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The Kirby video game series is a franchise of platform games and other genres (including puzzle and racing games) published and produced by Nintendo. The games have been developed by Japan-based HAL Laboratory, a Nintendo second-party developer.[1] All Kirby video games have been developed exclusively for Nintendo video game consoles and handhelds dating from the Nintendo Entertainment System to the current generation of video game consoles. The series debuted in Japan on April 27, 1992 with Hoshi no Kirby (星のカービィ?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars"), which later was released in the North American and PAL regions as Kirby's Dream Land.[2]

The series revolves around Kirby, the series' protagonist, and his adventures in the fictional world of Pop Star. A common gameplay element is Kirby's ability to copy enemy skills, allowing him to use them to progress through levels. This and other changes in gameplay from traditional platform games distinguish the series from other entries in the genre.[3][4][5] Currently, the series contains twenty games. A one-hundred episode anime series based on the video games, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, was created in Japan and is currently shown weekly on 4KidsTV in North America.[6][7] The Kirby series is among the best-selling video game franchises with over twenty million games sold worldwide.[8] The franchise was conceived by Masahiro Sakurai as a game series for beginners, for which he partially attributes the series' success.[9] Kirby's Epic Yarn, a platform game for the Wii, is expected to be released in Fall 2010.[10]

Video games

Platform games


Original release date(s):
April 27, 1992[11] (JP)
August 1, 1992[2] (NA)
1992[2] (PAL)
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Release years by system:
1992 – Game Boy[2]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby (星のカービィ?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars").[2][11]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[2][12]

Original release date(s):[13]
March 23, 1993 (JP)
May 1, 1993 (NA)
December 9, 1993 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
1993 – Nintendo Entertainment System[13]
2007 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[14]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (星のカービィ夢の泉の物語?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars: The Story of the Fountain of Dreams")[13][15]

Original release date(s):[16]
March 21, 1995 (JP)
March 20, 1995 (NA)
1995 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
1995 – Game Boy[16]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby 2 (星のカービィ2?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars 2")[16][17]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[12][16]

Original release date(s):[18]
March 21, 1996 (JP)
September 20, 1996 (NA)
January 23, 1997 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
1996 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[18]
Notes:
  • Known in Europe as Kirby's Fun Pak and in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (星のカービィ スーパーデラックス?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars Super Deluxe")[18][19]
  • The game is split into six shorter stories with events that interweave between them.[3]

Original release date(s):
March 27, 1998[20] (JP)
November 1, 1997[21] (NA)
</div>
Release years by system:
1997 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[22]
2009 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[23]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby 3 (星のカービィ3?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars 3")[20][24]

Original release date(s):[25]
March 24, 2000 (JP)
June 26, 2000 (NA)
June 22, 2001 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
2000 – Nintendo 64[25]
2008 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[26]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby 64 (星のカービィ64?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars 64")[25][27]

Original release date(s):[28]
April 15, 2004 (JP)
October 18, 2004 (NA)
July 2, 2004 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
2004 – Game Boy Advance[28]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby: Kagami no Daimeikyuu (星のカービィ 鏡の大迷宮?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars: The Great Labyrinth of the Mirror")[28][29]

Original release date(s):[30]
March 24, 2005 (JP)
June 13, 2005 (NA)
November 25, 2005 (EU)
</div>
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo DS[30]
Notes:
  • Known in Europe as Kirby: Power Paintbrush and in Japan as Touch! Kirby (タッチ!カービィ?)[29][30]

Original release date(s):[31]
November 2, 2006 (JP)
December 4, 2006 (NA)
June 22, 2007 (EU)
</div>
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo DS[31]
Notes:
  • Known in Europe as Kirby Mouse Attack and in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby: Sanjō! Dorocche Dan (星のカービィ 参上! ドロッチェ団?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars: Calling on the Dorocche Gang!")[29][31]

Original release date(s):[10]
TBA (JP)
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Release years by system:
Wii
Notes:

Remakes


Original release date(s):[32]
October 25, 2002 (JP)
December 2, 2002 (NA)
September 26, 2003 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
2002 – Game Boy Advance[32]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi Deluxe (星のカービィ 夢の泉デラックス?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars: The Fountain of Dreams Deluxe")[32][33]
  • Remake of Kirby's Adventure.[34]
  • The remake includes a graphical overhaul, a sound upgrade, multiplayer support, and other smaller improvements over the original NES game.

Original release date(s):[35]
November 6, 2008 (JP)
September 22, 2008 (NA)
September 18, 2009 (EU)
</div>
Release years by system:
2008 – Nintendo DS[35]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (星のカービィ ウルトラスーパーデラックス?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars Ultra Super Deluxe")[29][35]
  • Remake of Kirby Super Star.[36]
  • The game includes full-motion video, a graphical upgrade, and touch-screen support, all of which were not available in the original.[3]

Other genres


Original release date(s):[37]
November 27, 1993 (JP)
1993 (NA)
1993 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
1993 – Game Boy[37]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby no Pinball (カービィのピンボール?)[37][38]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[12][37]

Original release date(s):[39]
September 21, 1994 (JP)
1994 (NA)
August 24, 1995 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
1994 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[39]
2007 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[40]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby Bowl (カービィボウル?)[39][41]
  • A Kirby golf game[39]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[12][39]

Original release date(s):[42]
April 25, 1995 (NA)
February, 1995 (PAL)
</div>
Release years by system:
1995 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[43]
2007 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[44]
Notes:

Original release date(s):[46]
December 14, 1995 (JP)
May, 1996 (NA)
1995 (EU)
</div>
Release years by system:
1995 – Game Boy[46]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby no Block Ball (カービィのブロックボール?)[46][47]
  • A breakout clone skinned with the Kirby franchise.[48]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[12][46]
BS Kirby no Omotya Bako Baseball

Original release date(s):[49]
January 1, 1996 (JP)
</div>
Release years by system:
1996 – Satellaview (a Super Famicom add-on)[49]
Notes:
  • Released exclusively in Japan.[49]
  • Plays like a baseball-pinball hybrid; the player swings the bat at pitches and drives them into holes in the outfield that are marked with various bases.[49]

Original release date(s):[50]
January 25, 1997 (JP)
January 24, 1997 (NA)
August 28, 1997 (EU)
</div>
Release years by system:
1997 – Game Boy[50]
1998 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[51]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby no Kirakira Kids (カービィのきらきらきっず?)[50][52]
  • Later released exclusively in Japan for the Super Famicom under the same title.[50][53][54]
  • A Kirby puzzle game in the vein of Puyo Puyo and Tetris[48]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[12][50]

Original release date(s):[55]
August 26, 2000 (JP)
April 9, 2001 (NA)
</div>
Release years by system:
2000 – Game Boy Color[55]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Koro Koro Kirby (コロコロカービィ?)[55][56][57]
  • The first Game Boy Color game to use motion control.[55]

Original release date(s):[58]
July 11, 2003 (JP)
October 13, 2003 (NA)
February 27, 2004 (EU)
</div>
Release years by system:
2003 – GameCube[58]
Notes:

Cancelled titles


Cancellation date:
N/A</div>
Proposed system release:
Nintendo 64
Notes:
  • Began development as Kirby Bowl 64, early on resembling a Kirby snowboarding game with visual inspiration taken from the older Kirby's Dream Course (released in Japan as Kirby Bowl). The main feature of the game was a random level generator allowing the user to play a different course every time
  • Development shifted to Kirby's Air Ride, with more standard Kirby environments, but suffered delays and was eventually canceled.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble 2

Cancellation date:[61]
2002</div>
Proposed system release:
GameCube/Game Boy Advance[61]
Notes:
  • Sequel to Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble for the Game Boy Color.[61]
  • Used the a Game Boy Advance as a controller for the GameCube game using the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable to connect the two together; the Game Boy Advance is used as a motion sensor as it was in the first Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble.[61]

Cancellation date:[62]
2004</div>
Proposed system release:
GameCube[63]
Notes:

Other media

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