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Nintendo's Kirby series first began in 1992 with the release of Kirby's Dream Land. The franchise has existed for over two decades, and in that time, HAL Laboratory has celebrated some of its most notable milestone years. This is a list of Kirby series anniversaries, describing when and how each was celebrated.

For reference, Kirby's Dream Land debuted in Japan on April 27 and North America on August 1; thus, both of those dates are considered Kirby's official birthday. These dates are bold when mentioned below.

10th Anniversary

Games

KNiD Boxart

Box art

The year 2002 marked the series' 10th anniversary. Though Nintendo did not bring attention to this, the company did celebrate the occasion by releasing Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land for the Game Boy Advance.[1] This is a remake of Kirby's second game, Kirby's Adventure, which launched on the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993, and was notable for starting the trend of Kirby using Copy Abilities.

15th Anniversary

Games

KSSU Boxart

Box art

The year 2007 marked the series' 15th anniversary. Like the 10th anniversary, Nintendo did not bring attention to this. However, the company did begin developing Kirby Super Star Ultra to celebrate the occasion, then released it for the Nintendo DS in 2008.[2] This is a remake of Kirby's ninth game, Kirby Super Star, which launched on the Super Famicom and Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1996.

20th Anniversary

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Kirby's 20th Anniversary logo

The year 2012 marked the series' 20th anniversary. Unlike the previous anniversaries, Nintendo made an effort to capitalize on it.

Games

  • Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition cover art
  • Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition box art
  • Kirby's 20th Anniversary Celebration Book
  • Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack
  • Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition composite

Nintendo released an original game, Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, for the Wii. As its name implies, it is a collection of six classic Kirby games: Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It features two other game modes: The first of these is New Challenge Stages, which has Kirby play through challenge stages based on those in Kirby's Return to Dream Land; this mode serves as an epilogue to that game. The last mode is Kirby's History, which has Kirby travel down a hall filled with past games. The player can read about them, watch clips from them, view each box, watch three episodes of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, read manga volumes (only in the Japanese version), and watch a symphony play a medley of Kirby music.

Packaged with the game are a Compilation Soundtrack CD and a copy of Kirby's 20th Anniversary Celebration Book. Whether the player is reading about them or listening to music from them, both cover almost every game in the series. The book is slightly different in each region it was released in, as certain games were or were not released in those regions (for example, the Western version replaces any mention of Kirby's Super Star Stacker with Kirby's Avalanche, as the former game was not localized outside of Japan).

Events

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A photograph of the PAX Prime event

On September 1st, Nintendo hosted an event at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington. To celebrate the anniversary, the company wanted to break the Guinness World Record for the most people in a room blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. Altogether, 536 fans showed up to participate, setting the new record.[3]

Merchandising

  • A line of Kirby merchandise was released in Japan, with each item sporting a tag with the Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition logo.[4]
KDCol Medal

Limited Edition Kirby Medal

  • On September 5, a Limited Edition Kirby Medal was made available as a Club Nintendo reward, costing 600 Coins. Only 1000 were produced.[5]
K20th Cards

Club Nintendo playing cards

  • On September 18, Club Nintendo began holding a random drawing for members, with the prize being a set of circular Kirby-themed playing cards. Members could participate by registering a copy of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition by October 31 and completing a survey. There were 190 winners.[6]

25th Anniversary

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Logo for Kirby's 25th Anniversary

The year 2017 marked the series' 25th anniversary. Nintendo brought some attention to this anniversary.

Games

During a Nintendo Direct presentation on April 12, 2017, Nintendo revealed its plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kirby through a series of three game releases during the year. This included unveiling and releasing Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, as well as announcing Kirby's Blowout Blast for a Summer release.

Kirby's Blowout Blast, an expansion of the Kirby 3D Rumble sub-game from Kirby: Planet Robobot, is a simplistic game that hearkens back to Kirby's Dream Land, and it is the first completely 3D game to use traditional gameplay in the series. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, an expansion of the Team Kirby Clash sub-game from Kirby: Planet Robobot, is more complex, introducing certain RPG elements and in-game purchases. It contains appearances from and references to characters from throughout the series.

Events

Kirby Sweet Party artwork

Kirby Sweet Party

  • In Japan, the company bpnavi held a lottery called Kirby Sweet Party. Starting January 21, 2017, customers could pay ¥620 for an entry and receive a prize; prizes were split into eight categories of rarity, from A to H. The participant who pulled the final prize was awarded a special one.[7]


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Kirby's Pupupu Paint Day artwork

  • Tokyu Hands, a Japanese department store chain, collaborated with HAL Laboratory and the company Ensky to hold an event called Kirby's Pupupu Paint Day. From April 15 to May 14, 2017, the Tokyu Hands locations sold Ensky-produced merchandise based on the Kirby series. To fit the event's paint theme, much of the merchandise featured images of Paint Kirby and a Waddle Dee flinging green paint.[8]
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Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra artwork

  • HAL Laboratory arranged Kirby-themed concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. They were conducted by Yasushi Takemoto and performed live by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Osaka Symphony Orchestra, respectively. In addition to hearing orchestral renditions of popular music from the series, the audience listened to some Kirby series developers talk about the series--two notable guests were series creator Masahiro Sakurai and voice actress Makiko Ohmoto. The dates and times of each concert were as follows:
Bunkamura Orchard Hall (Tokyo) Orix Theater (Osaka)
April 16, 2017; 12:45-1:30 PM, 5:15-6:00 PM
July 20, 2017; 6:15-7:00 PM
July 21, 2017; 6:15-7:00 PM
June 18, 2017; 12:15-1:00 PM, 4:00-5:00 PM
Kirby's Birthday

Kirby's Birthday information

  • The Yamashiroya toy store in Ueno, Tokyo held an event called Kirby's Birthday. From April 27 to May 20, 2017, the building's sixth floor was converted into a Kirby store, selling merchandise from various games. Kirby-themed snack foods such as cookies were also sold. A table was provided that allowed attendants to write birthday messages or draw pictures on sticky notes which were then posted on the back wall; using pink, blue, yellow paper, they formed a large sprite of Kirby from Kirby's Adventure wearing a yellow bow tie, along with the message "HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIRBY!!"[9][10]
Kirby Meets Dippin Dots

"KIRBY meets Dippin' Dots" artwork

  • Sega Ikebukuro GiGO and namco Umeda store--a Japanese arcade and a shopping complex, respectively--collaborated with Dippin' Dots ice cream. In honor of Kirby's 25th Anniversary, both stores released Kirby-themed can badges and charms to sell alongside the frozen treats; the charms were sold separately at ¥‎350 apiece, while the can badges were sold with cups of Dippin' Dots ice cream for ¥‎800. They were released on July 1, 2017.[11]
Pupupu Train logo

Kirby Pupupu Train logo

  • TBS ishop, a Japanese retail chain, launched a collaboration with Nintendo called Kirby Pupupu Train. The company released a line of Kirby-themed merchandise at its stores starting in December 2016. The products toured from one city to another across Japan over a year's time. As its name suggests, the theme of the collaboration and products was a railway, with characters dressed up as conductors or passengers. A map of real-world destinations was drawn but given a Kirby theme, so each location was given the name of a place on Planet Popstar; from well-known locations like Green Greens to more obscure ones such as Dedede Resort.[12]
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Kirby 25TH X LAWSON logo

  • Lawson, a Japanese convenience store chain, launched a line of Kirby-themed merchandise in celebration of the Kirby series' 25th anniversary at the time of Kirby's Blowout Blast's release (July 4, 2017). In addition to the merchandise line, the Kirby 25TH x LAWSON campaign included a ¥1,500 prepaid card and a download card for Kirby's Blowout Blast that included an exclusive theme.[13]

Social Media

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Kirby 25th Anniversary website background

  • On December 14, 2016, Nintendo opened a website celebrating Kirby's 25th Anniversary. It includes a history section containing to a mostly-complete line-up of Kirby games, character bios for the four primary characters (Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee), and a list of celebratory events and products.
  • In addition, an official Twitter account was created. It was used to promote upcoming games and merchandise while simultaneously using artwork to celebrate holidays and pay homage to series characters. The characters running the account were Channel PPP, a crew of Waddle Dee reporters. They attempt to deliver news from Planet Popstar, though their efforts are often shown to be fraught with danger or discomfort.
  • December 12, 2016
  • December 13, 2016
  • December 14, 2016
  • December 14, 2016
  • December 14, 2016
  • December 23, 2016
  • December 28, 2016
  • December 31, 2016
  • January 12, 2017
  • January 18, 2017
  • January 25, 2017
  • February 2, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • March 2, 2017
  • March 15, 2017
  • March 23, 2017
  • March 23, 2017
  • March 31, 2017
  • April 5, 2017
  • April 12, 2017
  • April 14, 2017
  • April 25, 2017
  • April 26, 2017
  • April 28, 2017
  • April 30, 2017
  • May 15, 2017
  • May 17, 2017
  • May 24, 2017
  • May 31, 2017
  • June 13, 2017
  • June 13, 2017
  • June 20, 2017
  • June 27, 2017
  • June 27, 2017
  • June 27, 2017
  • June 30, 2017
  • June 30, 2017
  • July 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • July 12, 2017
  • July 15, 2017
  • July 19, 2017
  • July 20, 2017
  • July 26, 2017
  • July 31, 2017
  • August 8, 2017
  • August 10, 2017
  • August 22, 2017
  • August 24, 2017
  • August 30, 2017
  • August 31, 2017
  • September 5, 2017
  • September 7, 2017
  • September 13, 2017
  • September 13, 2017
  • September 13, 2017
  • September 13, 2017
  • September 14, 2017
  • September 15, 2017
  • September 18, 2017
  • September 20, 2017
  • September 21, 2017
  • During August 2017, the music on the Wii U eShop was changed to a rearrangement of "Green Greens."
  • On August 14, 2017, Nintendo UK released a YouTube video called "Kirby 25th Anniversary - Trailer," which showed footage of every Kirby game released in Europe up to that point. Nintendo of America uploaded an extremely similar video called "Kirby 25th Anniversary Trailer" on August 22, 2017. This showcased almost every Kirby game released in North America.
  • The official Twitter account also has "Bandana Waddle Dee's News!," which are posts relating to the upcoming game Kirby: Battle Royale.

Merchandising

  • A line of Kirby merchandise was released in Japan, with each item sporting a Kirby 25th Anniversary logo.
  • Premium merchandise was also produced. The company Runa sold stainless steel Kirby watches for ¥27,000. The company Ensky sold metal necklaces featuring Kirby and Magolor for ¥15,000, as well as Kirby and Meta Knight rings for the same price.
  • Each of the events listed above had its own line of merchandise that often followed the event's theme.
Kirby's 25th Anniversary

Kirby 25th Anniversary 3DS Theme

  • On April 27, 2017, Nintendo released a Kirby's 25th Anniversary Nintendo 3DS Theme. It uses the general aesthetic of the website and plays "Welcome to Dream Land" from Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition. This Theme was purchasable for 20 Gold Coins on Nintendo's website.
  • On August 1, 2017, Nintendo released a wallpaper and re-released Kirby 3D on the My Nintendo rewards program. The aforementioned Nintendo 3DS Theme was also made available as a reward.[14]
Kirby Candy

Star Kirby Pupu Momoko Gumi

  • On August 8, 2017, the company Bandai Candy released a Kirby-themed candy called Star Kirby Pupu Momoko Gumi. Each packet contains apple-flavored gummy candies shaped like Kirby and Waddle Dee, as well as a large sticker featuring images of Kirby and/or Waddle Dee with food. There are 12 possible stickers.[15]
  • On August 14, 2017, Play Nintendo released a free wallpaper to celebrate Kirby's 25th anniversary. It is the same image used for the background of the Kirby 25th Anniversary website, but with the anniversary logo in the lower right-hand corner.[16]

Trivia

  • The first anniversary of Kirby: Triple Deluxe's release
  • The first anniversary of Kirby Fighters Deluxe's and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe's Japanese release
  • The first anniversary of Kirby Fighters Deluxe's and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe's Western release
  • The seventh anniversary of Kirby Super Star Ultra's release
  • The fourth anniversary of Kirby's Return to Dream Land's release
  • The ninth anniversary of Kirby: Squeak Squad's release
  • The 22nd anniversary of Kirby's Dream Land's Japanese release
  • The 22nd anniversary of Kirby's Dream Land's Western release
  • The 23rd anniversary of Kirby's Dream Land's Japanese release
  • The 23rd anniversary of Kirby's Dream Land's Western release
  • The 25th anniversary of Kirby's Dream Land's release
  • On Miiverse accounts, official artwork has been released celebrating anniversaries of certain games and of the series itself. This includes artwork celebrating:
  • For unknown reasons, the "Kirby 25th Anniversary - Trailer" video released by Nintendo UK calls Kirby Super Star by its North American name rather than its European name, Kirby's Fun Pak.

Related Quotes

Happy birthday, Kirby!!!

It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since you came into this world.

Our youthful traveller has been inhaling all manner of things and puffing up like a big balloon, right up to the ripe old age of 25. Kirby, you've become a fine, upstanding...adult?! I must say, your plump, pink form has taken on something of a refined glow recently.

And to mark this auspicious occasion, we have no less than three new Kirby games for you to enjoy! The free-to-start Team Kirby Clash Deluxe co-op action game came out just recently, and this summer we're getting Kirby's Blowout Blast, the first genuine 3D action game in the series. On top of that, we have a new fighting action game due this holiday!

How have you all been enjoying Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, by the way? Since the game came out I've been getting into it all over again, playing it with my family. I reckon seasoned players could have a lot of fun supporting their teammates by playing as Doctor Healmore.

After you finish the game, incidentally, a certain someone shows up in the village, looking like quite the reformed character. Why not have a look for yourself!
— Shinya Kumazaki • Miiverse

External Links

References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. [Kirby's 20th Anniversary Celebration Book, p. 35]
  3. The Escapist
  4. eBay
  5. Nintendo World Report
  6. Nintendo World Report
  7. Perfectly Nintendo
  8. Inside-Games
  9. Inside-Games
  10. Imgur
  11. Kirby Duppin' Dots website
  12. Pupupu Train map
  13. Nintendo Everything
  14. My Nintendo
  15. Bandai Candy product page
  16. Play Nintendo

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