Kirby Café HAKATA to Open Permanently in Fukuoka’s Canal City Hakata
The second permanent Kirby Café, themed entirely on Nintendo’s popular video game series Kirby’s Dream Land, is set to open in Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka on March 12, 2020.
Kirby Café HAKATA has its own story that the cafe is based around. One day, Kirby motioned Whispy Woods to help him collect the tools needed to open another Kirby café. Together with Whispy Woodsーwho appears in the cafeーKirby will serve hospitality to his customers.
The food menu includes the same stone oven baked pizzas serve at Kirby Café TOKYO.
Kirby Café Stone Oven Baked Dessert Pizza ~Whispy’s Caramelised Apples~: ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Kirby Café Stone Oven Baked Dessert Pizza ~Waddle Dee’s Freshly-Picked Chocolate Bananas~: ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
As well as standard savoury pizzas, the café includes a selection of dessert pizzas made with fresh fruit. The flavours of the dessert pizzas here are exclusive to the Hakata branch of Kirby Café.
Kirby’s Home: ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Kirby’s High-Spirit Helping Parfait: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
There are lots of cute food dishes and desserts to enjoy at Kirby Café. Kirby’s Dream Land home has also been turned into a dessert, and there’s also a cute parfait which Kirby himself helped make.
Kirby Café Hakata Exclusive T-Shirt – Kirby & Home: ¥3,400 (Before Tax)
Fans can also pick up a selection of new and exclusive Kirby merchandise, and an original Kirby Café soundtrack created by HAL Laboratory will play in the café.
Priorities are given to those who book a table in advance, which can be done on the café’s official website starting on February 25, 2020.
Get sucked into the world of Kirby and inhale your food like he does at the all-new Kirby Café HAKATA.
Kirby Café HAKATA
Grand Opening: March 12, 2020
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/hakata/
*Kirby Café is a character café managed by BENELIC CO.,LTD. under the license of WARPSTAR Inc., a copyright management company entrusted by Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s New Song ‘GUM GUM GIRL’ Features in Nintendo Switch’s Ninjala Commercial
This year marks the 10th anniversary since Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu made her debut, and to kick off 2021, she has announced the release of a new single titled GUM GUM GIRL which will hit music streaming and download platforms on January 29, 2021.
The GUM GUM GIRL single artwork painted by Kyary
The cover art for GUM GUM GIRL was painted by Kyary herself on a canvas using acrylic paints. Kyary painted with passion for her 10th anniversary year.
The singer also unveiled a new look which features metallic silver paper to represent the inside of gum packaging. Her magical makeup sees her face lined with rhinestones, serving stylish, futuristic vibes.
Kyary has been involved in the promotion of the Nintendo Switch title Ninjala, and in the game’s latest commercial, she makes an appearance alongside Japanese comedy trio Yonsen Toshin to play the game. You can also hear a snippet of GUM GUM GIRL in the commercial. Check it out below.
Ninjala Commercial feat. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Ninjala is a popular title across the globe having been downloaded over 5 million times. In June 2020, a remix of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s hit song Ninja Re Bang Bang was released by Steve Aoki in collaboration with the game. The song was also made available in-game in October.
Kyary is once again teaming up with Ninjala to feature her new single GUM GUM GIRL in-game, and a special GUM GUM GIRL T-shirt is being released for player avatars. These will be available from January 29 to February 18. Ninja Re Bang Bang Steve Aoki Remix, the clothing item, and dance emote released for that song will also be re-released during this time.
Kyary will premiere a brand new music video for GUM GUM GIRL on her YouTube channel at the stroke of midnight (JST) when January 28 turns to January 29. In the meantime, fans can check out Kyary discussing ideas for the music video with Yasutaka Nakata and her team. The can be watched in Japanese below.
The Making of “GUM GUM GIRL”
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu shows her gratitude for her 10th anniversary year with the release of GUM GUM GIRL which is sure to brighten up anyone’s day who has been feeling down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for the official release.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “GUM GUM GIRL”
Release Date: January 29, 2021 (Digital Release)
Composer/Lyricist: Yasutaka Nakata
1. GUM GUM GIRL
2. GUM GUM GIRL (Instrumental)
Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions Releases Free Demo On PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™
20.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The official Twitter account for the association football game Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions announced the release of a free demo which hit PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5 and Nintendo Switch™ on Thursday (January 14). The demo offers a chance for players to experience the Tutorial and Versus modes.
The game is based on the popular sports anime and manga series Captain Tsubasa and features anime-style graphics. It features familiar faces and high-speed action from the series. It also comes as the series’ first ever action soccer game.
Tutorial Mode teaches players the basics of the game while Versus Mode allows them to play a match with one of the four teams including a 4-player online mode. This is a great opportunity for football lovers who have yet to play the game to try it out.
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions – Demo
Release: January 14, 2021
Platforms: PlayStation®4/PlayStation®5/Nintendo Switch™
Official Website: https://captaintsubasa-csgame.bn-ent.net
Tokyo’s Kirby Café Whips Up Chocolate and Fruit Loaded Limited-Time Menu
The Kirby Café in Tokyo, which is based entirely around the popular Kirby video game series, will release a new limited-time menu on January 15 called ‘Chocolate de PUPUPU’ which will be served until February 28. The fruit and chocolate-packed line-up features three items. Item names are translated from Japanese by MMN.
The ‘Chocolate de PUPUPU’ Menu
Kirby Café’s Stovetop Dessert Pizza ~Looking Out the Chocolate Train Window~ | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Waddle Dee Also Loves Chef’s Chocolate Pan Stew! | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Old Odyssey | ¥780 (Before Tax)
Which of these delightfully cute treats do you want to inhale?
Running: January 15, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Official Website/Table Reservations: https://kirbycafe.jp
Floral Kirby Merchandise Line-Up Revealed by ITS’DEMO
Japanese women’s fashion variety store ITS’DEMO is collaborating with Kirby to release a new merchandise collection on January 19, 2021.
Kirby’s Dream Land x ITS’DEMO star flower Items (Excerpt)
Kirby’s Dream Land x ITS’DEMO pupupu gift Items (Excerpt)
Inspired by the video game Kirby’s Dream Land, the merch collection features two different designs: the springtime floral ‘star flower’ and the gift-perfect ‘pupupu gift.’ The former captures the feeling of the spring season while the latter is littered with love hearts. The collection will also included stationery, towels, snacks, and more. Even more items will be added to the line-up on February 9, 2021.
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Release Dates: Batch One – January 19, 2021 / Batch Two – February 9, 2021
Available: ITS’DEMO stores in Japan / ITS’DEMO online
Official Website: http://itsdemo.jp
Ninjala Season 4 Brings New Weapons, Stage, and More
12.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Season 4 for the Nintendo Switch™ title Ninjala finally dropped on January 7, 2021.
In the colourful world of Ninjala, players blow bubble gum to craft different weapons and fight using the fighting style of ninjutsu. Players can also transform into nearby objects, and they must use parkour to traverse different landscapes while aiming to take down their opponents. Released on June 25 this year, the game has been downloaded over 5 million times.
Season 4 brings a new wintery theme with plenty of avatar items for players to enjoy. It also introduces two new weapons—the Scrap Saber and Chewing V—as well as a new stage called Fort Riverdale that features a gorgeous clock tower that glows beautifully against the night sky.
Adjustments have also been made to make battles smoother like shortened loading times, various UI improvements have been implemented, and new features have been added such as Ninjala Collection Cards.
A new episode of the Ninjala 2D Cartoon Anime entitled You’re the Star! was released on PlayNinjala’s official YouTube channel last Thursday (January 7) which can be enjoyed in English above.
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Ninjala Season 4
Running: January 7, 2021 – March 25, 2021
Ninjala Pass Matsuri: January 7, 2021 – January 21, 2021
Official Website: https://ninjalathegame.com/en/
Ninjala 2D Cartoon Anime – Episode #5: “You’re the Star!”
Japan’s Kirby Cafe to Celebrate the Near Year With a Special 2021 Menu Addition
The Kirby Cafe in Tokyo has announced a seasonal dish for the new year as part of the cafe’s “Sweet NEW YEAR 2021” celebration which it will begin serving from January 1, 2021.
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
The dish comes with a miniature version of Kirby Cafe’s popular burger on a teeny-tiny plate measured at just 10cm in circumference.
The mini dish looks super cute lined up next to the cafe’s plush toys.
The plate that the food is served on comes as a free souvenir which you can take home with you after eating. These will be limited in stock so will be available while supplies last for the New Year.
Sweet NEW YEAR 2021
Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert
Serving: January 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Kirby Cafe Official Website/Table Reservations: https://kirbycafe.jp
Luxury Animal Crossing: New Horizons Clothing Collection by gelato pique Gets More Stock
Japanese luxury loungewear and sleepwear brand gelato pique will open online orders for an additional stock of its Animal Crossing: New Horizons collection on December 22, 2020 at 12:00pm (JST).
Original pre-orders for the collection will begin over on Gelato Pique’s official website on November 18. They will subsequently be released at the official Nintento TOKYO store as well as select Gelato Pique stores in Japan on January 13, 2021. Before that, they are also lining the shelves of a Gelato Pique pop-up store called “Gelato Pique Christmas Town” in Omotesando Hills which is running until December 25.
The collection is a collaboration with the Nintendo Switch™ title Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It captures the warm, cosy, laid-back life of the game in the form of comfortable loungewear so you can feel as soft and relaxed as the characters in the game.
Jacquard Pullover ¥5,800
A Timmy & Tommy knitted jacquard pullover with a simple yet design.
[Colours: Brown/Cream/Grey] Hoodies ¥6,800 | Short Pants ¥4,200 | Set ¥11,000
Become your favourite character with a cosy ear-topped hoodie and pants.
Left: Fruit Pullover ¥5,400 | Fruit Long Pants ¥5,200
Left: Character Pullover ¥5,400 | Character Long Pants ¥5,200
Cut and sewn pyjamas with mini character designs and fruit patterns.
Left: Blanket ¥5,800 | Right: Jacquard Blanket B ¥5,800
Stay warm with these Timmy & Tommy blankets.
Additional Stock Orders
Additional stock orders will take place on gelato pique’s online store and USAGI ONLINE. It will run through a lottery system with random people being chosen. You will also need a Japanese address to receive the items.
Running: December 22, 2020 at 12:00 (JST) – January 17, 2021 at 23:59 (JST)
Product Delivery: January 23, 2021
Stay cosy and warm this winter with the critters of Animal Crossing.
© 2020 Nintendo
Gelato Pique x Animal Crossing Collection
Releasing: December 18, 2020 at 12:00pm (JST)
Gelato Pique Official Online Store: https://gelatopique.com/20201116_01
USAGI ONLINE Official Website: https://usagi-online.com/s/201116PIQ/
Gelato Pique Christmas Town
Running: December 18, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Location: Space O, Omotesando Hills Floor B3F
Products: Animal Crossing meets GELATO PIQUE
Release Date: January 13, 2021
Locations: Select Gelato Pique stores / Nintendo TOKYO
*Only a selection of the products will be sold, the full collection is available online
Japan Hotels | New Hotel The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka to Open on December 15
14.December.2020 | SPOT
Hakata Hotels is welcoming the third branch of its The OneFive brand hotels with the opening of The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka in Chuo, Fukuoka, on December 15, 2020.
The OneFive is based around the old Japanese way of ichigo ichie, which roughly translates to “treasure every meeting, for it will never reoccur.” It has taken considerate measures to question what really constitutes as necessary service when it comes to hotels, and launched as a new brand of simple yet comfortable and high quality hotels serving Japanese omotenashi, or hospitality.
Simple yet fine quality comfort
The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka is located in busy central Hakata—within walking distance of the entertainment district of Nakasu and the lively riverside area of Tensu—while offering spacious and comfy rooms.
Rooms are 27㎡～48㎡ in size, with Double Rooms being equipped with king size beds and Twin Rooms with two double beds. Each has a bath, toilet, and wash area, as well as a writing desk, closet, and other pieces to make the hotel stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. There are of courses terraces too, living up to the hotel’s name, which act as ‘another living room’ for guests.
The 4 S’s of Japanese Tea at The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka
A selection of specially-selected teas from around locations in Kyushu such as Yame (Fukuoka), Chiran (Kagoshima), Ureshino (Saga), and elsewhere.
Enjoy tea in a variety of different styles from creamy and foamy draft tea to hand drip tea and more.
The hotel’s pastry chefs will whip up a range of tea-flavoured desserts that fuse the traditional Japanese taste with modern western ideas.
All guests staying at The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka are offered a welcome cup of tea. The hotel is a chance for them to appreciate the local culture, region, and lifestyle arranged in a contemporary way.
The OneFive Terrace Fukuoka
Grand Opening: December 15, 2020
Address: 3-14-36 Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.hakatahotels.co.jp/theonefiveterracefukuoka/
Super Nintendo World Theme Park Area to Open at Universal Studios Japan in February 2021
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.
Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.
While the grand opening is still a couple of months away, USJ is teasing fans by unveiling a portion of the park’s Mario Kart-themed ride which takes place inside of a reconstructed Bowser’s Castle.
Bowser’s Castle stands as one of the main symbols of Super Nintendo World. It’s a faithful recreation with towering stone walls, thick and heavy steel doors, pointed iron fencing, and more, not to mention the enormous stone Bowser statue that adorns the middle of the winding staircase ready to greet guests. There are plenty of thrills and chills to look forward to inside the castle of the King Koopa himself.
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge will open as the world’s first theme park ride centred on the popular video game series Mario Kart.
Thomas Garrity (Universal Creative, Executive Producer) | Comment
“Deep inside Bowser’s Castle lies Mario Kart: Bowser’s Castle, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Creative Team to recreate the world of the hugely popular Mario Kart series which has sold over 150 million copies. Guests will put on their headsets and experience limitless excitement and thrills as they speed around courses.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge
Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is an XR ride that lets people feel like they are inside the world of Mario Kart while in the real world. The ride will feature all the details fans of the video game series are familiar with as they drift and spin around exciting courses alongside the game’s characters while collecting items from boxes to use on their opponents.
The attraction makes use of AR and projection mapping technology to make the game as immersive as possible. Fans are sure to love driving through their favourite courses and scenes recreated using leading-edge technology. The attraction is six years in the making and the results of efforts between Nintendo’s Creative Team, USJ, and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto himself.
Endless fun for fans of Mario
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as a themed cafe, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.
Guests will be able to purchase the Power Up Band, a wristband that works together with a smartphone app that allows you to collect virtual coins by punching Questions Blocks like Mario which are scattered around the park. Scores can be seen on the leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against other players.
Universal Studios Japan – Super Nintendo World
Grand Opening: February 4, 2021
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
Kirby Pop-Up Shop Opens Inside EKI MARCHÉ OSAKA For 2020
A Kirby pop-up shop opened up inside the EKI MARCHÉ OSAKA shopping mall in Osaka on Friday (November 6) where it is set to stay until December 10.
Kirby fans can expect to get their hands on a whole range of merchandise from stationery and plush toys to key rings and more.
Customers who spend over ¥2,200 at the pop-up shop will receive an original postcard too. These are limited in stock.
If you’re in Japan this autumn and winter then be sure to grab some of these wintery Kirby goods.
Kirby Pop-Up Shop
Running: November 6, 2020 – December 10, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (until 17:00 on December 10)
Location: EKI MARCHÉ OSAKA S07, EkiHeso
Address: 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Access: Directly outside Osaka Station’s Sakurabashi Exit on the JR side
Official Website: https://www.heso-pro.com/
Nintendo’s New Super Mario Merchandise and Lights Are a Must-Grab For Gamers
Nintendo has announced that this winter they will release five new Super Mario related products. They are also releasing four new Super Mario lights in collaboration with UK-based gifts company Paladone Products at the end of November.
Super Mario Home & Party Merch
2-Way Large Wrapping Bag (Mario) | ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
2-Way Small Wrapping Bag (Super Mushroom) | ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
Bag up your presents, whether your own or somebody else’s, in one of the two wrapping bags featuring Super Mario and Super Mushroom designs. They can even be used for shopping or storing things. Both are also fitted with cute Question Block pockets inside.
Zipper Bag (Mario/Super Mushroom) | ¥800
Zipper Bag (Yoshi/Egg) | ¥800
Another great idea for storage are these zipper bags which are great for putting away small items like stationery and cosmetics. There are two sets: the Mario/Super Mushroom set or the Yoshi/Egg set, both of which come with five zipper bags of each design.
Message Cards & Envelopes | ¥800
Write a fun card to someone this holiday season. The envelopes are Question Blocks, so when you take the card out it looks like it does in the Super Mario games where the items come out of the blocks.
Super Mario Lights (4 Designs) | ¥1,500
These palm-sized lights are made by UK-based gifts company Paladone Products and so are also available outside Japan. Perfect for decorating any gamer’s room or desk.
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Super Mario Home & Party Merchandise
Releasing: Winter 2020
Product Page: https://www.nintendo-sales.co.jp/products/original_smhp.html
Super Mario Lights
Releasing: Late November 2020
Product Page: https://www.nintendo-sales.co.jp/products/original_trd.html
Nintendo Store Japan Official Website: https://store-jp.nintendo.com/
Tokyo and Fukuoka’s Kirby Café Reveal Menu For Winter 2020
The chilly winter season is on the horizon, but Kirby Café Tokyo and Kirby Café Hakata will keep customers warm with their new winter menu which will be served from November 11, 2020 to February 28, 2021.
Kirby Café Winter Menu
Winter Kirby Burger & Clam Chowder Pasta | ¥2,680 (Before Tax) *Comes with souvenir plate
Mogu Mogu Kirby’s Poka Poka Pie Stew | ¥2,680 (Before Tax) *Comes with souvenir cup
Kirby is staying warm and cosy with his scarf on the burger and clam chowder pasta dish. For the stew, Kirby’s entire face is made from pie.
Kirby’s Hot Crumble Bowl | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
This hot crumble is served in a cute Kirby bento box which you can take away with you.ス
Desserts & Drinks
Ice Dragon☆Pastel Cream Anmitsu | ¥880 (Before Tax)
Kirby Café’s Authentic Oven Baked Pizza ~Berries and White Chocolate~ | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
The Ice Dragon☆Pastel Cream Anmitsu is a Japanese-style dessert while the pizza is a dessert pizza perfect for wintertime.
Kirby Fighters 2 Menu
Wrestler Kirby Burger | ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
King Dedede & Meta Knight’s Tag Dessert | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
The cafe is also serving up a meal and dessert in collaboration with the new Nintendo Switch title Kirby Fighters 2.
Kirby Café Original Merchandise
Postcards | ¥150 Each (Before Tax)
Winter Blanket | ¥2,700 (Before Tax)
A selection of exclusive and seasonal Kirby Café merchandise.
Kirby Café Winter
Running: November 11, 2020 – February 28, 2021
KIRBY CAFÉ TOKYO
Grand Opening: December 12, 2019
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
*No fixed holidays except where Tokyo Solamachi is closed
Reservations & Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/tokyo/
Kirby Café HAKATA
Grand Opening: March 12, 2020
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Reservations & Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/hakata/