Kirby is a fictional character and the titular protagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory.
HAL Laboratory, Inc. is a Japanese video game developer founded on 21 February 1980.
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As one of Nintendo's most famous and familiar icons, Kirby's round appearance and ability to copy his foes' powers has made him a well-known figure in video games, consistently ranked as one of the most iconic video game characters.
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He first appeared in 1992 in Kirby's Dream Land for the Game Boy.
The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld video game device developed and manufactured by Nintendo.
Originally a placeholder, created by Masahiro Sakurai, at the age of 19, for the game's early development, he has since then starred in over 20 games, ranging from action platformers to puzzle, racing, and even pinball, and has been featured as a playable fighter in all Super Smash Bros. games.
Masahiro Sakurai is a Japanese video game director and game designer best known as the creator of the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. series.
He has also starred in his own anime and manga series.
Manga are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.
Anime is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from or associated with Japan.
His most recent appearance is in Kirby Star Allies, for the Nintendo Switch.
Kirby Star Allies is a platform game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo as part of the Kirby series.
Since 1999, he has been voiced by Makiko Ohmoto.
Makiko Ohmoto is a Japanese voice actress and narrator who is best known for her work in the Kirby series, Super Smash Bros. series, 'Corrector Yui, Zoids: Chaotic Century, Cheeky Angel, Cutie Honey Flash, Danganronpa: The Animation, Onmyō Taisenki, and Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits!.
Kirby is well known for his ability to inhale objects and creatures to gain their abilities, as well as his ability to float by expanding his body.
He uses these abilities to rescue various lands, such as his home world of Pop Star, from evil forces and antagonists, such as Dark Matter or Nightmare.
On these adventures he often crosses paths with his rivals, the gluttonous King Dedede and the mysterious Meta Knight, though Meta Knight can be found as a hero, depending on the game.
Kirby has been described as one of the most legendary video game characters of all time by PC World.
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In virtually all his appearances, Kirby is depicted as cheerful, innocent and food-loving but becomes fearless, bold and clever in the face of danger.