Nintendo has announced a new Kirby game, and this time around, it's an odd one. Kirby's Dream Buffet is a sort of Fall Guys-esque multiplayer party racing-fighting game hybrid in which players roll through courses then battle each other. It's coming to Switch this summer.
What do we know about Kirby's Dream Buffet?
The Kirby franchise tends to rotate between conventional platformers and more experimental releases. Earlier this year saw the release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, a fairly straightforward 3D platformer, so it stands to reason that the newest Kirby game would be profoundly weird. Kirby's Dream Buffet looks hard to encapsulate in just a sentence or two; it's a fighting game-racing game hybrid with shades of Fall Guys and echoes of Kirby Superstar Saga's Gourmet Race minigame. You can check out the trailer below to see it in action.
Kirby's Dream Buffet is primarily a multiplayer title. It'll support up to 4 players, who will roll through a series of food-themed courses hoovering up strawberries. Each game will consist of 4 rounds. During the final round of gameplay, players will face off against one another atop a floating platform to determine who wins the game overall, and players with more strawberries will grow bigger, granting them an advantage in battle. The game will also feature a food-themed twist on classic Kirby copy abilities, which have been renamed to "Copy Food Abilities" here. Imaginative, no? If you're one of the people angered by the new Fall Guys free-to-play currency system, it looks like Kirby's Dream Buffet could take that game's place in your multiplayer rotation.
When is Kirby's Dream Buffet launching?
We don't yet have a concrete release date for Kirby's Dream Buffet. The game is set to launch for Nintendo Switch sometime this summer, so we'll likely get a more accurate release date in the coming weeks. Until then, you can keep track of the game via its official Nintendo eShop page. Nintendo is promising easy-to-learn gameplay for everyone, but a "healthy challenge" for those looking for more strenuous competition. Frankly, given the amount of cake, ice-cream, and other unhealthy food in the trailer, we think that's a little hard to swallow, Nintendo. Stay tuned for more info on this one.