Monday, December 5, 2022

Kirby’s 30th Anniversary

Today marks Kirby’s 30th anniversary, a very important day for the Kirby franchise and the team that’s been standing behind him for three decades. On this day back in 1992, Nintendo released the very first Kirby game, Kirby’s Dream Land on the original Game Boy.

For a franchise that started as a weird little side-scrolling game on Nintendo’s first portable console, Kirby has done extremely well. Today, the pink bubble is one of Nintendo’s most recognizable characters and has starred in more than 20 games.

Kirby’s creator Masahiro Sakurai, perhaps best known for creating the Super Smash Bros. series, has posted on Twitter about the momentous occasion. In his tweet, Sakurai reminisces about the development of the game, recounting a memory of working with the sound designer on Kirby’s Dream Land.

きょう『星のカービィ』が30歳ですと。
これからも仲良くしてやってください!

初代カービィのクリアダンス。
開発当時、サウンド担当にクリア音楽のフレーム数を聞いたところ「わからない」とのことで…
カセットテープに録音したクリア音楽を何度も巻き戻しつつ、音に合わせて作りました。 pic.twitter.com/fZwaojWa3t

— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) April 26, 2022

The official Japanese Kirby Twitter account also posted a short message to mark the occasion. It announces that today is Kirby’s 30th birthday in the typical Kirby of the Stars fashion.

Nintendo has been celebrating Kirby’s 30th anniversary all year. The company released Kirby and the Forgotten Land as part of the anniversary celebration and is even planning a special concert in August. More announcements are expected to come soon..

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