Nintendo Announced and Released a Kirby Game Late Last Night

Mr. Nintendo, I want to go to bed.

Now, I’m not a businessman, but I do think burying announcements about fan favorite franchises on social media at 9 p.m. eastern time seems like a weird move. But somebody over at Nintendo greenlit this one, so what do I know? After a few leaks over the last week, Nintendo announced Kirby Fighters 2, a sequel to the 2014 3DS Super Smash Bros.style brawler Kirby Fighters Deluxe. The sequel is on the Nintendo Switch, and is available to download right now. Again, odd decision to just dump that onto the eShop late at night, in my opinion.

Since the game was announced and released all at once, Nintendo accompanied the launch with a lengthy trailer that runs you through all the characters, mechanics, and modes in just under five minutes. If you’re familiar with the first game, much of this will be familiar to you. But the idea is that you and up to three others play as Kirby, each using different abilities based on enemies Kirby absorbs the talents from in his main game. There are 17 of these copy abilities, and their playstyles vary greatly. But Kirby’s not the only playable character in Kirby Fighters 2, with series staples like King Dedede and Meta Knight helping to bring the full roster to 22 characters.

Along with all the competitive modes you’d expect in a brawler, there’s also a cooperative story mode with two Kirbys ascending a tower to fight King Dedede and Meta Knight at the top. The mode features some RPG elements like custom builds determined by choosing stat increases. Lastly, if you have save data from other Kirby games on Switch, specifically Kirby Star Allies and Super Kirby Clash, you’ll get rare cosmetic items in Kirby Fighters 2.

Check out the full reveal trailer below:

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While it’s an unusual surprise drop from Nintendo, Kirby Fighters 2 is helping to round out the company’s first-party Switch line-up this year as it’s reportedly bunkering down to release several games in 2021 alongside a 4K-compatible Switch model. That’s not to say Nintendo’s been lacking this year, with major games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Paper Mario: The Origami King bringing some love to the system earlier this year. Right now, Nintendo’s current hotness is the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection, which brings three major 3D platformers to Switch in celebration of Super Mario’s 35th anniversary. But in other weird business decisions Nintendo is making this year, the collection will only be available until March. Then it’s going back into some hypothetical vault a company with no interest in preservation of its work makes up for no apparent reason.

If you’re playing through those old classics, be sure to check out some of our guides coverage. Like how to unlock the Wing Cap in Super Mario 64, or how to get every Shine in Bianco Hills in Super Mario Sunshine.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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