Another Iconic Nintendo Character Turns 25: Celebrate at Lawson's!

25 years ago, one of Nintendo's most iconic characters came to life.  Although Mario's creator Shigeru Miyamoto had a hand in developing this new brand of hero, he was completely unlike the Italian plumber who had captured the hearts of gamers throughout the world.  No, this new character was something different entirely.

Made of pink fluff, Kirby hardly seems like someone who could fight evil, but beneath the puffy, cute exterior lies the power to absorb the abilities of his friends and foes alike.  The "Copy Ability" and colorful aesthetics of the game helped make Kirby one of the most beloved video game characters of all time, and he has since appeared in hundreds of standalone and crossover games in the past quarter century.

To celebrate his 25th birthday, there will be a number of sales and attractions throughout Japan, but probably the best and most consistent can be found at Lawson Convenience stores. 
Happy 25th Kirby x Lawson is a special promotional event taking place now, and if you're a fan of the fluffy hero, you should stop by the nearest Lawson's to check it out.  Here are some of the neat limited edition goods you can buy:
- White Peach Jelly in a commemorative mug
- Stickers
- Clear Files
- Notebooks
- Keychains
- Stuffed animals
- Bath bombs
- Change pouches
- 3D puzzles
- Even watches, among others.

Last, but not least, is my favorite of the limited edition items: the Kirbyman.  
Anyone who has checked out my Odigo articles before knows that I love nikuman--steamed pork buns.  The Kirbyman is a bit unique, however, as it is filled with Chicken and Tomatoes, but I suppose their goal was to ensure a pink filling to match the pink, fluffy exterior.

So there you have it...

...a quick Happy 25th Birthday to Kirby and some tips on where to grab some Kirby-inspired goods in celebration.  If you're a gamer, a long-time Kirby player, or just a fan of all things cute in Japan, I say zehi, head to Lawson's and check it out!

(Cover photo courtesy of Flickr User sonicjoeyd)

Mike B