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Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition

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Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition

Also known as: Hoshi no Kirby 20th Anniversary Special Collection (JP)
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii
Released in JP: July 19, 2012
Released in US: September 16, 2012

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Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition is a game that was released to celebrate Kirby's 20th anniversary in 2012, featuring Virtual Console-style emulations of Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, plus challenge stages designed around the engine for Kirby's Return to Dream Land (with GameCube controller support to boot). It was included in a package that had the game, a booklet about the franchise's history, and a CD containing over an hour of Kirby music spread across 45 songs. It was also the last Nintendo-published game for the Wii.

Unused Text

This title's trial period has ended.
The trial version will now end
and you will be returned to
Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Leftovers from Super Smash Bros. Brawl 's "masterpiece" emulations. Found in the DOL file for the Nintendo 64 emulator. Equivalents for the other languages exist too.

Please insert the
Super Mario All-Stars disc.

A leftover from the Super Mario All-Stars Wii rerelease. It is found in the DOL files for the NES and SNES emulators. Equivalents for the other languages exist too.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics


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It says "仮". (Temporary)


This graphic's found in g3d/history/box/wii.brres.cmp/wii.02.tpl.

It says "星のカービィコレクション (仮)". (Hoshi no Kirby Collection (Temporary))

Cut Abilities


There are many references to Fire in the game's files. Its 3D models and animations from the previous game are all intact, and even 2 icons for Magolor races exist. All of this indicates it was going to appear in the New Challenge Stages mode, but was cut for unknown reasons.

Fire also has unused param values and mint files for it and its projectile called "Burning Bullet" which shows that some work was done for it though it could be just ports from Return to Dream Land.

Lastly, the "Burning Bullet" projectile also works fully in-game as well. For example, here the Sword Beam projectile is replaced by it with its moving being the same due to the param values.

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(Source: Params and the Projectile: JC Players)

Cutter, Hammer and Stone

These abilities also have all of their 3D models and animations returning from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but are nowhere to be seen in the final game. Unlike Fire, they do not have icons for Magolor races. This is because they were used as a base for the Smash ability, since it uses attacks from these 3 abilities and that said ability also doesn't have its own folder unlike the others.

Unused Languages

The files for the Sword Challenge Stage title screen include French and Spanish graphics. Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition was only localized into English. These graphics are probably leftovers from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Regional Differences

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Kirby's History Mode

This mode shows the entire history of Kirby games at the time, but due to release date variations between Japan and America, there are many differences. For each available year, the mode shows an info box with trivia, and the box for a Kirby game. The trivia varies significantly between languages. Any year that didn't have a Kirby release is replaced with 8-bit statues of several characters.


Japanese English
1991 Kirby Statue Kirby Statue
1992 Hoshi no Kirby & a Manga Kirby's Dream Land
1993 Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari & Kirby no Pinball Kirby's Adventure & Kirby's Pinball Land
1994 Kirby Bowl & a Manga Lololo and Lalala Statue
1995 Hoshi no Kirby 2 & Kirby no Block Ball Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Avalanche & Kirby's Dream Land 2
1996 Hoshi no Kirby: Super Deluxe Kirby Super Star & Kirby's Block Ball
1997 Kirby no Kira Kira Kids (Game Boy) Kirby's Dream Land 3 & Kirby's Star Stacker
1998 Hoshi no Kirby 3 Waddle Dee Statue
1999 Kirby no Kira Kira Kids (Super NES) King Dedede Statue
2000 Hoshi no Kirby 64 & Koro Koro Kirby Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
2001 Hoshi no Kirby (Anime) Kirby: Tilt & Tumble
2002 Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi Deluxe Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land & Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (Anime)
2003 Kirby's Airride Kirby Air Ride
2004 Hoshi no Kirby: Kagami no Daimeikyuu Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
2005 Touch! Kirby Kirby: Canvas Curse
2006 Hoshi no Kirby: Sanjo! Dorocche Dan & a Manga Kirby: Squeak Squad
2007 Hoshi no Kirby: Medal Land no Mahou no Tou (Slot Machine) Meta Knight Statue
2008 Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe Kirby Super Star Ultra
2009 Hoshi no Kirby: Taose!! Koukaku Majuu Ebizou (Anime Short) Magolor Statue
2010 Keito no Kirby Kirby's Epic Yarn
2011 Atsumete! Kirby & Hoshi no Kirby Wii Kirby Mass Attack & Kirby's Return to Dream Land
2012 Hoshi no Kirby 20th Anniversary Special Collection Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition

Trivia Box

The Japanese trivia uses present tense whereas the English trivia uses past tense.

Year Japanese English Notes
  • 1983: Family Computer is released
  • 1989: Game Boy is released
  • 1990: Super Famicom is released
  • Nintendo released Nintendo Entertainment System (1985), Game Boy (1989), and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1991)
"Family Computer" and "Super Famicom" are the Japanese versions of the NES and SNES.
  • Hoshi no Kirby is born!
  • In the Barcelona Olympic Games, Kyoko Iwasaki becomes youngest female swimmer in Olympic History to win a gold medal
  • Astronaut Mamoru Mohri is among the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's maiden voyage
  • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour made its maiden voyage.
  • Bill Clinton was elected president of the USA.
"Hoshi no Kirby" refers to the game, as the character himself was born as "Popopo" in 1990.
  • Japan Professional Soccer's "J League" plays its first game
  • Rainbow Bridge opens in Tokyo
  • AV Famicom is released
  • The European Union was founded.
  • Intel released the first Pentium processor.
  • Janet Reno became the first female Attorney General of the USA.
"AV Famicom" is the Japanese version of the top-loading NES model.
  • Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player in Japan's history to score over 200 hits in a single season of professional Baseball
  • Chiaki Mukai becomes the first Japanese woman to go into space
  • Kansai International Airport opens
  • The Winter Olympic games were held in Lillehammer, Norway.
  • A record-breaking 3,011-pound lollipop was made.
  • The first genetically engineered tomatoes went on sale.
The lollipop was created by Danish company Bon-Bon Land. It would later be surpassed by a 7,003-pound lollipop created by US company See's Candies in 2012.
  • PHS (Personal Handyphone Service) starts in Japan
  • The Satellaview Broadcasting service is launched
  • Virtual Boy is launched
  • The DVD format was announced.
  • Cal Ripken Jr. broke a record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive Major League Baseball game.
  • Nintendo released Virtual Boy.
One of the few official mentions of the Satellaview following the service's 2000 closure. Strangely, while the Satellaview got three exclusive Kirby games and the game that Kirby's Dream Course was originally developed as, none of them are mentioned in any version of Dream Collection.
  • Hideo Nomo becomes the first Japanese player in MLB history to throw a no-hitter
  • Yoshiharu Habu the first person in Shogi Association's history to win a seven crown
  • Nintendo 64 is released
  • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Nintendo released the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Pocket.
"Seven crown" refers to holding seven major professional shogi titles simultaneously. At the time (and up until 2017), there were just seven major titles.
  • Japan's consumption tax raises from 3% to 5%
  • The Hokuriku Shinkansen railway (also known as Nagano Shinkansen) opens between Nagano and Tokyo
  • Tiger Woods becomes the youngest man to win the U.S. Golf Master Tournament
  • The UK returned control of Hong Kong to China.
  • The first Harry Potter book was published in the UK.
  • The first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, the Prius, launched in Japan.
  • The world's population exceeds 6 billion people
  • Super Famicom Jr. and Hoshi no Kirby 3 are released on the same day
  • Game Boy Color is released
  • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Nagano, Japan.
  • Assembly of the International Space Station began.
  • Nintendo released the Game Boy Color.
"Super Famicom Jr." is the Japanese version of the slimmed-down SNES model.
  • Governments start distributing regional treasury tickets
  • The number of Internet users in Japan exceeds 20 million people
  • The length of PHS phone numbers is extended to 11 digits
  • The first nonstop trip across the world via hot-air balloon occurred.
  • The world's population reached six billion
  • Kirby appeared in the first Super Smash Bros. fighting game.
  • Women's marathon runner Naoko Takahashi wins a gold medal in the Sydney Olympic Games
  • A new 500 yen note and a brand new 2,000 yen note are issued by the government
  • The Happy Monday System is introduced
  • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Sydney, Australia.
  • The International Space Station received its first resident crew.
  • George W. Bush was elected President of the USA.
  • In his first Major League Baseball season, Ichiro Suzuki becomes an MVP for the Seattle Mariners
  • Game Boy Advance is released
  • Nintendo GameCube is released
  • A 16-year-old successfully climbed Mount Everest.
  • Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube.
  • At the time (and continuing up to the present day as of this writing), the Seattle Mariners were owned in part by Nintendo of America. Suzuki, who had previously played for the Orix BlueWave from 1992-2000, would stay with the Mariners until 2012, later playing for the New York Yankees (2012-14) and Miami Marlins (2015-17) before returning to the Mariners in 2018 and announcing his retirement in 2019.
  • The 16-year-old Everest climber was Temba Tsheri, at the time the youngest to successfully climb Everest. His record would be broken by 15-year-old Ming Kipa in 2003 and 13-year-old Jordan Romero in 2010.
  • The Euro begins distribution in Europe
  • Japan and South Korea host the FIFA World Cup, with Japan hosting the final tournament
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya! first airs in North America
  • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • East Timor became the first new country of the 21st century.
  • Euro notes and coins entered circulation.
Weirdly, despite the Japanese version mentioning the Kirby anime's English debut, the English version omits that fact entirely.
  • Terrestrial digital broadcasting starts in Japan
  • J League's "Nintendo Kirby" phase day held
  • Game Boy Advance SP is released
  • The Human Genome Project was completed.
  • Concorde made its final commercial flight.
  • Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance SP.
  • Japan takes home 8 gold medals in Judo at the Athens Olympic Games
  • Bank of Japan issues a new bill design after 20 years
  • Nintendo DS is released
  • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.
  • NASA's rovers Opportunity and Spirit landed on Mars.
  • Nintendo released the Nintendo DS.
  • The "Love the Earth" expo is held in Nagoya
  • Chubu Centrair International Airport opens
  • Game Boy Micro is released
  • Danika Patrick became the first woman to an Indianapolis 500.
  • Due to a lockout, the Stanley Cup went unclaimed for the first time since 1919.
  • Nintendo released the Game Boy Micro.
  • At the Torino Olympic Games, Shizuka Arakawa wins a gold medal in figure skating
  • Nintendo DS Lite is released
  • Nintendo Wii is released
  • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Turin, Italy.
  • Nintendo released the Nintendo DS Lite and Wii.
  • The first Tokyo International Marathon is held
  • An amateur, Ryo Ishikawa becomes the youngest man to win the Japan Gold Tour Tournament
  • Japan Post is privatized
  • The final Harry Potter volume became the fastest-selling book in history.
  • A record-breaking 10-ton ice-cream float was made.
  • Nintendo unveiled Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board.
The ice-cream float was created by Coca-Cola at its Atlanta museum to promote the relaunch of Vanilla Coke.
  • Japan takes home the highest number of gold medals in women's softball at the Beijing Olympic Games
  • The number of Internet users in Japan surpasses 90 million people
  • Nintendo DSi is released
  • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China.
  • Barack Obama was elected President of the USA.
  • Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi.
  • The lay judge system is adopted in Japan
  • Japan wins two gold medals at the WBC (World Baseball Classic)
  • Nintendo DSi LL is released
  • The presence of water on the moon was confirmed.
  • For the first time, annual global-energy use dropped.
  • The 21st-century longest total solar eclipse occurred.
"DSi LL" is the Japanese name of the DSi XL.
  • Spacecraft Hayabusa returns to Earth
  • The alleged "oldest living man" in Tokyo is found to have died 30 years prior
  • Akira Suzuki and Ei-ichi Negishi win the chemistry Nobel Prize
  • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Vancouver, Canada.
  • The first 24-hour flight by a solar plane took place.
  • Nintendo released the Nintendo DSi XL.
The alleged "oldest living man" was Sogen Kato, who was discovered as a mummified corpse in his bedroom alongside newspapers from 1978.
  • The world population surpasses 7 billion people
  • Japan's women soccer team wins the FIFA World Cup in Germany
  • Nintendo 3DS is released
  • The world's population reached seven billion.
  • Nintendo unveiled Wii U.
  • Nintendo released the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Tokyo Skytree is completed
  • Analog TV Broadcasts cease completely in Japan
  • Hoshi no Kirby's 20th Anniversary
  • The Summer Olympic Games were held in London, England.
  • Nintendo unveiled Miiverse.
  • We celebrated Kirby's 20th anniversary!
(Source: Taranza the Spider Archive)


The Japanese version contains several Manga scans that weren't included in the English version.

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Gourmet Race to Green Greens Chamber Music

This video is present only in the North America version.

Challenge Stages

  • In the Japanese version of the game, during the tutorial, a red circle will appear whenever an action is properly completed. In the English version, a green check mark will appear instead. This is likely because tests in Japanese schools have circles represent correct answers while check marks represent wrong answers, whereas it is the opposite in international schools. This change is also in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Battle Royale and Kirby Star Allies.
  • The Japanese version does not use commas to separate thousands for points that are at least a thousand. This was an addition to the English version.
  • To separate the seconds and centiseconds for the timer, the Japanese version uses a colon (:) while the English version uses a dot (.).
  • One of the level names was changed in the English version of the game:
Japanese English
Apricot Apart (アプリコット アパート) Apricot Atrium
  • At the last screen of the credits, the text "The End" was changed from all caps in the Japanese version to just capitalizing the first letter of the words in the English version.

Internal Project Name

The game's internal project name is "Donut", as shown by many music files and the game's ".MAP" file.