The never full, little pink blob known as Kirby is celebrating his anniversary this year and after already having one game released for free on the 3DS, more are on the way and Nintendo have seen fit to provide even more details about the upcoming work, which you can read for yourself right here:
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Kirby is ready for action in a whole different dimension—the third dimension!
Have a blast inhaling foes and blowing them away in 3D environments across 25+ stages. Inhale enough enemies and you can launch one huge Blaster Bullet capable of wiping out a troop of Waddle Dees. Now’s your chance to battle iconic bosses like Kracko Jr and King Dedede in 3D!
Inhaling multiple enemies to launch Blaster Bullets is a great way to pump up your score and go for a bronze, silver, or gold star. Another way to score big is to rack up a combo by continuously firing at enemies without missing. Or you could always just collect coins as you jump across platforms. As you progress, you’ll unlock EX stages, which provide a tougher challenge to master. Celebrate your victories by tapping a Kirby series amiibo™ figure to build a statue in the plaza that plays new music!
- Inhale enemies to launch Blaster Bullets and take out groups of enemies in a 3D space.
- Obtain a bronze, silver, or gold trophy while shooting for a high score.
- Face down beloved Kirby series bosses like Kracko Jr and King Dedede.
- Unlock EX stages and master them for an even tougher challenge.
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Kirby’s Blowout Burst will also feature amiibo compatibility and according to the 3DS page listing, amiibo accessories can be used to “score new characters, game modes, or other perks!” But even then that’s not all as Nintendo Dream recently spoke with Shinya Kumazaki of HAL Laboratory and quite a few details pertaining to the upcoming Summer release was discussed.
Firstly when asked about how Kirby’s Blowout Blast compares to the Kirby: Planet Robobot’s sub-game, Kumazaki responded by saying that “while both are digital games, the former will have an overall volume that’s more like a normal packaged release. The sub-game was made more as an experiment on seeing whether the epitome of Kirby games can be enjoyed in 3D. They had been receiving requests to create a 3D game, and that he (Kumazaki) wanted to challenge himself in making it.”
He also revealed that Kirby’s Blowout Blast, will be played on a single screen with a fixed camera. Whereas side-scrolling games are easy because all players would need to do is strike the enemies coming out at them from the front, with a 3D game it’s different. “You have to take the full 360 degrees into consideration, so it would be harder to hit bullets than ordinary shooter games.” Kumazaki did joke that “it would’ve been easier if Kirby could fire rapidly, but considering that he inhales and then basically spits, he has to make the hit in one shot.”
According to Kumazaki, the team “balanced the shooting range, homing ability, and inhaling detection so that they wouldn’t end up becoming unnatural, and put the results on a fixed screen to make the new game. In the current era there are many Kirby games that have a variety of copy abilities and command moves, so he (Kumazaki), thought he’d like to come back to a simple Kirby experience for once. It’s also good to go back to the series’ roots since it’s the series’ 25th anniversary, and the new game is being developed with “The First 3D Kirby” as a key phrase.”
So by the sounds of things, it seems Kirby’s Blowout Blast is shaping up to be something familiar, yet completely revamped and honestly that’s the probably a good approach to take. This is after all 2017, the year The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Sonic Forces and Super Mario Odyssey will take their iconic series’ in an all new direction. So it would be odd if Kirby didn’t do a similar thing, but what about you? What do you make of all this? Let us know!