With Spring 2017 in full swing, it’s no secret that Kirby’s 25th birthday is being celebrated just about everywhere in the world this season. We’ve seen a number of events take place recently; from plenty of new, celebratory Kirby products hitting stores around Japan to the Kirby Orchestra concert opening for fans in Osaka and Tokyo, there’s no escaping the fact that our favorite pink puffball has made an impact in the world with 25 years under his belt.

Along with announcements about merchandise and events, we’ve also been receiving a nice number of birthday wishes from those who have worked on the Kirby series since its inception. Most recently, Kirby series General Director Shinya Kumazaki took to Miiverse to express his joy over helping to bring Kirby into the world. After an incredibly jolly message directed at the pink puff himself, Mr. Kumazaki turns his focus to those who have enjoyed playing the series by describing the three Kirby games releasing this year.

Read the details and soak in all the Kirby goodness by reading the message in its entirety:

Hello! This is Shinya Kumazaki.

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!”

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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.

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