesting, and challenging if you wanted 100%, but definitely not challenging like DKCR for stuff.

    I didn't play last year's Return to Dream Land, but it looked pretty good I thought (had the co-op play in it as well).

    Thanks for the comment and feedback!

  5. Did you play the game by yourself, or did you attempt to play it cooperatively with anybody? That might make a small difference in enjoyment, because then you have two people being crazy in the levels.

    I may have to borrow it again from our neighbors, if Bean 1 is running around Mario levels, I wonder how he would do in KEY...

    Thanks for the comment and feedback on it!

  6. Yeah, Bean 1 knows who Kirby is, but has never really played one of his games. It is the reason I'm interested in this package though, so that Bean 1 can give it a try since he enjoys the Mario platforming type games so much.

    Thanks for the thoughts!

  7. I have a lot of nostalgia for this Kirby, and still think the power mixing of this game is interesting. I had the occasion to stop and think about what my favorite Kirby game was in the last 24 hours, and usually I jump to Kirby 64, but, I think I really appreciate Canvas Curse more. I love the "instrumentation" for the music, especially.

    I still really want to check out Epic Yarn and especially Return to DreamLand. I think I'll pick them up and play those via my Wii U.


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