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  • News Four Lost Satellaview Kirby Games Have Been Recovered

    Three to go

    The Satellaview represented a fascinating chapter in Nintendo's long history. The peripheral allowed Japanese players to tune in to special satellite broadcasts that distributed various forms of unique and exclusive game content to their consoles. The problem is, many of the games that were part of the Satellaview have been lost due to...

October2016

September2016

  • News Kirby Gear is Coming to Miitomo

    How dreamy

    Miitomo has been gradually incorporating clothing and items from various other Nintendo franchises, with Super Mario, Metroid, Zelda, and Splatoon all making an appearance in timed events over the past several months. Now, it seems that everybody's favorite super-tuff pink puff is about to get in on the action; Kirby gear is coming to...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Director Discusses How Copy Abilities Are Chosen

    Balancing is key

    Though the Kirby series is well known for branching out frequently into new and different gameplay styles, the core platforming series still firmly remains centered around Kirby's cope abilities. Ever since Kirby's Adventure, dozens of copy abilities have made their debut, though many have a tendency to disappear for a few games...

July2016

  • News North Americans Get Two New Kirby Games on Wii U VC This Week

    Mass Attack and Epic Yarn join the fray

    Kirby has always sort of been an experimental franchise for Nintendo. Of course, the power-stealing platforming type of game has always been the foundation, but the Big N hasn't been afraid to branch out with new or weird gameplay ideas featuring the Super-Tuff Pink Puff. Over the years, this has resulted in...

  • News ​​The Full Site For Kirby Café is Now Open

    *Cue Gourmet Run music*

    A couple weeks ago, it was revealed that there would be a Kirby Café coming to Japan. The Café remained shrouded in mystery for a time, other than the logical assumption that it would feature Kirby themed food and drink. Fortunately, a full site recently opened for the Café, revealing everything that lucky Japanese Kirby...

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    New 3DS / SNES

    Review Kirby's Dream Course

    Kirby's Krazy Golf

    Super NES title Kirby's Dream Course has made it to the New Nintendo 3DS, and we had to see how this non-conventional Kirby title has held up since its initial release in 1994. Kirby's Dream Course is effectively crazy golf with our little pink pal acting as the ball. Kirby has three lives with four attempts each, and unless...

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December2015

  • Feature A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

    Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros., and Box Boy...

    From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint themselves with features they enjoyed the...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Kirby Mass Attack

    Safety in numbers

    Known in Japan as Atsumete! Kirby, Kirby Mass Attack is the final title in the long-running HAL Laboratory series for the Nintendo DS. Originally released in 2011, Mass Attack moves away from traditional platform game design in preference of a completely touch-driven experience. Thankfully, unlike the original 2005 entry for DS –...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Kirby: Power Paintbrush

    Time has passed

    Kirby: Power Paintbrush – also known as Canvas Curse in North America – was originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2005. Following the trend of many other franchises during this new generation of handheld gaming, the HAL Laboratory-developed title moved away from traditional platform game conventions by utilising the defining...

  • News Shinya Kumazaki Commemorates Kirby's 23rd Birthday on Miiverse

    Claims his favorite spin-off game is Kirby Air Ride

    Kirby is one of Nintendo's most beloved characters, having appeared in numerous games since his debut in 1992. While the super tough pink puff stars in his own series of mainstream platformers, Kirby is arguably most notable for how much experimentation he's been subject to. Kirby games are known...

November2015

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  • News Nintendo of America is Bringing Three 'Classic Kirby Games' to the Wii U eShop This Week

    Celebrating the pink one's birthday

    Pretty soon Kirby will turn 23 in the West, and Nintendo of America has announced that the mascot will have a a few classics on the Wii U eShop this week to celebrate. The download update is on 30th July, a couple of days before the 23rd Anniversary of Kirby's Dream Land being released in North America. As you...

  • News Awesome New Nendoroids are Unveiled at Wonder Festival 2015

    Kirby, Marth, Mega Man and an all new Link

    Summer Wonder Festival 2015 is currently taking place in Chiba, Japan - showcasing the many up and coming toys, figures and models that will leave our wallets looking a little desolate, and boy are there plenty of Nintendo figures on the way that will do just that. We can't get enough of Nendoroids, and...

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

    Kirby Sixty-Phwoar

    Like many of Nintendo's properties during the transition from the SNES to the N64, Kirby underwent a shift from a flat 2D sprite to a fully rendered polygon rendition of himself. Rather than taking Kirby down the route of Mario and Link, however, the pink mascot stuck closer to his origins - the mechanics of Kirby 64: The Crystal...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Kirby Squeak Squad

    Squeaky Clean Fun

    For a company so often associated as being at the forefront of innovative thinking in the video game industry, Nintendo can have a tendency to stick with a tried and tested formula. The Mario, Zelda and Pokémon franchises have all received their share of criticism for not drastically changing their instalments over the years, and...

May2015

  • Out Now Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush

    The drawn out release is here!

    As you may have noticed we've been going kooky for Kirby this week, as the round, pink protagonist's latest adventure, Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush, has finally come to European shores. It's been a few months since the game's North American release, so you may already know quite a bit about it, a game we called "a...

  • Video Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Launch Trailer Brings a Colourful Clay Overload

    Finally arrives in PAL territories this week

    Gamers in North America have been able to tackle Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on the Wii U for some time, wearing out GamePad touch screens in the latest HAL title starring the pink puffball. Its journey to PAL regions - as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush - has taken longer, but it's finally due this week...

  • Feature Here Are Our Fondest Kirby Memories

    Rainbow Paintbrush finally launches in Europe this week, so we talk Kirby

    This week sees the release of Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (Rainbow Curse to you North Americans) in Europe, and we thought it would be the ideal time to share some of our most treasured Kirby-related memories with you, our dear readers. Since he bounded into our lives in...

  • Feature A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games

    In 22 easily swallowable installments

    Kirby has always existed to present an appealing leaping-in point for beginner players, a job he has performed well for nearly two dozen years now. And yet, many of the players who helped cut their gaming teeth on a Kirby title still stick with the series after all this time. As more games are added to the Kirby...

April2015

  • Weirdness Care for Your Own Virtual King Dedede

    And pick up his royal poops

    Remember Tamagotchi, the virtual pet on a keychain you could take care of until it died either through neglect or being sent through the wash? Artist Paperbeatsscissors has brought back all the fun in browser-based form, and with everybody's favourite stretchy, penguinny dictator! It's enough to fill that King Dedede...

  • Video Super Smash Bros. Glitch Turns Kirby Into A Great Ball Of Fire

    It's a hot trick

    It's only inevitable for a game like Super Smash Bros. to have its glitches emerge on a regular basis due to the amount of playtime that it is subjected to by millions of players everyday. Each match consists of a multitude of factors, triggering all kinds of events. In fact, a strange outcome of becoming 'Fire Kirby' has recently...

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September2014

  • Developer Profile Masahiro Sakurai

    About the man behind two of Nintendo’s most significant franchises

    "I decide what goes in the game; nobody else." These were the words of Masahiro Sakurai during a 2008 interview with Official Nintendo Magazine about Super Smash. Bros. Brawl. It's a quote that stands out because it contrasts quite starkly with the modest way in which the man...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Kirby Fighters Deluxe

    Popstar wars

    Ever since Kirby’s Adventure introduced the pink puffball’s trademark copy abilities in 1993, they’ve been at the heart of his every hobby, from Dream Course’s mini-golf to Air Ride’s racing. With Kirby Triple Deluxe, players were given the chance to use those powers in Kirby’s newest pastime — all-o

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    3DS eShop

    Review Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe

    Hammer time

    Though he might be best known for his platforming antics, Kirby is no stranger to spin-offs – from racing and pinball to madcap mini-golf, the pink puffball and his friends have been genre-hopping happily since 1993. Lately, Dreamland’s semi-benevolent King Dedede has spent some time in the spin-off spotlight himself, with his...

August2014

  • News Kirby Mini-Games Now Available on North American eShop

    Straight from Triple Deluxe

    You can now download two of the mini-games from Kirby: Triple Deluxe from the eShop without buying the full title if you happen to live in North America. The two games in question are Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe and promise to contain enhanced gameplay features rather than just being a straight...

  • News The First 4 Figures Sword Kirby is Cute But Costly

    Over $200 if you want one

    We do like the varied collectible figurines offered by First 4 Figures here at Nintendo Life, even if they're slightly unobtainable luxuries due to their hefty price tags. Fans of cute pink fluffball Kirby should take note, then, as Sword Kirby is the latest offering on the way in Q1 2015. Standing at 16 inches tall, this...

July2014

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

    Full of promise, or just hot air?

    Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is in fact a remake of Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's first outing on the NES from 1993. While it isn't his original adventure (that honour goes to Kirby's Dream Land), it is the first instance in which he was able to use his now classic copy ability. The remake — which originally...

  • News Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

    Both feature new content, both out this month

    Those of you wise enough to have purchased the rather excellent Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be aware that the mini-games included with the title — Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe's Drum Dash — are jolly good fun, and stand-out releases in their own right. It would appear that Nintendo agrees, because the...

June2014

May2014

  • News Kirby: Triple Deluxe Drops Outside UK Top 20 But Survives Another Week

    Hang on little buddy!

    The weekly UK charts have seen a number of 3DS titles deliver a decent début performance before falling out of the reckoning; no 2014 releases have yet hit that magical consistency enjoyed by some major titles of 2013. There are more significant games on the way to the portable, of course, and the latest visitor to the...

  • News Kirby Seizes Top Ten Single-Format Chart Début in the UK

    16th in all-format results, though

    While gamers in North America have been enjoying Kirby: Triple Deluxe since 2nd May, it arrived two weeks later in the European market. Its début UK chart results are in, then, and the outcome is solid if unspectacular. The happiest outcome is that Kirby's latest is 9th in the single-format chart, mixing it...

  • Out Today Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Europe)

    Triple the fun

    It's great being a Nintendo fan in Europe these days isn't it? Nowadays we normally get games at the same time as our cousins across the pond. Not so in the case of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, however — how dare NoE make us wait an extra two weeks for the loveable pink puffball? Only teasing, what's a few weeks between friends? Kirby's...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Kirby: Triple Deluxe eShop Deal, Get Kirby's Dream Land 2 Free

    Suck that up, Europe

    Update: Nintendo of Europe has corrected the dates from the original announcement below. To qualify Kirby: Triple Deluxe must be downloaded by 12th June following its release, and the Dream Land 2 code must then be redeemed by 13th July. Original Article: With Kirby: Triple Deluxe around the corner in Europe — it's already...

April2014

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  • News Kirby: Triple Deluxe Sucks Up And Greedily Consumes A May 2nd Release Date

    Hit StreetPass to grow an adorable keychain collection

    Kirby fans in Europe and North America can thank their lucky warp stars: a North American release date of 2nd May has finally been announced for Kirby: Triple Deluxe during today's Nintendo Direct; it arrives in Europe on 16th May. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata championed a "huge number" of...

  • News Now There's a Kirby You Can Wear

    You won't look ridiculous either

    Gaming fashion is sadly all-too-often nothing more than a current-gen logo or character ripped from some art you've already seen plastered everywhere, and then printed on a "one size fits all" (allegedly) black t-shirt, or an ironed-on bit of pixel art slapped roughly in the middle of the chest area if you're after...

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  • News New Kirby Game Will Be Blowing Up The 3DS in 2014

    Full of hot air, but in a good way

    Today's Nintendo Direct may have had a few surprises — the delay of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and the confirmation of Sonic in Smash Bros. being two examples — but there was only one new game announced: a fresh Kirby instalment on the 3DS. Some gameplay footage was shown and it all looks very...

May2013

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Kirby's Dream Land 3

    Third time's the charming

    Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is the epitome of a lovable gaming experience. Carefree and popping with irresistible charm, this SNES platformer builds off the two previous Game Boy entries in the series and fulfills the potential they introduced. That doesn’t mean the core mechanics have suddenly become nuanced or up to par with...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Kirby Super Star

    Dedede-lightful

    Kirby Super Star is a smorgasbord of creativity, as if the developers at HAL Laboratory had a game jam for two weeks straight and came out on the other side with a beautifully disheveled collection of Kirby’s best. Nine sub-games, ranging from one-button tests of reflex to multi-hour adventures, are stuffed onto the SNES with no...

  • News Trio Of Kirby Games Hitting Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

    Three Super Famicom classics incoming

    Japanese Wii U owners are being treated to three Kirby titles in a single week. Some folks have all the luck, right? The games in question are all Super Famicom titles. Kirby’s Super Star Stacker (Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu), Kirby’s Dream Course (Kirby Bowl), and Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (Hoshi no Kirby 3) will...

September2012

  • News North America, Award Yourself This Kirby Medal

    Top of the podium

    He might look baby faced, but Kirby is now 20 years old. To commemorate two decades of gobbling up food and enemies alike, North American Club Nintendo members can grab this adorable shiny medal. The 1x1 inch treat costs 600 reward coins and comes in packaging that celebrates the 20th year of the pink blob's adventures in Dream...

  • News Kirby Fans Suck Up World Record At Pax

    The Pink One must be proud

    A little over a week ago we told you about Nintendo's plans to set a new Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous chewing gum bubbles blown at once. Taking place at PAX Prime, we had little doubt that the big N would find enough people to break the old record of 304, but would the inspiration of Kirby be enough to...

August2012

  • News Nintendo Plans to Blow Away World Record in Honour of Kirby

    Forever blowing bubbles

    Celebrating anniversaries can be a tricky business: how do you do it? You can buy a nice cake, a bottle of champagne, or perhaps a nice bunch of flowers. Alternatively, if you're Nintendo celebrating Kirby's 20th anniversary with Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, you also arrange to try and break the world record for...

  • Feature Let's Celebrate Kirby's Spin-Offs

    Kirby's had a busy 20 years

    Earlier this month, at his apocryphal 20th birthday celebration, we're sure Kirby was able to blow out his candles with trademark gale-force and reflect on what has been, even for a Nintendo character, an astoundingly diverse career. While keeping his day job of walking from left to right and inhaling enemies,...

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