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Kirby's Biggest Case (Kirbys Grösster Fall in Germany) is a 32-page, one-shot comic book story published in Germany in a 1996 issue of the magazine Club Nintendo. The comic was written by Claude M. Moyse, and drawn by Work House Co. Ltd. It is the second of two German-language Kirby comic stories that were created for the magazine, the first being Kirby and the Mystery of the Slime in 1993. Unlike the earlier story, it was completed in a single issue of Club Nintendo, rather than being split across multiple issues.

General Information

Club Nintendo was the German counterpart of Nintendo Power in the United States, and is not to be confused with the separate Club Nintendo magazine published in Mexico and Latin America, or Nintendo's defunct international customer rewards service, which was also called Club Nintendo. Although the comic was drawn by uncredited Japanese artists employed by Work House Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, it was written by Claude M. Moyse in Germany, who chose to take very heavy liberties with the Kirby series' source material.

Certain pages of the comic serve as advertisements for Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby's Ghost Trap (the European title of Kirby's Avalanche), and Kirby's Block Ball. Screenshots of each game are used on their respective pages, along with a brief sales pitch. Rick, Coo, Kine, Mr. Shine, Sword Knight, Lololo, and Lalala also make appearances. This is a significant departure from Kirby and the Mystery of the Slime, which did not make reference to any specific games, nor contain any screenshots.

According to a German-language online interview with the writer, Moyse disliked Masahiro Sakurai for unspecified reasons, and deliberately sought to spite him through the comic by "turning Kirby into a freak." However, due to the joking nature of the interview, it is unknown whether Moyse was being entirely serious in making these statements.[1]

Story

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Kirby smokes and drinks in his detective office before greeting Susy.

A parody of the noir fiction and sci-fi genres, the story depicts Kirby as a private detective in a real-world setting outside of Dream Land, populated by both humans and Kirby series characters. King Dedede takes the role of Kirby's assistant. While Kirby and the Mystery of the Slime had also cast Kirby as a detective, Moyse's characterization of him is decidedly more hard-edged and satirical. Kirby wears clothes and sunglasses through part of the comic, reads a magazine named "Playball" with a picture of a Kirby-like bunny girl on the cover, and is even shown smoking a cigarette in one panel, with a bottle of hard liquor and a shot glass on his desk. He also speaks an obscene English word while painfully falling down a cliff, in what is likely the only instance of vulgar speech in a language other than Japanese ever being used in official Nintendo media featuring Kirby. There are suggestive depictions of human female characters, gruesome human corpses, and raunchy humor, such as when Kirby accidentally barges into a women's bathroom. The overall tone is drastically out of character with any other official portrayal of Kirby.

The light-hearted mystery story centers around the supposed disappearance of Dr. Mainhold, a comic-original human character who creates a machine that allows video game characters to travel into the real world and back. This machine looks almost identical to a gigantic Nintendo 64, and its existence provides an explanation for the Kirby series characters' appearance in this more realistic setting. Another large device, modeled after a Game Boy, is used by the villain to turn King Dedede evil and make him fight Kirby inside of the game Kirby's Block Ball. Among various other comic-original characters is Susy, a female pink puffball wearing a bow and high heels, who closely resembles Kirby and is implied to be his wife. (She has no role in the plot, appearing only for a brief comedic scene.) After the mystery is solved by revealing that Dr. Mainhold had been the villain all along, the story concludes with Kirby breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to the reader, who is advised by Kirby to buy his "Kirbycool" games.

Trivia

  • Page 28 of Kirby's Biggest Case is the Kirby series' only source of the name Blockworld, the setting of Kirby's Block Ball. This place was never named in-game nor in promotional material.
  • About twenty years later, an entirely different character named Susie (the English form of the name Susy) would appear in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
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    Kirby comments on his color while stepping out of the shower. (From an unofficial English translation)

  • Vulgar language is also used occasionally in the original Japanese script of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, but it is always of a milder tone than the English word that appears in Kirby's Biggest Case.
  • Strangely, Kirby refers to himself as being white-colored, even though Kirby's color had been re-established as pink outside of Japan by the year 1996. However, Kirby's body is shaded with a faint pink hue in the comic, rather than being completely "Pearl White," as it was on the European and American box art of Kirby's Dream Land.

References

  1. Kirby's Rainbow Resort