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Update (11/14): Pre-orders are now open. Amazon US has Kirby Manga Mania here and Amazon Canada has it here.


Original (10/16): Kirby Manga Mania is coming west, Viz Media has announced. A release is set for Summer 2021.

We don’t have too many details currently, but this appears to an English version of Kirby of the Stars: The Story of Dedede Who Lives in Pupupu. 25 volumes of the manga were originally produced for CoroCoro Comic. The series ran between 1995 and 2006.

Interestingly, Viz Media had originally announced plans to localize Kirby of the Stars: The Story of Dedede Who Lives in Pupupu over a decade ago. However, that never ended up happening. It’s unclear why the English version came to be and what’s changed since then, but it looks like the manga series will finally be appearing in North America.

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Kirby Super Star introduced the well-known mini-game Gourmet Race. It’s now being turned into a figure from MegaHouse.

MegaHouse offered up a look at the design in prototype form today. We’ve included a few photos of the figure below.

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First 4 Figures has made its fair share of Kirby statues. The last one, Warp Star Kirby, arrived in August 2018. It’s been awhile since the last collectible, but a new one will soon be joining the lineup.

To celebrate Kirby’s 28th birthday, a new, 9-inch PVC statue is in the works. It’s based on Nintendo’s official 3D render image, which shows the character on top of a field of flowers.

First 4 Figures isn’t sharing much else, but is teasing something behind Kirby. It’s unclear when pre-orders will be opening at this time.

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This week’s issue of Famitsu has a big feature on HAL Laboratory to celebrate the studio’s 40th anniversary. As part of that, the Japanese magazine spoke with a few key Kirby developers. Lead action programmer Katsuyoshi Sumitomo, general director Shinya Kumazaki, and design director Riki Fuhrmann participated in the discussion.

After talking about how Star Allies raised the bar for Kirby games, the developers discussed their future plans. Fuhrmann’s comments might be the most interesting, as he said he personally wants to create a non-action spin-off title. He also promised “a wide variety of Kirby coming out in the future.”

Below are the full comments from all three developers:

John Kirby is a pretty important part of Nintendo history. Kirby represented Nintendo as its lawyer when the company was facing litigation from Universal, which claimed that Donkey Kong was based on King Kong. After Kirby led Nintendo to victory in that case, he was given a $30,000 sailboat known as the Donkey Kong, and also became the namesake of the famous video game character Kirby.

Sadly, John Kirby passed away on Wednesday due to complications of the blood cancer Myelodysplastic syndrome. He was 79. While Kirby is no longer with us, his importance to Nintendo will not be forgotten, and he’ll always be remembered thanks to his namesake.


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Nintendo has gone through the work of adding specific videos to the copy ability page on the Japanese Kirby website, each showcasing some examples of what the abilities do.

Those interested can check out the page here, or follow the video below to see other ability videos as well.

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Update (7/7): This is now up for pre-order on Amazon here.


Original (7/5): Kirby: Art & Style Collection is coming west in Spring 2020, Viz Media has revealed. The announcement was made this week at Anime Expo 2019.

Originally, Kirby: Art & Style Collection came out in Japan in November 2017. Made to celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary, the hardcover collection has rare art and more.

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It was just a few weeks ago that Kirby celebrated its 25th anniversary. Shinya Kumazaki, who has worked on the series since 2003 and as acted as director since 2008, wrote up a special post on HAL Laboratory’s website in honor of the occasion.

Kumazaki mentioned that “it is now possible to maintain a consistent release and support schedule for our games,” which has allowed Kirby to grow. He also spoke about a philosophy of aiming to please fans by working so hard that the team essentially overdoes it. As for the future, Kumazaki said: “While there are fans there wanting to play a new game in the series, I believe we’ll continue to grow alongside our character and take on those fun and more serious new challenges head on.”

Here’s our full translation of Kumazaki’s message:

Kirby’s Dream Land, the very first entry in the Kirby series, first debuted on the Game Boy in Japan way back in April 27, 1992. As it’s now April 27 in Japan, the franchise and the character are 27 years old.

The occasion is being celebrated on the official Japanese Twitter account with some special art. We have the new piece attached above.

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Kotaku published a new round of quotes from Shinya Kumazaki, the chief creator at HAL Laboratory. Kumazaki had plenty to say about the Kirby series, including the synergy between core games and spin-offs as well as having more ideas and not being burnt out on the series.

We’ve rounded up some of the more notable comments from Kumazaki below. For the full article, head on over to Kotaku.