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Starfy and Kirby stamp by Miruthekirby Starfy and Kirby stamp by Miruthekirby
It irritates me when people just look at pictures of Starfy/Stafy, and immediately say stuff like "Omg hes liek a kirby ripoff ):"

And they say that just because:

1: They both have oval like eyes
2: They both end in "y"
3: They both have blush marks to make them cute

Seriously. These people think Starfy is a rip off of Kirby just because of his face. There are so many differences.

Starfy is a star-shaped yellow creature.
Kirby is a pink puff ball with red shoes.

Starfy attacks with spin attacks.
Kirby eats enemies/Uses powers.

Starfy's best friend is a clam(An epic one, to be exact. 8D).
Kirby's best friend is a piece of goo.

Starfy is a marine Platformer.
Kirby... Isn't.


If you were to play the game "The Legendary Starfy", or Densetsu No Stafy 1,2,3,4, and 5 (5 is the same as The Legendary Starfy) you'd notice that Starfy is NOTHING like Kirby compared to plot. o:

Sure, playing the game will make you think of Kirby, but it's nothing like it.

(By the way, I don't hate kirby. He's awesome. <3)

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BitStar-Zapik Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who would even think that Starfy is a Kirby rip-off?
The only similarities I can think of is that they both collected crystal shards...
MarxisAwesome Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
I've played both games, and they are very different.
In my opinion anyway...
ChaoticLark Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
I do think some of the gameplay is similar, but not a ripoff. I thought this was because HAL made Starfy....until I discovered they didn't. It's still a really unique experience though! Parts that are similar include: 
Finding chests with treasures to customize Kirby/Starfy
Transforming into forms (to a lesser extent with Starfy) with new abilities
Being eaten.....A LOT :D

But overall, they are both very different series. I just wish I could play the first few games in English.
ghostgamr Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Me too
ThePinkMonkeyArtist Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly don't get it.

I mean, what do they have in common? That they're both cute and small?! (I like both franchises, btw)
TheDarkHandy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
Who says Starfy is a rip-off of Kirby? Starfy is completely different.
EmilyTheMeowth Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you seem to have forgotten that they can both become different creatures by (sort of ) absorbing people.
Klonoa13 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
I had no idea people were even assuming that Starfy is just some Kirby Rip-Off. O.o I personally don't even see HOW the hell is he a rip-off.
Gamerboycube Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Btw. Both series are good franchises.
Gamerboycube Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Kirby can fly, Starfy can't : kirby attacks by inhaling spitting out and copying abilities, Starfy uses the Star Spin and Shooting Star abilities : Kirby mostly takes place on Land, Starfy mostly takes place Underwater. : in conclusion on the surface of the box art the two franchises may seem similar but the Gameplay couldn't have been anymore different.
MarioSonicPeace Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Agreed. I like both. :)
Breannosis Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I lov starfy💖💖💖💞💞💞💟💟💟💚💝
Pomera-CP Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually played Starfy with my old R4 with a shit tonna games on it and I don't really think he's a Kirby ripoff. He cant really get abilities on the spot, and he's technically a starfish ._.
NephilimBlue Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love starfy :O and kirby, the are both awesome!
Lola-Rola Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
1Dkitten Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what you mean. To be honest,at first I did too,but I played it,and they were NOTHING alike. In fact,I like Kirby,but Starry is way better!
legoland5254 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
I never thought of it like that....... (maybe because I've never played the game)

and if it is a rip off as people say then why is it an assist trophy in a game made by the same person who made kirby?
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I completely agree. I love them both, but it irritates the crap out of me when people say Starfy's a ripoff when he's not. :/
Ryan-of-heart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love starfy >u< One of my favorite games
ErictheLucario Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
TECHNICALLY Kirby's a rip-off of Starfy.
Lola-Rola Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
ErictheLucario Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Kirby and Starfy use similar engines, but Kirby was made 'basically' as a Starfy-before-Starfy with an extra ability. I like both, though.
Lola-Rola Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Ok then.
CatGengar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Glad I'm not the only who likes Moe... XD
thegirlwiththedisxl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Artist
DarkKirbysStuff Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
They're completely different games.
By the way,Kirby is made by Nintendo and HAL.
and Stafy is made by Nintendo and TOSE.
So they're not made by the same staff or persons.
Even when a game is made only by Nintendo,there are different persons making each game.
Nintendo is not a person but,a bunch of persons.
It's just like saying,every Mario music could be played in Zelda because they're made by Nintendo.
There are different composers,artists,graphic designers.
StudioKinbla Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Whenever I play Starfy, I always think of Kirby. They even sound the same! BUT! Doesn't mean I can't love them both. Starfy is its own thing. :D
KirbyKips Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
I don't see why it would be.
pinkcake1234 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really hate it when people call Starfy a rip-off :I

I love them both <3

Starfy and Kirby both have really great games, and their both equally adorable in my opinon, I was actually hoping they would pair these two up in a game or something XD
A-Lucky-Mutt Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
how can people say that starfy is like kirby...?(i haven't played much of starfy-but the little bit i have played isn't like the kirby games.)
penelopeham19 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Starfy Fan: You're so mean, @HopCE! :angered: Starfy is cuter than Kirby!
JK I do like both Kirby and Starfy though. ^^
Bunny-Kirby Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist


Awajuk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
87SilverStar78 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why couldn't the other 4 stafy games come to america? WHY?!?!?! :crying:
SkyStar12 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well,most of the dialogue may contain profanity. I admit,the game was fun (I have the japanese game.I had to guess what they were saying so I had a bit of difficulty), but the opening song was in japanese, and the translators probably couldn't find someone with the close to the voice,OR, they had no clue what the game was saying.
sonicrunne2010 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree with u just because u has he eyes and blush like kirby dousnt mean he rip off kirby if he had the same powers as kirby now thats a rip off :iconthumbsupplz:
TheBeatlesPkmnFan42 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. Why the fuck would Nintendo rip themselves off?! Sheesh. Both are awesome, and people need t stop being butthurt over the smallest of things.
penelopeham19 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I agree. Starfy isn't a Kirby ripoff. Why do people think that? I really don't. :(
nadiya2000 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
deathtofiremen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I agree but who is the goo that is Kirby's best friend?
SStarling Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's Gooey.
deathtofiremen Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh I know that guy just didn't know where he came from he is awesome
Ashyqt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Starfy is better than Kirby. :C
Lola-Rola Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Even though I find kirby better,I respect your
opinion. :)
Foxybus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
true. oh and kirbys aslo friends with a yarn boy named prince fluff XD
ShadowLugiaFemale Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
these brothers xD
Tails-155 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While I agree, that Starfy is not a ripoff (first and foremost, both have DRASTICALLY different gameplay mechanics). However, they DO both have very similar feel and aesthetic.
CandiceCandy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I agree
parrothead1983 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
The Starfy series was actually developed not only by Nintendo but also especially TOSE, while the Kirby series was developed mostly by HAL Laboratory for Nintendo.

During my high school years, I was kind of obsessed with the Kirby series while its anime was airing in the U. S.. Some people in high school compared him to Pikachu, because of the typical Japanese cuteness.

At the same time, I saw the first Starfy title on Nintendo's Japanese website (when I first begin to notice the existence of Japan-only video games), then played it around 2004-2005, and Kirby never popped up in my mind until I heard many people online comparing both franchises to each other.

The Starfy series creators said they started it as a balloon platformer, but thought it would turn out better as a marine platformer. They most likely focused on original ideas and never brought up even Nintendo's old ideas.

The Starfy and Kirby franchises are most likely a coincidence, much like The Pickford Bros. saying that Plok was never influenced by UbiSoft's Rayman because of their similar arm and leg abilities.


Saying that Starfy only has spinning is like saying that Spider-Man only has web shooting, without knowing that they have a few more stuff, but not as many as Kirby. But sometimes having more moves is unnecessary.

Starfy's "dumbness" that you are referring to is a cute kind, much like seeing cute manga / anime characters (most notably female ones) with similar kinds of cute dumbness. Some examples include the female characters of K-ON!, Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh! and Nichijou.
DreamyDawn65 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While I do think they are similar in appearance, I absolutely did not think there were any Kirby references when I first played a Starfy game.

Kirby games are platformers that differ from the Mario series, due to the ability to inhale and absorb abilities. Not a lot of levels take place in the ocean in a Kirby game (...except Dream Course).

Legend of Starfy takes platformers in an oceanic environment. Very cartoony point of view, but both games are dark in their own way.

...When did people make this up in the first place?
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