Updated: Feb 10
It has been brought to our attention that a major mystery in Kirby's legacy seemingly has been solved this morning after well over two and a half decades of researching. For years, Shinichi Shimomura, the director of Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, has had no public image attached to his name. Kirby fans have been searching every corner of the internet to find any trace of who the director is, and thanks to a group of Twitter users we now have our first big reveal.
Discovered in the Japanese Kirby's Dream Course guidebook of all items, fans can now rejoice over the first two ever images to be documented online of Shinichi Shimomura!
For those unaware, Shinichi Shimomura has gone down in Nintendo history for notoriously having no documented presence anywhere online--there has never been a single photo or fact published about the game developer until now. Many Kirby fans believed for years that Shinichi Shimomura could have allegedly been an alias or pen name for a staff worker at HAL Laboratory who took on the Kirby franchise after Masahiro Sakurai's went off to pursue other projects.
A big thank you to Obscure Kirby Media & Facts on Twitter for posting the finding after receiving a submission from the artist Katie @earthbound64. If more news regarding Shimomura makes the rounds, we will be sure to keep you all updated! For now, lets finally enjoy the one photo we have of the developer and director!