New Kirby Game Announced for Switch in 2018

During their E3 stream, Nintendo revealed a new Kirby game, being developed by  HAL Laboratories, for Nintendo Switch.

No precise title was revealed, much like with the new Yoshi game which is also in development at this time. The video above shows off co-op gameplay, possibly up to four players, along with the ability to take control of up to three enemies and compel them to be your allies. Classic enemy types return, with an overall familiar feel; Nintendo seems very keen on advertising that this entry in the series will definitely be in HD.

Here are the first screenshots:

Here’s a rundown on the game:

The pink puff is back—in HD—and he’s not alone.

Kirby is back—and he’s finally on the Nintendo Switch console in HD! But this time, he’s not alone. Recruit enemies by hitting them with hearts and gather helpers for a party of up to four characters. On top of that, you can join with up to three friends for a different kind of team-up action!


  • The newest Kirby title comes to the Nintendo Switch console in HD.
  • Recruit up to three enemies as helpers by hitting them with hearts.
  • Returning copy abilities include, Sword, Fire, Water, Bomb, Broom and many more!
  • Imbue copy abilities with different elements, such as wind, water, fire and electricity, by borrowing or giving them to helpers to add more attack power, unleash powerful attacks, or solve puzzles.
  • Up to 4 players can join in with the horizontal Joy-Con controller configuration, or 8 Joy-Con with 4 Joy-Con Grips.

Kirby for Nintendo Switch launches in 2018.



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  1. No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Oh fuck, finally a Kirby that isn’t a bunch of weird shit.

  2. Pillbugable
    June 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    if Kirby didn’t try ‘weird shit’ we wouldn’t have Air Ride.

  3. RichardGristle
    June 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Looks decent. Good to see Kirby again.

  4. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    June 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    It looks pretty, even by Kirby standards.

  5. Donwel
    June 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Nintendo really seem to be ready to blow their load in 2018. It seems unusual to me that they’d get all of their main franchises out on a new system so soon into its lifecycle. Assuming some of them don’t get delayed obviously.

  6. kunuri
    June 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm


  7. alterku
    June 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Goddammit. I didn’t want to buy a switch.

  8. MusouTensei
    June 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Finally a real Kirby game for console.

  9. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Yes, no more BS Yarn crap.

  10. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    They had to. They had 25 minutes and it couldn’t be just Mario. I’m just glad its not another Yarn game.

  11. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I think by ‘weird shit’ they mean no more “Epic Yarn” Bullshit.
    And Air Ride was ok.

  12. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    June 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    It’s fucking 2D again?

  13. Yamato-san
    June 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Uh, did we all forget that Return to Dreamland existed? Granted, it was originally intended for GameCube, but still.

  14. sanic
    June 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I fucking love kirby but I hate nintendo for being a big shit.

  15. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    June 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Triple Deluxe and Planet Robobot were awesome as well.

  16. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    June 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah, its getting ridiculous now. Kirby’s universe is so ripe for a fully 3D platformer similar to Mario Galaxy or Banjo Kazooie.

  17. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    June 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Looks fun and all, but I wish they evolved Kirby into full 3D.

  18. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 13, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    “Uh, did we all forget that Return to Dreamland existed?”

    Because we didn’t want to remember the Wii at all by the time 2011 rolled around. I mean, it sold very well but it was overlooked in terms of games people were excited for not named Zelda at that point.

  19. Jettythesunfish
    June 13, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Define “weird shit”, because we’re talking about a series with a round, pink alien as its protagonist. xD

  20. Personaknight
    June 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I though the comment meant the 3ds Kirby, freemeium, and $3 mini-games on the eshop. Not weird things necessary though we haven’t got this close to console kirby since Kirby on wii.

  21. Personaknight
    June 13, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Well that game and New super Mario wii pushed the 4 people playing at once thing which mostly made them foot-note worthy novelty wise.

  22. Personaknight
    June 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Isn’t that true of the majority of big videogame companies that own atleast one series that’s really hard to dislike?

  23. Personaknight
    June 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Not really convinced on the 3d platforming for Kirby since it seems kinda barebones. Series seems like it’s much better suited to experiment with mechanics in 2d and some how manages to still hold interest; meanwhile things Like NEW Mario series kinda fall flat until they go 3d.

  24. Personaknight
    June 13, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Yes, we get enemy partners like superstar saga! And comboing attacks with them like combination powers from 64 is a beautiful touch. This one looks to really celebrate on the different mechanics involving powers this time.

    Some people are upset about it not being 3d, but I’m kinda thankful since for Kirby it would kinda seem empty looking down at the ground and turning around all the time. Only thing I would say seems interesting about 3d Kirby would be bosses and powers if they can make him a bit more mobile. Had a fun idea imagining what a spectacle fighter Kirby game would be like given all his fire power.

  25. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    June 13, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I think Kirby would work well as a collectathon in 3D similar to Banjo. His different abilities would make for great puzzle solving.

  26. Personaknight
    June 13, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I haven’t played much of Banjo, but it seemed more like a collect-thon of get 100 of these or 5 of this. Kirby collecting was more find a secret room for 1ups, unlock room with collection of powers, and various unlocks. Challenges usually include timed platforming where you have to get to the end of room before an enemy walks off stage with a key or you trigger the wrong bomb that creates a wall in front of a secret. Aside from that puzzles usually just require you to have a power on hand which is the only way I see that being like Bango in that you get more abilities the further in you get.

    Maybe Kirby would work with more puzzles and collecting in 3d, but then it wouldn’t be much like 2d Kirby.

  27. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    June 13, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    It has potential, just remember that Mario 64 was way different than the 2d Mario games, and it was still great.

  28. Yamato-san
    June 14, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Those weren’t on a console.

  29. Fandangle
    June 14, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Yeah, that game that came out like a decade ago and we had 3 mainline 2D platforming kirby games since and they were all excellent.

  30. Fandangle
    June 14, 2017 at 4:55 am

    They’re trying to avoid a WiiU situation where tehy staggered the releases of their games. They did it so they wouldn’t oversaturate the market and so other developers would have time to not compete with their games.

    Obviously that didn’t work, so they’re blowing their load early and hoping the developers will step in later.

  31. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    June 14, 2017 at 8:51 am

    How is that relevant? Theyre still mainline games that look just as good as Return To Dreamland and this new game. Heck Kirby started as a handheld game anyways.

  32. Yamato-san
    June 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    The original poster said it’s a Kirby game for a console (well, console hybrid), and the person replying spoke as if Kirby’s Epic Yarn was the only such game released lately. I merely replied to point out otherwise.

  33. No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Not really controlling him and instead using string or whatever to get him around, using transportation like that robot game, think there was one where you don’t fight back by sucking in enemies to use their powers.