Kirby may not be Nintendo’s greatest mascot, but I have a special place in my heart for the pink little alien. I missed out on Kirby’s Dream Course when it came out on Super Nintendo back in 1995. I guess games during that time overshadowed it for me, and for some reason, I haven’t had a chance to play it in all these years. Now that the Nintendo Switch has a catalog of SNES games, I decided to give this one a try.
The game is very different than any other Kirby game in the series. It’s not really a main entry, but in fact, a spin off game. It’s a golf game…sort of. Though Kirby isn’t picking up a nine iron nor will he have his handy putter. And he certainly isn’t riding in a golfing cart with waddle dee riding in the passenger side either.
Kirby himself is the golf ball. Which is a bit strange but you get used to it. Think golf meets marble madness and that’s pretty much what Kirby’s Dream Course is. Even in 16-bit graphics, the game still looks pretty good and I can easily tell what the terrain will do if Kirby lands at it in a certain direction or not.
In addition to putting and driving Kirby like a golf ball, he also can take powers of the enemies he hits. They’re pretty much the enemies you have seen in previous titles. If he becomes a stone, then Kirby will stop wherever he is. If he becomes a UFO he can briefly fly around. If he can freeze things then he can slide across a water hazard turned to ice. The point of each hole is to defeat all the enemies. You don’t have to do it in any real order, so the last enemy will eventually disappear and form the golf hole Kirby is supposed to land in to get to the next one.
Honestly, I had a decent bit of fun with Kirby’s Dream Course. Though I will say, without the Nintendo Switch’s ability to rewind where you’re at at any moment, I would probably hate this game with a passion. The Nintendo Switch allows me to fix mistakes which are often and common. If I had played this on the Super Nintendo back in the day, it would take me many hours and headaches to complete a course. So the Nintendo Switch feature did save the game for me, even with the ability to make the game easier, it’s still a tough game.