Where would Nintendo be without its lovable pink puffball, Kirby? Interestingly enough, the character almost didn’t exist. Furthermore, Nintendo’s lawyer John Kirby gave the guy his iconic namesake. That aside, he came to being and has become one of the most iconic Nintendo characters and especially since series creator Masahiro Sakurai also made Super Smash Bros as a result. After an actual lifetime of games, Kirby has reached his 30th anniversary. To begin the formal Kirby celebration, Nintendo released a commemorative wallpaper. However, it seems they’ve got much more in store coming later this year. Let’s take a look back and forward at Kirby’s life.
Kirby May Be In a Forgotten Land, But He Sure Isn’t
One of the biggest things coming this year is Kirby’s new Switch game. A trailer with a ton of new details was released just yesterday. Kirby and the Forgotten Land will take a new step for the franchise, 3-D platforming! This follows a recent trend. Nintendo has made open-world iterations of both Zelda and Mario now. Additionally, Pokemon will soon follow suit. Kirby is the definition of a versatile platformer, so fans are plenty excited. A new and improved Kirby experience is a great way to celebrate Kirby’s third decade.
Unlike Legend of Zelda, Nintendo has further plans for a Kirby celebration besides a new game. They have promised several activities related to the Kirby 30th anniversary this year. Beyond the official art, merchandise, or general events could be on the docket. We may even receive a greatest hits collection like Super Mario 3D All-Stars! Sakurai may have retired from game work after Super Smash Bros Ultimate, but his creation is still going strong.
Though the celebration is currently shrouded in mystery, we still have something to whet our appetites. Kirby and the Forgotten Land releases on Nintendo Switch on March 25th. Are you looking forward to the new game? What about the general celebrations to come? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!