The Kirby franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and in recognition of that, a few months ago Nintendo revealed that two new Kirby titles were in development, one for 3DS and one for Switch. During today’s Direct, the company finally provided more details and footage for both of these games, including their titles: Kirby: Battle Royale for the handheld system and Kirby Star Allies for the home-handheld hybrid.

Kirby: Battle Royale looks to be focused on multiplayer action, as the reveal trailer mainly showed off different competitive minigames for players to take part in. Battle Arena sees your Kirby take on several others in a fight to see which adorable puffball can be the last one standing; Ore Express mode see the Kirbys gathering ore to store on a passing train, with the goal apparently being to be the one that can gather—and safely deliver—the most rocks to the train cars. There will also be Regional Online Battles to see who is the best in your area.

In each of these modes and more, it looks like you’ll be using your abilities to gain an advantage over your opponents and prove that you are the #1 Kirby of them all. Fortunately, for those who prefer a single-player experience, that was also confirmed to exist in this game, though no details were shared about it. Kirby: Battle Royale is launching on January 19, 2018.

We had to wait a bit, but eventually the Switch title Kirby Star Allies also had its time in the spotlight. Nintendo had already shown off the ability to recruit enemies to serve as allies before, but the Direct gave us many more examples of this and of how Kirby can team up with his partners to create and unleash devastating combo attacks. From using Kirby’s psychic abilities to drop a Stone ally on enemies to imbuing Kirby’s sword with the power of ice to transforming a bomb into a hot air balloon, it looks like there are all sorts of potential combinations for players to explore and master!

Also, there is a buff King Dedede. I’m still struggling to decide whether I consider him to be adorable or nightmare fuel. You’ll have to check out the footage below and decide for yourself, or you can just wait for Star Allies to launch sometime next spring.

What do you think of all the Kirby content coming our way? Which game are you more excited for? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Direct

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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