who is kirby

Who and what is Kirby, and why is he so powerful?

By Olivia Richman


Mar 21, 2022

Reading time: 4 min

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is exciting Nintendo fans worldwide with its adorable protagonist, crazy new abilities, and 3D-platforming gameplay. This is the first Kirby game of its kind, creating immense hype for the game that spans beyond the usual Kirby fandom who already know all about Kirby lore.

With so many new people becoming invested in Kirby, many people have questions about the mysterious pink ball. While it’s obvious that Kirby is cute, there are some things that remain a mystery. Just who is Kirby, where did he come from, and why is he so powerful?

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Who invented Kirby?

Kirby comes from the mind of Masahiro Sakurai, the mastermind behind the Super Smash Bros. series. Sakurai created Kirby when Sakurai was just 19 years old, the same age at which he directed classic 2D platformer Kirby’s Dream Land for the Game Boy. He worked on six more Kirby games after that first release.

Kirby was originally colored white in Sakurai’s early designs and games. While Sakurai always thought of Kirby as pink, the Game Boy didn’t allow for colors, which is why Kirby appeared white. Kirby’s shape and face have also changed throughout the years, although he has remained relatively similar to how he looked in his first appearance in 1992.

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Who created Kirby meme

The phrase “who created Kirby” has been a popular search term for a while now. But in 2018 it started a strange meme that still lives in infamy. Some Nintendo fans noticed a strange glitch in Google where Sakurai would come up as the creator but the accompanying photo was not of Sakurai at all. It was a photo of a man from a popular Twitter account. This strange result remained on Google for months.

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What was the first Kirby game?

The first Kirby game was Kirby’s Dream Land for the Game Boy. The game revolves around Kirby searching for Castle Dedede to defeat King Dedede after the evil penguin stole all the food from Dreamland.

Like the current Kirby games, Kirby’s Dream Land features similar enemies that Kirby can inhale, exhale, and copy as he journeys through each platformer level. There is then a boss at the end of each level that Kirby must defeat.

Are Kirby games easy?

Compared to other Nintendo platformers, Kirby games are considered pretty casual and easy. While there are some tough moments, many of Kirby’s games can be considered easy and thus good for beginners.

While the gameplay may not be consistently challenging, fans flock to Kirby titles for the relaxing and adorable design, the gameplay, and the fun soundtrack.

The toughest Kirby boss to beat is often considered to be Marx Soul from Kirby Super Star Ultra.

What is the story of Kirby?

Kirby can be a bit of a mystery since the Kirby games don’t often go too deep into his lore. Also, he doesn’t talk. But Kirby is a Star Warrior who was created to save Pop Star from destruction. For some reason, Kirby was awoken from his slumber 200 years too early, a mistake that left Kirby with childlike qualities since he is still very young.

Despite being a relative baby, Kirby is deadly powerful. He is by some fans considered one of the most powerful characters in all of video games. Said to have “infinite power,” Kirby is indestructible, can travel to multiple universes in seconds, can become a black hole, and can absorb anyone’s powers and abilities at will.

What gender is Kirby?

Kirby is a boy. He is referred to as “he” in the Kirby games, in animated series, and in other official Nintendo works.

How tall is Kirby?

To many fans’ surprise, Kirby is only eight inches tall. That makes him average height for a baby in his universe, but still quite small in ours. When brought into our universe, like in the Super Smash Bros. series, Kirby is made three feet tall. Kirby can destroy entire dimensions at either height, so don’t be fooled by his short stature.


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