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In celebration of Kirby’s 25th anniversary, My Nintendo has added in a new 3DS theme – but only in Japan. It’s being distributed here for 20 Gold Points through the end of May. Eventually, the theme should end up in North America and Europe.

Here’s a look at it in action:

Kirby’s big birthday is here. The character (not to mention the series as a whole) is now 25 years old. In Japan, Kirby’s Dream Land debuted on April 27, 1992. That was the very first game in the series. Since then Kirby has starred in a massive amount of games as well as other titles such as Super Smash Bros.

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Three new Kirby games were announced for 3DS during the latest Nintendo Direct. The first is Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, out now on the eShop. Kirby’s Blowout Blast will follow this summer as another digital title.

The final game was only teased with a snippet of information. Nintendo said it will be a “multiplayer action game”, and aside from confirming a holiday launch, didn’t offer any additional information.

We do have one other tidbit of information from HAL Laboratory’s Satoshi Ishida. In a newly-posted Miiverse post, he specifically referred to it as “an action fighting game”. That means we can count on fighting being incorporated in some fashion.

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After announcing the Fighter Kirby statue last week, pre-orders have now opened. As usual, two versions are up for grabs: the regular ($250) and exclusive ($270) version. Both are online here.

The two versions are pretty similar. However, the exclusive edition has LEDs in the Spin Kick, “truly bringing the entire piece to life.”

First 4 Figures announced its latest Nintendo product yesterday: the Fighter Kirby statue. Pre-orders will be kicking off next week. To accompany the announcement, a documentary of sorts was uploaded about the statue’s creation, which we have below.

San-ei Boeki announced a line of All Star plushies, featuring a mix of characters from Mario and Kirby titles such as Rosalina, Hammer Bros, Dry Bones and even Kirby.

The plushies will ship around March 18th, and a deadline for pre-ordering the plushies is set for February 7th. You can order the plushies here, and view pictures of them in the gallery below.

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To celebrate Kirby’s 25th anniversary, special concerts have been announced for Japan. Two events are currently planned. In Tokyo, the concert will be held on April 16. Another event in Osaka is set for June 18.

It goes without saying that the purpose of the concert is to host performances of Kirby’s music over the years across various games. Moreover, it sounds like some developers will be speaking. Special goods will also be sold, though details are coming later.

Taizo Takemoto will be conducting the concert. The Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Osaka Symphony Orchestra will be performing.

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Kirby is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. In celebration of that, a new Japanese Twitter account is now open. Access it here. We should be hearing about plans for Kirby’s big anniversary in the months ahead.

Nintendo announced Goodbye! BoxBoy! yesterday, and opened a teaser site here. If you watch the little animation for just a short while, you’ll notice that Kirby appears. What’s up with that?

Kirby and BoxBoy! are made by the same developer. Is this just HAL Laboratory having some fun, or will Kirby be showing up in some fashion?

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

The Kirby Cafe has come to an end in Japan. However, a decision has been reached to make the merchandise available to a greater amount of fans.

Starting on November 23, a selection of goods from the Kirby Cafe will be sold at various retailers. This includes the special CD, “The Sound of Kirby Cafe”.

Physical stores that will be selling the CD and goods will be Yamashiroya, select Kiddy Land stores, and select Village Vanguard outlets. Online stores will be Amazon Japan and ebten, though the former will only sell the CD without any other items.

Items that will be also sold in stores other than Amazon:

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