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Friday, August 26, 2022

Listen to the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Fest Before it Disappears August 31!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - More limited-edition listening.

As part of the Kirby 30th anniversary, Nintendo brought a live Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Fest to existence on August 11. Its video-on-demand is available until August 31, when it will disappear. (If you don't, say, save it yourself for non-infringing purposes.) Supposedly, this is time-limited all because Nintendo will make the concert available on Spotify after it's taken down, where you can pay for it there. It doesn't make much sense to me why they'd do it this way.

Feel free to skip the first 94 minutes of this. It's just a generic filler (but still very nice) jazz loop, with trailers for currently available Kirby games like Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby Star Allies, Super Kirby Clash, Kirby Fighters 2, and Kirby's Dream Buffet.

The stream then goes to the performers getting on stage and warming up their instruments, and then playing the Green Greens theme to start things off, going to the Kirby and the Forgotten Lands theme. Most of the songs are medleys of some sort, going through much of Kirby's history.

Kirby 30th anniversary music fest on screen happy arm up yay hi
There are lots of these Kirby segments where he's trapped on the screen doing something.
He's full of energy at the start, but literally falls asleep over an hour in.

The Japanese embed above has several moments of filler interactions with the giant Kirby on the screen, serving as breaks for the musicians. These also include some interactions (all in Japanese) with Kirby's voice actress. If you just want the music, Nintendo of America uploaded a playlist that only has the music. This will also disappear on August 31. The playlist also leaves out the King Dedede medley at 2:20:01 of the Japanese video-on-demand, which featured live King Dedede vocals. (Probably because that medley physically took place in the Kirby Café.)

Despite Meta Knight and Meta Knight-adjacent characters getting their own medley with accompanying gameplay footage, Captain Vul from Kirby Super Star was conveniently left out of the Kirby Super Star Revenge of Meta Knight intro clip. KoopaTV staffer Heavy Lobster got its own 40 seconds or so of music in the 2005 to 2022 medley. Northeast Frost Street, in the same medley, is probably my favourite individual performance of the whole concert. (And it has a plurality of the medley.) But the Go Go! Kirby Race Medley is my favourite segment, featuring favourites like Gourmet Race and City Trial arranged in spectacular style. Void Termina from Kirby Star Allies also got an entire (and lengthy) segment to itself (separate from the medley that the other series final bosses shared), and it deserves that.

...And near the end, for the WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD music from Kirby and the Forgotten Land, they had the diva—NEICHEL—from the game's lore (who never made an in-game appearance) who, lorewise, sung that song, actually physically appear on the stage to sing the song at the Music Fest. That's... really cool for Kirby loreheads. We didn't get to see a good look at her face. A real woman of mystery. Since she is from the New World, it's pretty much confirmed the inhabitants of that world (which has since been abandoned) are...humans. Kirby and the Forgotten Land therefore takes place way after Earth year 2022.

NEICHEL Kirby and the Forgotten Land WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD 30th anniversary music fest
NEICHEL is a human! And was physically singing at the music fest!
And she aesthetically reminds me of the generic Gremory portrait from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

You should watch the concert before it officially disappears, and report back on the KoopaTV comments section about your favourite parts. This site loves Kirby music, so listening to the music fest before it vanishes on August 31 and reminding others to do so is an important priority.

This is reminiscent of when Marvelous uploaded a partial version of the No More Heroes 3 OST on YouTube and then deleted it after four months.
Ludwig recently had listened to the Ace Attorney 20-year anniversary concerts (note the plural), and he did enjoy those a little more than Kirby's.


  1. I liked this concert and I was particularly happy that they refenced heavy lobsters theme, buuuuuuuuttttt to me it was simply nice. I really like when they do unique things with the arrangements, you should listen to drawcia's theme from the new switch game. It's the version that sounds a bit like a ballroom dance. To the best of my knowledge Kirby is one of the only series that routinely does unique things with it's old songs. This concert kinda just remined me of the old 20th/22nd anniversary one, not that that's a bad thing. I just feel it could have been so much more. Either way, thank goodness for our internet pirates, i will never understand why Nintendo and the other videogame companies take this stuff down.

    1. I was about to say, "I know Nintendo is actively copyright claiming Kirby music, including the Kirby Café music, but at least CAPCOM isn't." But CAPCOM actually did copyright claim the 2022 20th anniversary concert upload. (But NOT the 2021 20th anniversary concert upload?)

      I think Drawcia's theme from Kirby's Dream Buffet is my favourite version of it.

  2. Can they bring it all back on YouTube?

    1. They can but won't and they're being actively copyright claimed by Nintendo.

      However, some people are trying to distribute these on YouTube in a... low-key fashion, like this:


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