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Chuchu: Story Of A Cephalopod
// article by Beverley

In light of Jeff's recent Kirby retrospective, I have come to the awful realization that one of my favourite video game characters has been horribly under-represented. This adorably cute, pink, orally-fixated character of uncertain species hasn't gotten the coverage she deserves. That's right: she. I'm taking about Dream Land's sweetheart, Chuchu.

Chuchu had a short career as one of the animal friends in Kirby's Dream Land 3. She was a very flirtatious character -- winking, licking things, and she could even be used to fly by picker her up and blowing...uhm...between her legs (she's an octopus -- they have a beak/mouth down there, if nothing else). So of course, I have always wondered if she and Kirby had something going on.

So how does one explain Chuchu's sudden disappearance from the Kirby series, despite her obvious charm? Perhaps the people at HAL Laboratories felt she was too racy for a child-oriented series, or maybe Kirby was threatened by her extreme cuteness, and cut her out of the picture, fearing she would steal the spotlight. But what I think REALLY happened was a break-up. Kirby always knew there was someone out in Dream Land who was meant for him, and Chu-chu just wasn't the one.

So where is Chuchu now? Obviously, after splitting up with Kirby, her heart was too broken to continue in the series, but she must have done something!

I'll bet right now she is at the bottom of an ocean of her own tears, eating chocolate ice cream and watching Sex in the City, looking back on the magical moments she and Kirby had together: flying through the air, swinging one another when they were in rock mode... You know a man in your life is special when he is willing to carry you on top of his head, lest you get tired from walking on your little tentacles! Oh well, I doubt Kirby was a very good kisser...

Chuchu, if you are reading this right now, get over him. You don't need Kirby to make you soar! Get back up on those tentacles and get back into the gaming world! Just look at Princess Peach: she's doing it all by herself on the DS and you've got more charm than her in your little red hair ribbon! (Sorry, Pichi, but it's true: you've been outdone by an octopus.) Maybe things didn't work out for you and Kirby, but you can move on and live your life! You can meet a new man. (I hear Link is getting pretty tired of chasing Zelda around. I wouldn't mind playing Four Swords with him, if you know what I mean.) And if not, you are still a gaming star and an independent woman-octopus. Please Chuchu, we miss you. Come back!


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