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Nintendo and HAL Laboratory have three Kirby games on 3DS to celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe is out now. A new multiplayer action game will follow later in the year. In between the two is Kirby’s Blowout Blast, coming to the 3DS eShop this summer.

In Nintendo Dream this month, when asked how Kirby’s Blowout Blast compares to the sub-game Kirby 3D Rumble in Kirby: Planet Robobot, HAL Laboratory’s Shinya Kumazaki answered that while both are digital games, the former will have an overall volume that’s more like a normal packaged release. The sub-game was made more as an experiment on seeing whether the epitome of Kirby games can be enjoyed in 3D. They had been receiving requests to create a 3D game, and Kumazaki also wanted to challenge himself in making it.

The third “Kirby: Planet Robobot Ask-a-thon” was hosted on Miiverse earlier today. Once again, director Shinya Kumazaki fielded questions from fans. Kumazaki talked about topics such as copy abilities, characters, difficulty, and more.

For those that missed it, you can find the previous two Miiverse sessions here and here. The latest one can be found in full after the break.

Earlier today, the second “Kirby: Planet Robobot Ask-a-thon” was hosted on Miiverse. Just like last time, director Shinya Kumazaki took on several fan questions.

This week’s discussion has a lot of talk about Meta Knight and some story elements. There’s also a little bit on music, but that will be saved mostly for the next ask-a-thon.

You can read all of Kumazaki’s comments below.

Over on Miiverse, the first “Kirby: Planet Robobot Ask-a-thon” was hosted yesterday. Fans were able to ask director Shinya Kumazaki several questions about the game.

In the new Q&A, Kumazaki talked about the game’s name, how long it took to develop, a scrapped idea involving the story, and more. Head past the break for all of Kumazaki’s comments.

Kirby: Planet Robobot launched in North America and Europe on Friday. To celebrate, director Shinya Kumazaki posted a message on Miiverse.

Kumazaki talked about Planet Robobot itself before moving on to Kirby in general. He mentioned the series’ 25th anniversary coming up next year and HAL’s plans “to keep taking the Kirby series to new heights for years to come”.

We’ve posted the full message below.


Last month’s issue of Nintendo Dream contained a noteworthy interview with Kirby: Planet Robobot director Shinya Kumazaki. It was very insightful, with Kumazaki discussing topics like the story, characters, Robobot Armor, and abilities. He also delves a bit into the game’s origins and reveals that Planet Robobot was originally intended to be more along the lines of “Kirby Triple Deluxe 2”. On top of that, we have an interesting image at the end of the post.

We’ve rounded up a bunch of the questions and answers from Nintendo Dream’s interview. Head past the break to read our translation full.

As the first Kirby game shipped in 1992, the character (and the franchise overall) is celebrating its 23rd birthday this year. Developer HAL Laboratory decided to post a special message on Miiverse in honor of the occasion. Head past the break for the full note from Kirby Triple Deluxe director Shinya Kumazaki.

Kirby Triple Deluxe celebrated its first anniversary on May 2. Intelligent Systems celebrated the occasion with a special post on Miiverse, and director Shinya Kumazaki explained how the game’s name came about.

Here’s what was shared:


GameSpot has a new interview up with the developers behind Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Supervisor Kazuhiro Yoshikawa, art director Teruhiko Suzuki, director Kazushige Masuda, and HAL Laboratory’s Shinya Kumazaki participated in the discussion.

Read on below for some comments from the various developers. You can also find GameSpot’s full feature here.

VG247 has published a new interview with Kirby Triple Deluxe director Shinya Kumazaki, HAL Laboratory managing director Yurie Hattori, and the team’s public relations staff Satoshi Ishida. One of the more interesting responses came about when Kumazaki and Hattori were asked about potential interest in making a fully 3D Kirby game somewhat like Super Mario Galaxy.

Both of the Kirby devs expressed significant interest in creating such a title, with Kumazaki stating that he believes “there are also more than a few users who’d appreciate being able to freely run around a sprawling map, fighting with copy abilities.” He also said, “I hope that one of our next challenges will be to produce a Kirby game in full 3D that still maintains the same depth of play our fans have come to expect.”

Check out Kumazaki and Hattori’s complete comments below.

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