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Let's celebrate Kirby's anniversary by looking back at the history of the Kirby series!
— Description • Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition

Kirby's History is a menu feature in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition.

General Information

Of the three modes in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, Kirby's History is the most reminiscent of the Kirby series' lineage. It takes place in a gilded hall with a red carpet, gold pillars, and a glass ceiling displaying space. The pillars are topped with states of Kirby, though rare statues of Waddle Dee, Rick, Coo, and Kine appear as well. Signs with years posted on them--1991-2012--are strewn across the corridor, and each is accompanied by the box of one or more Kirby games that released that year. For years that saw no releases, a gold statue of a famous character is displayed instead. The end of the hall glows with a bright light.

Pressing left or right on the +Control Pad causes Kirby to move up or down the hall. When idle, Kirby smiles at the player while facts about the selected year are displayed. Pressing the 2 Button prompts Kirby to inhale and swallow the game(s) in front of him (though he fails to inhale statues). This takes the player to more information about the games, including a blurb of details, video footage, and a rotatable model of the original packaging.

There are a few unique features in some years. The 2002 section covers Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and allows the player to view three full episodes: Kirby Comes to Cappy Town, Crusade for the Blade, and Waddle While You Work. The episodes include fast-forward and rewind functions. The 2012 section contains an orchestral video called "Gourmet Race to Green Greens: Chamber Music" and a compilation of every Kirby game released before 2013.

Content

Year Game(s)/Object Facts Images Description Information
~1991 8-bit Kirby statue • Nintendo released Nintendo Entertainment System (1985), Game Boy (1989), and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1991). KDCol NESKDCol Game BoyKDCol SNES N/A N/A
1992 Kirby's Dream Land • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Barcelona, Spain.
• Space Shuttle Endeavor made its maiden voyage.
• Bill Clinton was elected President of the USA.
N/A Kirby's first game! With simple mechanics and friendly worlds, it was a perfect starting point for action-game beginners. The simplicity of Kirby's inhale/spit attack and Kirby's ability to fly over obstacles made this a perfect game for beginners. It introduced many of the enemies and power-ups that are now so familiar to Kirby's fans. It also introduced a character who would often be Kirby's star opponent: King Dedede!
1993 Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Pinball Land • The European Union was founded.
• Intel released the first Pentium processor.
• Janet Reno became the first female Attorney General of the USA.
N/A This was the first game in the Kirby series to include Copy Abilities and minigames.

A game in which ball-shaped Kirby had to reach, and then beat, bosses waiting at the top of exciting pinball stages.

In this game, players were introduced to Kirby's famous Copy Abilities. Kirby could get 24 different Copy Abilities in this game, including Sword, Cutter, Hammer, Spark, Stone, and Parasol. This gave players a wide range of new moves to play with and made it possible to play each stage in many ways. Kirby's Adventure was also the first game in the Kirby series to include minigames!

In this game, the first to veer from Kirby's traditional platforming roots, players helped Kirby explore three challenging pinball worlds by flipping Kirby's bouncy, ball-shaped body. Exciting traps, bonus games, and enemies filled each world. To beat the game, players had to help Kirby defeat several bosses and then win a battle against King Dedede!

1994 8-bit Lololo & Lalala statue • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Lillehammer, Norway.
• A record-breaking 3,011-pounded lollipop was made.
• The first genetically engineered tomatoes went on sale.
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1995 Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Avalanche, Kirby's Dream Land 2 • The DVD format was announced.
• Cal Ripken Jr. broke a record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive Major League Baseball game.
• Nintendo released Virtual Boy.
KDCol Virtual Boy In this golf-inspired game, ball-shaped Kirby defeated enemies in stages filled with hazards and challenges.

In this fast-paced puzzle game, Kirby blasted his opponents by strategically stacking color-coded Blobs.

This game introduced new Copy Abilities and Kirby's pals Rick, Kine, and Coo to the Kirby universe.

This golf-inspired game pitted one to two players against eight outlandish courses. To complete a hole, players had to defeat every enemy on the field and drop ball-shaped Kirby into the cup. Fewer shots meant a higher score. On top of planning each shot's power and trajectory, players had to make smart use of Kirby's 10 Copy Abilities.

In this puzzle game, Kirby stacked colorful falling Blobs. By strategically rotating and moving Blobs before they hit the pile, Kirby could destroy them and set off chain reactions. This game included two-player bouts and matches against many familiar faces from the Kirby universe. It's the only Kirby game that wasn't released in Japan.

Rick the hamster, Kine the fish, and Coo the owl debuted in this game. These friends not only helped out by carrying Kirby. They also interacted with Copy Abilities in different ways, adding to Kirby's arsenal.

1996 Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby Super Star • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, Georgia.
• Nintendo released Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Pocket.
KDCol Nintendo 64KDCol Game Boy Light Once again, Kirby returned to ball form. This time, Kirby had to bounce off paddles and bash his way through blocks.

Kirby Super Star featured eight games and introduced two-player cooperative/competitive play to the Kirby universe.

Ball-shaped Kirby leapt back into action again! This time, players bounced Kirby around stages to destroy blocks and defeat enemies. A good sense of timing was essential to getting a high score. Items, power-ups, and Copy Abilities also helped players rack up points.

Eight games in one? That sounds like fun! This title introduced Copy Ability hats, which changed Kirby's appearance based on which power he was wielding. This game also gave Kirby the ability to transform an equipped Copy Ability into a Helper, which added a new kind of cooperative play to the mix. A Helper could be either controlled by the game's AI or controlled by a second player, and each type of Helper had its own moves.

1997 Kirby's Star Stacker, Kirby's Dream Land 3 • The UK returned control of Hong Kong to China.
• The first Harry Potter book was published in the UK.
• The first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, the Prius, launched in Japan.
N/A In this playful puzzler, Kirby and his friends stacked falling stars. With a Game Link cable, two friends could play together.

This game introduced new Copy Abilities and the friends ChuChu, Pitch, and Nago. It also gave player 2 Gooey to control.

Kirby reunited with Rick, Kine, and Coo to unleash their puzzle power! As blocks fell from the sky, Kirby sandwiched stars between his pals and stacked sets together. Much as in Kirby's Avalanche, the key to high scores was chain reactions.

This game, the last that Nintendo published in the USA for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, introduced Kirby's friends ChuChu, Pitch, and Nago. Helped by these new allies, Kirby set out to battle an old foe. A second player could control Kirby's pal Gooey and join in the action.

1998 8-bit Waddle Dee statue • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Nagano, Japan.
• Assembly of the International Space Station began.
• Nintendo released Game Boy Color.
KDCol Game Boy Color N/A N/A
1999 8-bit King Dedede statue • The first nonstop trip around the world via hot-air balloon occurred.
• The world's population reached six billion.
• Kirby appeared in the first Super Smash Bros. fighting game.
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2000 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Sydney, Australia.
• The International Space Station received its first resident crew.
• George W. Bush was elected President of the USA.
N/A This game introduced Power Combos to Kirby's arsenal. By combining two Copy Abilities, Kirby could do incredible things. This adventure took Kirby to exciting new planets and gave Kirby the ability to mix Copy Abilities together to create impressive Power Combos! Twenty-eight different Power Combos were possible. Each had its own special moves and powers. This is the only Kirby game to allow Kirby to use the inhale ability underwater without Kine's help.
2001 Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble • A 16-year-old successfully climbed Mount Everest.
• Nintendo released Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube.
KDCol Game Boy AdvanceKDCol GameCube This game featured innovative controls that let players move Kirby by tilting and shaking their Game Boy Color systems. This was the first game in the Kirby series to make use of motion controls. These controls were possible because the game pak itself contained a tiny motion-sensing device! This enabled a player to move Kirby by tilting his or her Game Boy Color system. Five minigames that also made use of these motion controls accompanied the main game.
2002 Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby: Right Back at Ya! • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
• East Timor became the first new country of the 21st century.
• Euro coins and notes entered circulation.
N/A In this colorful remake of Kirby's Adventure, up to four friends could play cooperatively or face off in multiplayer minigames.

This 100-episode animated TV series was first broadcast in the USA in 2002. It's been released in many other countries as well.

This remake of Kirby's Adventure included many new features, including the ability to play with up to three friends! Each player controlled his or her own Kirby, and each Kirby could grab his own separate Copy Abilities.
2003 Kirby Air Ride • The Human Genome Project was completed.
• Concorde made its final commercial flight.
• Nintendo released Game Boy Advance SP.
KDCol Game Boy Advance SP The first Kirby racing game! The Air Ride machines' controls may have been simple, but mastering them took skill and practice. Kirby Air Ride included many different high-speed racing modes. The controls for this game may have been simple, but becoming a top-scoring Air Ride racer took lots of practice and strategy. Players who were good at handling their Air Ride machines and Kirby's Copy Abilities could look forward to unlocking special characters.
2004 Kirby & The Amazing Mirror • The Summer Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.
• NASA's rovers Opportunity and Spirit landed on Mars.
• Nintendo released Nintendo DS.
KDCol Nintendo DS In this game, Kirby was split into four differently colored Kirbys. Luckily, he could call them for help with his trusty cell phone. In this game, players didn't have to defeat stages in a specific, preset order. Instead, they were able to freely explore the game's vast new world and choose their own paths to victory. Along the way, Kirby could call his yellow, red, and green Kirby buddies for help by using his trusty cell phone. Kirby could also use new powers. One of them, Smash, was an incredible combat ability that let Kirby unleash his Super Smash Bros. moves.
2005 Kirby: Canvas Curse • Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead an Indianapolis 500.
• Due to the lockout, the Stanley Cup went unclaimed for the first time since 1919.
• Nintendo released Game Boy Micro.
KDCol Game Boy Micro Kirby returned to ball form, this time to roll along a rainbow line drawn by the player's stylus in a brand-new adventure game. In this unique adventure, Kirby followed the rainbow line that the player drew on the Touch Screen with his or her stylus. The rainbow line could also be used to shield Kirby from attacks, but Kirby wasn't the only star of this game. Other familiar characters made appearances as playable characters too!
2006 Kirby: Squeak Squad • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Turin, Italy.
• Nintendo released Nintendo DS Lite and Wii.
KDCol Nintendo DS LiteKDCol Wii This game introduced the Copy Palette, which allowed items and Copy Abilities to be saved and mixed together. In this game, Kirby chased down a gang of mice who'd stolen a precious, delicious treasure. Along the way, Kirby found many other treasures, including star seals and ability scrolls. Using the Copy Palette, Kirby could save items and Copy Abilities and mix them together. This new feature introduced players to a whole new level of strategy.
2007 8-bit Meta Knight statue • The final Harry Potter volume became the fastest-selling book in history.
• A record-breaking 10-ton ice-cream float was made.
• Nintendo unveiled Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board.
N/A N/A N/A
2008 Kirby Super Star Ultra • The Summer Olympic games were held in Beijing, China.
• Barack Obama was elected President of the USA.
• Nintendo released Nintendo DSi.
KDCol Nintendo DSi This remake of Kirby Super Star included a new story, seven new minigames, multiplayer support, and updated graphics. This remake of the beloved Kirby title Kirby Super Star included the original games with updated graphics, a new storyline, and several new games. Among these new games were stylus-controlled minigames. Many of this title's games allowed several players to play together. Beating certain games unlocked special bonus content, including a hilarious blooper reel!
2009 8-bit Magolor statue • The presence of water on the moon was confirmed.
• For the first time, annual global-energy use dropped.
• The 21st century's longest total solar eclipse occurred.
N/A N/A N/A
2010 Kirby's Epic Yarn • The Winter Olympic Games were held in Vancouver, Canada.
• The first 24-hour flight by a solar plane took place.
• Nintendo released Nintendo DSi XL.
KDCol Nintendo DSi XL This game sent Kirby to a world made of fabric, where he was transformed into yarn and gained amazing new powers. Sucked into a world made of cloth by the evil sorcerer Yin-Yarn, Kirby discovered he'd been turned into yarn! In this form, Kirby couldn't inhale or use Copy Abilities, but he gained new powers and could change his shape in amazing ways. With the help of Prince Fluff, the heroic prince of Patch Land, Kirby set out to defeat Yin-Yarn. Along the way, he helped the residents of Patch Land as a friendly neighbor in Apartment 101 of Dom Woole's apartment building!
2011 Kirby Mass Attack, Kirby's Return to Dream Land • The world's population reached seven billion.
• Nintendo unveiled Wii U.
• Nintendo released Nintendo 3DS.
KDCol Nintendo 3DS This game really embraced the concept "the more the merrier." Using the stylus, up to 10 Kirbys could be controlled at once.

This game introduced incredible Super Abilities and cooperative multiplayer that other players could join and leave at will.

In this game, poor Kirby was split into 10 weaker copies of himself by the villainous Necrodeus. Using the stylus, players guided these mini Kirbys on an amazing adventure to restore Kirby to his former self. If Kirbys were lost along the way, collecting fruit restored them. On top of this main game, seven minigames added to the action.

When a mysterious traveler crash-landed on Planet Popstar, Kirby and his friends rushed to his aid, and an amazing adventure began! This game featured extra-powerful Copy Abilities called Super Abilities, which gave Kirby incredible new attacks. Kirby's inhale ability also got powered up in this game. Additional player could join and leave the game at will. Moves like Piggyback and Team Attack let players help each other through tough spots. This game also included minigames that could be unlocked as the story progressed.

2012 Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition • The Summer Olympic Games were held in London, England.
• Nintendo unveiled Miiverse.
• We celebrated Kirby's 20th anniversary!
Kirby20thAnniversary A celebration of all of the fun we've had over Kirby's first two decades. Here's to many more! N/A

Related Quotes

The disc also includes an interactive feature on Kirby's history. Explore info on his past games, and get a peek at the Kirby TV show.
— Description • Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition website

Trivia

  • When viewing them in the hall, games that are included in the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition’s Classic Games mode are denoted with a Wii Remote graphic.
  • The music played in Kirby's History is a rearranged medley of Castle Lololo's music from Kirby's Dream Land and Cloudy Park's music from Kirby's Dream Land 2.
  • The only games released at the time that are not featured in Kirby's History are Kirby's Toy Box and Kirby Slide.
  • In the Japanese version, Kirby's History contains different content. Games are given their respective Japanese packaging and are shuffled around to fit their original release dates. Japan-exclusive games like Kirby's Super Star Stacker and Kirby of the Stars: Magical Tower of Medal Land are included while Kirby's Avalanche is omitted. Several statues are removed as these were only added in the localized version to fill gaps between releases. Manga is also featured; the player can read several pages from each one. The facts listed for each year are also different to match the region.
  • It is possible the three Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episodes were chosen to represent staple characters; Kirby Comes to Cappy Town stars Kirby, Crusade for the Blade features Meta Knight, and Waddle While You Work puts a great emphasis on King Dedede and Waddle Dee.
  • Due to the "Gourmet Race to Green Greens: Chamber Music" video's inclusion, Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition is one of the two Kirby games to contain footage and/or photography from the real world, the other in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

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