In a very unexpected move, Nintendo released Kirby Fighters 2 on September 23, 2020, with no buildup other then a leak late last night on their website. Proof that the year isn’t necessarily all bad, this sequel to the original Kirby Fighters Deluxe released in 2014 is now out exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
The game includes 17 of Kirby’s famous copy abilities, as well as introduces the brand new copy ability Wrestler. Other abilities include Sword, Cutter, Beam, Artist, Yo-yo and Water. Familiar faces from the franchise include Bandana Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, King Dedede, Gooey and Magolor, with each character, including Kirby himself, wielding a distinct fighting style for a total of 22 throughout the game. Rare hats can be collected through gameplay, with Special Rare hats (tm) being available if you played Kirby Star Allies, or Super Kirby Clash.
Kirby Fighters 2 also includes a story mode, pitting Kirby against King Dedede and Meta Knight in a duel and teaming the player up with either a friend or a CPU to fight back. The game contains roguelike elements with different enemies waiting to face you each time you climb the tower for your duel.
In terms of Multiplayer, Kirby Fighters 2 can be played by up to 4 players locally on a system, though they can also be connected via local wireless or online play. Unfortunately, footage of online play has already been published, showing dropped framerates, lag, and general online issues that Nintendo is notorious for. No word on a possible patch to fix these issues has been given, although we should note the time this is publishing (we weren't the ones who decided to release a game at 9PM EST), and that Tokyo Game Show is starting relatively soon in Japan.
According to the game’s page on the Nintendo website, stages include Fountain of Dreams, Waddle Dee Train Tracks, Gourmet Go Go and Bubbly Clouds. Stages, story items, abilities and buddies are unlocked as you level up your fighter rank and progress.
Kirby Fighters 2 is available in the Nintendo eShop now, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console.
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