The new Kirby game mirrors the franchise’s older style in the same way Super Mario Bros for the Wii and Wii U did, and it’s fitting, really, because the Wii U seemed fated for side-scrollers instead of open world platforms. This time around, with the Switch, developers are branching out of that comfort zone. But it makes sense for Kirby to remain side-scrolling.
Kirby was never an impossible or frustrating franchise to play through. And with each succeeding console generation, other Nintendo franchises began to follow that trend. The Switch marks the closing of an era. Within its first couple months of launch, Binding of Isaac was available, a game featuring pubic hair power-ups, a demonic vagina, and bloody fetuses. And the new Zelda: Breath of the Wild is known for its surprising difficulty (they’re even adding on a more difficult Hard Mode with their first DLC pack).
Kirby is classic Nintendo with a nice addition seen in the New Super Mario Bros: 4 player co-op. Even the overworld looks like the one in 3D Mario World. The Switch offers mobility like no other console, coming straight out of the box with two controllers, so any multiplayer features go a long way.
Kirby’s copy abilities don’t appear to have Amiibo support, but given that Skyrim will, it’s likely this will be integrated somehow.
Kirby is slated for a 2018 release.
“Kirby is back in this new title coming to the Nintendo Switch console in HD. Recruit enemies as helpers, use Kirby copy abilities such as Sword, Fire and Water, and join forces with up to three friends for a different kind of team-up action. Coming 2018!”