Game Boy Kirby's Dream Land 2 Front Cover

Every video gamer remembers the first video game they beat. Whether you started playing video games in your youth or just recently started playing them, this one facet of your gaming life is something you don’t forget. For me, the first video game I beat was Kirby’s Dreamland 2.

Released in 1995 on Game Boy and developed by HAL Laboratory, Kirby’s Dreamland 2 is a platform game. It centers on a pink ball of fluff named Kirby who has the ability to swallow his enemies and imitate their abilities. The player travels on seven islands in this world each with their own boss that you have to fight and defeat before going to the next.

As a child, Kirby’s Dreamland 2 was a video game I had a lot of fun playing. I spent hours playing it and was able to beat it in no time. You add the cute animals that help Kirby through each of the levels and I was hooked.

Kirby fighting one of the bosses with the help of Coo the Owl. Found this image on Arcade Bros. website.
Kirby fighting one of the bosses with the help of Coo the Owl. Found this image on Arcade Bros. website.

For me, when I say I beat a video game, I mean that I got through the whole game. I made it through all the tough boss battles, dialogue (if there is any), and saw the credits roll. Even if I don’t collect all of the items to get a one hundred percent on the game, I still consider the game beaten if I’ve gotten through every other aspect of the game. I play video games for fun and getting all of the items in one game doesn’t give me any sort of pride or sense of accomplishment. Instead, I start getting bored playing video games if I have to go back and get every single item in order to get a one hundred percent in the game.

And as a child, I was proud of beating Kirby’s Dreamland 2. I enjoyed playing the levels because they weren’t too difficult and it was a good game for me on family road trips. As a child, I played this game many times on road trips when going to visit my grandmother in Pennsylvania. The drive to her place was twelve hours and playing Kirby’s Dreamland 2 made the trip go by faster.

I also enjoyed playing this game because of the music. The music entertained me and made game play light and fun. Seeing Kirby absorbing enemies and using their abilities was also an added bonus.

Rick the hamster and Kirby using the umbrella to kill an enemy. http://linkrandom.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-look-into-video-games-rick-kirby.html
Rick the hamster and Kirby using the umbrella to kill an enemy. http://linkrandom.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-look-into-video-games-rick-kirby.html

Playing Kirby’s Dreamland 2 now, I feel a sense of nostalgia remembering the many times I was able to beat this game. Kirby’s Dreamland 2 holds a special place in my heart. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and easy game to play on any occasion.