I like the Kirby games quite a bit. I mean, I'm not a huge FAN, but I definitely gravitate towards these games than say the Yoshi series or definitely the Donkey Kong Country games or whatever. And the whole series started here, on my beloved Game Boy back in 1992.
The original Kirby's Dream Land is a quaint game. First of all, Kirby doesn't have the ability clone ability that he'd be known for, as that feature premiered a year later in Kirby's Adventure on NES. And second of all, Kirby's Dream Land is insanely short. I beat the whole thing in about an hour on my first attempt tonight. But it was a nice way to spend an hour.
The game only features four main levels, then a boss gauntlet, and then a final boss. That said, the four levels are decently varied. The four boss battles are fun! The battle against the tree is iconic. Then there's a sort of puzzle-platformer boss battle that seems to be a Lolo crossover. Then there's a SHMUP boss battle, which rules! Then a weird cloud thing that I can't describe, but it's a fun battle.
Once you beat the four stages, there's a gauntlet against those four bosses again and then you face King Dedede who's this penguin dude. And he's actually pretty tricky - it took me three or four tries to get his patterns down and be patient enough to beat him.
Anyway, apparently there's a New Game Plus, but I won't bother with that (yet). But yeah. I imagine I may have been let down back in '92 had I paid $30 or $40 for a game that lasted an hour. But at the same time it's such a super impressive game, both visually and in the unique controls. So it's hard to hate on it at all. It's cute and quaint and fun. So my $4 3DS Virtual Console purchase was worth it. I don't know why I sold that Wii Kirby Collection back in the day, but this series is really good.