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Kirby Turns 20, Nintendo Celebrates

Everyone’s favorite pink vacuum of death will be celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, and Nintendo is planning to celebrate the anniversary in the biggest way possible literally. In fact, they are planning that they can get 305 people together to chew some gum. The video game conglomerate wants to gather more than 304 people to blow chewing gum bubbles at Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle on September 1.

The array of pink bubbles are supposed to honor game character Kirby and also this will land them a spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records for most people chewing bubble gum at the same time in one place…weird.

PAX has 70000 people attending it this year so expect the previous record to be demolished.

Well, moving on, the pink vacuum-mouthed character first appeared in HAL Laboratory’s Kirby’s Dream Land for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1992. The character has since appeared in some 20 game titles and made cameos in others, including the Super Smash Bros. series, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, EarthBound, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

The official Japanese website includes an ongoing prize campaign where customers can win original Kirby goods, including a beanbag cushion (pictured left), a collection of limited-edition badges, a Wii disc case, and playing cards.

If you’re going to PAX Prime next weekend, and wish to participate in the Kirby bubblegum blowout, you just need to go to Level 4, Room 4A of the exposition hall at 1pm on Saturday, September 1st.