Kirby (series)

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A variation of the official Kirby logo.

The Kirby series is a series consisting of dozens of individual video game titles, remakes and repackagings released by Nintendo and developed primarily by HAL Laboratory. It features Kirby, a small pink creature that can swallow and copy the abilities of others. The series' first game was Kirby's Dream Land, which was released in Japan on April 27, 1992 and in the US on August 1st, 1992.


All main series titles are side-scrolling platformers that involve Kirby having to get from the start of a room to a door or another object. In order to do this, Kirby must overcome or avoid many enemies, many of which will give Kirby a Copy Ability when he inhales and swallows them. Kirby has a limited number of lives and a limited amount of stamina; if his health drops to zero, a life is lost and Kirby has to restart at the beginning of the current section, losing his Copy Ability. If Kirby loses some of his health, he can drink an Energy Drink or consume a food item to restore some of it, or eat a Maxim Tomato to get all of it back. In some games, after Kirby finishes a level, he plays a Goal Game which can earn him extra lives.

Most main-series titles feature at least one Sub-Game, which can be played within the main game, or outside it in a menu. Unlike the main game, these can vary wildly in play-style, from quick-time games to racing games. Many of these are competitive, and can be played with more than one player. These also tend to vary wildly in size, with some being minor diversions, and others being practically full-fledged games on their own.

Spin-off titles divert from the main series in a similar manner to Sub-Games, but are much larger in scope and entirely separate titles. These titles often experiment with other genres, and are generally not considered to be canon with the main series. The most prominent spin-off titles include Kirby Air Ride - a full-fledged racing game, Kirby: Canvas Curse - a 'touch platformer' where Kirby has to be guided using the Nintendo DS stylus, and Kirby's Epic Yarn - a more traditional platformer, but with fundamentally different mechanics to that of the main series.


The following Kirby games have been released or confirmed to be in production so far. Note that this list does not include games that were announced but canceled before an official release could happen.

Title Console Main Series Japan North America Europe Australia Notes
Original Release Date
Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy Yescheck.png 27 Apr 1992 1 Aug 1992 3 Aug 1992 3 Aug 1992 -
Kirby's Adventure Nintendo Entertainment System Yescheck.png 23 Mar 1993 1 May 1993 1 Dec 1993 1 Dec 1993 -
Kirby's Pinball Land Game Boy Xmark.png 27 Nov 1993 30 Nov 1993 1 Dec 1993 1 Dec 1993 -
Kirby's Dream Course Super Nintendo Entertainment System Xmark.png 21 Sep 1994 99 Feb 1995 24 Aug 1994 24 Aug 1994 -
Kirby's Dream Land 2 Game Boy Yescheck.png 21 Mar 1995 1 May 1995 31 Jul 1995 31 Jul 1995 -
Kirby's Avalanche Super Nintendo Entertainment System Xmark.png 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png 25 Apr 1995 1 Feb 1995 1 Feb 1995 Known as Kirby's Ghost Trap in the PAL. Based on Super Puyo Puyo. Not released in Japan.
Kirby's Block Ball Game Boy Xmark.png 14 Dec 1995 99 May 1996 99 Dec 1995 99 Dec 1995 -
Kirby no Omochabako (Kirby's Toybox) Super Famicom
Xmark.png 8 Feb 1996 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png Game collection broadcast over the St.GIGA network. Japan exclusive.
Kirby Super Star Super Nintendo Entertainment System Yescheck.png 21 Mar 1996 23 Sep 1996 30 Dec 1996 30 Dec 1996 Known as Kirby's Fun Pak in the PAL.
Kirby's Star Stacker Game Boy Xmark.png 25 Jan 1997 18 Mar 1997 20 Oct 1997 20 Oct 1997 -
Kirby's Dream Land 3 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Yescheck.png 27 Mar 1998 27 Nov 1997 24 Jul 2009 (Virtual Console) 24 Jul 2009 (Virtual Console) Not released on Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the PAL.
Kirby no Kirakira Kids (Kirby's Super Star Stacker) Super Famicom Xmark.png (remake) 25 Jun 1999 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png Enhanced remake of Kirby's Star Stacker. Japan exclusive.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Yescheck.png 24 Mar 2000 26 Jun 2000 22 Jun 2001 22 Jun 2001 -
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Game Boy Color Xmark.png 23 Aug 2000 11 Apr 2001 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png Not released in the PAL.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Game Boy Advance Yescheck.png (remake) 25 Oct 2002 2 Dec 2002 26 Sep 2003 27 Jan 2004 Remake of Kirby's Adventure.
Kirby Air Ride Nintendo GameCube Xmark.png 11 Jul 2003 13 Oct 2003 20 Feb 2004 30 Mar 2004 -
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Game Boy Advance Yescheck.png 15 Apr 2004 18 Oct 2004 2 Jul 2004 99 Dec 2005 -
Kirby: Canvas Curse Nintendo DS Xmark.png 24 Mar 2005 13 Jun 2005 25 Nov 2005 6 Apr 2006 Known as Kirby: Power Paintbrush in Europe.
Kirby: Squeak Squad Nintendo DS Yescheck.png 2 Nov 2006 6 Dec 2006 22 Jun 2007 28 Feb 2007 Known as Kirby: Mouse Attack in Europe.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Nintendo DS Yescheck.png (remake) 6 Nov 2008 22 Sep 2008 27 Nov 2008 18 Sep 2009 Enhanced remake of Kirby Super Star.
Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii Xmark.png 14 Oct 2010 17 Oct 2010 25 Feb 2011 24 Feb 2011 -
Kirby Mass Attack Nintendo DS Xmark.png 4 Aug 2011 19 Sep 2011 28 Oct 2011 27 Oct 2011 -
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Wii Yescheck.png 27 Oct 2011 24 Oct 2011 25 Nov 2011 1 Dec 2011 Known as Kirby's Adventure Wii in the PAL.
Kirby's Dream Collection Wii Yescheck.png (port) 19 Jul 2012 16 Sep 2012 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png 99 Dec 9999Xmark.png Compilation of Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to celebrate Kirby's 20th anniversary. Includes an original game mode called New Challenge Stages, a soundtrack CD and 45 page book containing artwork and other behind-the-scenes information covering Kirby's history. Not released in the PAL.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Nintendo 3DS Yescheck.png 11 Jan 2014 2 May 2014 16 May 2014 16 May 2014 -
Kirby Fighters Deluxe Nintendo 3DS Xmark.png 23 Jul 2014 29 Aug 2014 13 Feb 2015 13 Feb 2015 Based on Kirby Fighters from Triple Deluxe
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Nintendo 3DS Xmark.png 23 Jul 2014 29 Aug 2014 13 Feb 2015 13 Feb 2015 Based on Dedede's Drum Dash from Triple Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Wii U Xmark.png 22 Jan 2015 20 Feb 2015 8 May 2015 9 May 2015 Spiritual successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse. Called Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in PAL.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Nintendo 3DS Yescheck.png 28 Apr 2016 10 Jun 2016 10 Jun 2016 11 Jun 2016 -
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Nintendo 3DS Xmark.png 12 Apr 2017 12 Apr 2017 13 Apr 2017 13 Apr 2017 Based on Team Kirby Clash from Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast Nintendo 3DS Xmark.png 4 July 2017 6 July 2017 6 July 2017 6 July 2017 Based on Kirby 3D Rumble from Planet Robobot
Kirby: Battle Royale Nintendo 3DS Xmark.png 30 Nov 2017 19 Jan 2018 3 Nov 2017 4 Nov 2017 This is the first game in the series to feature full online multiplayer.
Kirby Star Allies Nintendo Switch Yescheck.png 16 Mar 2018 16 Mar 2018 16 Mar 2018 16 Mar 2018 This is the first main series title to be released on the same day in all regions.
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Nintendo 3DS Xmark.png (port) 7 Mar 2019 8 Mar 2019 8 Mar 2019 9 Mar 2019 Enhanced port of Kirby's Epic Yarn.

Main Characters


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Artwork of Kirby from Kirby Star Allies.
Main article: Kirby

Kirby is the hero of the franchise and the primary playable character in each game. His powers, which are vital to the gameplay of most installments, include inhaling objects and creatures in order to either spit them out again or steal their ability, as well as inflating himself, enabling him to fly. In most games, he must use his unique powers to save his homeland Dream Land, the planet Pop Star on which it is located or even the entire galaxy from the respective game's main antagonist.

King Dedede

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Artwork of King Dedede from Kirby Star Allies.
Main article: King Dedede

King Dedede is the self-proclaimed king of Dream Land and Kirby's archrival, though rarely the main antagonist. Although portrayed as greedy and selfish primarily in Kirby's Dream Land, where he steals all of Dream Land's food for himself, he often means well throughout the series, but ends up antagonizing Kirby due to a misunderstanding or being mind-controlled by the true villain. Once the misunderstanding has been resolved or the mind-control has been broken, however, he often ends up helping the him, most notably in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, where he is one of the game's main heroes.

Meta Knight

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Artwork of Meta Knight from Kirby Star Allies.
Main article: Meta Knight

An enigmatic character of ambiguous allegiance, Meta Knight repeatedly confronts Kirby during the latter's journeys, often challenging him to a duel. Although mainly antagonistic towards Kirby, he does not normally assist the respective game's main villain either, seemingly following his own, often secret motives. He does come to the aid of the pink hero on occasion, however, and is portrayed as an honorable duelist, usually providing Kirby with a sword whenever he challenges him in order to force a fair fight. He is the leader of a group of warriors known as the Meta-Knights, who Kirby has to battle at some point in most games he appears in.

Bandana Waddle Dee

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Artwork of Bandana Waddle Dee from Kirby Star Allies.
Main article: Bandana Waddle Dee

A Waddle Dee who is distinguished only by his blue bandana, Bandana Waddle Dee is one of King Dedede's most loyal subjects. However, he is also very good friends with Kirby, forcing him to sometimes choose between the two. He can wield both a Spear and a Parasol in combat with good efficacy, but he usually avoids fighting unless necessary, aiming to help the main characters by tossing them Assist Stars instead. He got his first starring role in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and he went on to become a recurring major character in the Kirby franchise.

Minor Characters

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Lesser-known characters who have made more than one plot-significant appearance in the series include the following:

Notable minor characters in the Kirby series  
Character Picture Games Role(s) Description Notes
Kirby's Animal Friends Animal Friends Allies.png Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby Star Allies, many smaller cameos in other titles Serve as Kirby's companions, and can pair up with him for combination attacks. Several large animals help Kirby out during some of his adventures, letting him ride them and putting their own spin on his Copy Ability attacks. While they have seemingly retired since the events of Kirby's Dream Land 3, they can often be seen in the background or as cameos in more recent titles, most recently appearing as Dream Friends and as part of the Cleaning move-set in Kirby Star Allies. Chuchu, Nago, and Pitch are not shown in the image.
Gooey Gooey Allies.png Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby Star Allies One of Kirby's companions, who operates separately from him. Gooey is a blue blob creature with a long tongue and beady eyes which tend to wander. He is made of the same stuff as Dark Matter, but is not evil, instead becoming good friends with Kirby and being somewhat goofy in character. Gooey can grab enemies with his tongue and copy their abilities like Kirby, and he can also transform into a 'Mock Matter' form in order to fly about and fire dark lasers like his evil counterparts.
Ribbon KSA Ribbon.png Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Star Allies Supporting ally for Kirby. Ribbon is a young fairy girl who hails from Ripple Star. She is assaulted by Dark Matter while trying to usher the great crystal to safety, which leads to Kirby helping her get the shattered crystal pieces back. Ribbon directly assists Kirby in the final battle against . Ribbon appears alongside Adeleine in Kirby Star Allies, with the two serving together as a Dream Friend.
Adeleine KSA Adeleine.png Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Star Allies A supporting ally for Kirby, as well as a Boss-like opponent when possessed. A young painter girl who came to Popstar from another world to study art. She befriends Kirby and paints items for him to use on his adventures, but she is also possessed by the villainous Dark Matter, and forced to fight her pink friend. Adeleine is a very talented painter, as her paintings will often pop out of the frame becoming the genuine objects, including food and other helpful items. Some ambiguity still remains as to whether or not Adeleine and Ado from Kirby's Dream Land 3 are the same character or two different ones.
Marx Marx Allies.png Kirby Super Star (Ultra), Kirby Star Allies A final boss who betrays Kirby, as well as a Dream Friend who helps him. An unassuming jester who can be seen balancing on a ball. He tasks Kirby to stop the sun and moon from fighting by calling upon the Galactic Nova to grant him a wish to do so, but betrays Kirby by stealing the wish and using it to grant himself immense power. Kirby then has to defeat him by disabling Galactic Nova, then engaging Marx in combat, causing both to be destroyed in the end. Marx also appears in Kirby Star Allies as a playable Dream Friend where he retains characteristics from his normal form and his mutated boss form. It is debatable whether or not Dream Friend Marx is the same as Super Star Marx, as many presumed the latter to be dead at the end of Milky Way Wishes.
Dark Meta Knight DMK ArtworkKSA.png Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Star Allies A villain who appears once as an ally. An evil Mirror World counterpart to Meta Knight who acts as an agent of Dark Mind. He was responsible for sealing Meta Knight away in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and also split Kirby into four nearly-identical copies (a questionable tactic). As the series progressed, Dark Meta Knight gradually gained more and more distinguishing features, such as the slash mark on his mask and his tattered wings, along with his Mirror Galaxia sword.
Daroach Daroach Allies.png Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby Star Allies An enemy and ally to Kirby. A wily magician mouse who leads the thieving band known as the Squeaks. He causes trouble for Kirby the first time they meet, but they later become allies. He possesses the Triple Star Cane, a powerful weapon which can be used to destroy evil entities like Dark Nebula.
Magolor KRTDL Captain.png Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection, Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Kirby Star Allies A final boss who betrays Kirby, but also acts as support. An alien wizard and known fibber from the planet Halcandra. He pilots the Lor Starcutter, an ancient starship capable of traveling across dimensions. Kirby and co. agree to help him when his ruined ship comes crashing down to Popstar by collecting the pieces, but why he crashed in the first place is a bit of a mystery. In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, he runs the Gem Apple Shoppe, selling Team Kirby everything they need for their adventure. Magolor from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe is likely an alternate-universe version of Magolor from the other titles.
Taranza Taranza.png Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Kirby Star Allies A villain who eventually turns to Kirby's side. An arachnid mage from Floralia, who sought nothing else but to please his gracious queen. When she desired to take over the land, Taranza supported her by capturing the hero of Dream Land, though he didn't quite get the right man. When this became apparent, the queen, mad with power, struck him away, causing him to doubt his loyalty, and join forces with Kirby and King Dedede to put her out of her misery. Like with Magolor, Taranza from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe is a different version of Taranza from the main series.
Susie Susie.png Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby Star Allies A villain who eventually turns to Kirby's side. Once the Executive Assistant of the Haltmann Works Company, Susie is heavily armed with advanced alien technology, including a blaster, a rotor-based transporter, and most notoriously, her giant mechanical business suit. She was an enemy to Kirby during the occupation of Planet Popstar, but reluctantly turned to his side after her father was taken by Star Dream.
Dark Matter K64 S DarkMatter.png Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, other forms appear in other titles Consistent villain throughout all of its appearances. An evil entity which often takes the form of a circular cloud of black energy with a single large eye and sometimes frills on its sides. Its main characteristic is its ability to engulf worlds and possess their inhabitants. Kirby often has to battle possessed characters in order to free them from Dark Matter's grasp. To actually drive off Dark Matter, Kirby often needs to use a special weapon or ability to pierce its core and defeat it from within. Other beings associated with Dark Matter include Zero, , Dark Nebula, the Master Crown (speculative), and Void Termina.

Other Characters

Many more minor characters appear in the series, and while many have significant roles in the plot of the games they appear in, their influence is only in that one game. The following navigation box lists them off:


  • In Japan, only the titles of main series games begin with 星のカービィ (Hoshi no Kābii, "Kirby of the Stars").
  • So far, the platform to feature the most Kirby games made specifically for that platform is the Nintendo 3DS, with eight entries.
  • At least one Kirby game has appeared on every major Nintendo console and handheld device (except for the Game & Watch).

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