Starfy Doesn’t Scowl, He Smiles Here Too

By Spencer . March 27, 2009 . 11:15am


When Nintendo released some Kirby games overseas they tried to make the cute puffball look less cute. Unlike angry Kirby, Starfy remains adorable. Maybe even more adorable in North America.


He has gentle smile on the US cover instead of the high five pose on the Japanese box art. Nintendo’s localization team also thought it was important to change the direction Starfy flies in from. The trail of bubbles suggests he swims from right to the left in Japan. In North America he corkscrews to the center. Was this change made to tell a perspective buyer Starfy has a spin attack?


The box art tells us one more, and perhaps the most important, detail Nintendo left out when the announced the first international Starfy game. The Legendary Starfy is actually a localized version of The Legend of Starfy Showdown! Dire Pirate Brigade, the latest Starfy game for the Nintendo DS. Most Starfy followers suspected this, but the box art pretty much confirms it.

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  • Hero of legend

    Eww, SMILES in MY English games? I shall not allow this!

    We all must sue Nintendo for allowing just ewwy gooey gushy-ness in our games fellow North Americans!

    Yes, I’m not serious. LOL

    • Hero of legend

      “allowing such ewwy gooey…”

      Whoopse. :P

  • daizyujin

    Starfy, my man. Great to see you on our side of the pond, just a few years and four games late.

  • MadMirko

    Better late than never, eh?

  • pressstart

    Wonder if they dubbed some of the voices, like the save mermaid going Hihi!

  • Chow

    I’d like to imagine those “spin swirls” are actually the claws of a hawk about to grab him from above the surface of the water. Because he looks tasty.

  • Mazen

    He is still smiling less! man you feel they are really trying.

  • Joanna

    finally! I never understood why they tried to make a PINK blob/ball look mean or tough. I mean those who are too afraid to play “childish” and “girly” games probably won’t try Kirby because OMG he’s PINK. Trying to appeal to that crowd isn’t going to work, at least I think. I want my happy kirby boxart Nintendo!

  • Badoor

    The developer of starfy TOSE is a very respectable ” ninja” development company that secretly worked on a lot of portable games from way before the begining of the 80s.

  • Lucky us.

  • Wishy

    Starfy still sounds weird. But definitely picking this game, FINALLY this series comes to N/A!

  • Vino (Tim N)

    …whats the point?! Why change it? I still get the whole cute playful Star-like character vibe from both.

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