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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kirby Series: 25 Years Old! eShop Sale!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Kirby himself isn't 25 years old. Just his franchise.

Did you know that the reason KIRBYBIRTHDAY is a usable password in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (the ONLY usable password in North America. The other regions get more passwords, a sign of inequality) is because Kirby's Dream Land came out in April/August 1992 (again, depending on your region), and that means 2017 is Kirby's 25th year of being in business? Of course, when you consider the whole year to be a birthday, then every year is a birthday. (Remember: Anniversaries happen more than just numbers ending in 0 or 5.)

...Normally, I wouldn't cover this sort of silly thing as an article, because I don't give a damn about anniversaries. However, Nintendo wants me to give a damn, putting more effort into letting me know Kirby is 25 years old than... well, a lot of other franchises. There's a Wii U push notification. A 3DS push notification. A Nintendo eShop sale (ending August 8th). A Miiverse-wide announcement. (Keep in mind that Miiverse is supposed to be dying out, as seen by Nintendo not having any announcement about E3 2017 — an actual event. Also keep in mind that Miiverse announcements are supposed to be used for updates about Miiverse, like its horrible redesign, rather than marketing pitches.) There's also a press release and special My Nintendo rewards. (Such as spending virtual currency to get a wallpaper that you could download for free from Play Nintendo.)

Kirby 25th Anniversary 25 wallpaper theme
Nintendo chooses to use a trademark symbol instead of a possessive apostrophe.

So... I guess I should detail the sale. You tell me if you want me to get anything from it. (You can also tell me if YOU want anything from it. As in, you'll buy it yourself. Put SOMETHING in the comments section, will ya?)

Kirby 25th Anniversary Nintendo eShop sale games Kirby Triple Deluxe Planet Robobot Adventure Dream Land 2 3 Return Super Star Amazing Mirror Crystal Shards Squeak Squad 3DS Wii U
25% off everything present!

If you don't want to look at the picture above (or if I want to get this article seen in search engines), the sale is of these 12 Kirby games:

  1. Kirby: Triple Deluxe — $14.99, Nintendo 3DS
  2. Kirby: Planet Robobot — $29.99, Nintendo 3DS
  3. 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure — $5.24, Nintendo 3DS
  4. Kirby's Dream Land — $2.99, Nintendo 3DS
  5. Kirby's Dream Land 2 — $2.99, Nintendo 3DS
  6. Kirby's Return to Dream Land — $14.99, Wii U
  7. Kirby's Adventure — $3.74, Wii U
  8. Kirby Super Star — $5.99, Wii U
  9. Kirby's Dream Land 3 — $5.99, Wii U
  10. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror — $5.24, Wii U
  11. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards — $7.49, Wii U
  12. Kirby Squeak Squad — $7.49, Wii U

(Eligible Ludwig-please-buy-this options are Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and Kirby Squeak Squad. I have the others covered.)

We know for this year that Kirby got Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Kirby Blowout Blast (a 3D version of Kirby's Dream Land, minus some contents), and will get some kind of multiplayer game on the 3DS this year. Additionally, there will be a Kirby game on the Nintendo Switch next year. That is a LOT of activity from a series that many gamers see as second-class, compared to top dogs like that plumber punk and The Legend of Zelda.

Still, is there much use to buying Kirby games after spoiling their fantastic soundtracks? Let me know.

Meanwhile, I'll be waiting for the 30th anniversary for an end-of-lifecycle Kirby Air Ride sequel/remake on the Nintendo Switch. That's what we all REALLY want.

Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts Heavy Mini Lobster Kirby Super Star vehicle creation RawkHawk2010
Maybe you'll be able to ride the Mini Lobster motorbike. (See bottom half of the photo.)
(Photo credit to RawkHawk2010, using Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.)

At the very least, this sale means the Wii U still has a reason to exist and be remembered, even if it's just because it has an established Virtual Console.

Ludwig sort of wrote this article as a filler to bide time for a very important decision that he will now have to make tomorrow. Stay tuned to KoopaTV for that!

Here's the important decision he made.
Ludwig commits to buying the next Kirby game, being Kirby Star Allies!
Ludwig went big into Kirby Star Allies, not only buying it, but writing a complete review of it.


  1. I ended up downloading the Kirby: Right Back at Ya videos on My Nintendo because I did not want my points to expire. At first I thought that the videos were brand new content, but after viewing them I realized that they were the same ones that were once available to watch way back when Nintendo Video was still a thing on the 3ds. Even though I already saw them years ago, I still enjoyed watching them again. The only thing that was missing that could have made them better is the theme song.

    1. What we really need are the actual episodes of the anime up for watching.

      I know from personal experience they get taken down off YouTube, after all.


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