For a while, I've been meaning to check out the Dark Matter Trilogy of the Kirby games. This weird little corner of the franchise has always stood out to me, and I need a break from Megaman, anyway.
Kirby's Dreamland 2 genuinely surprises me, because while I was expecting a game that was ever-so-slightly better than its predecessor, but I'll be damned; Dreamland 2 is very fun and doesn't waste your time (usually) doing what it sets out to do and doing it pretty well for the most part. DL2 feels more similar in scope to Kirby's Adventure than it does DL1, with more levels, copy abilities, bolder presentation, and the introduction of Rick, Kine, and Coo.
The animal friends are a very welcome addition to Kirby. Although they make for some unneeded backtracking when going for the Rainbow Shards, most of the abilities you can use with them are fun to use; Kine is a fucking beast in this regard, almost all of his copy abilities are busted as hell.
Level design also manages to step it up from Kirby's previous adventure on the console. The addition of copy abilities and the animal friends helps to keep things interesting and levels don't waste your time with solid platforming, although DL2 falls off quite a bit at the end; Dark Castle is lame because the second half is just a mirrored version of the first, and you have to avoid insta-death paths completely blind in an autoscroller segment which is not fun. I also ate shit to Dark Matter although the blame is partially on me for that one, but it's still not a very good fight.
Kirby's Dreamland 2 is such a cute time that it wouldn't hurt for you to check this one out if you're in need of a Kirby fix! And even if you're not, do it anyway to see the naked woman room.