The 11 Best Kirby Games That Are Absolutely Timeless

We are ranking the best Kirby games that are absolutely timeless! Featuring games from all across console generations and releases from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land to Kirby and the Forgotten Land, this list has it all! Kirby games have great replayability value for their simple and fun gameplay mechanics, and its charming cast of characters, and with every new entry to the series they are undeniably fun no matter your age. Every Kirby game has something different that makes it stand out from the rest and this comes in all shapes and sizes, from new gameplay mechanics, a new art style, or even a new take on a oversaturated genre.

Games like Kirby Air ride dominated the Gamecube era for its unique take on the racing genre by featuring a fun multiplayer mode with a wide variety of maps and karts. Meanwhile games like Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse completely changed the series by presenting a graphical take to the series and have incorporated unique gameplay that properly matches the theme of these games. Which Kirby game do you think is the best?

Vote up the best Kirby game that you think is absolutely timeless and be sure to check out every Kirby ability ranked from best to worst!


  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
    Photo: HAL Laboratory

    Kirby games shapeshift just as well as the pink blob himself. 2022's Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first game in the series to offer full 3D gameplay, showcasing Kirby's range of powers from shooting fire to sword wielding to skating on ice. Starting off in a post-apocalyptic setting, players must rescue as many Waddle Dees as they can from the ferocious Beast Pack and help them resettle into their little village. Other exciting settings include ocean beaches, lively carnivals, and snowy landscapes. Additionally, puzzles and combat mix perfectly in this colorful new addition to a much beloved franchise. 

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: HAL Laboratory
    • Genres (Video game): Platform
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
    Photo: HAL Laboratory

    An enhanced remake of Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land was released specifically to take advantage of the Game Boy Advance's upgraded hardware. The graphics and sound effects were all done from scratch to put more oomph into every attack. Other tweaks included hidden entrances being made easier to find, harder boss battles, three new minigames, and cooperative multiplayer for an overall more enjoyable gaming experience. There's even an unlockable mode where players can control fan favorite Meta Knight!

    • Released: 2002
    • Developer: HAL Laboratory
    • Genres (Video game): Platform
    • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • Kirby Star Allies
    Photo: HAL Laboratory

    Kirby Star Allies sees Kirby join forces with up to three companions in his quest to prevent a priest named Hyness from reviving a dark force to destroy the universe. As usual, Kirby must complete each level by jumping, inhaling enemies, and using his array of abilities to progress but now he can throw hearts at enemies to turn them into allies. Kirby can even combine powers with these companions to unlock new special attacks. The game also introduced the concept of Dream Friends, which allows the player to call upon characters from past Kirby games as special allies with expanded movesets. These past characters include Bandana Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and Meta Knight.

    • Released: 2018
    • Developer: HAL Laboratory
    • Genres (Video game): Platformer
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
    Photo: HAL Laboratory

    This distinctive game is marked by its Metroidvania style, meaning the game map branches out in several directions and, providing Kirby has the proper power at his disposal, he is able to go anywhere in almost any order, excluding the final sequence. The player explores the worlds, solving puzzles, defeating enemies, collecting items and defeating sub-bosses while gaining new abilities. There are also three minigames that can be played alone or in multiplayer mode. Another distinguishing feature of Kirby & the Amazing Mirror is its lack of a King Dedede appearance. In fact, it's the only installment in the entire series without him!

    • Released: 2004
    • Developer: Dimps, HAL Laboratory, Capcom, Flagship
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game
    • Platform: Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot
    Photo: HAL Laboratory

    Kirby dons a mecha suit for the first time to destroy obstacles, lift heavy objects, and defeat large enemies in Kirby: Planet Robobot, and introduces three new copy abilities: Doctor, Poison, and ESP. When a massive spacecraft called the Access Ark suddenly conquers and mechanizes Kirby's home planet of Popstar, he must destroy the five landing legs and fight back against the mechanization. The game was unveiled with a set of Kirby themed amiibo (consisting of Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee), offering a new way to gain abilities and items. In addition to it all, hidden routes and platforming puzzles adds more to the content and ensures that the game has endless replayability.

    • Released: 2016
    • Developer: HAL Laboratory
    • Genres (Video game): Platform
    • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Kirby Fighters 2
    Photo: HAL Laboratory & Vanpool

    Kirby Fighters is like Super Smash Bros. but with...Kirbys. Each player can choose an ability based on copy abilities from prior Kirby games, and each comes with a different moveset. Slash your competition with Sword Kirby or get up close and personal with Wrestler Kirby. Most characters are different variants of Kirby, but additional characters like King Dedede and Meta Knight are playable as well. Featuring 19 different battlefields with different stage hazards and a story mode with battle towers and boss fights keep the game feeling fresh even after hours of continous play.

    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: HAL Laboratory, Vanpool
    • Genres (Video game): Platform, Fighting
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch