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Kids, Nintendo Wants to Know What Your Super Ability Is

Posted by James Newton

Kirby will help

If the recent Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork inspired you, Nintendo of America has a competition just for you.

From today, Nintendo is inviting visitors to Kirby's Super Ability site to submit their own drawings and descriptions of their own Super Abilities, all in support of Starlight Children's Foundation and the upcoming Kirby's Return to Dream Land of course.

Nintendo will display select submissions in a virtual gallery on its site, with the best becoming part of a special opening event at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach in California on 27th October to raise awareness for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

What's your Super Ability?

Nintendo News: Nintendo Challenges Kids to Discover Their Own Super Abilities

REDMOND, Wash.-- Nintendo wants to inspire kids across North America to discover their inner superheroes with some help from the iconic Kirby™ video game character. Starting today, kids who visit http://kirby.nintendo.com/superability will be invited to create drawings and descriptions of their dream Super Abilities, taking inspiration from Kirby’s Super Abilities in the new Kirby’s Return to Dream Land™ game for the Wii™ system. Their imaginative creations can be submitted to Nintendo and may be featured as part of a project to aid Starlight Children’s Foundation™.

Launching exclusively for the Wii console on Oct. 24, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land features five new Super Abilities that are activated when the heroic Kirby inhales special enemy characters. For example, the Flare Beam Super Ability allows Kirby to deploy a ball of energy that can wipe out an entire screen’s worth of foes. Visitors to the site at http://kirby.nintendo.com/superability can download a Kirby coloring sheet and come up with their own Super Ability that they would use to help others. For added inspiration, kids can visit The Stacks at http://scholastic.com/stacks and take a “What’s Your Super Ability?” quiz. Participants can answer questions to determine which of the Super Abilities featured in Kirby’s Return to Dream Land would suit them best.

Kids’ completed Super Ability coloring sheets can be submitted via mail, email or fax. Nintendo and Scholastic will post select submissions to a virtual gallery on the Nintendo site, and some submissions will be featured at a special Oct. 27 unveiling at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., to celebrate Nintendo’s sponsorship of an interactive Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment unit. Patients at the hospital will also be invited to use coloring sheets to create their own Super Abilities. Both Nintendo and Scholastic are dedicated to raising awareness about Starlight by encouraging children to help others.

Since 1992, Nintendo and Starlight have placed more than 7,000 Fun Centers in hospitals across North America. The ease with which Fun Centers roll right up to the side of young patients’ beds or anywhere in a hospital setting makes them the perfect companion for children who are nervously awaiting surgery, sitting restlessly during a long treatment or feeling lonely in their hospital room. The entertainment units include a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a Wii system and a selection of fun video games.

[via kirby.nintendo.com]

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User Comments (17)

Late

#2

Late said:

I will take part but I can only see 404 error when trying to get to the site...

James

#4

James said:

At least nobody can shout at us for being late with this one. We were there before Nintendo.

komicturtle

#5

komicturtle said:

Such a nice thing :)

Funny, I was born in 1992. Kirby's first game came out in 1992, 2 days after my b-day (in Japan)..

Anyhow, I remember seeing a fun center with Wii last summer when I went in for surgery. But I think I was the only person on the floor.

Collinhall

#6

Collinhall said:

I'll enter, but do I draw a person with an ability, or kirby with the dream ability?

NVMD, just download and print :P

WaLzgiStaff

#8

WaLzgi said:

Birdfreak of course :D

They should bring back Wing from Super Star :O

OverlordMao

#9

OverlordMao said:

@9. They did. Wing is in Kirby's Return to Dreamland :) (you can see it in the japanese overview trailer)

TKOWL

#11

TKOWL said:

Ooh awesome. I was just drawing Kirby today, and I do have some sketches lying around of some Super Abilities of mine :)

KaiserGX

#13

KaiserGX said:

But I can shout for putting King of the Castle Kirby under Crash... which is a nuclear explosion move. Lol

Tasuki

#14

Tasuki said:

This reminds me of the time Nintendo ran that Megaman contest in an issue of Nintendo Power where readers could submit their ideas for robot masters.

RantingThespian

#15

RantingThespian said:

@Tasuki That justmade me think of an AWESOME Kirby power. What about Mega-Kirby-Man? Time to head to Photoshop!

Edit: google shows it's already been done, but still looks awesome!

Wolfenstein83

#16

Wolfenstein83 said:

Wow, that is awesome.
Hard to come up with a new ability since Kirby has pretty much done everything.
I at least hope that in the new game the UFO powerup will be there from the original NES game, I thought that was really cool.

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