A new 3D Kirby Nintendo Switch game is rumored to be in development following a discovery in the recently-released Kirby Fighters 2.
Late last night, Nintendo made the surprising announcement that it was launching Kirby Fighters 2 for the Nintendo Switch right away. There was no launch hype buildup or anything like that; Nintendo simply announced the game and made it available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop.
Have a gander at the Kirby Fighters 2 Launch Trailer to see what it's all about:
In short, it's a more adorable version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that only features Kirby and his friends. Kirby fans and fighting game fans alike could find something to love, but that's not all that this new game reportedly has.
Nearly every game released to market has some unused assets or leftover code buried within, but one person on Twitter has discovered what may be a veritable treasure trove of data from HAL Labs. In the best-case scenario, this may be proof that a new 3D Kirby Nintendo Switch game is in development.
SOME MORE INFO:— angie (@firubiii) September 24, 2020
-code + organization is up to standards of the recent mainline games
-this is alongside a BUNCH of experimental mint test projects, such as a kirby base template and other random things
-completely different than blowout blast's code in every way
What is the Rumored 3D Kirby Nintendo Switch Game?
According to the above tweet, there is code for "sample" programs within the files for Kirby Fighter 2. This code is said by the dataminer to be "up to [the] standards" of recent mainly games, along with a bunch of experimental projects. Furthermore, the dataminer says that this is different than Blowout Blast's code.
The leaker provides several images showing a file tree purportedly from Kirby Fighters 2. However, key context is missing — it would be impossible to tell which files are related to Kirby Fighters 2, which are simply leftover code, and which may be hinting at a new 3D Kirby Nintendo Switch game.
A cynical interpretation of this leak would be that these were simply prototypes created to facilitate the development of Kirby Fighters 2. On the flip side, these may also be evidence that a proper 3D Kirby game is in development for the Switch.
We can't say for sure either way; as always, take a rumor like this with a grain of salt. If one person can uncover this data, however, then other dataminers should be able to do the same. If we're lucky, one of them may do a more robust analysis and explain exactly what these reported mystery files may be. For now, you can get your Kirby fix by buying Kirby Fighters 2 on the Nintendo eShop for $19.99 or your regional equivalent.
Do you think we'll get a new 3D Kirby Nintendo Switch game or are these reported files a red herring? What do you think of Kirby Fighters 2? Let us know in the comments below!