Much like he soaks up enemies, one could argue that Kirby sucks at singing too. Kirby’s singing is usually so bad that all enemies on the screen will be destroyed if he slams a piercing high pitched note with the Mike skill. But now the Pink Puffball has a chance of winning a Grammy Award, even if the nomination is only indirectly related to Kirby himself.
Under the category Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella on the full list of Grammy nominees, Meta Knight’s Revenge (from “Kirby Superstar”) is one of the nominated songs. This Grammy-nominated arrangement was written by Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman and performed by The 8-Bit Big Band Featuring Button Masher. It’s a fat and funky version of the tune that originally appeared in Kirby Super Star for Super Nintendo in 1996. You can get the full record of the arrangement on Youtube.
Video game nominations are rare at the Grammys. In 2012, Austin became Wintory’s soundtrack for Journey first video game soundtrack to receive a Grammy nomination in the Best Visual Media Soundtrack category. The award eventually went to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Screens (from Nintendo Direct, September 2021)
As for Kirby, you can check out the Kirby Super Star source material on the SNES Nintendo Switch Online service. It’s still worth your time as it ranks 47th on IGN’s list of the 100 Best SNES Games. And his next adventure, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, hits Switch early next year. The game is a 3D adventure that takes place in some sort of post-apocalyptic setting, and it looks like a huge departure from the most recent entries in the series.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.