IGN: "Here's another game to which time was unkind. Released on the 16-bit SNES over a full year after the debut of the next-generation Nintendo 64, its potential audience had been considerably reduced by hardware migration. Comparison to a superior predecessor also damaged its appeal, as the absolutely superb Kirby Super Star had just arrived the year before as well -- and that game set a bar that Kirby games since are still trying to beat. Yes, the timing of its original release did Kirby's Dream Land 3 no favors at all, back in 1997. But things might be different in 2009."