Carl B. of iNintendo.net writes, "Kirby is one of the strangest franchises in Nintendo's history. It has had an anime adaptation and plenty of handheld versions, but Kirby hasn't seen a traditional release on a Nintendo console since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards in 2000. Nintendo released Kirby's Epic Yarn around this time last year, a game that was originally meant to be a completely new IP. While Epic Yarn was certainly a great game, it did lack the unique Kirby charm that's been missing since the Nintendo 64 version. Kirby's Return to Dream Land is the answer to hardcore Kirby fans that have been waiting for a more contemporary Kirby title to finally release: it has all the charm the series is known for, it's very well polished, and is incredibly fun."