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Kid Kirby is a cancelled title in the Kirby series that would have been released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was developed by DMA Design Ltd., a Scottish company which eventually evolved into Rockstar North of Grand Theft Auto fame. Had it been released, it would have been the only Kirby series game to be developed by a non-Japanese studio (with the debatable exception of Kirby Slide).
Very little is known about Kid Kirby. The first hint of the title to be in development was a picture of Kirby with the title "Kid Kirby" at the bottom-right corner of page 47 of a Mexican Club Nintendo Magazine issued in 1995. All other graphic material from this game is from the Flickr account of an ex-DMA game designer named Mike Dailly, who uploaded assets and concept art from the game.
The story, while presumably never fully developed, would have followed a younger Kirby who sports a curl of hair and sleeps in a crib. Familiar sights like King Dedede, Bronto Burt, the Star Rod, and the Fountain of Dreams can also be seen, but the rest of the material appears to be unique to this game, including an octopus enemy (perhaps a boss). It seems that the version of King Dedede present would have also been younger, to match Kirby's age.
Since no video footage was ever released of the game, information on Kid Kirby's gameplay is scarce. According to Mike Dailly, the gameplay would use the Super NES Mouse to click and drag to stretch Kirby out, then launch him to progress in the level, in a manner similar to Angry Birds. The game was cancelled due to years of unproductive development, which caused Nintendo to eventually end up cancelling the game as no progress was being made on it - the poor sales of the Super NES Mouse, aside from units bundled with Intelligent Systems' Mario Paint, also may have had an impact on its cancellation. A playable demo was produced, but it has apparently "vanished".
- Kid Kirby was referred to internally as "Jelly."