In the recently released Kirby Star Allies – The Original Art Book an interview with Shinya Kumazaki, the game’s director was included.
In it Kamuzaki talked about moving on to the “next phase” of Kirby and “planning for the next stage of our future.”
A translation of the interview by Nintendo Everything:
And now, finally, we can move on to the next phase! I still try new things at work every day, talking with my colleagues about where to take the series next. Together with them, even if only to please a single fan, we’re planning for the next stage of our future. The team is a culmination of the best aspects of the Kirby franchise, and we hope you’ll look forward to what we have coming next.”
Other developers also spoke about the future of the franchise, with Lead action programmer Katsuyoshi Sumitomo saying he hopes “the next thing we create to be called the pinnacle of Kirby games”. Design director Riki Fuhrmann would be interested in creating a non-action spin-off game.
First 4 Figures have revealed a new Kirby statue, set to release in the 3rd quarter of this year. There will be 2 versions, a regular one and an Exclusive Edition (which can only be obtained from their website). The Exclusive Edition sees Kirby twirling at the push of a button and has another button that place the iconic music as Kirby makes his way to a Goal Door.
Kirby™ – Kirby and the Goal Door (Exclusive Edition) comes with the following:
Kirby™ – Kirby and the Goal Door PVC painted statue
Highly detailed base inspired by the Kirby™ art style
Touch sensor to activate Kirby’s dance twirl
Secondary touch sensor that plays Goal Game theme
Limited Edition Numbering
Their website states the following:
First 4 Figures is proud to introduce their latest PVC statue collectible, Kirby and the Goal Door.
This is the first statue to release in the all-new Kirby™ PVC lineup.
At the end of each stage is a Goal Door that Kirby and his pals enter to play a Goal Game before proceeding to a new level. Kirby does a quick twirl and strikes a very cute pose just before they enter the Goal Door. That entire scene with Kirby by the Goal Door and striking a pose is where this statue’s concept is inspired from. And the base replicates the environment of the very iconic Dream Land Stage, which has a checkered-pattern pathway and a grassy and flowery terrain.
The Exclusive Edition of this statue features touch sensors that can trigger motion and music! Touching the blue flower on the right-hand side of the base will activate the twirl that Kirby does just before he strikes a pose, while the orange flower just below that will activate the song that plays after finishing a Goal Game!
Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer exclusively on First4Figures.com!
For those still on the fence on getting Kirby Fighters 2 for the Nintendo Switch there’s good news! Nintendo has released a free demo on the eShop. That way you can experience the Buddy Fighters Tower and some multiplayer battle as well.
HAL Laboratory has announced a new artbook for the Kirby Star Allies series, called: Kirby Star Allies: The Original Art Book. Filled with over 500 pieces of artwork, including art from the post-game updates. Apart from the artwork we’ll also be getting interviews and messages from members of the development team. So, it’ll be loaded with interesting stuff.
Kirby Star Allies: The Original Art Book will have 2 versions. The first is a standard edition and the other one is a signed edition with signatures from the creators from HAL Laboratory (so, basically the same only with scribbles). I should point out that there are only going to be 40 signed copies and the only way to obtain them is by entering into a drawing. So, good luck with that…
After the leak it was apparent this game would be launching soon. And it did! Following a shadow drop last night the game is now available for everyone to download and play. So, let’s take a look at what’s in store for us.
Apart from playing solo you’ll be able to connect locally with up to three friends on one console or across multiple consoles using local wireless or online play. Or challenge yourself in the Buddy Fighters Tower!
Like previous games Kirby can copy unique abilities. And there’s a new addition to that list: Wrestler, which let’s you slam opponents. Show them who owns the arena!
Playing earns you Fighter Points, which can be used to unlock new Copy Abilities, new stages to fight on, special item cards for use in the Buddy Fighters Tower or even alternative costumes.
And if your Nintendo Switch console has a save file for Super Kirby Clash or Kirby Star Allies on it, you can unlock unique alternative costumes to use in Kirby Fighters 2.
On the Play Nintendo website there’s a new listing for Kirby Fighters 2, which hasn’t been announced yet. The game will be heading to the Nintendo Switch and will cost $19.99, so expect similar prices in other Western currencies.