Who knew we were getting TWO new Kirby games in 2022? Only Nintendo, until today. With Kirby And The Forbidden Land only a few months old, no one expected to see the pink vacuum cleaner again so soon….but here it is, Kirby’s Dream Buffet.
Now let’s get to the actual games. There will be plenty to keep Switch players busy through the remainder of the year, and some excellent stuff is now confirmed for 2022. Like a fully 3D Kirby, Splatoon 3 and the finally confirmed release window for Bayonetta 3!
Though Nintendo is usually stingy about who gets to play with their IP, holding tight controls over what Mario does and says outside of a game, the one area they’ve always been lax about is the manga industry. In the right-to-left paper universe, Nintendo characters are allowed to have non-canon adventures, they can look different, and they can have different personalities — all things verboten everywhere else. Viz has the rights to publish Nintendo manga in the US, and here are some of the weird tales coming our way, including the debut of the Animal Crossing manga…
The surprise game launch is a relatively new phenomenon in the medium. Sure, you could do it back when physical was the only method of distribution, but it doesn’t work quite as effectively in that form (just ask Sega). Nintendo has been one of the most prolific users of the surprise launch stunt, and it’s now expected that every Direct livestream come with one sudden announcement of something available “later today.”
Kirby starred in four games for the Super NES: Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Kirby Super Star, Kirby’s Avalanche, and Kirby’s Dream Course. But the latter game didn’t start out as a Kirby-related property. In an alternate history, the game would have released under the title “Special Tee Shot,” and would’ve had nothing to do with the puffball at all.
Though Nintendo said that they were going to be focusing on 2017 games for the Nintendo Switch, they weren’t afraid to drop some future reveals as well. One of which was the reveal of a brand new Kirby game coming to the Switch in 2018.
To give a little background, the Super NES had a fancy satellite service that allowed players to download games from space during designated time periods. The service was never sold outside of Japan, and many of the games that appeared on the service were never sold again in any form. This included a remix of Link to the Past, a 16-bit remake of the original Zelda game, a second SNES F-Zero featuring new tracks, and “Radical Dreamers,” a text adventure from Square that would eventually turn into Chrono Cross.
Today Nintendo of America sent out this tweet:
One year ago today, Kirby Triple Deluxe made its way onto the Nintendo 3DS, fully using both Kirby charm and the 3DS’ ability to bring out the levels to full effect. In fact, two of Triple Deluxe’s minigames were actually turned into full fledged downloadable titles.
I am a Nintendo Fanboy. It’s who I am. My first taste of video gaming was a Game Boy. My first console was a SNES. I remember the joy when I got a Pokemon Stadium N64 bundle pack for Christmas, and the pride I felt when I saved enough money to buy the Nintendo Gamecube, Wii, and Wii U with my own money. Nintendo is ingrained in my life.
Nintendo announced at its E3 press conference that both the release dates for its Wii U and 3DS versions of the newest Super Smash Bros. game would be moved. Depending on what version you planned on getting this could be either good or bad, with the 3DS version being pushed back to October 3rd 2014 and the Wii U version being released during the holidays. On top of that Nintendo released information regarding new fighters for the game including Lady Palutena from the Kid Icarus franchise and word of the introduction of Pac-Man.
To celebrate Kirby’s 20th anniversary, Nintendo will release a collection of titles in North America for the Wii.