One of the biggest noticeable differences between Japanese and American box art for Kirby games is how Kirby himself is portrayed. Often in Japan Kirby is shown with wide eyes and a certain cuteness, while in America he’s often given weapons and angry eyes to accentuate his serious side. This divide has been pretty clear for a long time, even going so far as to have a TV Tropes page dedicated to the differences. HAL Laboratories director Shinya Kumazaki explained that Japan loves the cuteness of Kirby, while Americans prefer their pink puff ball to look a little bit more serious. “For the Japanese versions we are, at [Kirby series developer] HAL, involved in everything throughout development, including the package design. The most powerful image of Kirby is that cute image, we think that’s the one that appeals to the widest audience. While it does start cute, we know there is a serious side to Kirby as well, and throughout the gameplay we see more and more of that, and the games themselves have quite a bit of depth. That being said, we recognise that Kirby’s cuteness is his biggest draw in [the Japanese] market. What we have heard is that strong, tough Kirby that’s really battling hard is a more appealing sign of Kirby, so that’s what we feature in the US.” Apparently, Americans really do love violence more than cuteness. local_offer kirby Kirby: triple deluxe Nintendo nintendo 3ds wii u stars Further Reading F-Zero X gets updated on Wii U to fix control New Zelda Breath of the Wild trailer and game Super Mario Maker Wii U vs 3DS comparison (vi Get Ocarina of Time on 3DS for only $14 New teaser site for Zelda: Breath of the Wild released How to track NES Classic Mini stock in time for Christmas Aleksandar Antonijevic k. Mayoo In other news, the sky is blue, Canada doesn’t exist and Unicorns are in fact Rhinos. 😉 andrewjcole It took awhile, but eventually, I learned to interpret US and US and Canada on this website. Moyack I like the cute kirby more 🙁 That guy who hates Spike I guess the same goes with Pit’s boxart in Kid Icarus Uprising. Gabe Hoffman Gotta love the edginess WarioForever I didn’t think of that until now. Capt. Smoker Kirby ^^ my favourite franchise from Nintendo, he’s pissed because he doesn’t have a Wii U game yet That guy who hates Spike My favorite is Mario Capt. Smoker Mario’s probably 5th on my list, behind, Kirby, Fire Emblem, Zelda & Metroid 🙂 That guy who hates Spike Have you not played Super Mario Galaxy? Its perfect. Capt. Smoker graphics and motion control spoilt it for me, I didn’t mind it 🙂 but not even close to my favourite Mario franchises, Paper Mario the thousand year door and 3d world live long in my memory 😀 Daniel Brown All the Paper Marios are so great.. except I didn’t care for Sticker Star in the slightest. It wasn’t Paper Mario at all. No story, no party members, and it wasn’t open world! Plus the sticker system with bosses was trial and error; you had to fight the boss, fail, then try and bring the right sticker for its weakness. I was totally disappointed. Capt. Smoker Completely agree, sticker star got out of hand at being complex in my opinion, too much so to be any fun at all Ony Skomer, I didn’t knew you liked cute stuff :° Capt. Smoker You haven’t seen my love heart disco sun glasses! <3.<3 Thomas Vienna That’s because the line is too long. The Clockwork Being Amazing Mirror is still my favorite Kirby game by far! That one was pretty hard and also challenging. I have yet to reach 100% on the game. Capt. Smoker I have to agree with that, still mine too 🙂 The Clockwork Being Who’s your favorite boss from the game? Capt. Smoker Lol their all hilarious in design, its always hard to decide, probably gotta be gangsta mouse in the sun glasses or the eye in the cloud xD people always rip on kirby games for looking childish but that was always the charm for me, i especially loved squeak squad on the ds, felt like the good ol days playing that, i really hope it makes it over to vc once ds games get ported over, the bosses were crazy hard despite looking too damn cute xD jjbredesen I have yet to cross 30% xD The Clockwork Being Wait did you beat the game and you’re still at 30%? jjbredesen No never beat it, i got Mario Bros 3 and Sonic the same day so i never completed Kirbey :/ , but i am replying it on 3DS VC once i am done with Minish Cap. darkcreap No news here. It is a well known issue. Same happens with Rayman Legends. Compare the US/European cases and Japanese cases: the exact same thing happens. Cute and funny for the Japanese version. Aggressive for the US/Europe version. Quite contradictory, since Rayman has a crazy mood to it. Rayman should be portrayed as happy/crazy in any case. Capt. Smoker http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_g6nr9ZaYDvo/S_FyzcuNvaI/AAAAAAAAATk/xZvgxe5UJxM/s400/peach_moe.jpg japanese kirby lol Capt. Smoker http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/036/9/2/Bayonetta_Kirby_by_Triple_Q.jpg special edition darkcreap Oh, god… Oh, god… Someone I know would love this. It is Bayonetta, right? Capt. Smoker Aye lol kirbys nobody said you could touch transformation 😉 darkcreap Ummm, wanna see her (him?) punishing King Dedede… Capt. Smoker http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/12509859133_627736d720_o.jpg the last thing you’ll ever see is Bayonettas vadge… worth it That guy who hates Spike Kirby’s a crossdresser?! Tim van Broekhoven Is that you, Kirbayonetta? Alden Youngthunder Just seen the trailer. Guess I won’t be renewing my xbl gold. Thank you basegod Alexander Kleinwechter I think its kinda sad that the US market is like that, boys think cute means for kids, wich it is, but they all kinda have the wrong view on it. Squid Couldn’t agree more. 😉 people need to find the fun in these rather than the overall presentation of it. Mario You know the saying. Never judge a book by his cover. Miles “Tails” Prower So very true. Austin Lopez Then again, if a book’s cover contained magical unicorns in it and it’s title was, “Unicorn Adventure”, I’d avoid buying it. Mario Hehe. Right. :-] Squid I dunno, the MLP comics seem well made. SpareChnge I blame the fathers. “Be a man! What’s with all this pink, cute stuff!” Peter Lythaby A ‘colourist’ once told me pink was a male colour. We ended up agreeing to disagee. Miguel Angel Barrueta Hernánde In the west, cuteness is almost always considered childish Squid Sadly, though Animal Crossing still sells a bajillion copies. Justin McQuillen What’s sad about that? Austin Lopez If you noticed, there’s a comma after ‘sadly’, implying that it is sad cuteness is considered childish, but that Animal Crossing sells a lot of copies despite it. desgraciado79 I like cute, crazy chicks. Daniel Gonzalez To be fair, Kumazaki, I don’t think making him look angry is going to help much. His cuteness still shows to the westerners. Thanks for the explanation, but Kirby looks cute no matter how you go about it. ;P WT Herrod Jr. I know, it’s sort of like “Dawww, him’s angwee” I’m a Kirby fan myself though Sdudyoy That makes sense, but I really don’t care about Kirby’s facial expression, he’ll be cute either way. Nintendofreak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghEhI4CJjAM&feature=youtu.be beware crocodileman94 Itsudemo guusukaapii hoshi no kaabii Kedo honto wa tsuyoi yo honto kana Fushigi na chikara wo motsu densetsu no hiiroo Tsuyoi hoshi no senshi yarumonda kaabii Squid Kirby. One of my favorite franchises, can’t wait for Triple Deluxe on Friday. And I think I may main Kirby as my veteran, instead of Ness or Lucario. Dark-Link73 When in Rome do as the Romans do! Noah It’s sad that western culture demands aggression. Freakin’ SpikeTV mentality. I wish Kirby could just be Kirby X3Charlie To be fair, he did say Kirby is both sides cute and serious. Neither portrayal is wrong. Virus6 So many gamers are incredibly adverse to anything remotely childish looking. I’m surprised they didn’t feel compelled to change Kirby’s color to something less “girly”. Frankie They make Kirby angry because they are afraid cute things will not sell here. Just like they told Iwata that Pokemon would not sell in the west. Ace J can’t wait till friday when triple deluxe comes out. btw does anyone know when it will be on the e shop? like will it be on the e shop at midnight of thursday night? Assassinated23 I packed you an extra pair of shoes, and your angry eyes, just in case. Shane Michaels http://bbsimg.ngfiles.com/14/19916000/ngbbs4a98aaa86b374.gif Ducked Will Wii U Daily be writing a review on this game? leo Racism? SinkyChan i think they discussed this a while back tbh. Madmagican There ya go, cultural differences (just as previously inferred by so many people) Shootdatrupee!… ‘Apparently, Americans really do love violence more than cuteness.’ You don’t say…all those godamn fps… William Cole Dude, kirby is tough as hell. Keep him that way.