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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.


First generation (1992–2001)Edit

Year Games released Notes
1992
  • 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.
1993
  • Kirby's Adventure was the only Kirby game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and also marks the first appearance of Meta Knight.
  • Kirby's Pinball Land is Kirby's first ever spin-off video game, whereas he is the pinball.
1994
  • This game marks Kirby's first major appearance on the Super NES.
  • On August 20, Kirby's first official voice (Taeko Kawata) was revealed in a Mini CD that was included with a Japanese comic book.
1995
  • Kirby's Dream Land 2 is the first game to support the Super Game Boy, as the accessory was released in June 1994. Rick, Coo and Kine make their first appearances in this game.
1996
1997
  • Kirby's Star Stacker is the last game to support the Super Game Boy.
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3 was not only Kirby's last video game for the Super NES; it was also one of the very last games ever made for that console.
1998
  • Kirby's Star Stacker for SNES (February 1)
  • The Super NES version of Kirby's Star Stacker was only released in Japan.
1999 None
  • Kirby's new permanent voice (Makiko Ohmoto) went into effect, starting with in Super Smash Bros..
  • An early version Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was unveiled this year.
2000
  • This was Kirby's only official video game for the Nintendo 64. A racing game with the working title "Kirby's Air Ride 64" was originally planned for release in 1997, but was canceled.
  • Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble was released in 2001 in North America, as the last first-generation Kirby video game.

Second generation (2001–2010)Edit

Year Games released Notes
2001
  • The anime series for both the original Japanese version and partially the English dub began production in January 2001.
2002
  • This game is a remake of Kirby's Adventure.
  • 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.
2003
  • This is the only GameCube game ever in the Kirby franchise, and the first to support local area networks by using the Nintendo GameCube Broadband Adapter and up to four players in multiplayer mode.
  • First known Kirby video game released in South Korea, as the GameCube was co-distributed by Daewon Media.
2004
  • This is the only game that King Dedede does not appear in.
2005
  • This is the first Nintendo DS video game in the Kirby franchise.
  • This game always requires the stylus throughout gameplay.
2006
  • This game was co-developed by Flagship and Natsume.
  • Not only it was released after the Nintendo DS Lite, it was also the first Kirby video game to be part of Nintendo of Korea's library, in which it was released in September 2007.
2007 None
  • 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).
2008
  • This remake of Kirby Super Star features a few more mini games in addition to the ones from the original game.
  • When this game was released, the entire old Kirbykirbykirby.com website was replaced by the game's official site.
2009
  • Kirby 3D (August 9)
  • 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.

Third generation (2010–present)Edit

Year Games released Notes
2010
  • First unveiled on June 15 with an E3 trailer of this game, the first Kirby video game trailer available in 720p High Definition.
  • This is the first of three Kirby video games designed exclusively for the Wii.
2011
  • 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.
2012
  • Released in Japan and North America to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Kirby series.
  • One of the last video games ever released for the Wii, before the Wii U replaced the Wii as Nintendo's current console.
2013 None
  • Since this year, six first-generation Kirby games for the NES and Game Boy were made available on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
  • The Wii U's Nintendo eShop released four games for the NES and Super NES this year.
2014
  • 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.
2015
  • First unveiled on June 10, 2014 during the E3 2014 conference.
  • In July, the Wii U's Nintendo eShop released three more games in the Kirby series.
2016
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot (April 28)
  • First unveiled early in March 2016 under Nintendo Direct.
  • This is Kirby's second Nintendo 3DS video game.

WebsitesEdit

Kirby's Rainbow ResortEdit

Nintendo's Official Home for KirbyEdit

GalleryEdit

Main article: Kirby#Gallery

VideosEdit

Nintendo eShop - Happy Birthday Kirby!00:35

Nintendo eShop - Happy Birthday Kirby!

This video is a "Happy 23rd Birthday" trailer of the Kirby series.

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