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Bandai Namco releasing new Kirby-themed candy in Japan

Kirby candy!

Bandai Namco has revealed a new sugary treat for Kirby fans. The company will be putting a new set of Kirby treats in Japan on April 23rd, 2019, with each priced at 324 Yen. There's a Kirby design with 6 different faces, as well as a warp star. Check out more pics of the candy here.

Kirby Gourmet Deluxe Lottery promo video

So many great lottery goodies!

The Kirby Gourmet Deluxe Lottery kicks off at Lawson and HMV locations in Japan on April 26th, 2019. There are all kinds of fancy goodies up for grabs, and the lottery will be your only way to get your hands on some of them. Best of luck to anyone who enters!

Lawson launching Kirby Pupupu Face merch later this month

Another random assortment of Kirby goods

Lawson, a convenience store chain in Japan, has revealed a new line of Kirby merch. The Kirby Pupupu Face merchandise releases on April 26th, 2019, and includes the following.

Clear File (Kirby/Waddle Dee) – 324 yen
Face Towel – 1080 yen
Hand Towel – 648 yen
Drawstring Pouch – 648 yen
Mug (Kirby/Waddle Dee) – 864 yen
Round Storage Can (2 designs) – 432 yen
Canister (2 designs) – 918 yen
Gift Jar – 864 yen (contains candy)

Kirby Twitter shares concept art for Kirby Star Allies

These images appear to be early pieces of concept art for Void Termina, a character in Kirby Star Allies. It appears that this character underwent many drastic design changes; at one point, he was going to have a wolf head! Fortunately, the version we got now is charming, and it is cool to see how much the character has changed in development.

Fans tweak the original Celeste to include Kirby, rename it 'Ingeste'

Get your fill!

While many Switch owners are aware of the wonderful platformer Celeste, some may not know the game got its start back in 2015. The original project was also called Celeste, but it was a paired-down experience that could be beaten in about a half hour. Still, it was an experiment that paved the way for Celeste on Switch, and that goes to show how important it was!

There are still plenty of fans out there who love the original Celeste, and where there's fans, there's modders. A group of modders called Ex.ult Videotainment have put together their own unique spin on Celeste that they've dubbed Ingeste. The name ties in with the game's new main character, which is none other than Kirby! Kirby's skills make the game a lot easier to play, but the overall experience is still quite enjoyable.

Check out Ingeste for free here!

HAL discusses the design process of Kirby games, spin-off titles, difficulty, and HAL still wanting to do more with Kirby

An inside look at how Kirby games are made

Shinya Kumazaki, chief creator at HAL, has worked on a lot of Kirby games. That includes both mainline entries and spin-offs. In an interview with Kotaku, Shinya Kumazaki elaborates on the design process for some recent Kirby titles.

“For recent core Kirby titles, I come up with ideas at HAL Laboratory’s Yamanashi Development Center and we get started on small game experiments. For Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, I was aiming for simple 4-person simultaneous play using Wii Remotes. With [2014’s] Triple Deluxe, I wanted to leverage the 3D capabilities of Nintendo 3DS by having two fields, one up front and one further back, and started devising a world of floating continents that would reflect that idea. In [2016’s] Planet Robobot, we started by expanding on a small idea of contrasting the gentle appearance of the sky and plants from the world of Triple Deluxe by making a world of machines, and introduced Robobot Armor as a good fit for that concept.

I may have made the initial proposal and was responsible for the overall direction of these titles, but the ideas and feedback, the technology and the style all come together from a variety of people to complete a single Kirby title.

The core titles have an important role as the core of the series, but leave a separate role for the more unrestrained spin-off Kirby titles that are full of surprises you’d never expect to see in a Kirby game, and then these slightly more unusual spin-off Kirby games drive anticipation for the core Kirby games, which helps us get enthusiastic about developing a title that meets those expectations. The series keeps getting bigger as we fill those roles and make it more diverse.“

Working on those spin-off titles alongside main entries is important for the team, as it helps newcomers cut their teeth on Kirby games, and also allows team members to express new, fresh ideas.

“With each passing year, the development of Kirby games gets larger in scale and more complicated. Completing smaller games like these is a good experience that gives the younger staff members at HAL Laboratory an opportunity to take up a more active role. Kirby’s Blowout Blast was originally a mini-game that came about because we wanted to try out 3D action. A younger director worked hard to develop both that title and Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.“

A lot of people knock Kirby games for being too easy, and while the mainline experiences are certainly manageable for most gamers, there's usually some kind of challenging content to unlock once you wrap up the core game. Kumazaki feels this is the right approach, as it fits for newcomers and seasoned gamers.

“I think this quality of being approachable while culminating in a climax with some depth is one of the things that makes Kirby games unique. You get drawn in by the cuteness, and find yourself playing until suddenly you and Kirby are ready to face the final battle with the fate of the world on the line. Then, after completing the game, you can take on a new mode that is surprisingly difficult.”

While HAL has done a lot with Kirby, Kumazaki wants fans to know that there are still a ton of different ideas the team wants to tackle.

“I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot at this point, but in no way is our team at HAL Laboratory burnt out. There are still a lot of things I personally want to try, and I hope we can bring Kirby’s endeavors to even more people around the world.”

Kirby PUTITTO figurines: Wave 2 revealed

Hang on, Kirby!

A second wave of Kirby PUTITTO figurines will see release in Japan on April 26th, 2019. This figurines are meant to attach to mugs, spoons, tables, and more. This second series includes the following figurines.

- Upside down Kirby
- Hovering Kirby
- Sleeping Kirby
- Ice Kirby
- Waddle Dee with Maxim Tomato
- Meta Knight reading a book

Kirby Cafe remaining open until Sept. 2019

Summertime when the livin' is easy

The Kirby Cafe must be doing pretty damn well, because the closing date has just been pushed back by a considerable amount. The original plan was to close up shop in June 2019, but Nintendo has announced that the Cafe will remain open until sometime in Sept. 2019.

As of June 11th, 2019, the Kirby Cafe is going to transform into the Kirby Cafe Summer! With the Summer extension, the Kirby Cafe is going to get some new limited-time menu items, as well as new products to go along with the Summer theme.

Kirby 'Retro Lamps' and 'Side Step' plush heading to Japan

Hit my lights, it's time to dance!

More Kirby merch is on the way, with two new items revealed today. First up is the Kirby Retro Lamp series from Max Limited. These lamps will be available via claw machines in Japan starting the third week of Japan. That's the only way to get them that we know of!

Next up, Osute has revealed their Side Step Kirby plush. This is no normal plush, as it dances to two different types of music whenever someone touches its head! The songs included should be very familiar to Kirby fans, as they are Green Greens (Game Boy ver.) and Victory Dance music (Famicom/NES ver.). The Side Step Kirby plush is due out sometime this month in Japan.

Multiple Nintendo-related titles take home wins at Famitsu Award 2018, Smash Bros. Ultimate named 'Game of the Year'

A great night for Nintendo

Famitsu just wrapped their Famitsu Award 2018 event, where they dish out all sorts of awards to games from the previous year. Nintendo actually took home quite a few awards for their titles. Check out the list of Nintendo-related winners below, as well as a live-stream recording of the full event.

Game of the Year

- Smash Bros. Ultimate/Monster Hunter World

Excellence Award

- Octopath Traveler//Super Smash Bros. Ultimate/Dragon Quest Builders 2/Pokémon Let’s Go!

Rookie Award

- Octopath Traveler

Best Game Music Award

- Octopath Traveler

Character of the Year

- Kirby

MVP

- Masahiro Sakurai