Nintendo Turn Kirby Square For April 1st!

Nintendo’s first April Fools’ Day joke is to turn Kirby square. They have also altered the artwork for the past two games. Qbby has followed up with turning round! Obviously this is not a permanent fixture. Pictures below…

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Kirby Gourmet Deluxe Lottery

Bandai Spirits have announced a Hoshi no Kirby Gourmet Deluxe lottery beginning on 26 April at Lawson, HMV, and select book and game stores across Japan. For ¥650 per entry, you can win a Cook Kirby plushie, Cook Kirby noodle timer, Pupupu fondue pen, a pair of Kirby glasses, pixellated Kirby glass containers, gourmet keychains, a lunch towel collection, some small plates, and a Kirby & Maxim Tomato plushie! More pictures added below…

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Favourite Videogame Characters*

  1. Kirby (Kirby) – 111
  2. Link (The Legend of Zelda) – 90
  3. Pikachu (Pokémon) – 81
  4. Mario (Super Mario)
  5. Sans (UNDERTALE)
  6. Luigi (Super Mario)
  7. Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
  8. Meta Knight (Kirby)
  9. Chrom (Fire Emblem)
  10. Eevee (Pokémon)
  11. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  12. Inkling (Splatoon)
  13. Waddle Dee (Kirby)
  14. Yoshi (Super Mario)
  15. Magolor (Kirby)
  16. Samus Aran (Metroid)
  17. Frisk (UNDERTALE)
  18. Corrin (Fire Emblem)
  19. Papyrus (UNDERTALE)
  20. Pit (Kid Icarus)

* as popular with the readers of Nintendo DREAM magazine, and taken from the May 2019 issue. Only the first three characters have their points revealed. You can buy physical copies of Nintendo DREAM here – use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!

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New Kirby Quick Pouches And Protector Sets 

Keys Factory are releasing a new batch of Kirby Quick Pouches and Protector Sets for Nintendo Switch in June. Preorder Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Red) here, Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends) here, Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Red) here, and Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends) here. More pictures added below…

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Quick Pouch for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Red)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

Kirby Star Protector Set for Nintendo Switch (Pupupu Friends)

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Kirby’s Epic Extra Yarn Magazine Advert

Full page magazine advert for Keito no Kirby Plus (Kirby’s Epic Extra Yarn) taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Order physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!

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Kirby’s Epic Extra Yarn Sells 10k!

This week’s Media Create charts saw Devil May Cry 5 debut at number one with 116,202 units sold. Keito no Kirby Plus (Kirby’s Epic Extra Yarn) opened with just 10,607. Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 69,766 units sold, whilst Nintendo 3DS sold 5,718 units.


Next week will see BLADE ARCUS Rebellion from Shining, Caligula Overdose, DESTINY CONNECT, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de6 DX, Sengoku Musou4 DX, and Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo YU-NO. Full Nintendo charts posted below the bump…

  1. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Switch) – 23,407 / 2,932,439
  2. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – 20,101 / 499,543
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 12,301 / 2,166,999
  4. Pocket Monsters: Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee (Switch) – 11,394 / 1,526,105
  5. Keito no Kirby Plus (3DS) – 10,607 / NEW
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) – 9,838 / 1,317,346
  7. Super Mario Party (Switch) – 9,230 / 1,046,789
  8. Minecraft (Switch) – 8,350 / 632,871
  9. Splatoon 2 (Switch) – 7,739 / 2,955,316
  10. Kirby Star Allies (Switch) – 2,788 / 740,899
  11. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) – 2,693 / 1,960,058
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Nintendo eShop Update

Only nine games are currently scheduled for release on the Nintendo eShop in Japan next week including the pictured above Keito no Kirby Plus (Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn) from Nintendo. Check out the current list of software below, and buy your Nintendo eShop Cards here!

Nintendo 3DS Retail/Download

Keito no Kirby Plus (Nintendo) ¥5,378

Nintendo Switch Download Only

99 Seconds (Starsign) ¥300

Assault Android Cactus+ (PLAYISM) ¥1,980

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (FDG Entertainment) ¥1,480

Passpartout:Artist no Kaita Yume (Flamebait) ¥1,099

R.B.I. Baseball 19 (MLBAM) ¥3,500

Reverie: Sweet As Edition (eastasiasoft) ¥1,480

The Shrouded Isle (Kitfox Games) ¥1,480

Arcade Archives IKARI (Hamster) ¥823

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Kirby Voted Most Popular Character Of All-Time!

The 300th issue of Nintendo DREAM is out today in Japan for the magazine which originally launched in 1996 as The 64 DREAM. The theme of this month’s issue is what character readers liked most in their life? Kirby (pictured above) was the winner, the full top 20 posted below. Buy physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!

20. Peach (Super Mario)

19. Samus (Metroid)

18. Frisk (UNDERTALE)

17. Ness (EarthBound)

16. Sans (UNDERTALE)

15. Daisy (Super Mario)

14. Ike (Fire Emblem)

13. Eevee (Pokémon)

12. Inkling (Splatoon)

11. Undyne (UNDERTALE)

10. Fox (Star Fox)

09. Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)

08. Luigi (Super Mario)

07. Magolor (Kirby)

06. Marth (Fire Emblem)

05. Meta Knight (Kirby)

04. Link (The Legend of Zelda)

03. Pikachu (Pokémon)

02. Mario (Super Mario)

01. Kirby (Kirby)

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Sakurai Discusses 20th Anniversary Of Smash

In notes from the Masahiro Sakurai column in Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1576: he discusses the 20th anniversary of the Super Smash Bros. series and notes that children who played the N64 original Smash are now old enough to play with their own children!

He also notes that he’s been developing games for 30 years, including the original Kirby game, and writing Famitsu columns for 17 years (573 thus far!). Sakurai also notes that he’s also ageing and questions how many years and games he has left.

Thanks to PushDustIn.

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Side Step Kirby Plushie

Ost are releasing the above Kirby’s Dream Land Plush: Side Step Kirby in late April. Touch Side Step Kirby’s head and “Green Greens” or “Clear Dance” will play! Side Step Kirby will then move step by step to the side whilst the music is playing! Batteries and screwdriver required (not included). Preorder here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off. Video added below…

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Thursday Update:Kirby 3DS Demo Releases In Japan And Europe, Plus Much More News!

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● Nintendo published a demo for perhaps their last Nintendo 3DS title Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn on the eShop today in both Europe and Japan (where it is known as Keito no Kirby Plus). The demo requires 832 blocks, is limited to 20 plays and lets you play two levels of the game with two difficulty settings. Check out the game introduction video and amiibo introduction video at this post.

● Nintendo of America announced a new limited-time Nintendo Switch bundle for sale on 15 February in the U.S. priced at $299.99, and which includes a $35 Nintendo eShop Download Code.

● Rounding up the first round of the ARMS Party Crash Bash tournament will be Mechanica vs Master Mummy with the theme of ‘Heavyweight Clash’ beginning on 15 February. The winner will take on Dr. Coyle in the second round!

● H2 INTERACTIVE announced they will be localising the 2D tower-building simulation game Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition for Japan on 25 April priced at ¥5,184. Box art posted here.

● Koei Tecmo Games announced that Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland will release on 21 May in North America and 24 May in Europe (the Japanese Lulua no Atelier ~Arland no Renkinjutsushi4 launches on 20 March).

● PQube Games announced the visual novel game Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa! for 2019 release in the West on Switch, PlayStation4 and Steam. Announcement trailer here.

● Chucklefish today published the acclaimed strategy RPG Wargroove on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at ¥2,050 with multiple language support (including English!).

● Gameloft announced that the FPS Modern Combat Blackout will release on the Nintendo Switch eShop next week (14 February in Europe and 15 February in Japan) priced at £19.99/¥2,400.

● Today’s Hamster livestream revealed no new games but did reconfirm Arcade Archives IKARI (Ikari Warriors) so a release date is likely expected within the next few weeks.

● CyberStep have updated Akatsuki no Breakers (Dawn of the Breakers) where you can now link with the smartphone version of the game and vice-versa. By linking your accounts, you will receive a 100 Spirit Gem present.

Mechanic Arms sent a mystery tweet of “2019.02.14? ¥540”. The company have planned three titles for this year with codenames of ■, S, and3.

● Compile Heart’s Genkai Tokki Moero Chronicle H (Moero Chronicle Hyper) became the second Nintendo Switch title after Taisen Hot Gimmick: Cosplay-Jan for Nintendo Switch to see its main eShop image censored. Both images added to this post.

● Kadokawa Games announced that Langrisser I&II will be available to preload on the Japanese Switch eShop on 28 February with a ¥500 discount. A demo is now available.

● Nintendo updated Mario & Luigi RPG3 DX (Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey) to Version 1.1 that fixes an issue where the player sometimes got stuck on a certain map when controlling Luigi.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp players received a best-friend confection for you to give to any animal at your campsite or cabin. Image here. Your favourite animal will then gift you something in return!

Dragalia Lost sees the Catch-Up Campaign today – if you clear all of the daily endeavours, you can earn 100 wyrmite each day for a total of 1,500 during the campaign period! All Catch-Up Campaign endeavour details posted here.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw its large Version 3.2.0 update adding the Dragon flower item, Heroic Ordeals and more. Check out more information (including the new 2nd Anniversary app icon) at this post. Also today is Bound Hero Battle: Hector and Matthew, a new map in Tactics Drills: Skill Studies, and the Find & Vote Heroes event has become Feh Fever. Owain also defeated Corrin in the final of Voting Gauntlet: Mothers and Sons.

● Check out this week’s Famitsu Most Wanted here with Animal Crossing on top and a new entry for Darius Cozmic Collection. Also check out this week’s Famitsu software charts here with four new entries on Nintendo Switch!

● Sega Centers today have two new UFO catcher plushies with the Splatoon 2 × Hello Kitty Tentacles Mascot (pictured here) featuring Pearl and a pale Marina.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares dropped by a further -0.64% today to close trading at ¥29,315.00.

● A Dragon Marked For Death Soundtrack was announced for 01 March with full orchestra, 16 page booklet and cover posted here priced at ¥4,320.

● A SEGA AGES OutRun -Music Collection- soundtrack was also announced for 06 March with 15 songs including four new ones. Cover posted here.

● Capcom’s Hidaki Itsuno speaks to VG247 talks about the possibility of Dante in Super Smash Bros. and that it’d require Devil May Cry on a Nintendo console first: “Well, that’s the thing. Devil May Cry has never been on a Nintendo platform. So it seems like the first thing to do would be to get Capcom to put Devil May Cry on a Nintendo platform in some way, shape or form – whatever game that might be.”

● Sega Games’ recent trademark applications for StarHorse 4 all include for “Program for home video game machine”.

● The second major promo video for DESTINY CONNECT here.

● The opening movie for Shiritsu Verbara Gakuen 〜Versailles no Bara Re*imagination〜 here.

● Another animated trailer for Dragon Marked For Death here.

● A release date trailer for Fushigi no Gensokyo -Lotus Labyrinth- here.

● The opening movie for Boku no Kanojo wa Ningyo Hime!? My Girlfriend is a Mermaid!? here.

● 13 (not a typo) new videoclips for Wizard’s Symphony here.

● The post-launch content trailer for Trials Rising here.

● An UNTIES trailer for BATTLLOON here.

● Another introduction video for Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart 2 -Nora, Princess, and Crying Cat.- here.

● The AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected launch trailer here.

● The 18th episode of Dragalia Lost Radio Castle here.

● And the latest three hour Arks Winter Challenge livestream for Phantasy Star Online 2 here.

● Thanks to Naruki for more news tips again today!

● And thanks everybody for following. Please also follow me on Twitter @japanese3ds and please buy me a coffee!

Keito no Kirby Plus Demo

Introduction video and amiibo video for Keito no Kirby Plus (Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn) will release for Nintendo 3DS on 07 March priced at ¥5,378.

Edit 1: a demo for the game is also available on the Japanese 3DS eShop requiring 832 blocks but limited to 20 plays and includes two playable levels. The official website is also now open!

Edit 2: the demo is now available in Europe (no word on North America at present).

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Kirby Pupupu Friends Acrylic Keychain Set

Ensky are releasing an officially licensed Kirby’s Dream Land Pupupu Friends Tsunagaru Acrylic Keychain (Set of 8 pieces) later this month featuring Sleeping Kirby, Sleeping Waddle Dee, Sleeping Waddle Doo, Sleeping King Dedede, Kirby, Rick, ;Kine, and Coo. Preorder here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off. More pictures added below…

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Kirby Café To Enter Second Chapter

The Kirby Café will enter its second chapter on 27 February with a new menu (such as the foods above) and new merchandise available! Reservations will be open for this second phases from 18:00 JST on 12 February! The Kirby Café is in Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN and is scheduled to run until 02 June 2019. All items now pictured below…

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Favourite Videogame Characters*

  1. Kirby (Kirby) – 174
  2. Pikachu (Pokémon) – 119
  3. Mario (Super Mario) – 90
  4. Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
  5. Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  6. Eevee (Pokémon)
  7. Luigi (Super Mario)
  8. Sans (UNDERTALE)
  9. Meta Knight (Kirby)
  10. Magolor (Kirby)
  11. Yoshi (Super Mario)
  12. Marx (Kirby)
  13. Mettaton (UNDERTALE)
  14. Inkling (Splatoon)
  15. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  16. Waddle Dee (Kirby)
  17. Papyrus (UNDERTALE)
  18. Rowlet (Pokémon)
  19. Frisk (UNDERTALE)
  20. Chrom (Fire Emblem)

* as popular with the readers of Nintendo DREAM magazine, and taken from the March 2019 issue. Only the first three characters have their points revealed. You can buy physical copies of Nintendo DREAM here – use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off! Image below is a hand-drawn sketch by Masahiro Sakurai to the magazine’s editorial team…

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