Trivia: Kirby

  • Development Hell:
    • Between Kirby's Air Ride and Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Epic Yarn was developed by Good Feel instead), HAL Laboratories made repeated attempts to create a home console game for the Kirby series. Their most known attempt was the Nintendo GameCube game, announced in 2004, and widely believed to be reincarnated as Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, an interview revealed that the GameCube game was only the first of four attempts at a home console game, the final being Return to Dream Land.
    • Kirby Air Ride itself was trapped in Development Hell for quite some time. It was originally intended as a Nintendo 64 game, but after spending many years in production, it was quietly canceled. It finally showed up as a GameCube title at E3 2003.
  • Executive Meddling: Rumor has it that Masahiro Sakurai left HAL because this happened during the development of Air Ride. He also didn't like the sequelization of the gaming industry.
  • Fan Nickname: King Dedede is sometimes referred to as "DDD", "Triple-D", or "3D".
    • The bandana wearing Waddle Dee that served as Dedede's right hand in Super Star Ultra was referred to as Bandana Dee, which Nintendo made canon in Triple Deluxe.
  • No Export for You:
    • One Kirby spin-off game called "Kaabii no kirakira kizzu" (Kirby's Super Star Stacker) for the SNES (Super Famicon in Japan) never got released outside of Japan due to being released there in 1998 two years after the Nintendo 64's release.
    • For lesser-known reasons, the 20th anniversary compilation-game Dream Collection didn't get a Europe or Australian release.
  • Permanent Placeholder: Kirby was originally just programmed in to develop the game around him and come up with a character design later on, but then the developers began to grow attached to the cute little blob, and the design was decided as final.
  • Shrug of God: The official word on whether Ado and Adeleine are the same character with two different names is "probably." The Japanese 20th anniversary booklet eventually revealed the two are different characters, but they're essentially the same except for their names.
  • Throw It In: Kirby's appearance was originally intended to be a placeholder.
  • Trope Namer: This series named the following tropes:
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: No, despite what Mushroom Kingdom Fusion may have told you, 02 and Dark Matter did not make any sort of "pact" with Drawcia. Nor is Dark Nebula 02 under another name. The latter theory has been officially Jossed by the Japanese 20th anniversary booklet (though it does state that Dark Nebula is part of the same species as Dark Matter). Meta Knight also wasn't possessed by anyone during the events of Kirby Super Star.
    • Funnily enough, some concept art later revealed Dark Matter (along with Nightmare) really was going to be in Canvas Curse albeit as a playable character rather than a boss, making it an enemy of Drawcia rather than an ally as the rumor claimed.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Some time during Kirby's Dream Land's development, Shigeru Miyamoto made the suggestion to Masahiro Sakurai that Kirby be yellow instead of pink. Since Miyamoto had little, if any, involvement in the games' development (Kirby is developed by HAL Laboratory, while Miyamoto works for Nintendo's EAD division), this could have only have been a suggestion. However, to honor Miyamoto's suggestion, yellow Kirby is usually the 2nd player palette swap for Kirby in his multiplayer appearances, including the Super Smash Bros. series.
    • There was originally supposed to be a Kirby game for the GameCube, but it never got released. According to this interview, there were three other unsuccessful attempts at making a home console Kirby game before Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the fourth attempt that finally brought it out of Development Hell.
    • Unused sprites reveal that Kirby was going to have a shrinking ability in Kirby's Adventure, but it was scrapped. The mechanic was later used in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror as the Mini ability. An interview in the Japanese strategy guide for Adventure also revealed some other scrapped abilities: a rocket (implemented as Missile in Amazing Mirror), an animal who could scratch and bite (implemented as Animal in Kirby Squeak Squad), and creating blocks (which has never been used).
    • Kirby Air Ride'' was supposed to have a multi-themed star shaped track, but that got scrapped due to time constraints. It was also supposed to have a much bigger City Trial; the project was really ambitious even for its time.
    • Prince Fluff was originally going to be the protagonist of Kirby's Epic Yarn; the project wasn't turning out as well as planned, so Nintendo suggested adding Kirby.
    • 'The artbook bundled with Kirby's Dream Collection includes unused character designs for some of the characters. Most notable is Meta Knight with red and black butterfly wings, rather than his purple bat wings.
  • The Wiki Rule: WiKirby, Kirby's Rainbow Resort, and Kirby Wikia, although Rainbow Resort is mostly defunct as of late.
  • Vaporware:
    • Kirby, with the addition of a pink, curly hair on his head, was originally supposed to star in a Spinoff Babies game, Kid Kirby, for the SNES; it was never finished, and all that remains of the game now are a few sprites and one stage layout.
    • Air Ride began on the Nintendo 64 and was scheduled for a late 1996 release. It went through years of delays until it was quietly cancelled in 1998. It caught the public by surprise when a GameCube version was announced in 2003.
    • When the Nintendo 64 was in development and still called the Ultra 64, one title in development was Kirby Bowl 64Kirby Bowl being the Japanese name for Kirby's Dream Course. The snowboarding mode it featured likely led to Kirby's Air Ride as described above.
    • Also, Kirby's Tilt 'n' Tumble 2 for the GameCube, using the Game Boy Advance and cable to control the same way as the original title.
    • There were several attempts to make a console Kirby game for the GameCube and later the Wii. The first of such attempts was shown in an E3 trailer, but this one fell through. The fourth attempt was finally released on the Wii as Kirby's Return to Dream Land.