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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 on August 1992 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 formerly distributed by 4Kids TV in North America.[6] The Kirby series is among the best-selling video game franchises with over twenty million games sold worldwide.[7] The franchise was conceived by Masahiro Sakurai as a game series for beginners, for which he partially attributes the series' success.[8]

Video games[edit]

Platform games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1992 – Game Boy[2]
2011 – Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby (星のカービィ Hoshi no Kābī?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars").[2][9]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[2][10]



Original release date(s):[11]
  • JP March 23, 1993
  • NA May 1, 1993
  • PAL December 9, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – Nintendo Entertainment System[11]
2007 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[12]
2013 – Wii U (Virtual Console emulation)
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 Hoshi no Kābī: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars: The Story of the Fountain of Dreams")[11][13]



Original release date(s):[14]
  • JP March 21, 1995
  • NA May 1, 1995
  • PAL July 31, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Game Boy[14]
2012 – Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby 2 (星のカービィ2?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars 2")[14][15]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[10][14]



Original release date(s):[16]
  • JP March 21, 1996
  • NA September 20, 1996
  • PAL January 23, 1997
Release years by system:
1996 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[16]
2009/2010 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)
2013 – Wii U (Virtual Console emulation)
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")[16][17]
  • The game is split into six shorter stories with events that interweave between them.[3]



Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1997 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[20]
2009 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[21]
2013 – Wii U (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby 3 (星のカービィ3?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars 3")[18][22]



Original release date(s):[23]
  • JP March 24, 2000
  • NA June 26, 2000
  • PAL June 22, 2001
Release years by system:
2000 – Nintendo 64[23]
2008 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[24]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby 64 (星のカービィ64?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars 64")[23][25]



Original release date(s):[26]
  • JP April 15, 2004
  • NA October 18, 2004
  • PAL July 2, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 – Game Boy Advance[26]
2014 – Wii U (Virtual Console emulation)
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")[26][27]



Original release date(s):[28]
  • JP March 24, 2005
  • NA June 13, 2005
  • EU November 25, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo DS[28]
Notes:
  • Known in Europe as Kirby: Power Paintbrush and in Japan as Touch! Kirby (タッチ!カービィ?)[27][28]



Original release date(s):[29]
  • JP November 2, 2006
  • NA December 4, 2006
  • EU June 22, 2007
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo DS[29]
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!")[27][29]



Original release date(s):[30]
  • JP October 14, 2010
  • NA October 17, 2010
  • EU February 25, 2011
Release years by system:
2010 – Wii[30]



Original release date(s):[31]
JP 20110804August 4, 2011

NA 20110919September 19, 2011
EU 20111028October 28, 2011

AU 20111027October 27, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – Nintendo DS[31]
Notes:
  • Released in Japan as Atsumete! Kirby (あつめて!カービィ Atsumete! Kābī?, lit. "Gather! Kirby")



Original release date(s):[30]
  • JP October 27, 2011
  • NA October 24, 2011
  • EU November 25, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – Wii[30]
Notes:
  • Released in Europe as Kirby's Adventure Wii and in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby Wii (星のカービィWii Hoshi no Kābī Wii?, lit. "Kirby of the Stars Wii")



Original release date(s):[32]
  • JP January 11, 2014
  • NA May 2, 2014
  • EU May 16, 2014
Release years by system:
2014 – Nintendo 3DS



Original release date(s):[33]
  • JP TBA 2015
  • NA TBA 2015
  • EU TBA 2015
Release years by system:
TBA 2015 – Wii U


Remakes[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[34]
  • JP October 25, 2002
  • NA December 2, 2002
  • PAL September 26, 2003
Release years by system:
2002 – Game Boy Advance[34]
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")[34][35]
  • Remake of Kirby's Adventure.[36]



Original release date(s):[37]
  • JP November 6, 2008
  • NA September 22, 2008
  • EU September 18, 2009
Release years by system:
2008 – Nintendo DS[37]
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")[27][37]
  • Remake of Kirby Super Star.[38]
  • The game includes full-motion video, a graphical upgrade, and touch-screen support, all of which were not available in the original.[3]



Original release date(s):[39]
  • JP July 19, 2012
  • NA September 16, 2012
Release years by system:
2012 – Wii[39]
Notes:


Other genres[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[40]
  • JP November 27, 1993
  • NA 1993
  • PAL 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – Game Boy[40]
2012 – Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby no Pinball (カービィのピンボール?)[40][41]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[10][40]



Original release date(s):[42]
  • JP September 21, 1994
  • NA February 1, 1995
  • PAL August 24, 1995
Release years by system:
1994 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[42]
2007 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[43]
2013 – Wii U (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby Bowl (カービィボウル?)[42][44]
  • A Kirby golf game[42]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[10][42]



Original release date(s):[45]
  • NA April 25, 1995
  • PAL February, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[46]
2007 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)[47]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[49]
  • JP December 14, 1995
  • NA May, 1996
  • EU 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Game Boy[49]
2011/2012 – Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby no Block Ball (カービィのブロックボール?)[49][50]
  • A breakout clone skinned with the Kirby franchise.[51]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[10][49]



Original release date(s):[52]
  • JP January 1, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Satellaview (a Super Famicom add-on)[52]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[53]
  • JP March 18, 1997
  • NA July 7, 1997
  • EU August 28, 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Game Boy[53]
1998 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[54]
2010 – Wii (Virtual Console SNES emulation)
2012/2013 – Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console Game Boy emulation)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Kirby no Kirakira Kids (カービィのきらきらきっず?)[53][55]
  • Later released exclusively in Japan for the Super Famicom under the same title.[53][56][57]
  • A Kirby puzzle game in the vein of Puyo Puyo and Tetris[51]
  • Re-released for download over the Nintendo Power system in Japan.[10][53]



Original release date(s):[58]
  • JP August 26, 2000
  • NA April 9, 2001
Release years by system:
2000 – Game Boy Color[58]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Koro Koro Kirby (コロコロカービィ?)[58][59][60]
  • The first Game Boy Color game to use motion control.[58]



Original release date(s):[61]
  • JP July 11, 2003
  • NA October 13, 2003
  • EU February 27, 2004
Release years by system:
2003 – Nintendo GameCube[61]
Notes:


Cancelled titles[edit]

Title Details

Cancellation date:
N/A
Proposed system release:
Nintendo 64
Notes:

Was later released on the Gamecube


Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble 2

Cancellation date:[64]
2002
Proposed system release:
GameCube/Game Boy Advance[64]
Notes:
  • Sequel to Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble for the Game Boy Color.[64]
  • 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.[64]


Other media[edit]

Title Details

2001–2003 – 100-episode television series[65]
Notes:
  • Distributed in North America by 4Kids Entertainment for a four-year run showing all one hundred episodes, from 2002 to 2006.[65]



1995 – – Manga series[66]
Notes:
  • Long-running Kirby manga series.[66]


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