Looking back at the full character roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there's certainly been no shortage of video game icons joining the fray in gaming's ultimate crossover brawler. Adding all these fighters (plus the accompanying music, spirits and assorted extras) wasn't just work for game director Masahiro Sakurai and his team, though — spare a thought for poor old Kirby! With every new fighter added, the saviour of light has to copy their abilities and fashion a new hat, too.
Some of his copied costumes and moves are mighty cute, so intrepid brawler and Nintendo Life news reporter extraordinaire Liam Doolan has snapped pics of the pink puffball (along with some official pics of the most recent entrants) and we have assembled the following gallery of Kirby's copy-based transformations for your viewing pleasure.
If you're after the regular roster of Smash Bros. brawlers, check out our full list of every fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Remember that while the numbers go up to 82 with the final invitee being Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series. You'll find more than 82 in our gallery thanks to the various 'echo' fighters (denoted with a 'ε').
So, join us as we go on a journey to find the many faces of Kirby...
Shantae Kirby! The hair and tiara have just been a perfect fit in all the fanart.
Kirby Kirby is OP.
Crazy how Kirby has more abilities in Ultimate than he ever has in an individual Kirby game.
Duck Hunt Kirby is also Snapchat Kirby
@duffmmann My theory is that the Smash games are secretly just Kirby games, and Sakurai tricked everyone into allowing their characters in the games just so Kirby could have more abilities to copy. Think about it: the control scheme for Smash is pretty much the same as the old Kirby games, the last main Kirby game Sakurai directed was Kirby Super Star in 1996, and his next game was Super Smash Bros in 1999. He never returned to Kirby...or did he never stop?
It is odd that we haven't seen the Hands in the main story of a Kirby game since Amazing Mirror. For as much hash as I give that game, having Metaknight's sword, a Smash copy ability, and fighting the Hands is all pretty sweet.
Olimar and ROB both still crack me up . Shame you will not see that ever in online games though
Snake Kirby is best Kirby.
Saw this on the front page and thought it was an updated fighter list. almost had a micro-heart attack!
@avocadopear Kirby Kirby Kirby is the star of the show. Fun collection. Even www.kirbykirbykirby.com redirects to a Kirby wii u game. Loved that anime opening.
Kirby Bogard is still our #1 Fatal Cutie!
Kirby Kirby made this list fantastic!
@avocadopear You are not wrong because smash brothers is basically an evolution of the Kirby Super Star game and how powers worked in that game. Also bosses like Wham Bam just became Master Hand and the shielding in Mirror Ability just became the general shield for all the characters. Other features like the look of the menus are inspired by Air Ride and other modes have been inspired by True arena and Air Ride.
Everyone is playing a Kirby game. It's just the truth.
@KingBowser86 Master Hand has been in every Kirby game. Just get to a game over screen and you'll see him.
I have not been playing with or against Kirby that much. Most of those are new to me. Or I just was not playing attention during the fights.
@Kirby_Girl Yes! Great points. I'm glad someone else sees it
if we where to take rob kirby & fuse it with inkling kirby then add in some green & black coloring we'd get an oracle/futaba kirby
Piranha Plant Kirby is both stupid and brilliant.
@duffmmann : Kirby definitely needs his own game if we ever get a Nintendo Land sequel.
Kirby is gonna be the next big game. Kirby switch where he can fly ships and ride bikes and turn into contra Kirby.... 😂✈️
DAISY KIRBY is best when yellow
Mr. Game and Watch Kirby is my favourite. And maybe Kirby Kirby.
Jigglypuff Kirby is just a Clefairy
Gotta Wear them all!!
Super Kirby (Smash)bros is the original name of the game 🤣. Everyone dies except for kirby. The next smashbros will reveal a grown up kirby as the final villain, sucks up the whole universe "bye bye"
My favorite is Minecraft Kirby
Yes, Blocc kirbo
Makes me want to fight as Kirby again!
Small complaint, but based on how Nintendo counts it, Pyra and Mythra would make variants 79 and 80 respectively and not just count as a single fighter morph for kirby.
I have a confession to confess... and this is admittedly cheap and cheezy of me, but since I haven't felt compelled to invest in the Smash Bros. Fighter Pass 2 yet (hoping for an eventual discount, I'd rather use $40 on a new game most times), whenever a new character is released I play online as Kirby to steal the new characters power and get one new move to try lmao.
Otherwise my mains are King Dedede, Cloud & Lucas.
Sidenote: Random needs to be added as a character selection to Online Smash & tournaments (and the true selection shouldn't be revealed until the match starts and be different every match) smh I like mixing things up and variety when I play.
... Wun can only hope.
IMO Kirby Smash Awards...
Best Looking: (Tie) Game & Watch Kirby and Samus Kirby
Most Useful: Sephiroth Kirby
Greatest Fusion/Collab: Minecraft Kirby
Never Knew We Needed: Piranha Plant Kirby
Eerie Vibes: Lucina Kirby (I've somehow never seen this until now lol)
Congrats to the main character of Smash, KIRBY!
Sidenote: Was kinda hoping we'd get Goku as the final character just to see if Kirby absorbing him would just create Super Majin Buu lmao
... Wun can only hope.
Kirby really is an identity fluid character.
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