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Kirby's Pinball Land (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . HAL Laboratory knows a thing or two about making addictive pinball games on the Game Boy. Kirby is ready to win over anybody who ever doubted the fun and excitement of video game pinball. This is a terrific portable game at the right price. Kirby's Pinball Land is precisely the type of game you couldn't pull off in real life; it's full of fantastical flourishes that makes this more than your typical pinball table. This is what video game pinball is supposed to be! Rating: 78%
Kirby's Pinball Land (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? HAL Laboratory knows a thing or two about making addictive pinball games on the Game Boy. Revenge of the 'Gator may have been one of HAL's earliest portable games, but it was also one of their best. Kirby Pinball Land combines the imaginative table design of 'Gator with the fun and whimsy of Kirby. The result is an intoxicating blend of platforming craziness and pinball action.

This is not the first time Kirby has taken on another genre. Not that long ago I reviewed Kirby's Block Ball, HAL's take on Breakout. On the surface this looks like a straight-forward pinball game. Oh sure, you're using Kirby as a ball, but the rules of the game remain the same. But just like Revenge of the 'Gator, many secrets await those who explore.

Does It Still Hold Up? By 1993, HAL had completely mastered the Game Boy hardware. The result is this incredible action/pinball hybrid. The table is always interesting, thanks to the enemies, warp zones and power-ups. The graphics look good on the 3DS and the controls work well. Kirby delivers yet again.

Is It Worth The Money? Kirby is ready to win over anybody who ever doubted the fun and excitement of video game pinball. This is a terrific portable game at the right price. Kirby's Pinball Land is precisely the type of game you couldn't pull off in real life; it's full of fantastical flourishes that makes this more than your typical pinball table. This is what video game pinball is supposed to be. Best of all, it fills me with hope that Nintendo will eventually re-release Revenge of the 'Gator.
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