HAL Laboratory Talks Kirby Composition

When it comes to Nintendo, they love their gaming characters. And each of them plays a special role in helping them continue to make games. Mario is the headliner, characters like Link and Samus help bring impactful titles, Yoshi and Kirby are meant to be for the younger audience, Fire Emblem Lords are for more mature gamers and so on and so forth. Each has their own special looks and history.

For the pink puffball known as Kirby though, many have wondered why he looks the way he does, specifically in regards to his feet. Well, a member from HAL Laboratory spoke on this but didn’t divulge too much…

“But I’m afraid the mysterious composition of Kirby’s body is top secret.

I would like to talk a little bit about designing the running animation where Kirby’s feet kick out into the air while running across the ground. Kirby’s body is uniquely shaped compared to us humans, but the animation we designed is reminiscent of movement that’s not so different from humans walking. It was created based on the idea of a human running energetically, with the thighs, knees, and ankles invisible, but nevertheless accounted for.”


In short, they just don’t want you to think about it too much…

“That concept has been used in drawing the movement of Kirby’s hands and feet ever since Kirby was made up of pixels. So maybe rather than getting hung up on Kirby’s soft round body, picture a lively child running around a wide meadow, then take another look at how Kirby’s feet move!”

Of course, this being the internet, there’s no way that people will let this go. And there’s been some…interesting…fan art talking about what the hero of Dream Land’s feet would look like without his “shoes”. Look it up at your own risk.

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