As Nintendo’s poster child for all things cute and cuddly, Kirby came from humble beginnings. By the early ‘90s, most of the more popular platformers like Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man were well along in their sequels and had grown in length and complexity. Long-time developer HAL Laboratory decided to make a game that was super simple, brief, and would appeal specifically to the novice players out there. Originally, they created Kirby as a placeholder character until they could come up with something better. However in the end, they loved Kirby so much that they decided to just name the game after him and in 1992 HAL released Kirby’s Dream Land on the Game Boy-- of the most important games of their career.