Four long lost Kirby minigames have been saved by preservationists online.
“Kirby no Omocha Hako”, or Kirby’s Toy Box was a title for a the Satellaview, an old peripheral for the Super Famicom. The add-on allowed games to be downloaded via satellite (that’s miraculous pre-internet transmission) and KTB was one such title which hasn’t seen the light of day in some time.
Matthew Callis encountered a seller online who had four of the ten mini-games in their possession. These included “Circular Ball”, “Cannon Ball”, “Pachinko”, and “Arrange Ball”. Fellow fan Frank Cifaldi saw the preservationist’s plight and sent out a message asking other enthusiasts of old gaming treasures online to help Callis win the bid. Thanks to some assistance from donors, the games were secured at the price of 85,500¥ (£665).
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“We do stuff like this all the time,” Cifaldi told Kotaku. “But preserving a slight ROM variation for the European version of a common game isn’t as sexy as a Kirby game that was genuinely considered lost.”
The Satellaview went on sale in 1995 but was discontinued in 2000 as its use declined. In 1997 over 100,00 users were subscribed to the service, but given the total 17.7 million sales of the Famicom in Japan, the adoption rates aren’t particularly high. Who knows what other treasures may still be out there and seeking a buyer who will protect them for posterity.