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The Kirby (星のカービィ Hoshi no Kābī?, lit. “Kirby of the Stars”) series is a fantasy video game series developed by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo, and produced by Nintendo.

The gameplay of a majority of the games in the series consists mainly of action, platform and puzzle-solving elements. The series is known for its bright and artistic settings; simplistic gameplay; cute characters; upbeat, cheerful music; and the protagonist’s in-game ability to inhale enemies, thereby gaining a characteristic ability from them. As of December 2011, the Kirby series includes a total of twenty games, and has sold over 30 million units worldwide.


Kirby (カービィ Kābī?) is the main protagonist of Nintendo’s Kirby video game series created by Masahiro Sakurai and developed by HAL Laboratory. The Kirby series is one of Nintendo’s many well-known game franchises, spanning nearly twenty games since 1992.

His first appearance took place in the 1992 video game Kirby’s Dream Land, where he was portrayed by a two-dimensional sprite; since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for the Nintendo 64, he has made several appearances in 3-D. He has been featured in other video games from Nintendo, on Nintendo’s merchandising, on comic books, and even on a television show. Kirby also appears in the Super Smash Bros. series.


Kirby is a small, pink, spherical creature (occasionally described as a living pink marshmallow) with large red feet, stubby arms, and trademark pink cheek-blushes. His body is soft and flexible, allowing him to be flattened.

He is supposedly 8 inches tall, according to the Super Smash Bros. games.His weight is unknown, although several parts of the anime, the game Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and the Super Smash Bros. series suggest that he is light enough to be carried and for the wind to cause him to move in an unwanted direction.

He hails from the planet Pop Star, where he lives in a dome-shaped house in the kingdom of Dream Land. His appearance has changed subtly over the years, becoming more rounded and defined, mainly in his face and larger eyes. The new design has been used in all subsequent games.

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8/16-Bit Era

Kirby first appeared in Kirby’s Dream Land, known as Hoshi no Kābī (星のカービィ?, lit. “Kirby of the Stars”) in Japan, is a 1992 third party developed platforming video game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy handheld video game console.

The visuals are presented in two dimensions using pixelated sprites and environments. They are in black and white, like all Game Boy video games. The grey-scale visuals caused confusion with the North American box art, resulting in Nintendo of America presenting Kirby as being white.However, playing this cartridge with a GameBoy Color or GameBoy Advance let the player choose between different basic color palettes (as possible with every other monochrome GameBoy-cartridge).

Kirby’s Dream Land has received generally mixed to positive reception. It holds an aggregate score of 64.83% on Game Rankings with six reviews, making it the 13th best Game Boy game and the 7,279th best video game. By May 28, 1995 Kirby’s Dream Land had sold 1.3 million copies, making it the fourth biggest Game Boy release. To date, it has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide; Gamasutra cited its new style of gameplay for its success.

At the time, it was HAL Laboratory’s most successful game.The Games would later recieve sequels,like Kirby’s Adventure , Dream Land 2 , Super Star ,and Dream Land 3 before his first 3D Debut.

2.5/3D Era

The Kirby franchise first 2.5/3D Debut was Kirby 64 ,where it follows the Dreamland Trilogy,right after Dream Land 3.

Ripple Star, a planet populated by fairies, is invaded and taken control by Dark Matter. Ribbon, one of the fairies, flees from the planet with their sacred treasure, the great Crystal. In its pursuit of Ribbon, Dark Matter shatters the Crystal into pieces, which scatter throughout the solar system. Ribbon, stunned by the attack, falls onto Pop Star.

Ribbon, heartbroken to find she is left with only one of the shards, is consoled by Kirby, to whom she reveals her predicament. Kirby agrees to help her retrieve all the Crystal Shards and save Ripple Star from Dark Matter’s control. Kirby and Ribbon enlist the help of Waddle Dee, Adeleine, and King Dedede, and they continue to search for the pieces across the solar system.

Many accused the game of being short and easy while others enjoyed the varied level design and colorful graphics. The game sold 1.07 million copies in Japan and 541,600 copies in the United States.

Gamespot gave the game 69% saying “While some might be initially put off by the youthful nature of Kirby 64, the depth of the power combo system really brings a lot to what would otherwise be an average platformer.”

Present Day

Newer retail Kirby releases such as Kirby and the Amazing Mirror,Kirby:Canvas Curse ,Kirby Squeak Squad ,Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack,and Kirby:Return To Dreamland have had 2D and 3D gameplay seen as enjoyable and very improved compared to the previous 2D/2.5D/3D games.


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Kirby’s Gourmet Race Remixes

Gourmet Race (Japanese : グルメレース) refers to a style of MAD videos that use the audio track for Gourmet Race that is a mini-game in Nintendo’s 1996 game Kirby Super Star.

This song written by a Japanese composer Jun Ishikawa is the most famous song representing the music of Kirby series, and its remixes are included in many other games in this series and Super Smash Bros. series.

Around the end of 2007, This song caused explosive boom in the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND), and This shock like a megaton punch was also received in all over the world through YouTube.

Zero/Zero 2

Zero (referred to as ? in Kirby’s Dream Land 3’s bad ending) is the final boss of Kirby’s Dream Land 3 who resembles Dark Mind’s second and third form. Although never directly stated to be related to Dark Matter, Zero is first seen in the Dark Matter oblivion Hyper Zone, and is theorized to be the creator and manipulator of Dark Matter.

Zero, as well as 0²’s, propensity to use red globs as projectiles leads to speculation,as well as the wide belief that it is blood being used. While the idea has logical merit and certainly likely, since Zero has no backstory the nature of the said liquid is not actually known.

Regardless of what it is, the fact that Zero spews red liquid makes it, along with its counterpart,the most gruesomely-depicted character and enemy in the series.

Zero,as well as 0²,are often dipected,due to the use of “blood” as their attacks,as Creepypastas,and somehow,having a large similarity to Zalgo,also a Creepypasta.

Kirby Explains X

Kirby Explains X is a YTMND fad featuring a clip with Kirby from the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!! explaining various things,only to get humourous lines that were used from other Media.

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External References

Kirby – Wikipedia

The Evolution of Kirby – WayBack

Kirby Official Website – Nintendo Official Website

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