Fan Service: Knowing the Basics

Sometimes, fandom forgets its basics. Here’s a need-to-know of Nintendo!

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 10/16/2012 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Fan Service Masthead Column 2 Pokémon



  • Origin: A little pink puffball named Kirby was created by accident. The puffball was original just a placeholder for the creator Masahiro Sakurai and his co-horts at HAL Laboratories in place of another character. However, they grew to like the idea of the puffball and thus Kirby was born in 1992 with Kirby’s Dream Land, though his signature super power copying wasn’t added in until 1993 with Kirby’s Adventure.
  • Plot: Kirby lives in the bright and colorful world of Dreamland on the planet Pop Star. Usually Kirby’s adventures begin with him going along his merry way until adventure seems to find its own way to him. Usually, the main antagonist is assumed to be King Dedede and the anti-hero Meta Knight but it usually ends up being something more sinister and darker.
  • Most Notable Games: Kirby’s Dream Land (1992, Kirby’s Adventure (1993), Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (1995), Kirby Super Star (1996), Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (1997), Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000), Kirby Air Ride (2003), Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (2004), Kirby Canvas Curse (2005), Kirby: Squeak Squad (2006), Kirby’s Epic Yarn (2010), Kirby’s Mass Attack (2011), Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (2011)
  • Recurring Copy Abilities: Fire, Ice, Hammer, Sword, Beam, Fighter, Hi-Jump, Parasol, Tornado, Wheel, Crash, Mic, Sleep

Well there you have it, the basics of the basics. These are the things that I believe that the fandoms should know about these respective systems and/or games. Agree or disagree? Feel free to sound off your own opinions. This isn’t meant to spark any kind of controversy but more just a guide of what I believe that fandom should know about their games or systems. These are things that are mostly common knowledge, but sometimes are easily skipped or forgotten about for whichever reason. Let’s not forget the basics as we come to learn more and embrace our fandom further down the road. After all, it’s the basics that hooked us into it. So until next time, this has been Fan Service. Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.

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2 Responses to “Fan Service: Knowing the Basics”

  • 27 points
    shadownin says...

    That Darkrai in the picture should be a Kyurem because he is the third pokemon that goes with Zekrom and Reshiram who are right behind Darkei and Kyurem is the 13th strongest pokemon going by base stats (Slaking and Regigigas don’t count because of their awful abilitys). So it would be interesting to know why the person who made the piture put Darkrai there. It would also be interesting to see the piture redone with Kyurem there instead of Darkrai.

    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      The picture is obviously a parody of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, a famous painting depicting Jesus and the 12 disciples, and Darkrai is used in this version to take the place of Judas. While Kyurem fits more logically with Reshiram and Zekrom, I believe the artist chose Darkrai because of the more obvious connotations of doom and destructions attached to Darkrai, as well as nightmares, perceived betrayal and the fact it lives in shadow (similar to the lighting in which the original Judas was painted.)

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