While Nintendo's Pokémon Company subsidiary has enjoyed most of the company's good-news headlines in the past two weeks, the company at large has more changes in the horizon, and another "real-world" initiative—teased back in May—is now coming ...
Is there an alternate video game universe in which Kirby inhales delicious foodsâ€”and then is cooked up for human consumption? If so, we're in.
Whispy Woods Tree Face salad. Hmm.
Maxim Tomato Soup in a cute mug.
And, yes, you can purchase that mug.
The site details a ton of exclusive merchandise, including these postcards...
...and these adorable tote bags.
You'd best believe there are more desserts with a Kirby theme.
Props to this Meta Knight-themed chocolate dessert.
While Nintendo'sÂ PokÃ©mon Company subsidiary has enjoyed most of the company's good-news headlines in the past two weeks, the company at large has more changes in the horizon, and another "real-world" initiativeâ€”teased back in Mayâ€”is now coming to fruition: an official Nintendo restaurant.
Say hello to the Kirby CafÃ©. The Japan-only (for now) restaurant chain was teased last month, but its existence received a full, formal unveilingÂ Wednesday morning in its home country, all revolving around the company's 26-year-old puffball character. The cafÃ©'sÂ first location will open in Osaka on August 5, with another location to follow in Tokyo "soon."
Fans will be able toÂ purchaseÂ pastries, drinks, andÂ a mix of noodle and teriyaki menu items. Some of thoseÂ merely have a character from the game stuck onto the plate as a sticker, while others areÂ shaped to resemble characters and other game content, includingÂ Kirby-shaped custard cakes, a cup of soup that looks just like the Maxim Tomato item, andÂ the Whispy Woods tree's face apparently being made out of bread, meat, and beans.
You'd best believe there'll be exclusive Kirby CafÃ© merchandise as well, and most of it falls into the series' colorful-and-fluffy aesthetic. Cartoon renderings of Kirby, Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and other characters have been drawn on items such as stacking mugs, magnets, tote bags, cocktail muddlers, neck pillows, andÂ postcards, and Nintendo announced plans to open a no-food, just-merch version of its Kirby CafÃ© in Nagoya onÂ August 24. At least one piece of merchandiseâ€”a series of collectible acrylic "2.5-D" figurinesâ€”will require a food purchase.
This news comesÂ on the same day that PokÃ©mon Go's Japanese version saw another delay, this time related to the leak that Niantic's augmented-reality game will make every Japanese McDonald's restaurant a "gym" in the game. We can only imagine the Kirby CafÃ© will be crawling with PokÃ©mon Go players once it launches August 5, but there's no word onÂ whether that will be thanks to an official partnership at this point.
Nintendo's Japanese arm has not said ifÂ something akin toÂ Kirby CafÃ© willÂ launch in other countries or whether other company franchises might get the restaurantÂ treatment before long. We may also get an official Nintendo theme park attraction, by way of a collaboration with Universal Studios, but neither Nintendo nor Universal has revealed any further information about those plans since that May tease came out.
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