Interviews

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In interviews, the people behind the video games and other media reveal many interesing details about the creation of their works. Many interviews have also been held for the Kirby series since its early days. This page’s goal is to collect all interviews which have Kirby as their topic. Additionally, interviews about Super Smash Bros. are taken into consideration as long as at least one passage refers to Kirby. In some cases, the interviews are not “typical” ones with a questioner, but panels involving the creators only. Those are not treated separately.

The data for the interviews is mostly self-explanatory. The date applies to the release of the interview and not the day it took place, which is often not even known. If an interview is available online, the appropriate links are listed. Many interviews are in Japanese in their original version, the last column contains links to official or fan translations in English language (and, for consistency with the German version of Kirbytraum, in German as well).

Finally, a listing of interviews follows which have neither Kirby nor Super Smash Bros. as their main topic, but still include some words on the creampuff.

1990s

Topic(s) Interviewee(s) Source Date Original Version Translation(s)
Kirby’s Creation and Kirby’s Adventure Masahiro Sakurai
Satoru Iwata
Shigeru Miyamoto
Hiroaki Suga
Takao Shimizu
Takashi Saito
Player’s Guide 1993 Japan Japanese United States English
Super Smash Bros. Satoru Iwata
Masahiro Sakurai
Hobo Nikkan
Itoi Shinbun
1999-03-13 Japan Japanese United States English
(pages 1 and 4, excerpts, fan translation)
Yoshiki Suzuki
Kouichi Watanabe
Hirokazu Ando
1999-03-18
Hitoshi Kikkawa
Isao Takahashi
Masahiro Sakurai
1999-03-24
Tsuyoshi Wakayama
Tadashi Hashikura
Michiko Takahashi
Masahiro Sakurai
1999-03-30
Masahiro Sakurai 1999-04-20
Satoru Iwata 1999-04-28

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2000s

Topic(s) Interviewee(s) Source Date Original Version Translation(s)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Takashi Saito N.O.M 2000-03-01 Japan Japanese United States English
(first and second interview)
Kirby in General Masahiro Sakurai
HAL Laboratory Masayoshi Tanimura
Kirby Tilt ’n’ Tumble Toshiaki Suzuki N.O.M 2000-08-01 Japan Japanese  
Kirby Tilt ’n’ Tumble Kazuhiko Taniguchi
Iwao Masuyama
Akio Ikeda
Yasuzumi Nakai
Toshiaki Suzuki
Hiroki Sakagami
Hobo Nikkan
Itoi Shinbun
2000-09-29
to
2000-11-04
Japan Japanese  
Kirby Anime Masahiro Sakurai
Soji Yoshikawa
Keiji Nakatsuji
CBC 2001-08-29
to
2001-09-26
Japan Japanese  
Kirby Anime Soji Yoshikawa
Naotsugu Kato
Masayoshi Tanimura
Makiko Ohmoto
N.O.M 2001-10-01 Japan Japanese  
Music of Super
Smash Bros. Melee
Shogo Sakai
Hirokazu Ando
Tadashi Ikegami
Masahiro Sakurai
Sma-Bro Ken!!
(Smash Bros. Dojo!!)
2002-01-18 Japan Japanese  
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Masahiro Sakurai
Eitaro Nakamura
Teruhiko Suzuki
N.O.M 2002-12-01 Japan Japanese  
Kirby Air Ride Masayoshi Tanimura
Yusuke Kataoka
Norimasa Tanikawa
Hiroaki Suga
Kenichirou Kita
Ashura Benimaru
Sanae Kubota
Hirokazu Ando
Shogo Sakai
Shigefumi Kawase
Nintendo Power late 2003 United States English
(first page only, complete text found in IGN Forum), for example)
 
Kirby: Mouse Attack / Squeak Squad Atsushi Kakuta
Masanobu Yamamoto
Kenshiro Ueda
N.O.M 2006-11-01 Japan Japanese  
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Vol. 1) Masahiro Sakurai Iwata Asks 2008-01-22 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Vol. 2) 2008-01-23 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Vol. 3) 2008-01-24 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Vol. 4) 2008-01-25 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Vol. 5) 2008-01-28 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Vol. 6) 2008-01-29 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Vol. 7) 2008-01-30 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Kirby Super Star Ultra Tetsuya Abe
Shinya Kumazaki
Mari Shirakawa
N.O.M 2008-11-01 Japan Japanese  

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2010s

Topic(s) Interviewee(s) Source Date Original Version Translation(s)
Kirby’s Epic Yarn pages 1 to 3:
Emi Watanabe
Nobuo Matsumiya
Atsushi Kono
Kentaro Sei
Etsunobu Ebisu
pages 4 to 6:
Tadashi Ikegami
Hirokazu Ando
Jun Ishikawa
Masanobu Yamamoto
Kentaro Sei (p. 6)
Iwata Asks 2010-10-07 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Kirby Mass Attack Masanobu Yamamoto
Mari Shirakawa
1UP.com 2011-09-20 United States English  
Kirby Mass Attack Masanobu Yamamoto
Mari Shirakawa
IGN 2011-09-20 United States English  
Kirby’s Adventure Wii / Return to Dream Land Shigefumi Kawase
Shinya Kumazaki
Hiroaki Nakono
Tadashi Kamitake
ab Seite 3:
Hitoshi Yamagami
Yurie Hattorie
Iwata Asks 2011-10-21 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Reasons for “Angry” Kirby in US Marketing Shinya Kumazaki GameSpot 2014-04-28 United States English  
Kirby in General Shinya Kumazaki
Yurie Hattori
Satoshi Ishida
VG247 2014-05-22 United Kingdom English  
Kirby: Planet Robobot Shinya Kumazaki Nintendo Dream 2016-04 Japan Japanese United States English

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Other Interviews

Auch in diesen Interviews verstecken sich Infos über Kirby. Oft sehr kurz, aber nicht weniger interessant. In der ersten Spalte wird hier der jeweilige Bezug zur Serie beschrieben. Bei Interviews, die aus mehreren Seiten bestehen, sind nur Links auf relevante Seiten vorhanden.

Topic(s) Interviewee(s) Source Date Original Version Translation(s)
Mother 3, 64DD, More Games by HAL Laboratory
(some info about Kirby’s Air Ride)
Satoru Iwata Dengeki Nintendo 64 mid 1997 Japan Japanese United States English
Nintendo GameCube
(Miyamoto refers to his presentation of Kirby Tilt ’n’ Tumble 2)
Shigeru Miyamoto N.O.M 2001-09-01 Japan Japanese  
Developer Career of Hideo Hatakeyama
(info about his work on Kirby Tilt ’n’ Tumble)
Hideo Hatakeyama N.O.M 2003-02-01 Japan Japanese  
Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo
(Iwata refers to the beginnings and the success of the Kirby series)
Satoru Iwata Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun 2005-03-09 Japan Japanese  
Claude M. Moyse’s Time at Nintendo
(including the Kirby comics in Club Nintendo whose plot was invented by Moyse)
Claude M. Moyse classic-zone.de 2006-10-31 Germany German  
Developer Career of Dave Jones
(mention of the unreleased game Kid Kirby)
Dave Jones Gamasutra 2006-12-21 United States English  
Super Mario Galaxy (Vol. 1)
(the two-player mode in Kirby’s Fun Pak / Kirby Super Star is based on a proposal of Shigeru Miyamoto)
Yoshiaki Koizumi
Takao Shimizu
Iwata Asks 2007-10-04 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Super Mario Galaxy (Vol. 4)
(see above)
Shigeru Miyamoto Iwata Asks 2007-10 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Vol. 2)
(see above)
Toshihiko Nakago
Takashi Tezuka
Iwata Asks 2009-11/12 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Vol. 3)
(Shigeru Miyamoto found an earlier version of the transformation sound in Kirby’s Adventure too light)
Sanae Uchida
Eiji Mukao
Takayuki Ikkaku
Shigeyuki Asuke
Iwata Asks 2010-02 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Handheld Games of the Zelda Series
(Kirby’s guest appearance in Link’s Awakening)
Toshihiko Nakago
Takashi Tezuka
Eiji Aonuma
Iwata Asks 2009-12 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Game Design Philosophy
(Sakurai describes his intentions behind Kirby’s Dream Land and other games)
Masahiro Sakurai
Ryutaro Ichimura
Famitsu 2010-08 Japan Japanese United States English
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Vol. 3)
(Haruhana mentions his first real assignment at Nintendo, illustrations for Kirby’s Dream Course)
Kazuaki Morita
Makoto Miyanaga
Satoru Takizawa
Yoshiki Haruhana
Eiji Aonuma
Iwata Asks 2011-06 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
Wii U, Zelda and More All About Nintendo
(Miyamoto verrät, warum die neuen Kirby-Spiele nicht auf der E3-Pressekonferenz beworben wurden und wie Kirby zu seinem Namen kam)
Shigeru Miyamoto Game Informer 2011-06-17 United States English  
Keiko Inoue’s Work at Nintendo
(artwork designer Inoue names Kirby Mass Attack and Kirby’s Epic Yarn as two of her recent works)
Keiko Inoue Nintendo Recruiting Information (Japan) 2011-12-01 Japan Japanese  
Kid Icarus: Uprising
(Sakurai names Kirby Air Ride as an example for his style)
Masahiro Sakurai Iwata Asks 2012-02-22 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
(Sakurai describes the kind of disassembly and assembly for the development of Kirby Air Ride) Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English
(unlike in this game, the story normally doesn’t have high priority for Sakurai, Iwata names Kirby as an example) 2012-03-29 Japan Japanese Germany German
United Kingdom, Ireland English
United States English

For sure, these are not all Kirby interviews. There are possibly translations of Japenese interviews I’m not aware of, too. Do you know more? Then let me know!

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