|Kirby's Dream Land|
|Developer(s)||HAL Laboratory, Inc.|
|Released||JPFebruary 17, 1992|
NAApril 19, 1992
PALMay 8, 1992
|Ratings||ESRB: K-A (Kids to Adults)|
Kirby's Dream Land, known in Japan as Hoshi no Kabi (星のカービィ, lit. "Kirby of the Stars"), is a 1992 platforming video game developed by HAL Laboratory, Inc. and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy handheld video game console. It was first released in Japan, and later released in North America. It is both the first video game in the Kirby series and the debut of the Kirby character. Kirby's Dream Land was designed by Masahiro Sakurai, then an employee of HAL Laboratory. Sakurai intended for Kirby's Dream Land to be a simple game that could be played by beginning gamers. As the inaugural Kirby title, Kirby's Dream Land created many conventions that would appear in later games in the series, including Kirby's basic moves. However, Kirby's trademark "copy" ability would not appear until Kirby's Adventure, released less than one year later.
The plot follows the gluttonous King Dedede has stolen all of the food from the inhabitants of Dream Land for a midnight feast, so Kirby, a resident of Dream Land, goes to retrieve the food and stop Dedede.
In the Super Smash Flash series
Kirby's Dream Land marks the first ever appearance of Kirby. Kirby himself appears in both Super Smash Flash and Super Smash Flash 2 as a playable character. While Kirby was limited to a few attacks and was unable to inhale (and subsequently swallow) in the first Super Smash Flash, he could tag out with Meta Knight. His moveset was greatly expanded in Super Smash Flash 2 and many of his better known moves were added to his moveset.
Dream Land, the setting of many Kirby games, was also first introduced in Kirby's Dream Land. Dream Land itself is represented as a very basic stage with a single hazard. In the background lies the boss tree character Whispy Woods, who also debuted in Kirby's Dream Land.