Nintendo's Kirby officially turns 30 today

Nintendo's Kirby officially turns 30 today

Nintendo's Kirby game series officially turns 30 today (April 27).This is the day in 1992 when HAL Laboratories' famous platformer Kirby's Dream Land debuted on the Game Boy in Japan.
Kirby came into existence thanks to a happy accident; he wasn't originally supposed to look the way he does now.The original debut game was called Popopo (Popopo of the Spring Breeze), but HAL renamed it Twinkle Popopo.
Since the character design wasn't finished yet, the HAL development team used a simple round balloon as a reference until they had time to do something more detailed.However, as development progressed, they liked the balloon and decided it looked great as it was.Nintendo and HAL decided to change the name Popopo to make it appealing to Western audiences.
As Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed in a 1993 Japanese interview, Kirby was named after a Nintendo of America lawyer.John Kirby, who passed away in 2019, successfully defended Nintendo when it was sued by Universal Studios claiming that Donkey Kong violated its copyright on King Kong.
To thank him for helping it win the lawsuit, Nintendo named the character Kirby after him and gave him a $30,000 Donkey Kong sailboat as well as exclusive rights to use the Donkey Kong name for boats around the world.Kirby remains a beloved character three decades later, as evidenced by the recently released game Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
This game was the best-selling game in Kirby's history in Japan, and it was also the biggest launch in the franchise's history in the UK.Kirby and the Forgotten Land received wide critical acclaim, and the review site Metacritic has its current rating of 85.

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