The creator of Kirby, Masahiro Sakurai, was hired to HAL Laboratory in his early 20s. His career in creating parts of the entire Kirby franchise lasted until August 5, 2003. Over the years, there has been more than 20 games in the series, as well as some other media based on Kirby, and is still continuing the same as if the creator was no longer alive.
This is the game that started the entire Kirby franchise.
Outside of Japan, Kirby was completely grayscaled, due to an argument between the creators of Mario (Shigeru Miyamoto) and Kirby himself (Masahiro Sakurai), as Miyamoto wanted Kirby yellow and Sakurai wanted him pink.
Not only does this game have updated graphics and sound (and especially Kirby's new design), it also has new mini games, the ability to play as Meta Knight (but only in Meta Knightmare), and the multiplayer feature.
Starting on February 12, games from the first generation were made available via the Wii Shop Channel. Of course, only games released for the NES, Super NES and Nintendo 64 were eligible to appear on the Wii Shop Channel. Each game was sold for between 500 and 1,000 Wii Points (USD $5-$10).
This special 3D episode, eight minutes long, was originally released via the Wii no Ma on August 9, 2009. Along with it, all 100 episodes of the Kirby anime became available for purchase, at 100 Wii Points (USD $1.00) each.
Upon the termination of the license for Kirby: Right Back at Ya! by Nintendo on October 9, this presumably also marked the end of the second generation of the Kirby series.
Kirby Mass Attack is the last Kirby video game for the Nintendo DS, and the only one to be released after the Nintendo DSi (because Kirby Super Star Ultra was released in 2008, and the Nintendo DSi came out in 2009).
Kirby's Return to Dream Land was originally to be released as the second GameCube game in the Kirby franchise in 2005, but was canceled.
With no more classic Kirby games to be released via the 3DS's Nintendo eShop, the only new Kirby installments fans were to see were exclusive titles for that console. The first was Kirby Triple Deluxe, which was unveiled online in October 2013.
The Wii U's Nintendo eShop released both Game Boy Advance games in the Kirby series this year.