Next year brings Kirby's 30th Anniversary, so you won't get many prizes for predicting that there'll be some sort of new mainline game on Nintendo Switch - this writer's guess is a(nother) screen-by-screen remake of Kirby's Adventure with modern visuals, but that is only a guess. There'll probably be a nice logo and fun times will be had by all.
This week brought an amusing subplot, however, with eagle-eyed gamers on social media coming across an unpublished 'News' section of the official website that was packed with placeholder text, articles and 20th Anniversary art.
Even better, whoever was experimenting with this part of the website was clearly a Franz Kafka fan, placing extended excerpts of text from the famous author into the temporary articles.
Needless to say Nintendo has now taken that section of the website down, but the Wayback Machine is your friend to still take a look.
As we mentioned at the top, it'll be no surprise if Nintendo has some 30th anniversary celebrations over the course of the next year - there also seem to be good odds that the website will get an overhaul, too.
So a web developer accidentally published placeholder pages they shouldn't have, but interesting choice of sample text!
They put google docs on the website my mistake LOL.
It's a great story. But this is probably not the best way to experience it.
"It's very Kafka-esque."
"'What's happened to me?' he thought. It wasn't a dream."
Sounds like the next Kirby game is gonna be pretty existential.
Nice, I do enjoy the beetle power
Very strange but very funny. I can't wait for all the 30 year anniversary surprises or announcements.
I've been a fan of Kirby since Dreamland on the Gameboy. I always had to hope my brother would play nes with me because he always got the gift of video games. It was assumed to be more for boys but I liked games too! It wasn't until later that my parents gave me a console (handheld) too and I got a Gameboy color with a copy Of Kirby's Dreamland. At the time the game seemed so difficult but I kept playing until I beat the main mode and extra mode. It's a game I can now beat in a matter of minutes but it was the stepping stone I needed to be able to play other games. It helped me develop cordination early to enjoy some other platformer and adventure titles.
Kirby is a great entry level series. It's still fun for me and the extra modes are challenging. It's almost as old as I am now. For awhile there was that drought after Sakurai left when there was no console title for over 10 years. For a while I was worried but the series found its way back under Hal Developers who wanted to see Kirby come back. You can tell how much HAL loves Kirby by all the throw backs and messages in the Kirby games.
@Kirby_Girl I love these kinds of little personal backstories. I still remember trying to take my cousin's Gameboy when she visited and idk what Kirby game she had but it was a Kirby game 😄. Funnily enough I only remembered this after watching a retrospective of the Kirby series haha
I loathe the term 'Kafta-Esque'. It's like when people describe movies as 'Lynchian'. Lazy, over-used adjectives.
(objects to text similar to this text appearing in graphics on the monitor for my desktop computer while having a cursor on the monitor appear over one of the images between certain parts of the article on this page (specifically the image directly below some text similar to this text: "This week brought an amusing subplot, however, with eagle-eyed gamers on social media coming across an unpublished 'News' section of the official website that was packed with placeholder text, articles and 20th Anniversary art."))
@PessitheMystic Kafkaesque, despite how you feel about it, has been in the Oxford Dictionary for many decades and has been recognized as a word since 1947. Language evolves and that's how it happens. You used the word movies in that very sentence, something that got it's name because it depicted "moving" images. How are terms like "movies" or "talkies" any less lazy? Countless words have similar origins.
Also, particularly as an adjective, Kafkaesque is immediately evocative of something specific so it does its job well as a descriptor. It's like roguelike in gaming. Doesn't have to be a fancy or clever term to be useful in its description. It certainly does a better job than RPG or RTS or MOBA, all of which are not decipherable by their words. If you know what Rogue (much like if you're at all familiar with Kafka) was, then a roguelike makes sense. But know what RPG stands for isn't enough to explain virtually anything about what an RPG is. I've had people try to explain to me why Halo is an RPG (it's a GAME and you PLAY the ROLE of Master Chief), then have them spiral into the determination that virtually all games are RPGs. Or with RTS where anything from the Tales franchise to Tetris could mistakenly be considered RTS because of the meaning of the actual words. Or MOBA and literally anything from Call of Duty to Mario Kart 8, etc.
All I'm saying is that there shouldn't be anything wrong with using a commonly accepted, well known and easily digestible word to describe something.
@Lyricana Thanks for the unwarranted history lesson when I was just voicing a personal opinion. Using 'movies' as a comparison is null though, because in my example a 'movie' is a motion picture, therefore, a noun and not an adjective.
Also, if you want to get right down to it, using Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka almost verbatim then calling it 'Kafka-esque' is pretty stupid.
Then again, it's just my opinion.
@PessitheMystic Way to kill the vibe in the comments section, LOL. And god forbid someone respond to you in a public forum like this.
"Also, if you want to get right down to it, using Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka almost verbatim then calling it 'Kafka-esque' is pretty stupid."
(remembers this part of the article:)
"Random: The Official Kirby Website Briefly Had A Kafka-esque Section"
(does not believe in using the word "stupid" to describe an act of calling or describing a section as "Kafka-esque")
Removed - flaming/arguing
Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait
Wasn't this thread supposed to be about Kirby?
Removed - inappropriate
@Kirby_Girl I really hope we get a cool evolution of the series for the next entry! I've been excited to see how the Kirby franchise can grow. Are you interested in seeing a 3D Kirby slightly more in line with Super Mario Odyssey (though still retaining its identity as a Kirby game) or would you prefer to see the series stay more true to its roots?
@KartLover_BadPC LOL I know. Who gives a ***** about the Kafka conversation. Can we remember this is possibly a sign of a future game announcement. 😆 Take that boring ***** to a literature forum.
@Lyricana I think as long as they retain abilities and movements for those abilities then I am more then okay with them taking other risks like 3D and so on. I also think it will retain its Kirby spirit if action and abilities can still play a part in the platforming.
@Kirby_Girl I'm a big fan of Dream Land 1 and always thought it would be the ideal thing for people who were just starting out with games. Great to hear from someone who had that experience.
Is it bad I read this in the Kirby's Epic Yarn narrator voice?
Sounds like Kirby found a new copy ability!
I'm not getting my hopes up, but a 3D kirby with copy abilities and the polish of every other Kirby game would be absolutely phenomenal.
Oh man I loved the Kirby handheld games growing up. Nightmare in dreamland, Mirror, Canvas. Ahh youth, i miss you so!
Now we know what bedtime stories Kirby likes
Hm, I've actually read that novella from Kafka (The metamorphosis). Not something I would expect on a Kirby site.
I mean... I'd be a lot more interested in this series if it embraced the surrealism of metamorphosis powers.
@Chlocean I’m hoping right there with you.
@ryu_san Makes sense considering he's basically a Lovecraftian Monster, be it a friendlier than usual monster and not racist.
Kafka is well known for writing Metamorphosis - a novella about a character who transforms into a physically different creature. Just leaving this note here for anyone who perhaps didn't see the connection to Kirby's transformations.
@ryu_san Besides, the "What's happened to me?' he thought. It wasn't a dream" line fits so well with the "Kirby's Dreamland" title. That web developer is truly a fan.
So... what happens if Kirby eats a cockroach..?
Not the only time this has happened
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