For the game series see, Kirby (series)
|Kirby series character|
|First appearance||Kirby's Dream Land (1992)|
|Last appearance||Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)|
|Created by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Designed by||Masahiro Sakurai|
|Voiced by||Mayumi Tanaka (1993)|
Taeko Kawata (1994)
Makiko Ohmoto (1999–2019-present)
Kirby, Now sold over 42 million copies Is one of Nintendo’s Best sellers and even though he’s cute, he’s really Dangerous (To the bad guys.) from King Dedede (Who wants to be king of dreamland) to Void termina (Destroyer of Worlds) He’s defeated them all. He can swim, fly, inhale and take abilities from bad guys. But, we will talk about who Kirby is and how he came to be.
Kirby (originally named Popopo) has been the main character of some of games made by HAL Laboratory (or HALKEN, as it was called in the 90's). He appeared in over twenty games since 1992 and in the anime television series. The series has sold over 33 million copies worldwide. The original games of the series are platformers. They typically begin with an evil villain threatening his home of Dream Land (Pupupuland プププランド) on the planet Pop Star, usually the greedy King Dedede and Dark Matter other enemies are Magolor, Metaknight, and Landia.
Kirby can walk, run, jump, swim underwater, float, and inhale, and spit out or swallow enemies. After Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby can copy abilities from enemies he swallowed, such as Fire, Sword, Fighter, Tornado, and Cutter. The character is named after lawyer John Kirby.
Kirby’s Dreamland. 1992 Sold on gameboy
Kirby’s Adventure. 1993 Sold on NES
Kirby’s pinball land. 1993 Sold on Gameboy
Kirby’s Dream Course. 1994 Sold on Super NES
Kirby’s avalanche. 1995 Sold on Super NES
Kirby’s Dreamland 2. 1995 Sold on gameboy
Kirby’s Block ball. 1995 Sold on Gameboy
Kirby Super Star. 1996 Sold on Super
Kirby’s Star Stacker. 1997 Sold On Gameboy
Kirby’s Dreamland 3. 1997 Sold on Super NES
Kirby 64 The crystal shards. 2000 Sold on Nintendo 64
Kirby Tilt’n’Tumble. 2000 Sold on Gameboy color
Kirby Nightmare in dreamland. 2002 Sold on Gameboy Advance
Kirby Airride. 2003 Sold on Gamecube
Kirby & the amazing mirror. 2004 Sold on Gameboy Advance
Kirby Canvas curse. 2005 Sold on Nintendo DS
Kirby Squeak Squad. 2006 Sold on Nintendo DS
Kirby Super Star Ultra. 2008 Sold on Nintendo DS
Kirby’s Epic Yarn. 2010 Sold on Nintendo DS
Kirby Mass attack. 2011 Sold on Nintendo DS
Kirby’s return to Dreamland 2011 Sold on Wii
Kirby’s Dream collection. 2012 Sold on Wii
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe. 2014 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby Fighters Deluxe. 2014 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby Triple Deluxe. 2014 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby and the rainbow curse. 2015 Sold on WiiU
Kirby Planet Robobot. 2016 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. 2017 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby’s Blowout Blast. 2017 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby Battle Royale. 2018 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby Star Allies. 2018 Sold on Nintendo Switch
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn. 2018 Sold on Nintendo 3DS
Super Kirby Clash. 2019 Sold on Nintendo Switch
Kirby Fighters 2. 2020 Sold on Nintendo Switch
At first, Kirby was named Twinkle Popo but Masahiro Sakurai (The creator of Kirby) wanted American kids to enjoy it too so He and his team asked Nintendo of America for some names and the name “Kirby,” caught Sakurai’s eye out of maybe hundreds, But Kirby, just happened to be the name of Nintendo of America’s lawyer, John Kirby.
The backgrounds for the Kirby series are pretty but they made them in a different than usual way. Normally they would give the person who makes the maps to make the backgrounds too but instead they had a designer draw it then gave it to the mapper to make the maps and levels.
How Kirby got his shape is that Sakurai wanted a cute character that everyone can enjoy. People also draw characters they like in their notebook so he and his crew decided with a circular shape that’s easy to draw.
When they first made Kirby’s dreamland, people started saying That it was too easy or too short, so they decided to make something fun and easy, even for the skilled players, So they made Kirby’s adventure. With swallowing to get power-ups instead of just inhaling and spitting the enemy out to hit the other one.
When they published him they started seeing drawings of Kirby in parks and open spaces so that was a little surprise for the crew.
People were also thinking that Kirby was white, or yellow because think Pac-man he’s round and yellow people also thought he was white because the illustration of Kirby was white on Kirby's dreamland but Sakurai was the only person who said he was pink.