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Kirby is a series of fantasy video games by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory, starring the titular pink spherical creature.
A total of 26 original Kirby games have been released (counting Kirby's Toy Box as a single game), plus 7 remakes or compilations making a total of 33 releases in the Kirby series:
16 games have been released in the Kirby series that are considered main episodes, since they expand the series' plot and feature platform gameplay:
- Kirby's Dream Land (April 27, 1992), Game Boy. Re-released for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2011.
- Kirby's Adventure (March 26, 1993), Famicom/NES. Re-released for Wii Virtual Console in 2007, for Nintendo 3DS in the "3D Classics" series in 2011 and for Wii U Virtual Console in 2013. Also enclosed in the NES Classic Edition.
- Kirby's Dream Land 2 (March 21, 1995), Game Boy. Re-released for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2012.
- Kirby Super Star (March 21, 1996), Super Famicom/SNES. Re-released for Wii Virtual Console in 2009 and for Wii U Virtual Console in 2013.
- Kirby's Dream Land 3 (November 27, 1997), SNES/Super Famicom. Re-released for Wii Virtual Console in 2009 and for Wii U Virtual Console in 2013.
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (March 24, 2000), Nintendo 64. Re-released for Wii Virtual Console in 2008.
- Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (April 15, 2004), Game Boy Advance. Re-released in 2011, in limited edition for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console and in 2014 for Wii U Virtual Console.
- Kirby: Canvas Curse (March 24, 2005), Nintendo DS.
- Kirby: Squeak Squad (November 2, 2006), Nintendo DS.
- Kirby's Epic Yarn (October 14, 2010), Wii.
- Kirby Mass Attack (August 4, 2011), Nintendo DS.
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land (October 24, 2011), Wii.
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe (January 11, 2014), 3DS.
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (January 22, 2015), Wii U.
- Kirby: Planet Robobot (April 28, 2016), Nintendo 3DS. A series of 4 Kirby amiibo was also released alongside the game, including Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede and Waddle Dee.
- Kirby: Star Allies (March 16, 2018), Nintendo Switch.
The "New Challenge Stages" from Kirby's Dream Collection are also sometimes considered a main entry in the series.
Other 10 games have been released in the Kirby series, that are either puzzle, sports or fighting games. Kirby's Toy Box is actually eight different minigames released separately, but being due to the Satellaview's game forumula is considered a single game in eight episodes:
- Kirby's Pinball Land (October 29, 1993), Game Boy. Re-released for 3DS Virtual Console in 2012.
- Kirby's Dream Course (September 21, 1994), Super Famicom/SNES. Re-released for Wii Virtual Console in 2007 and for Wii U Virtual Console in 2013.
- Kirby's Avalanche (February 1, 1995), SNES. Known as Kirby's Ghost Trap in Europe. Re-released for Wii Virtual Console in 2007. Basically being the international version of Super Puyo Puyo, it was never released in Japan.
- Kirby's Block Ball (December 14, 1995), Game Boy. Re-released for 3DS Virtual Console in 2011.
- Kirby's Toy Box (February 8, 1996), Satellaview. A series of Kirby minigames released separately, that are: Baseball, Arrange Ball, Cannon Ball, Guru Guru Ball, Pachinko, Pinball, Ball Rally and Hoshi Kuzushi.
- Kirby's Star Stacker (March 18, 1997), Game Boy. Readapted only in Japan for Super Famicom in 1998, and this version was re-released only in Japan for Wii Virtual Console in 2010 and for Wii U Virtual Console in 2013. The Game Boy version was re-released worldwide for 3DS Virtual Console in 2012.
- Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (August 26, 2000), Game Boy Color.
- Kirby Air Ride (July 11, 2003), GameCube.
- Kirby Slide (November 2003), e-Reader. Only released in North America.
- Kirby: Battle Royale (November 3, 2017), Nintendo 3DS.
Remakes and compilations
7 remakes or compilations of previous Kirby titles were released:
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (October 25, 2002), Game Boy Advance. A remake of Kirby's Adventure. Re-released for Wii U Virtual Console in 2014.
- Kirby Super Star Ultra (September 22, 2008), Nintendo DS. A remake of Kirby Super Star.
- Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (July 19, 2012), Wii. It includes the first six main games in the series (Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards) plus some "New Challenge Stages" based on Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and a museum section including informations on the series and three viewable episodes from Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Due to the presence of the original New Challenge Stages, this is sometimes considered a main entry in the series.
- Kirby Fighters Deluxe (August 29, 2014), Nintendo 3DS eShop. A stand-alone version of the Kirby Fighters minigame from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (August 29, 2014), Nintendo 3DS eShop. A stand-alone version of the Dedede's Drum Dash minigame from Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (April 12, 2017), Nintendo 3DS eShop. A stand-alone version of the Team Kirby Clash minigame from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- Kirby's Blowout Blast (July 4, 2017), Nintendo 3DS eShop. A stand-alone version of the Kirby 3D Rumble minigame from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Movies & TV series
- Mario Kirby Masterpiece (1994), an animated movie only released in Japan. It features two different stories, a Mario one and a Kirby one, but they do not interact in any way.
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (October 6, 2001 – September 27, 2003) an animated TV series composed of 100 episodes, plus two special episodes. Thee last five episodes of the series were aired in North America as a feature-length film, titled Kirby: Fright to the Finish!!.
- Kirby of the Stars: The Story of Dedede Who Lives In Pupupu (April 27, 1995 - October 27, 2006), a 25 volume manga only published in Japan.
Links to other series
|Arcana||March 27, 1992||Kirby makes a cameo appearance in Arcana.||1
|Eggerland||April 27, 1992||Lololo and Lalala from Kirby are based on Lolo and Lala from Eggerland, while Blocky is based on Rocky; Kirby Mass Attack also features other references to the series.||3
|Mario||December 16, 1992||Kirby is featured in Super Mario-Kun and other Mario comics; Mario characters and items have cameos in Kirby Super Star.||1
|Zelda||June 06, 1993||Kirby appears as an enemy in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, while the Triforce is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star. There also are other references between the two series.||1
|Stunt Race FX||June 04, 1994||Kirby appears on billboards in Stunt Race FX.||2
|Puyo Puyo||February 01, 1995||Kirby's Avalanche is a remake of Super Puyo Puyo.||1
|Yuyuki||March 21, 1995||Chao from Yuyuki appears in the Japanese version of Kirby's Dream Land 2 and with Goku in Kirby's Dream Land 3.||1
|Wario||June 1995||Wario meets Kirby in the comic Warios Weihnachtsmärchen; the bucket from Mario & Wario is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star.||1
|Trax||March 21, 1996||Moto Shotsos from Kirby Super Star are based on the tanks from Trax.||3
|Metroid||March 21, 1996||The Screw Attack ball is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star, while Metroids and Samus appear in Kirby's Dream Land 3.||1
|F-Zero||March 21, 1996||Captain Falcon's Helmet is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star.||1
|Fire Emblem||March 21, 1996||Marth's Falchion is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star.||1
|Mother||March 21, 1996||Mr. Saturn is an obtainable "item" in Kirby Super Star.||1
|Donkey Kong||March 21, 1996||The "Kong's Barrel" is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star; the theme from the Kirby TV show is featured in the Japanese and North American versions of Donkey Konga, while a song from Kirby's Adventure is featured in Donkey Konga 3.||1
|Kid Icarus||March 21, 1996||A Wing of Pegasus is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star.||1
|Shin Onigashima||November 27, 1997||Donbe and Hikari from Shin Onigashima make a cameo in Kirby's Dream Land 3.||1
|Famicom Robot||November 27, 1997||R.O.B. makes a cameo in Kirby's Dream Land 3.||1
|Super Smash Bros.||January 21, 1999||Characters, places and items from the Kirby series are featured in all Super Smash Bros. games, while Master Hand and Crazy Hand from the Super SMash Bros. series appear in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror; Kirby: Canvas Course also features a reference to Super Smash Bros., while Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Kirby: Planet Robobot feature compatibility with the Super Smash Bros. amiibo.||1
|N-Gang||June 1999||Kirby appears in N-Gang episodes "Freeze Frame" and "Die Hexe lacht um Mitternacht".||1
|Picross||August 01, 1999||Picross NP Vol. 3 and Rittai Picross 2 include images from the Kirby series.||2
|Pokémon||December 14, 2000||In Pokémon Stadium 2, connecting video game consoles to a TV can show images from Kirby's Adventure and 'Kirby Super Star; Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum feature a reference to Kirby.||2
|The Fight for the FoxBox||2003||The Fight for the FoxBox includes characters and actual clips from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.||1
|Daigasso! Band Brothers||December 02, 2004||A medley of Kirby's music tracks is featured in Daigasso! Band Brothers.||2
|Animal Crossing||September 22, 2008||The Gold Watering Can from Animal Crossing is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star Ultra; one of the designs in the Animal Crossing e-Reader cards is based on Kirby; in Kirby: Planet Robobot, Stone Kirby can turn into a Tom Nook statue.||1
|Scott Pilgrim||August 10, 2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game features a star similar to Kirby's Warp Star.||3
|Angry Video Game Nerd||December 06, 2010||The Angry Video Game Nerd episode "How The Nerd Stole Christmas" features a reference to Kirby.||2
|Mii Plaza||February 26, 2011||Mii Plaza features an unlockable hat based on Kirby and includes five Puzzle Swap puzzles based on Kirby games.||2
|Face Raiders||February 26, 2011||Enemies in Face Raiders perform a dance similar to the "Kirby Dance".||3
|AR Games||February 26, 2011||The Star Pics AR game uses a Kirby card, and there also are Kirby refereneces in Graffiti.||2
|Nintendogs||February 26, 2011||A Kirby hat is featured in Nintendogs + Cats.||2
|Smosh||August 09, 2013||Anthony gains the power of Kirby in I Have Kirby Powers!.||3
|NES Remix||April 24, 2014||NES Remix 2 includes challenges based on Kirby's Adventure.||2
|Nintendo Badge Arcade||December 17, 2014||Nintendo Badge Arcade features badges based on the Kirby series.||2
|Star Fox||April 20, 2016||Four planets from Kirby Super Star, Floria, Aqualiss, Mecheye, and Halfmoon, are mentioned on the cover of a travel magazine in Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins.||1
|Taiko no Tatsujin||June 16, 2016||Kirby and King Dedede are party members in Taiko no Tatsujin: Dokodon! Mystery Adventure; Taiko no Tatsujin: Dokodon! Mystery Adventure and Red Version also feature songs from the Kirby series, with a Meta Knight costume also available in Arcade games.||1
|BoxBoy!||February 02, 2017||Kirby appears in comic strips within Bye-Bye BoxBoy!; additionally a BoxBoy! sticker appears in Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Qbby appears in one of the Stone Kirby transfoirmations in Kirby: Star Allies, while Kirby-themed costumes are available in Bye-Bye BoxBoy! by scanning Kirby amiibo.||1
|Pop Team Epic||January 14, 2018||A Pop Team Epic skit in Episode 2 of the anime featured a menu screen similar to the one in Kirby Super Star.||3|