For those who have been waiting for a classic-style Kirby release, it would seem that the waiting will soon be over.
Kirby: Star Allies was revealed today as part of the recent Nintendo Direct and it looks to be bringing something of the classic Kirby format, something forgotten in Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
In the upcoming title, players will control Kirby in a style similar to the original titles, inhaling enemies to obtain their powers and using those powers to defeat foes. But while the format is familiar, there’s a few new features.
Kirby: Star Allies introduces the ability to mix and match powers, making abilities like ‘Fire Cutter’ and a “bomb turned hot air balloon” possible (as seen in the video below). Kirby: Star Allies also uniquely allows players to recruit computer allies, in the form of throwing hearts at in-game enemies. While these allies can act on their own, it also allows one to use their powers in tandem with their own, as with using ‘ESP’ to drop an ally with the ‘Stone’ ability on an enemy.
What might be most exciting, however, is the option for four-player local co-op. The option allows up to three other players to control Kirby’s minion allies, with the ability to switch control between different minions.
Kirby: Star Allies is set to release for Nintendo Switch sometime in the spring of 2018.
For more information, watch the Nintendo Direct trailer below: