One of my favorite skinners, Drazile12, strikes again with his representation of Meta Knight from the Kirby series. Aptly described by him as a “stupid fancy ball with hands”, this skin is sure to be a favorite for any Kirby or Super Smash Bros. fans!
Comparing this skin to the original Meta Knight is somewhat difficult for obvious reasons. In case you are not familiar with the character, here is a reference image of him:
As you can see he is quite… Compact. So the term “fan skin” really comes into play here in that it is a skin based off of the original appearance of Meta Knight, as you cannot change the player model. As such there are some missing parts to fill in – such as the legs, torso, and most of the arms.
With comparisons aside, Drazile’s shading and highlights are terrific as usual. The chest plate generates some serious illusions of depth, and the combination of layer with strong contrasting colors gives the wings on his back the same effect.
One might say this skin is quite…
In all seriousness, though – nine out of ten Kirby megaphones for Drazile. One point docked because some of the colors feel slightly out of place (chest plate seems a little gray in some areas, for example).
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
Who is your favorite character from the Kirby universe? Let us know in the comments below! Mine is personally a toss-up between Meta Knight and the Waddledoo.