Kirby gets the Fall Guys treatment in a surprise new Switch game
Kirby has a second game coming out in 2022 and it’s giving the internet a major fall guys vibes. On Tuesday, Nintendo quietly announced Kirby’s Dream Buffet, a multiplayer game where you compete against friends around delicious dangers. The Switch eShop exclusive is set to release in the coming months.
If Pink Puff’s Open-World Style Post-Apocalyptic Adventure Kirby and the Forgotten Land hit too close to home in the current climate, Kirby’s Dream Buffet seems like a welcome return to the character’s simpler roots. Players race through food-themed stages in four rounds of “frenzied multiplayer fun.” The more food Kirby eats, the bigger he gets, eventually knocking the contestants off the stage. Players will also have access to “Copy Food Abilities” as they gobble down each new morsel, adding more sugar-coated powers to their arsenal.
Here is the trailer:
Kirby’s Dream Buffet is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer!
While the set “knocks your opponents off a giant obstacle course suspended in the air” is pure fall guys, Kirby’s Dream Buffet takes a quintessentially Nintendo approach to multiplayer. Although the game has an online mode, the stages are limited to four human players. The others appear to be AI controlled Waddle Dees. It’s a far cry from the 60-player frenzies that made fall guys a hit when it debuted in 2020 (it recently arrived on Switch and is now also free).
The influence of Mediatonic’s Jelly Bean Royale is hard to shake, but of course multiplayer is nothing new for Kirby. In addition to cooperative modes in main entries, spin-offs Kirby’s Dream Course for the SNES and Kirby Air Ride for the GameCube were focused on multiplayer.
Interestingly, Nintendo has yet to list a price for Kirby’s Dream Buffet, so it’s unclear how complete the experience is supposed to be. Time will tell if this will end up being Kirby’s big esports break, but what’s already clear is that 2022 is treating Kirby fans well.