Mr. Masahiro Sakurai, working
for a little company called HAL Labs, had the project of
making a new Gameboy game, one for beginning gamers in which
any player could reach the ending. During the production, he
would need to create a dummy, until graphics and later code
would be filled it. The dummy he created was a funny smiling
blob that soon became the star of the game. Everyone liked the
funny little blob so much, they decided to expand on it.
The blob was first named
Popopo, with the game called 'Twinkle Popopo'. Then
later he became Kirby, and the series in Japan was called
'Hoshi no Kirby', or 'Kirby of the Stars'. Rumors
spread that Kirby was named after the famous vacuum company,
but in fact he was named after the Nintendo Lawyer John Kirby,
who once had won a major case where Universal Studios
attempted to sue Nintendo, saying the Donkey Kong character
infringed on the King Kong copyright.
Because Kirby's career started on the black-and-white Gameboy,
no one was sure exactly what color he was. Mr. Sakurai
intended for him to be pink, while Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto, the
creator of such Nintendo franchises as the Legend of Zelda and
Super Mario, believed he should be yellow. But Sakurai's idea
won out, and the Japanese box art for the first Kirby game in
1992, Kirby's Dream Land, showed him as pink, but he
was shown as white on the US cover. But when Kirby's Adventure
came out for the NES, he became pink in the US as well.
For Kirby's Adventure, the Kirby
team tackled a concept in which beginners could complete the
game, but also appeal to advanced players. Then the genius
idea came that Kirby could inhale his baddies and copy their
ability. This way, beginners could easily get through the game
just swallowing and shooting, while advanced players could
have different options and choices. This has since become
Kirby's signature move and as he has advanced through the
years it only gets better!
Who is Kirby? What is Kirby? Where's he
Deep in the heart of the Universe, many
light years from earth, there is a shining star with
multi-colored rings called Popstar. On Popstar, there is a beautiful little place
called Dream Land, where the citizens live a peaceful existence.
They spend their days eating delicious food, napping and then
gathering with friends to tell their dreams. This is Kirby's
Kirby is a cheerful, innocent and brave little boy with a round,
squishy pink body, stubby little arms, red feet, and a smiling
face with rosy cheeks. He loves to sleep, and he loves to eat
even more. Despite his harmless appearance though, Kirby has
He can inhale his enemies into his mouth,
and either spit them out or swallow them. Starting with
Kirby's Adventure, Kirby gained the ability to 'copy' an
enemy's powers. He could breathe fire, wield a sword, become a
martial artist- or even become a UFO! It added a whole new
level of variety to his games. In later games, Kirby would get
a special hat to wear for each 'Copy Ability' he
No one really knows what Kirby is- his kind
has never been given a name, but fans have made up all sorts
of names, like creampuffs and puffballs.
Kirby is lucky that he is not alone on his
adventures, as he has tons of friends. All through out Popstar
Kirby has friends and characters he knows. However, you can find
more about them through playing the games, or just checking out
our game guides. Here are a few of Kirby's most well known
friends that appear in
Kirby's Dream Land 2 and
Kirby's Dream Land 3, among others.
Gooey is one of Kirby's best friend, first appearing
in Kirby's Dreamland 3. He's a piece of Dark
Matter, but he's a nice guy.
Rick the Hamster
A cute friend that rules the grassy terrains. Rick has
helped Kirby out a couple of times in his adventures.
Coo the Owl
Coo is a wise and reserved owl that helps Kirby by lifting
him off the ground and flying him around.
Kine the Fish
Kirby's fishy friend is eager to help and makes underwater
predicaments extremely easy for Kirby, which can be
tough work otherwise.
Nago the Cat
Nago is a purrfect friend to Kirby, as he helps in on
the ground with his sneaky moves and abilities. Eager
to lend a hand, Nago has appeared in one adventure.
Chu Chu the Octopus
Chu Chu is an excellent friend both above ground and
under water. From her flying broom ability to natural
underwater skills, she makes a wonderful teammate.
Pitch the Bird
Good things come in small packages, as Pitch proves.
Despite his size Pitch has some unique and powerful
moves. Eager to help Pitch is a valued friend.
Kirby gains many other friends in later
games, who offer their unique abilities to aid him in his
In Kirby's universe, every planet has a
Fountain of Dreams. It protects against nightmares and creates wonderful dreams
that the dreamer wishes to his heart's content. The Star Rod
is at its center, giving it power.
Many things have gone wrong, like when the
ruler of Dream Land, King Dedede stole the Star
Rod and breaking it to giving a piece to each of his friends.
Without the star rod, not a single Dreamlander had a dream.
He once stole all the food from Dream Land because he was greedy,
but more than once he was possessed by the evil Dark Matter,
a being that wishes to take the peaceful, cheerful planet Popstar
and drain it of it's good. King Dedede really isn't that bad,
he's just misunderstood... and easily possessed!
Kirby has taken on the tasks and overcome the obstacles that
have been thrown at Popstar, and handled King Dedede's greed.
He is the Hero of Dreams and the protector of Popstar, a title
he did not intentionally earn. Without his friends' help the
tasks would have been a lot harder, maybe impossible.
Kirby has met very interesting characters in his travels, with
unique abilities and looks. The most mystifying one is Meta
Knight, a heavily armored swordsmen who endlessly challenges
Kirby. The strangest thing is, when Kirby is victorious in
battle against him, he shows his true form - which is
strikingly a lot like Kirby! Many theories have been made as
to who exactly Meta Knight is, but there are no answers. Meta
Knight has both helped and fought against Kirby, making his
Kirby has graced every Nintendo console
released, and has games planned for the newest ones as well. For so long, Kirby has been a very underrated
Nintendo character, but he proved his worth in cuteness when
he took on the heavyweights in both Super Smash Bros. and it's
sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Kirby crossed over from games to TV in 2002 with his
own Saturday morning cartoon called Kirby: Right Back at Ya.Itfinished airing in Japan and the US with 100 episodes, and
still continues to air around the world.
The future just gets brighter
and brighter with Kirby, coincidentally happening quite recently.
While Kirby just seems to rise only higher, only time will tell.