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Kirby's Dream Land

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Title Screen

Kirby's Dream Land

Also known as: Hoshi no Kirby (JP)
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy
Released in JP: April 27, 1992
Released in US: August 1, 1992
Released in EU: August 3, 1992

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

To do:
Early screenshots with “PoPoPo” instead of “Kirby”: [Source]

Kirby's Dream Land is the game that introduced the world to the hungry pink puffball.

Unused Graphics

Yes, unused graphics

An unused frame of Waddle Doo looking up. It might have been used when Kirby was about to fall on the Waddle Doo or when it's charging up it's beam.

Who are you people?!

King Dedede facing the screen with his hands on the sides of his face. Given the dark coloration, these may have been intended for a boss introduction, possibly one involving him coming in from the (unlit) side of his wrestling ring.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences


Japan International
Marching along, pink as they are What are they walking on?!

The larger title graphics in the international version meant that the Green Greens backdrop had to be removed. The marching Kirbys were moved down as a result. A small graphic of Kirby was added to fill in the blank space above the logo.

The copyright information was altered as well.

Config Mode

Japan International
Never seen this before And now it's gone

The Japanese config screen has a set of life bar graphics that don't appear anywhere else. The international version changed this to use the same life bar graphics as the rest of the game.

Level Cards

Japan International
So what color are they? This was a necessary change

In addition to the logo change, the international versions rearranged some of the fruit at the bottom of the screen.

Japan International
A break in the waves All better

The Japanese version has a broken water tile in the lower-left corner of the screen. This was fixed in the international release.


Japan International
Text: Now in image form And so many players.

The "Presented By" text was altered.

Japan International
It's the gray thing with the pink buttons. Where'd it go?

The text here uses an arrow to point out the code instructions. The left-pointing arrow is only present in the Japanese release.

(Source: Original TCRF research)