Nintendo Direct is a series of broadcasted video presentations which Nintendo produces on a semi-frequent and irregular basis in order to promote specific games, consoles, events, or other products and services. These videos are typically posted for viewing on Nintendo's official web-site and/or their YouTube channel, and sometimes broadcasted live, often featuring senior members of the company and lead developers for games and other products as announcers, hosts, or guests. Often, Directs will have a specific theme, whether they be focused on specific consoles, a specific game or category of games, or tied in to a special event such as E3. The first Nintendo Direct was released in October 2011, with each subsequent year seeing at least a few presentations.
List of Nintendo Directs featuring Kirby content
There have been many dozens of Nintendo Direct presentations since 2011, but only a handful have featured Kirby series content. Directs with major Kirby series game or other product reveals/tie-ins are as follows:
|Nintendo Directs highlighting Kirby content|
|Nintendo Direct - June 21, 2012||Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition||This Direct revealed Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition for the Wii, showing gameplay, its various modes, and revealing its release date for September 16 that same year.|
|Nintendo Direct - October 1, 2013||Kirby: Triple Deluxe||This Direct served as the initial announcement for Kirby: Triple Deluxe on the Nintendo 3DS, showing about a minute of gameplay footage. The title was not finalized at the time, simply being referred to as Kirby for Nintendo 3DS.||The music that played during the Kirby section is the arrangement of the Green Greens theme from Dedede's Drum Dash.|
|Nintendo Direct - December 18, 2013||Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U||This Direct featured a section on Kirby: Triple Deluxe, revealing the game's name for the first time. Satoru Iwata described the game's features, including the foreground-background mechanic, Hypernova, and the four new Copy Abilities: Beetle, Bell, Circus, and Archer. Also introduced were the game's Sub-Games: Kirby Fighters and Dedede's Drum Dash. The release window was set for the year 2014.|
|Nintendo Direct - February 13, 2014||Kirby: Triple Deluxe, NES Remix 2||This Direct featured a section on Kirby: Triple Deluxe, focusing on details of the game such as ability moves, Keychains and Sun Stones, StreetPass, and Assist Stars. The game's release date was also announced.
Later in the Direct, NES Remix 2 was announced, which features content from Kirby's Adventure.
|Play Nintendo - Nintendo E3 Digital Event - June 10, 2014||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||This Direct revealed Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for the first time, showing gameplay footage and setting the release window for 2015.|
|Nintendo Direct - November 5, 2014||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, NES Remix Ultimate, Mario Kart 8||This Direct showcased more details on Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, explaining the basic controls for the game, revealing the multiplayer functionality, showcasing the Kirby Tank, and mentioning amiibo compatibility. The release window was also narrowed down.
In addition, NES Remix Ultimate was showcased, which features content from Kirby's Adventure. The Kirby suit for Mario Kart 8 was also briefly showcased.
|Nintendo Direct - January 14, 2015||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||This Direct showcased more details on Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, discussing collectable Treasure chests, the Figurines, and amiibo functionality. The release date was also set.|
|Nintendo Direct - March 3, 2016||Kirby: Planet Robobot||This Direct revealed Kirby: Planet Robobot for the first time. Gameplay footage was shown, along with the Doctor Copy Ability, the Robobot Armor, and amiibo functionality. The Sub-Game Team Kirby Clash was also shown. The release date was also revealed, followed by the Kirby series amiibo line.|
|Nintendo Direct - April 12, 2017||Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Kirby's Blowout Blast, Kirby Battle Royale||This Direct revealed Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Kirby's Blowout Blast back-to-back as part of Kirby's 25th anniversary celebration. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe released later that day while Kirby's Blowout Blast was set to release in the summer. Lastly, Kirby Battle Royale was teased to release that holiday season, albeit without its name being revealed; no further information on the game was given besides that it would be focused on multiplayer.|
|Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 - June 13, 2017||Kirby Star Allies||This presentation revealed Kirby Star Allies (known then as Kirby for Nintendo Switch) for the first time, showcasing the co-op multiplayer and some of the Friend Abilities.|
|Nintendo Direct - September 13, 2017||Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies||This Direct revealed Kirby Battle Royale, showcasing gameplay of the Battle Arena, Ore Express, Robo Bonkers, Rocket Rumble, and a preview of the story mode. The game was also shown to have online multiplayer and a release date was given.
Later on, Kirby Star Allies was showcased, revealing the game's name and more gameplay footage. The release window was also set for Spring 2018.
|The Copy Ability Poll was also briefly mentioned.|
|Nintendo Direct Mini - January 11, 2018||Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby Star Allies||This Direct featured a brief segment on Kirby Star Allies, where the Artist and Spider abilities were introduced, along with the names of certain Friend Abilities, and more bosses and gameplay footage. Francisca and Hyness were also briefly shown for the first time here, though only the former was named. The release date was also set.
The demo for Kirby Battle Royale was also briefly mentioned.
|Nintendo Direct - March 8, 2018||Kirby Star Allies||This Direct revealed more details about Kirby Star Allies, showcasing the Dream Friends in the base game along with the Wave 1 DLC which would release two weeks after the initial release date.|
|Nintendo Direct - September 13, 2018||Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn||This Direct revealed Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, showcasing the new Ravel Abilities, Devilish Mode, and the Sub-Games Dedede Gogogo and Slash & Bead. The release window was set for 2019.|
|Nintendo Direct - September 4, 2019||Super Kirby Clash||This Direct revealed Super Kirby Clash, showcasing gameplay and announcing the game to launch later that day.||The reveal trailer incorrectly referred to Sword Hero as "Blade Hero".|
|Nintendo Direct - September 23, 2021||Kirby and the Forgotten Land||This Direct revealed Kirby and the Forgotten Land, showcasing gameplay and announcing the game to launch in Spring 2022.|
|Nintendo Direct - February 9, 2022||Kirby and the Forgotten Land||This Direct revealed several new features in the game, including Mouthful Modes and Evolved Copy Abilities.|
|Nintendo Direct - September 13, 2022||Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||This Direct revealed Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, showcasing the new art style, a new Copy Ability called Mecha, as well as showcasing new and remade Sub-Games added to the game. It also revealed the release date: February 24th, 2023.|
Additionally, other Nintendo Directs have featured Kirby content, though usually only as small cameos, references, or in relation to a separate game series (the most obvious examples being Directs focusing on the Super Smash Bros. games and amiibo). Some of the more notable minor appearances of Kirby series content are as follows:
- Wii U Direct - January 13, 2013: Kirby's Adventure was mentioned as one of the Virtual Console titles which would be available for Wii U, releasing in April that year.
- Nintendo 3DS Direct Presentation - April 17, 2013: Kirby's Adventure was again mentioned as one of the Virtual Console titles which would be available for Wii U.
- Nintendo Direct @ E3 2013: Kirby appeared in promotional material for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
- Super Smash Bros. Direct - April 8, 2014: Masahiro Sakurai discussed changes to Kirby and King Dedede's move-sets in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, among other subjects relating to those games.
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50-Fact Extravaganza - October 23, 2014: The Great Cave Offensive stage was discussed in detail, along with other details for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
- Nintendo Direct: E3 2018 - June 12, 2018: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was fully revealed, and mentioned changes to Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight along other details.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct - August 8, 2018: King Dedede played a role in the reveal trailer for King K. Rool.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct - November 1, 2018: Kirby played a role in the World of Light reveal trailer.
- Nintendo Direct for E3 2019 - June 11, 2019: A copy of Meta Knight played a role in the reveal trailer for Hero.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents "Min Min" - June 22, 2020: Kirby played a role in the reveal trailer for Min Min.
- Nintendo Direct - E3 2021 - June 15, 2021: Kirby played a role in the reveal trailer for Kazuya.