He’s pink, round, cute, and adults are crazy about him.

“Now that the kids have had their fun ancient ring, it’s the turn of the real guys with… Kirby! » This meme not the only one to share on social media and signal players’ impatience Kirby and the Forgotten World, a new game dedicated to Nintendo’s little pink ball, available from Friday on Switch. Less well-known than Mario, Zelda or Pikachu, Kirby is nonetheless an iconic character with 30 years of existence and just as many games. Thus, behind its childish design lies wealth for young and old alike.

Eric is a 42 year old video game fanatic. But Kirby, he didn’t really believe in it: “I knew about the license for a long time, but I didn’t play it, I saw it as a platform game for children, a kind of even more childish Mario. So uninteresting. But rave reviews Kirby Super Star Ultra on the Nintendo DS in 2009 make him cast aside his prejudices. Surprise, revelation: “In terms of gameplay, Mario is exploding. »

With great power comes great appetite

When it was drawn in 1992 by the young Masahiro Sakurai, the future creator of the series Brothers Super Smash., Kirby’s name is still Popopo, and his form is only temporary to make it easier for the animators before finding his final look. Except that the team clings to that ball with their hands and feet and decides to keep it. Its name comes from the name of the American lawyer John Kirby, who in the 1980s defended Nintendo against Universal in the case of Donkey Kong v. King Kong. As for his power, it is limited in the first game, Kirby’s dream land on Gameboy to inhale enemies as items. Like Pac-Man then. But right after Kirby Adventure on the NES, he not only swallows his enemies, but also absorbs their powers.

The little pink ball can be a formidable sword, hammer, lasso, yo-yo, umbrella, bells or tornado, doctor, refrigerator! “The kawaii side of the character turned into a huge fun to play,” explains Eric. My wife didn’t play platformer Super Mario Bros. at NES, and a few years ago she spent our vacation at Kirby: Mass Attack. The gameplay is both accessible and rich, with just the right amount of challenge and wonder. And sometimes what the hell. »

Kirby and the Forgotten World, the first in 3D, emerges there, with evolutionary transformations and, above all, with a new power, Transmorphism, where Kirby has eyes bigger than his belly and swallows a light bulb, a car, a freight elevator or a vending machine. The result on the screen is as funny as it is practical. “Now I often look forward to Kirby more than Mario,” admits Eric. Mario as well as Zelda are Nintendo blockbusters, want to revolutionize with each playthrough of the next generation, for example super mario odyssey as well as Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch, but the playing field and innovation is more on Kirby’s side. Or other “minor”, but no less interesting and exciting characters and games, like Luigi’s mansion as well as The world created by Yoshi.

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