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The Game You're Best At: Kirby's Dream Course

On 04/07/2013 at 10:19 PM by Justin Matkowski

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Hello Everybody! My new portfolio website is finally live - *cough shameless plug*, so I will have a lot more time to spend here at Pixlbit! So for my first blog in awhile, I thought I'd focus on the game I feel I'm best at. I would argue that every gamer has one definitive go-to title; one game that, like a trusty revolver in the Old West, we are confident enough in that we would weigh in our chips against all challengers. While mulling over this question in my head of what my "go to" game is, I instantly knew my answer for the question “what game would I consider myself the best at?” and the answer is Kirby’s Dream Course for Super Nintendo.

Often there are strong emotional circumstances connecting us to the period in which we first discover a much-loved game, not unlike a favorite album (which for me would be ‘Disintegration’ by The Cure, but that is a different conversation for a different topic). A close family member had just lost a life-long battle with Type 1 Diabetes, and even though my mom was dealing with the unimaginable pain of abruptly losing a sibling, she set aside her own sadness and decided to buy me a game to cheer me up a little (in my best Rick Grimes voice inpersonation “Mom’s are good like that”).  I had rented Kirby’s Dream Course several times and had a blast with it, so I knew as soon as I saw it sitting there, apparently waiting on the shelf at Electronics Boutique that my mind had been made up before I even walked in the door.

Today, a game is rarely considered complete if it lacks post-campaign extras, unlockable content, and a robust multiplayer mode. However, back in the mid 90’s extra or supporting content (especially in abundance) was a rare novelty indeed. The Kirby franchise is one that pioneered the idea of rewarding players with extra content for completing various in game challenges or secret objectives. I still remember the thrill of unlocking the sound room and Kirby’s dance gallery, and when I discovered by achieving a silver medal for all 8 courses that I had unlocked an additional 8 more, I may have sharted in excitement, just a tiddly bit. The rewarding nature of Kirby’s Dream Course, along with a great multi-player mode and the solid, highly enjoyable mechanics of the game made the juice well worth the squeeze and only encouraged me to keep playing and refining my skill.


Many years after initially unlocking every bit of extra content and achieving gold metals on all 16 courses, Kirby’s Dream Course still gets a complete play through from me at least once a year; I am continually inspired by some of the truly mind-blowing playthroughs and hole-in-one videos found on Youtube, such as the one featured above. To this day, my appreciation for this game continues to grow - in the contemporary gaming landscape, where so many titles are chasing Hollywood’s tail with big action set pieces that seem more concerned with pulling off massive explosions than creating an interactive experience that is fundamentally solid, I can’t help but love a classic title that is so thoroughly (and proudly) a video game. It forces you to develop timing, eye-hand coordination, planning, and skill. It drops your little, pink self into its vibrant and challenging world and says “Take a shot. Take any shot you want, but make it count.”

What game do you feel you are best at? Is it your favorite game, or just one that you are a badass while you play? Sound off in the comments below, and thanks for reading!




04/07/2013 at 11:20 PM

Man, I haven't played Kirby's Dream Course since the SNES days. I wish it was inlcluded in Kirby's Dream Collection, though I do think it's on Virtual Console...? Anyway, for me that game would be Super C (the sequel to Contra) for the NES. To this day I can sit down and finish it by myself on one continue and once I beat it without dying at all, an accomplishment I'm very proud of.

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

04/08/2013 at 12:25 AM

Why this game wasn't included in Kirby's Dream Collection is beyond me - not only is it (in my opinion) one of the best of the series, it is also one of the most popular; fans such as myself have been wanting a sequel now for almost two decades! It is on Virtual Console, and so worth picking up!

That Super C accomplishment, my friend, is damn impressive! I have many fond memories of Super C being the go-to co-op game on the NES.

Cary Woodham

04/08/2013 at 05:42 AM

As much of a fan of Kirby as I am now, it may come hard to believe that I wasn't a fan from the first game.  No, it was actually Kirby's Dream Course that won me over.  That was a very excellent and creative game.

One game that I'm really good at is Super Pac-Man.

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

04/08/2013 at 12:58 PM

Kirby's Dream Course won me over as well! I had played Kirby's Adventure and absolutely loved it, but Dream Course is what solidified the series for me. I love that each game tries something new, and that HAL really embraces creativity with the IP. I own the majority of the series, and to this day it is still my favorite.

Super Pac-Man is intense! When I have a shit ton of ghosts chasing me, I can hear the air raid-esque sound from the Alien and Prometheus trailers in my head.

Thanks for commenting Cary!


04/08/2013 at 04:26 PM

Yes Dream course was quite enjoyable and something a little different for our hungry pink hero. I didn't know about it until I purchased it on the Wii's Virtual Console but I had fun with it.

Disintegration is a great album. I haven't played it in years though.

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

04/08/2013 at 06:31 PM

Disintegration would probably be my choice for favorite album. It's one of those albums that creates such a full sound that has such a distinct sense to it, you can almost visually imagine a world based off of it.

Thanks for commenting!


04/09/2013 at 10:55 PM

I love this game. It's one of my favorite Kirby games, and yet I don't own it lol. I need to remedy that soon. Me and my brother played this a lot and had a ton of fun. He was always way better at it. I think my best game would probably be Doom or Unreal Tournament 2k3. I have sunk endless hours into those two games.

Your site looks great by the way Justin! Very nice! Cool

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

04/10/2013 at 01:24 AM

Aaron!! Great to see you back my friend! 

Thank you for the kind words! It was a ton of work and a lot of late nights, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. And Kirby's Dream Course is still my favorite game of all time. It is definitely a blast, especially the two-player mode. Nothing like getting knocked clear off the map because your opponent decided to turn into Tornado Kirby while you were in their path Laughing

You are the Doom aficionado, so I'm not surprised that you can definitely whoop some demon ass! I love finding out people's go to game; it's awesome to see someone's passion  for a game that never ceases to provide an incredible experience.

Looking forward to seeing you around here again bud!


04/27/2013 at 09:54 AM

Sorry about the loss of one of your family members. That has to be tough on all of you. Cool of your Mom to get you a game while dealing with it. That is a really good one,too. I will probably get that on Virtual Console as it is such a classic. I seem to excel at the Kirby games,and that is probably my favorite.

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