Today is a very important day in the history of the Kirby series. 30 years ago in Japan on 27th April 1992, the pink puff started out in his very first adventure - Kirby's Dream Land on the original Game Boy.
The creator of Kirby was actually Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai, who at the time, worked at HAL Laboratory. To celebrate Kirby's 30th, Sakurai has taken to social media to pay his respect to the lovable character who is been on all sorts of adventures over the years.
Here's a rough translation of what Sakurai had to say, which also includes a fun fact about the original Kirby game's development:
"Today "Kirby of the Stars" is 30 years old. Please continue to get along! The first Kirby clear dance. At the time of development, when I asked the person in charge of sound about the number of frames of clear music, he said, "I don't know." I made it according to the sound while rewinding the clear music recorded on the cassette tape many times."
Kirby's birthday bash is just kicking off - with the recent release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and taking place this August is a special concert:
In addition to Sakurai' message, Kirby's official social channels in Japan are also celebrating his birthday with a message and some special artwork:
"Today is the 30th anniversary of "Kirby of the Stars"! I heard that Kirby and Ephilin will eat "Kurumahobari Cake" in commemoration, so I came to the report! Kirby, please continue to eat a lot of things! We are also supporting your future success!"
Kirby's 30th birthday will technically take place here in the west this August - lining up with the release of Dream Land on Game Boy in North America and Europe.
Feel free to share your own memories of Kirby in the comments below.
As an old who bought the original on day-of-release at Babbage's and who just finished Forgotten Land with my daughters... this hits me in the feels.
Kirby's Dreamland 2 is one of the first videogames I ever remember playing. Glad to see our marshmallow hero still going strong.
Kirby Super Star was the first game I've ever played back in 1996 beating Mario and other characters in that regard. In 1997, Kirby's Dream Land 2 was my first handheld game.
Couldn't have asked for a better character to start my gaming journey.
Imagine someone who got 30 years in prison at the time; just getting released now. That backlog!
@K1LLEGAL Has to be one of the strangest takes I've ever read about a games anniversary.
I really should try some other Kirby games. I’ve only played Kirby and The Rainbow Curse and Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Our little poyo boyo!!!
Happy 30th birthday Kirby!
No fear, Sakurai-san, we will continue to get along and eat a lot of things!
Hopefully we get a lot of 30th anniversary merch too!
I know right, ha ha, I reckon someone getting out of prison after 30 years might have more pressing concerns.
Of course he did. I doubt he'd forget his sons birthday.
The first Kirby game I played was Kirby Super Star Ultra. And I've been a Kirby fan ever since.
Also, are those plushies of Tiff and Tuff from the anime?
One of my favorite Kirby games will always stay as Dream Land 2. Such a charming game I played all the time on my 3DS.
I love Kirby..and I am so proud that Forgotten Land is one of my all time favourites! New ideas but enough nostalgia to keep older fans happy (like Mario games in that regard)
Elfifin is such a loveable new character too, I hope he will stay in the series now.
Happy Birthday my darling kirby, you big pink puffball
happy birthday Kirby!
Kirbys Dream Land 2 was the first game in the series I ever played, back when it was new in 1995 (oh god 👵🏽). I knew nothing about it, other than the box had a cute hamster on it. And what I got was cute characters going on big adventures! I've loved the series ever since.
Here's to many more adventures! 💖
It wasn't the first game I had ever played, but Kirby's Dreamland was the first that I received on my birthday and felt all my own.
The Dedede fight was amazing.
Kirby 30th anniversary was celebrated with style, with the release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is my favorite Kirby game now, managed to surpass Kirby Planet Robotbot.
@WeLiveInASociety Kirby Planet Robotbot is a amazing Kirby game for you to try out.
What an amazing 30 years it has been!
@Muddy_4_Ever Nice! I bought Kirby's Adventure at Toys R Us way back in '93 and just finished Forgotten Land with my kids!
I never knew the joys of Kirby until Forgotten World — now I’m a fan! Thanks, Kirby!
@Giancarlothomaz Ok thanks, I will try to find a copy of it.
I've been a fan since Dreamland and still love the franchise till this day. Thank you, Sakurai and everyone past and present at HAL.
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