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  • News New Kirby Titles Releasing In Honor Of 25th Anniversary

    You're going to need to bring some friends

    Today on the Nintendo Direct showcasing 3DS and Nintendo Switch titles, not one, not two, but three new Kirby titles were announced for the Nintendo 3DS. Retaining the stereotype that Nintendo likes to mark the end of its console support with a multitude of Kirby titles. The first of which is releasing...

  • News Fighter Kirby Announced for First 4 Figures Range

    Pre-orders go live 11th April

    Makers of high-end collectibles First 4 Figures has announced Fighter Kirby will be its latest product. Originally featured in Kirby Super Star, the SNES figure sees Fighter Kirby performing an emphatic kick in his trademark pose. As with the all First 4 Figure statues there will be a regular version and an exclusive...

  • Video These Five Titles Would Be Perfect on the Switch

    S'which ones do you want?

    Everyone's got a games wish list for the Nintendo Switch, and this video boffin is no exception. Make sure you check out the video just up there so see just a few of what series should be coming to the Switch. If you're appropriately inclined, we'd also love to hear what you've got to say on the matter in the comments...

  • News A Special Kirby 25th Anniversary Broadcast Will Air Tomorrow in Japan

    Pinch me, I must be dreaming

    Earlier this summer, the Kirby series saw its latest entry with Kirby: Planet Robobot, the sublime mech-centric platformer that more or less concluded a trilogy of Kirby games that have come out over the past few years. As it would happen, Kirby's 25th anniversary is due to occur in 2017, and while there haven't been any...

  • News Four Satellaview Kirby Mini-Games, Previously Thought to be Lost, Have Been Preserved

    Kirby Pachislot Simulator

    You might remember us bringing you the news early last month that four of the ten long lost "Kirby's Toy Box" Satellaview titles had surfaced and been successfully purchased at a Japanese auction. Thanks to the efforts of Frank Cifaldi and Mathew Callis enough money was raised by the community and the auction was won. All...

  • 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...

  • Random Kirby's Abilities Help Odell Beckham Jr. to Career-High Performance

    Boot Power

    If you're a keen follower of the NFL, like this writer, then you'll have seen and read a lot about Odell Beckham Jr. (the highly-rated New York Giants Wide Receiver) in recent weeks. He's been involved in high profile tussles on the field, endured a poor run of form, behaved a little petulantly and picked a fight (which he lost) with a...

  • News Kirby Canvas Curse and Animal Crossing: Wild World Hit the Wii U VC This Week

    Double trouble

    Over the past few weeks, it seems that Nintendo of America has been keen to play catch up with the European Virtual Console. That trend looks set to continue, as this week's update will be including not one, but two DS games that are arriving nearly a year later on from their initial eShop debut. As always, better late than never,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Video Nintendo Opts for a Scientific Approach to Promote Kirby: Planet Robobot, Sort Of

    The latest effort under the 'Play Nintendo' banner

    Play Nintendo, the Nintendo of America promotional channel setup to grab the interest of young gamers and their parents, has published its latest quirky video - this time it's advertising Kirby: Planet Robobot. It adopts a 'quirky scientist' vibe, with a father and son doing their best Albert...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot and Yo-kai Watch Hang On in UK Top 40

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD has sales boost

    Somewhat predictably considering the information and hype black hole that is E3, last week was short of major releases at retail. As a result the UK top 40 was a battle of established games, with DOOM seizing top spot off the back of price promotions. In any case, the picture for Nintendo UK...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Transforms Into Top 20 Title in UK Charts

    Yo-kai Watch clings on to top 40 spot

    We're big fans of Kirby: Planet Robobot, the 3DS sequel that ups the ante on its original and introduces clever ideas to a classic formula. Since its launch it appears to have had a reasonable sales start in the UK, too, securing chart placings similar to its predecessor - Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It its first...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Passes 300,000 Sales in Japan's Media Create Results

    It was a quiet week in Japan

    We're a little later than normal with the Media Create chart results this week, for elaborate reasons. Well, ok, we were distracted and forgot them, and the results reflect a rather unremarkable period in Japan regardless. Dragon Quest Heroes II remains at numbers one, two and three, which is just greedy. On the plus...

  • News New Sony System Releases Lead the Way in Japanese Charts as Kirby Still Battles On

    New 3DS LL drops to third in hardware despite small increase in sales

    It's the middle of the week, which means it's Media Create Japanese charts time. This week is all about new releases, and also provides a reminder as to why the sporadic third-party support for Nintendo's hardware can be a notable negative. On the software front new releases on...

  • Video Gear Up for Kirby: Planet Robobot With This Extended Overview Trailer

    See more of the abilities, minigames and amiibo features

    Kirby: Planet Robobot isn't out in the West until 10th June, but Nintendo is wasting little time in promoting the 3DS sequel to fans. The review embargo was surprisingly early, which gave us a chance to share how much we love it, and the online marketing campaign is picking up pace. Following...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Continues Its Decent Sales in Japan

    A quiet week sees a small gain in Wii U sales

    The Japanese Media Create chart results are out, and this week isn't short of new releases - notably, however, some titles that are major names in the West have only made a modest impression in Japan. Kirby: Planet Robobot is still the best-placed game on Nintendo hardware, showing solid momentum in...

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    3DS

    Review Kirby: Planet Robobot

    A new technological age for Kirby

    While some franchises have a 'one per generation' rule, others seem somewhat more spontaneous - factors such as development progress and sales can be more important to their fate. So when Kirby: Triple Deluxe provided a strong 3DS début as a fairly traditional adventure with the Pink One, HAL Laboratory seemingly...

  • Video Get Geared Up for Kirby: Planet Robobot With This Overview Trailer

    It has Kirby in a mech, what more could you want?

    Kirby: Planet Robobot could, based on our time with it so far, be a bit of a gem for the 3DS this year. Announced rather out of the blue (or pink?) in March, it sees the pink one take on mechanised foes that are disrupting his all-important nap time. Nintendo has been getting to work early with...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Continues Solid Run in Japanese Charts as Hardware Sales Drop

    Lack of new releases starts to bite

    The Japanese chart results are out, and overall they're relatively low key - one new release has taken number one spot but hardware sales are down. Starting with software, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has made its debut at number one, though Kirby: Planet Robobot is hanging on to second place with lifetimes sales...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Stays on Top in the Japanese Charts

    A quiet week sees Wii U sales back in four figures

    It's that mid-week point of the Media Create chart results out of Japan, and a week with no new releases in the top 20 sees familiar favourites still leading the charge. Kirby: Planet Robobot has followed up its number one debut with a second week at number one, nearly hitting a quarter of a...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Secures Top Spot in Japan as Hardware Sales Enjoy Holiday Boost

    Wii U clambers back into five figures

    There have been a few observed Holidays in Japan this week, which has accounted for later-than-usual Media Create chart results. They have now emerged, however, and bring some good news for Nintendo. Kirby: Planet Robobot was the biggest arrival this week, with the 3DS title securing top spot - its sales of...

  • Preview Mechanised Cuteness in Kirby: Planet Robobot

    A gem from HAL

    Occasionally Nintendo reveals a game out of the blue with a nearby release date, reminding us of the company's ability to deliver delightful spontaneity. Kirby: Planet Robobot is one such release, announced in the early March Nintendo Direct and all set for an early June release in the West. Having sampled what it's offering over a...

  • News Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Kirby: Planet Robobot Pre-Orders

    amiibo! Stickers! Expensive Meta Knight figurine!

    Nintendo's Official UK Store often has some extra goodies when it opens pre-orders for major titles, and is stepping up again for Kirby: Planet Robobot, which arrives on 10th June. This time around the best value is to be found with the Kirby amiibo pack version and its assorted extras (pictured...

  • News Kirby: Planet Robobot Gets a Neat amiibo Bundle in Europe, While 'Kirby 3D Rumble' is Detailed

    Sounds mecha

    In the early March Nintendo Direct one 3DS announcement was certainly a pleasant surprise - Kirby: Planet Robobot. Following on from the cheerful and rather fun Kirby: Triple Deluxe, it sees Kirby take on and fight a mechanised menace and even take over and use their mechs; yes, it looks as much fun as it sounds. It'll also support all...

  • Video Check Out this Japanese Overview of Kirby: Planet Robobot

    Domo Arigato

    Kirby has always been extremely malleable, both as a character and as a series, and while many of his games have been fairly unconventional and experimental, it's the classic, power-swapping platformer template that the character is most well known for. 2014's Kirby: Triple Deluxe represented the latest entry in the classic series, and...

  • News Kirby Is Taking A Trip To Planet Robobot This June

    Complete with amiibo support

    During today's Nintendo Direct broadcast it was confirmed that Kirby is getting another outing on 3DS in the shape of Kirby: Planet Robobot. The title retains the 2.5D look of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, but adds mechs to the mix. It also comes with a special Team Kirby Clash mode: Invaders have mechanized Dream Land. To...

  • 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...

  • News 1993 Kirby's Adventure Interview Reveals Cut Content, Alternative Names And Why Kirby Is Pink

    "Normally a character like Kirby would have been yellow"

    Kirby is now a firmly-established member in Nintendo's vast catalogue of intellectual properties, but back in 1993 he was very much a newcomer looking to prove himself - as this fascinating interview from the period attests. Freshly translated by Shumplations.com, the feature originally...

  • News Kirby and Mega Man Nendoroids Are Tough to Resist, and Can Now be Pre-Ordered

    Not cute with your bank balance

    It's hard not to love Nendoroids. They're the equivalent of a cuddly husky puppy, all fluffy fur and cheeky dog grins; cute little video game figurines with interchangeable items and outfits? Where do we sign up! The downside is that they can be relatively pricey. Earlier this Summer Mega Man and Kirby Nendoroids...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • News Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush to Roll Into Europe on 8th May

    A little earlier than expected

    Update: Also arrives in Australia and New Zealand on 9th May. Original Article: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has been out in North America since 20th February, providing Wii U gamers in the region with their first major retail release on the home console of 2015. Until now gamers in Europe were simply told it was...

  • Video Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Accolades Trailer Sings Its Praises

    A chance to gawk at some lovely 60FPS footage

    Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is out now in Japan and North America, helping to fill the quiet retail spell for Nintendo's home console in those territories - its timing was appropriate, too, keeping Wii U fans entertained as HAL Laboratory celebrates its 30th anniversary. Utilising the GamePad for touch...

  • News Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

    Blessing or a curse?

    Just this Friday, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse released in North America to general critical acclaim. We awarded it a 7/10; while praising the excellent art style, we felt there were underutilized gameplay applications of the clay theme. As part of the buzz surrounding the game's release, GameSpot recently conducted an interview...

  • Video Check Out Kirby's Adventure Wii on the Wii U eShop

    You'll need shades with all those colours!

    Nintendo's latest Wii digital re-release for Wii U in Europe is Kirby's Adventure Wii - AKA Kirby's Return To Dream Land. This Wii title from 2011 is a back-to-basics adventure that puts Kirby into familiar territory - there's no need to complain if you're in North America, you get the brand new Kirby and...