Kirby's Dream Land 2 gets a fan-made Game Boy Color makeover

A great-looking game gets even better

24 April 2023
by rawmeatcowboy 1

Kirby’s Dream Land 2 was quite the looker on the original Game Boy. You can actually check out the game on Switch right now if you’re a Switch Online member! Still though, wouldn’t the game look even better with a splash of color? That’s what hacker KKZero thought, so he took on the project himself!

A Kirby’s Dream Land 2 hack has been created that takes the original Game Boy game and gives it a Game Boy Color overhaul. Obviously, the most impressive part of this project is the full-on color remake of the game, making it look more gorgeous than ever. Color isn’t the only addition in this hack though, as KKZero approached this project as a ‘DX’ remake of the game, much like Nintendo did with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Here’s what else you’ll find in the update:

Extra Visual Snazz – Smoother fade effects, some color animation, and other little details push the hardware just a bit more. These additions may seem small, but they add up to create a much more polished and visually appealing experience.

Slowdown Eliminated – The GBC’s double speed mode is enabled to diminish virtually any lag present in the original game. This improvement means that the gameplay is smoother and faster, which makes the game more enjoyable to play overall.

All-new Settings Menu – The DX version includes a brand-new settings menu that allows players to customize their experience. You can change the Status Bar Color, toggle color animation in the Status Bar, or toggle the Animal Friends’ BGMs interrupting the level music.

Since this is a ROM hack, we won’t be sharing links to download the project. Instead, we just wanted to highlight the work itself, as it really has given a whole new life to Kirby’s Dream Land 2.

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1y ago


If I may, I went to the project page and it turns out they don’t distribute the ROM itself but only a patch file that probably contains no copyrighted material (only the contributions from the team itself). It seems to me that Nintendo has never taken issue with this kind of distribution of fan projects in the form of patches, like fan-translations and such.
It’s up to the user to get their hands dirty by obtaining, in addition to the project patch, some ROM file that the project team won’t tell how to obtain.

Of course if you still don’t want to share any link it’s perfectly fine and your reasons are certainly valid, I’m not telling you what to do, I just wanted to share some info you may find useful!

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