He’s everybody’s favorite pink puff ball from Nintendo – and easily one of the video game industry’s most recognizable characters outside of Mario. But how many of us really know Kirby?
Developed by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo, Kirby-titled games have sold more than 34 million copies worldwide. In addition to that, he’s a regular in everything from Smash Bros. to Mario Kart.
Yet there’s more to Kirby than just a cute face and huge sales. In this article we will give you five fast facts about our favourite pink puff ball that you may not already know:
5. Named After Lawyer John Kirby
Back in the day (before they were the video game titans they are now), Nintendo was just trying to find its way in the industry. Largely controlled by Atari, Nintendo knew they needed an arcade hit that could compete with that company’s stable of great games. That’s when the company came up with Donkey Kong, an instant success. But what does Donkey Kong have to do with Kirby, you might ask? Well, Donkey Kong’s success didn’t go unnoticed by Universal Studios, the copyright holders behind King Kong. Of course, they sued Nintendo for copyright infringement and things didn’t look good for the Big N. Luckily for them, and thanks to a lawyer named John Kirby, Nintendo prevailed in court against Universal Studios and wasn’t hobbled right out of the gate so to speak. We all know the rest: Nintendo then went on to dominate the industry that Atari largely created. To honor John Kirby, HAL Lab’s and Nintendo’s character that eats anything and absorbs its powers is named after him.
4. American Box Art Often Shows an Angry Kirby
For some reason, Kirby is always angry when he makes his way over to America. Whether in some misguided attempt at making him more