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.
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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
SHISEIDO MEN Skincare Collaborates With FC Barcelona and Captain Tsubasa
SHISEIDO MEN has teamed up with FC Barcelona and the popular soccer manga series Captain Tsubasa to launch the BARÇA x SHISEIDO FC Manga Player Generator App to promote men’s skincare. This app shows men how to properly care for their skin with a quick virtual skin checkup. Users can also BARÇA x SHISEIDO FC, a virtual football team led by SHISEIDO MEN ambassador Sergi Roberto as well as Tsubasa Ozora, the main character of Captain Tsubasa.
BARÇA x SHISEIDO FC Manga Player Generator
Available for a limited time now until June 29, users can take a quick skincare check-up. The collaboration aims to encourage men to learn about their own skincare concerns as well as promote the importance of skincare amongst men in a more fun and engaging way.
BARÇA x SHISEIDO FC Manga Player Generator
Available: March 30, 2021 – June 29, 2021
Japan’s Kirby Café Announces Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair
If you didn’t know, Kirby’s birthday falls on April 27. To celebrate, Kirby Café Tokyo and Kirby Café Hakata have announced the Kirby’s Happy Birthday Fair event which will run from April 1 to May 9 where customers can get their fingers on some delicious birthday treats and items.
Kirby’s Birthday Line-Up
Happy Birthday☆Kirby | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)
No birthday is complete without a fitting cake. This one is loaded with fruit, strawberry cream, an icing cookie, and other delicious treats. Make sure to get yourself a slice before Kirby inhales it whole!
Kirby 29th Birthday Badge | ¥594 (Tax Included)
Kirby 29th Birthday Candy (Lime Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
TOKYO BOX Candy (Lemon Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included) | Exclusive to Kirby Café Tokyo
Candy (Soda Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Candy (Strawberry Flavoured w/Sticker) | ¥638 (Tax Included)
Kirby’s Happy Birthday
Running: April 1, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Bookings: Not mandatory but recommended
Kirby Café Tokyo: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
Kirby Café Hakata: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Tokyo
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café Hakata
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Nintendo Releases Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S for the Switch
25.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S was released for the Nintendo Switch on March 18. The game was published by Crypton Future Media, who are known for creating VOCALOID, and comes as their first-ever puzzle game. The game is available for 25% off until March 31.
The main visual for the game was created by illustrator NEGI
The game is the expanded and complete version of Hatsune Miku Logic Paint -MIKULOGI- which was released for smartphones in March 2020. Players use the numbers in the top and left-hand sides of the screen to fill in a grid of square in order to create an image. They can also use the X marks to prevent mistakes. The images include illustrations of Piapro characters including Hatsune Miku and her familiar line-up of friends.
Players can also set their favourite songs to play in the home and puzzle screens and can unlock more songs by collecting Stars.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S builds on the MIKULOGI version by introducing even more puzzles – over 350, including the addition of new 20 x 20 puzzles alongside the original 5 x 5, 10 x 10, and 15 x 15. Players can now choose favourite Piapro character to solze puzzles together with, including Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, Kaito, and Meiko. There are also Missions for players to complete which will unlock artwork and 18 different songs.
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S
Released: March 18, 2021
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfm_mobile
Kirby Café Begins Serving its Spring Picnic Themed Menu
The Kirby Café branches in Tokyo and Hakata rolled out their Spring 2021 menu on Friday which is set to run until June 6. Themed on a springtime picnic, the line-up includes three items: six siz different temari-zushi servings, cherry blossom mochi, and a cherry blossom latte, all inspired by the Kirby video game series.
Cherry Blossom Temari-zushi: Eat In ¥2,178 / Takeout ¥2,138
A serving of six sushi rolls perfect for a spring picnic. Each roll features designs that will be instantly-recognisable to Kirby fans.
Souvenir – Lunchbox (4 Designs)
Kirby’s Spring Search | ¥1,078 (Tax Included)
Kirby is playing hide and seek under the cherry blossom tree in this cute dish which is adorned with shiny coloured candy.
Cherry Blossom Latte | ¥968 (Tax Included)
A light pink-coloured cherry blossom latte with a touch of salt. Mix everything together for a tasty sipping experience.
Kirby’s Spring Picnic Fair Menu
Japanese Menu Name: 春のまんまるピクニック フェア
Running: March 19, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Where: Kirby Café TOKYO / Kirby Café HAKATA
Table Reservations: Book at the links below
・Kirby Café TOKYO https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
・Kirby Café HAKATA https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/hakata/
Kirby Café Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Releases Osaka’s City of Daito as Accessible Island
17.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The city of Daito in Osaka teamed up with the Nintendo Switch title Animal Crossing: New Horizons to release the city as an accessible island, Daito Island, on March 10.
Every March, Daito hosts a PR event to promote the city. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the event has seen strict restrictions that do not allow social gatherings. In order that the event not be cancelled entirely, Daito is collaborating with Animal Crossing: New Horizons to promote the city in-game with stalls, historical content like traditional armour and Iimoriyama Castle, and more.
Visitors to the island will receive three kinds of Miyoshi Nagayoshi armour, a family crest, and a hat and outfit of Daito’s city mascot Daiton. These are available until April 30.
The access code is: DA-1888-0815-5276
Animal Crossing Daito Island
Released: March 10, 2021
Official Website: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/switch/acbaa/index.html
Super Nintendo World Opening March 18 at Universal Studios Japan
Ouverture du Super Nintendo World le 18 mars à Universal Studios Japan
Cinq ans depuis sa première annonce en 2016 et son report de la date d’ouverture dû au corona virus, le moment est enfin venu : Universal Studios Japan ouvre la zone Super Nintendo World le 18 mars 2021 (jeudi).
Super Nintendo World est le premier parc à thème au monde à être basé sur les personnages et les jeux de Nintendo, combinant des idées innovantes avec une technologie de pointe. Il ouvre à l’occasion du 20e anniversaire de l’USJ, ce qui fait de ce printemps une période festive pour le parc.
Les fans pourront s’attendre à entrer dans le château de Bowser, frapper les blocs de point d’interrogation comme Mario, ou mettre la main sur des produits exclusifs et bien plus encore. Restez à l’écoute pour de plus amples informations pour préparer votre visite !
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Super Nintendo World
Grand Opening: March 18, 2021
Where: Universal Studios Japan
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
MONSTER HUNTER RISE Nintendo Switch Accessory Series Includes Items Inspired by In-Game Monsters
28.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME
A new collection of official MONSTER HUNTER RISE accessories for the Nintendo Switch is set to be released in Japan on March 26, 2021. It is unconfirmed whether the items will be released outside Japan.
MONSTER HUNTER RISE Magnamalo Grip Controllers for Nintendo Switch | ¥5,478 (Tax Included)
MONSTER HUNTER RISE Palico & Felyne Hand Pouch for Nintendo Switch | ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
MONSTER HUNTER RISE 64GB micoSD Card + Palico Card Case for Nintendo Switch | ¥6,578 (Tax Included)
MONSTER HUNTER RISE 64GB micoSD Card + Felyne Card Case for Nintendo Switch | ¥14,278 (Tax Included)
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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)
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!”
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.
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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
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
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/