Friday Update:HAL Laboratory Celebrates 40th Anniversary, New Kirby Game, More!

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● Kirby developers HAL Laboratory celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special website and video. The company currently has 173 employees and were recruiting for a new Kirby series project last September and promise in a recent Nintendo Dream interview that this year will be a memorable one.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate saw the beginning of the Hailing from the ’90s tournament. Check out the full list of rules, available fighters, and stages here.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will see 383 Nook’s Homes customers in the game according to Tom Nook.

● Prototype opened up the teaser website for Gunka o Haita Neko.

● D3 Publisher announced that Omega Labyrinth Life has sold over 50,000 units worldwide on Switch, Steam, and with the PS4 “clean” version.

● Preloads for Animal Crossing: New Horizons are again number one on the Japanese Switch eShop charts, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix is in second place, with Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers opening at eight. View both the Switch and 3DS charts here.

● CFK will publish the cat simulation game A Street Cat’s Tale (Noraneko Monogatari) on the Switch eShop on March 12 priced at ¥968. Check out the trailer here.

● Rainy Frog and Score Studios revealed how to unlock the secret “Piczle Cross” game inside Piczle Colors in this video.

Puzzle & Dragons GOLD updated to Version 1.0.2 with a Present Code (AAGDQ42YGVLGCTK8) which will net you 1,000 Rainbow Orbs.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the Chic Plaid Gyroidite Scavenger Hunt begin. Check out the event notes and image here.

Dragalia Lost saw Hildegarde’s and Prometheus’s limited-time stories added to the Valentine’s Confections story event revival.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Summoning Focus: Heroes With Stance Skills featuring Sutr: Ruler of Flame, Ewan: Eager Student, and Thea: Stormy Flier.

Mario Kart Tour will see the Mario Bros. Tour next week which will feature Mario and Luigi, although outfits are unknown at present.

Pokémon HOME has been downloaded 1.3 million times on mobile with an approximate $1.8 million in user spending thus far according to a Sensor Tower report.

● Nintendo applied for a Storage Box patent in Japan which aims to improve the appearance of a storage box after it has been folded. Check out the images from the application here.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order points on Comgnet are currently 232 (Final Fantasy VII Remake is second place with 191 points).

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (7974.T) stock decreased today by -150 (0.37%) in Japan to close trading for the week at 39,950.00 JPY.

● An introduction video and two TV commercials for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX here.

● Character trailers for Dracule Mihawk, Boa Hancock, Buggy, and Emporio Ivankov in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 here.

● The third introduction video for The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel 3 here.

● The Japanese trailer for Knightin’+ here.

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