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7:10 AM on 11.30.2012

Iwata casually explains the meaning of HAL Laboratory

Every Nintendo fan knows of HAL Laboratory. The guys that are primarily responsible for the Kirby series, with the cute logo? Until now, people pretty much had an idea of where they got the name, but that's about to change. I...

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Review: Kirby's Dream Collection photo
Review: Kirby's Dream Collection
by Jim Sterling

My love of Kirby is known far and wide. While the games themselves are incredibly simple, the sheer charm of the titular hero and his colorful world makes for endearing, unforgettable adventures. Kirby has also seen some of the most dramatic changes of any Nintendo franchise -- from the total visual overhaul in Epic Yarn to the ten-Kirby puzzling of Mass Attack, it's a series that's not afraid to be different.

The spherical warrior celebrates his 20th anniversary this year, and Nintendo has not forgotten. Kirby's Dream Collection is a lovingly crafted look back on the publisher's underdog hero, packed with games, memories, and even a cartoon or two. It's also better than anything Nintendo did for Mario's anniversary.

That was a surprise.

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Review: Kirby's Return to Dream Land photo
Review: Kirby's Return to Dream Land
by Jim Sterling

Kirby was in line for a Wii game years before we finally saw Kirby's Epic Yarn, a platformer that turned Nintendo's adorable pink puffball into colored string and changed the series' formula considerably. Interestingly, Kirby's Epic Yarn was not the game Nintendo has promised for all those years -- it was originally an all-new concept that Kirby had been retroactively inserted into.

Here we are, a year on from Kirby's Epic Yarn, and we finally have the game everybody was actually waiting for -- Kirby's Return to Dream Land. The pink puffball is back and ready to prove that good things come to those who wait.

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Preview: Kirby Wii  photo
Preview: Kirby Wii
by John Speerbrecker

Finally, that little pink puffy character with the suction power of a Dyson will have his first adventure for the Wii in the style of the old school games. Sure, there was Kirby's Epic Yarn, but Kirby Wii (working title) is all about the consuming and gaining of new powers.

I had the chance to to check out a few of the levels the other day and from what I played, Kirby Wii is looking really good.

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So many Kirbys! Kirby Mass Attack preview photo
So many Kirbys! Kirby Mass Attack preview
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby! Yes, I'm excited for a new Kirby game, but the reason I just repeated the pink little suckball's name is because that's exactly how many Kirbys you'll be controlling in Kirby Mass Attack.

An evil villain has split Kirby up into ten pieces, and you need to find a way to put Kirby back together as one.

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