May 22nd, 2014


With the release of Kirby Triple Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS, Hal Laboratory is moving on to other projects. In a recent interview with VG247, director Shinya Kumazaki and other members of his team discussed the possibility of a 3D Kirby game being released, instead of the traditional 2D platformer that spawned the series. The team seems very interested in this concept, as this was the response:

We’re really interested in making a fully 3D Kirby game! I suspect there are also more than a few users who’d appreciate being able to freely run around a sprawling map, fighting with copy abilities.

From that short description, it sounds a lot like Mario 64, except replace Mario with Kirby. Also mentioned during the interview is the urban myth that Kirby was inspired by vaccuum cleaners. Kumazaki cleared the information up by confirming that Kirby wasn’t inspired by a vaccuum cleaner, but rather a simple circle.

I’m sorry to disappoint you, but the concept of Kirby didn’t come from vacuum cleaners. Kirby was designed around a simple circle, the kind of thing anyone can draw, so that he would appeal to a wide range of users.

Some of the other design decisions for Kirby are discussed as well, such as why Kirby was painted pink instead of another color. According to the developers, pink is a color that’s approachable and enjoyed by a wide range of demographics, which is what they wanted for their game. Perhaps that’s why Kirby is always seemingly more angry in America, too.

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    MY GOD! As a HUGE fan of the series I would 100% be on board on this. Wii U please!

  • Sdudyoy

    I’ve been wanting a full 3D Kirby game for years now, I would buy it.

    • The Clockwork Being

      I just want something with the exploration and difficulty of the amazing mirror which is my favourite game. But if this can be made in 3D then I would be all for it.

      • Sdudyoy

        My favorite part of Amazing mirror is the 4-player co-op, me and my brother could be in two entirely different areas of the game, I would love if they implemented that in a new game, Amazing mirror is my favorite Kirby game.

      • Marcell Wade

        I liked Amazing Mirror alot also, I just wish Nintendo would have made the Multiplayer on the 3DS ambassador edition work, would have been more epic, my personal favorite Kirby game is Nightmare in Dreamland, I would have preferred that one over Amazing Mirror myself.

    • Oliver Barraza

      My body is so ready for this.

  • Nostalgic_Chaos

    I’d buy it in a heartbeat.
    Expect some good quality Online modes to go with it as well, like they did with the 3DS.

  • Squid

    The only problem with a 3D Kirby is that it may turn to a beat em up, unless if they limit the amount you can fly at.

  • Sam

    And I would love to play a 3D Kirby game.

  • Mario

    For the love of everything in this world Nintendo! Yes! Do this!! XD

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  • rp17

    Just imagine Mario 64 x Kirby 64!

  • Elvis Michael

    In other news, The Minish Cap is coming to a Virtual Console near you (no release date yet announced.)

  • BEAN508

    A dark and dreery version of kirby would be cool…although, totally out of character for kirby.

  • “Sean” jjbredesen

    I aprove!

  • steveb944

    I can’t draw circles. But I can definitely see myself buying into 3D Kirby! The guy needs some sort of revamp and I think this would be it for me.

  • J_Joestar

    Darn it, stop reminding me how badly i draw circles T_T

  • And we would love HAl to work on a 3D one.

  • Madmagican

    A Kirby game in a full 3D world….

    now I want it

  • Super Buu

    God, YES!! I’ve been wanting a 3D Kirby game since I’ve played the City Trial mode of Kirby Air Ride. 3D Platformers are my all time favorite game genre. Just having Mario as the 3D platformer isn’t enough. Bring on Kirby and DK while you’re at it. We’ve gotten enough 2D plats in past years.

  • Derek

    I’d buy. Kirby and Donkey Kong could use a 3d game. There has never been a 3D Kirby and there hasn’t been a 3D DK game since the N64.

    • Dean m

      A sequel to DK 64 is what I’ve wanted since the GC Came out!

    • Ducked

      I’ve been wanting another 3D Donkey Kong game for years!

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    A game similar to Super Mario Galaxy. It is a win for me.

    • Sdudyoy

      Mario Galaxy was fun, but I like exploring area’s like in SM64/Sunshine, Mario Galaxy felt more like levels, so I’d want one closer to SM64, but that’s just my opinion.

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Could happen because it will fit perfectly but man the Mario developers should work on designing the levels. Just saying.

  • ShadowLight

    To anyone who know spanish….
    This is really a hater destroying article.

  • Logan Wayman

    First Super Mario 3D World, Now Kirby 3D Dreamland! Sounds great!

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  • CaptRodgers

    I actually didn’t know there wasn’t a 3D Kirby, but I’d be down for it. I’ve always felt like Kirby was one of the most unique Nintendo titles (if not most unique) and would love to play in a 3D world. It would be great too, because the Wii U is dying for more 3D games, I can only play enough 2D platformers. With 3rd party out, I’m going to be aching for it once I beat the few games I do have.

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  • Dan

    Please let it be on Wii U!

  • MetroidZero

    Kibry Air Ride 2

    Do it.

  • I was just thinking this today! Coincidence? I think not! 😀

  • Joshua V.

    Kirby Air Ride 2

  • Clel

    Sounds awesome, just don’t make Metaknight as OP as he was in Brawl XD

    Oh wait wrong universe

  • Moyack

    it’s about time nintendo!

  • disqus_QNIAqtNpHo

    i literally dreamed about this like 3 years ago

  • lonewolf88

    they say kirby is easy to draw hes just a circle…. if only i could draw a circle….

    • Sdudyoy

      I couldn’t agree more, I have no drawing talent whatsoever.

  • MerryBlind .

    That could actually be pretty great!

  • SmashFinale

    They tried this already. And it disappointed the staff members themselves. It would have to take literally YEARS for them to make a 3D Kirby they are comfortable with releasing.

  • darkcreap

    Ummm, Kirby. Yes, I would like to see it in 3D.

  • OK, looking at all those Kirby-lovin comments here I might be the only one, but I never really got into Kirby and think he got too much credit these days. Maybe when my daughter grows older I’ll give that franchise one more chance.

  • Sean Jarret

    Hey! What do they mean it is easy to draw??? It’s very hard to draw a cool kirby!
    I spent ages drawing my Avatar!

  • Dean m

    Kirby air ride 2? Please?!?

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  • Noah

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted a fully 3D Kirby. DO IT!

  • I was saying just the other day I could see Sakurai doing a Wii U Kirby game after he has a rest after Smash Bros, seems Hal beat him to the idea, funny though how I was talking about a Kirby Wii U game though. Its not another Mario so I’m fine with it.

  • Nicolas Dorion

    I have waited for a 3D kirby game since the N64 (crystal shards doesn’t count, it was 2.5D)

    I will buy that game on day one