Released in August 1992, Kirby's Dream Land was the first appearance of the sucking pink creampuff that still appears in games today. Kirby was a runaway success due to its simple but satisfying nature and cutesy atmosphere. His first adventure laid the groundwork for later games, and it is notable for being one of the only games where Kirby does not absorb his enemies' powers (where exactly did all those enemies go?)
Best time: 0:12:07 by Patrick 'SleepersEye' Lambert on 2007-08-10.
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I'd like to give thanks to Mike and DJGrenola for their work maintaining the site, Nate for capturing the run, Stanski for encouraging me to do this, and the lovely people on #sda at irc.freenode.net for enduring my epic tales of failure (and resultant voluminous all-caps swearing, of course).
My initial goal was 12 minutes. I fell short of this as a result of several factors, the most significant of which was the *copious* amount of boss randomness in this game. Potentially, boss patterns can affect anything up to a minute or more during a single playthrough. Execution, luck, all-inclusive seldom fell into place, and even then, our good friend Murphy's law often struck me down where it hurt the most (thanks a dozen to HAL Labs for forcing us through the whole damn boss line-up again at Mt. Dedede... cheers). I became disheartened as a result, and my boss battles aren't quite as good as they could have been. My first encounter with Lololo & Lalala is particularly cringeworthy.
On a plus note, my Bubbly Clouds performance as a whole was possibly the best I've achieved thus far in terms of execution, so that's one thing I can be proud of.
One idea, albeit unexplored, I was riding on is that boss battles may actually not be so random at all, and that proximity may be a contributing factor. This can be seen put into practice at my battle with Poppy Bros. Sr.; one spot in particular seems to consistently activate the third bomb drop immediately without the usual delay (costing about seven seconds), but I can't be 100% sure.
Still, not bad for a first attempt. I'm indifferent towards the quality of this run, but either myself or someone else should improve it in due time. It's certainly possible.
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