Debut: Kirby’s Dream Land (1992)
Aliases: Masked Dedede
Availability: Starting fighter
Background: King Dedede is the selfish ruler of Dream Land. He isclumsy, incompetent and has a short fuse. Still, he demands respect from his subjects, having control over an entire army of enemies including Waddle Dee and Waddle Doo. While he is Kirby’s arch rival, Dedede has been known to act as one of the good guys if it serves his best interests.
Reasoning: With so few “big boys”, it would be rough to remove one of them. Also he is one of the main Kirby characters, and Kirby is Sakurai’s initial claim to fame.
Thoughts: The games need main villains, and Dedede is very likable even as a bad guy. I think his move set could use tweaking, as it focuses heavily on his hammer and neglects many of his classic attacks, such as also being able to inhale enemies. I would also like to see (as with most characters) more creativity in his alternative textures. Changing colors doesn’t always work so well. Especially when there is Masked Dedede or even the Robot Dedede.