Everyone’s favorite pink puffball of – well, I was never really sure what Kirby was made of, but that’s beside the point – joy, Kirby, is receiving the collection treatment, debuting on the Wii.  Today, September 17, lovers of perhaps Nintendo‘s most family friendly mascot can celebrate his 20th anniversary with Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition.

The collection comes bundled with six of the little guy’s classic handheld and console outings in addition to bonus content.  Here’s the list of what titles consumers will receive:

  1. Kirby’s Dream Land
  2. Kirby’s Adventure
  3. Kirby’s Dream Land 2
  4. Kirby’s Super Star
  5. Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  6. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Dating as far back as 1992, this collection should allow those old enough to indulge in their nostalgia and deliver a history lesson for those too young to pick these games up the first time around.  Whatever your familiarity with the series may be though, everyone will have the opportunity to delve into the collection’s extras.
Inspired by 2011′s Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, a new set of challenge stages will be included in which players can test their skills.  Additionally  there will be an interactive timeline that allows players to peruse Kirby’s 20 years of sucking in enemies and stealing their powers, and even gives them the opportunity to jump directly into any included games.  And for audiophiles, there will be a CD included with over an hour’s worth of music from the franchise amounting to 45 tracks, which will include alternate versions of some of Kirby’s more recognizable themes.
Last but not least, a celebration book will be included that details character information alongside illustrations, as well as early concept art of Kirby and the gang.
The collection will run fans $39.99, so if you have the spare change and are curious about the malleable mascot’s history, this seems like as comprehensive an opportunity as you’ll find.