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Kirby Star Allies | Nintendo Switch Review

Posted on May 3, 2018 by Meghan Kass

I have followed the Kirby franchise since I was but a wee lass. Since about the age of five years old, Kirby has been in my life. I remember playing through Kirby’s Dreamland with my older sibling and being mesmerized by the environments, enemies and of course the little pink guy himself, Kirby. I always have been a fan of platformers, and Kirby’s particular style of gameplay has always resonated with me. In my experience, it has been a bit of a slower pace, but much more relaxing than other platformers, even at the hardest bosses. Even though Kirby has gone through many interesting experiments over the years with style and difficulty, they have for the most part been at least pleasant to play and look at. Does the new entry, Kirby Star Allies fall among the best of the franchise? Or is it just another average platforming starring everyone’s favorite pink puff ball?

For the most part, Kirby Star Allies is much like classic Kirby entries such as Kirby’s Adventure or Kirby’s Dreamland. You go through various levels and platform your way to the end. You inhale enemies to either use them as projectiles or absorb their powers for fun new abilities. At the end of each level is the classic bonus jump game, which to this day, I am still bad at.

The plot revolves around and evil entity from a distant world that has possessed the likes of Meta Knight, Dedede and many other characters. Kirby was also hit, but instead of being possessed he has gained the ability to befriend his enemies and gain help to find and defeat the evil that is engulfing the universe.  

One notable difference is the fact that yes, this can be a local co op experience. You can recruit either enemy AI or your real life friends to help you in your fight to save the world, and even other worlds, from evil. You can have various forms of help like those who can assist you with fire, ice, water, rock or even sweeping! Each has their use and sometimes you need them to access specific parts of the level with a particular power. It won’t be hard to tell which ability you will need to use, but sometimes you will just be the bad luck of not having the right power at the right time.

Another difference is the combined ability feature. You can have yourself and your allies combine to work together to make a bridge for a mischievous key carrying waddle dee to open new doors for you, a friend circle to plow through enemies, a friend star to fly through levels and shoot enemies mid air and more! These are fun to initiate and fun to make use of when prompted.

But what you really want to hear about is the abilities, after all, that is what Kirby is most known for.  I am happy to say, there are quite a few new abilities to be found in Star Allies. My personal favorite is the artist copy ability, which allows you to splatter paint at enemies and also paint masterpieces that give you health boosts which helps if you’re fighting a boss. You also have new abilities like spider to trap enemies and festival which destroys enemies on the screen. There are more, but I won’t give them away as part of the fun is discovering them for yourself.

Among new abilities are also new mini games that you can play with friends.One is a tree cutting contest using the joy con motion controls, the other is a home run contest hitting meteors with your charged bat while avoiding things such as spiders and bugs.


Overall, this is another strong entry for Kirby and if you have been a fan of the platforming part of the franchise, you will love this game’s charm and game play as well. I recommend purchasing this game and experiencing the joy of Kirby by yourself or with a good friend and sharing the love.



Kirby Star Allies coming to Switch on March 16th

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Jason Nason

Kirby’s debut on Nintendo Switch is coming really soon.

Kirby Star Allies is a grand new adventure packed with content. The new Artist ability lets Kirby unleash his creativity, while the new Spider ability lets him ensnare enemies in webs.

Kirby also can hurl new friend hearts at enemies to win them over with love and add them to his party. Plus, up to four friends* can team up and combine Kirby’s unique abilities with ally abilities for powerful new Friend Abilities.

In Kirby Star Allies you can recruit up to three enemies as helpers by hitting them with hearts. Returning copy abilities in the new game include, Sword, Fire, Water, Bomb, Broom and many more. Imbue copy abilities with different elements, such as wind, water, fire and electricity, by borrowing or giving them to helpers to add more attack power, unleash powerful attacks, or solve puzzles

Up to 4 players can join in with the horizontal Joy-Con controller configuration, or 8 Joy-Con with 4 Joy-Con Grips.

The game will be released for the Nintendo Switch on March 16th.



Kirby Battle Royale coming to 3DS on January 19th

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Jason Nason

Kirby has met his match in battle…himself!

Kirby is entering a tournament against his toughest rival yet…himself! 1-4 players can fight in local or online battles. You’ll be able to pick from more than ten abilities and ten battle types as well to compete in. Hoard treasure in Ore Express, knock out opponents in Slam Hockey, shoot missiles at Robo Bonkers, and more! There’s a single-player story mode too!

As you uncover King Dedede’s nefarious plan, you’ll unlock abilities and battle types in the Cake Royale tournament. In this competition, you’ll learn the basics of battle while earning Boost Orbs that power up Kirby, as well as nostalgic headgear to wear in other modes, and even a new playable character. Then dive into battle!

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Nintendo launching Kirby x Miitomo Retweet event and items

Posted on September 9, 2016 by Jason Nason

On September 15th Miitomo is going to get a little pink. And round.

Nintendo is launching Kirby inspired items in the mobile app, and it kicks off with a retweet event. There will be no shortage of Kirby-themed items for your Mii character to wear so you can show off that Kirby flair!

All Miitomo users will receive a KIRBY CAFÉ logo tee for their Mii character to wear if enough the retweet target of 20,000 retweets is reached. And since this is a global event, retweets from all three main Nintendo twitter accounts will count towards the goal. The tweets are the ones that contain the hashtag #Miitomo_Kirby_RT. They’re embedded below.

Within an hour of the tweets, they were retweeted nearly 3,000 times. The retweet period runs until September 12th, 2016 at 10:00 PM ET.

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe floating into stores May 2nd

Posted on February 16, 2014 by Jason Nason

Nintendo’s newest Kirby title, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, has been announced to be released this May alongside Mario Golf with both titles hitting retail stores and the Nintendo 3DS eShop on May 2nd.

The game includes a few new features and also a huge number of collectibles for players to find, from hidden 8-bit keychains to Sun Stones. The game takes advantage of the StreetPass feature to deliver better items to players. Devour trees, obstacles, and huge chunks of stages with Kirby’s Hypernova ability and inhale enemies to copy epic new moves like Archer. It’s a grand new Kirby adventure PLUS a new multiplayer battle mode, Kirby Fighters!

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Wii U Getting Virtual Console – 30th Anniversary Specials!

Posted on January 23, 2013 by Les Major

Coming this Spring, Wii U gamers will be able to download content from their own version of the virtual console including Nintendo and Super Nintendo titles. These games will be playable on screen as usual, and seperately on your GamePad controller.

The service will have a limited selection to begin with, but will continue to add more as well as Game Boy Advance titles. There is also “special pricing” if you’re looking to upgrade your Wii virtual console titles you’ve transfered over to your Wii U. NES games will cost $1 for the upgrade and SNES titles, $1.50. There’s more!Read More


Kirby 20th Anniversary Collection Coming

Posted on April 23, 2012 by Eric Regier

In the Japanese only Nintendo Direct webcast hosted by Satoru Iwata on April 21st, he announced that we will see the release of a Kirby compilation disk featuring a mixture of games from his career. It is unknown which games or more specifically, when the collection will be available.

Also announced, they will be making more Kirby available than before with related material through Club Nintendo and the possibility of more downloadable titles on the 3DS eShop. 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure released on the platform November of last year. What does Nintendo have in store for us this year now that our little pink puffball has aged to 20? All we know is that Nintendo has more up its sleeve than it did for Metroid’s 25th anniversary late last year.


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