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Kirby Star Allies

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Kirby Star Allies
星のカービィ スターアライズ
Hoshi no Kābi Sutā Araizu
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North American box art.
Developer(s): HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: 2D Platformer
Players: 1-4
Predecessor: Kirby: Planet Robobot
Successor: Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Release dates
Worldwide: March 16, 2018[1][2][3][4]
S. Korea: April 26, 2018
ESRB: E10+
USK: 6
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Kirby Star Allies is a 2D platforming installment in the Kirby series, released worldwide in March 2018.


Nintendo website (E3 2017)

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
Nintendo eShop

Classic Kirby enemies are his new best friends!

When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his...enemies?! By making friends out of foes, up to three players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever: combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities!


In distant space, a mysterious robed figure is performing a ritual in front of a large crystal heart, known as the Jamba Heart. Releasing the seal on the heart, it suddenly shatters into Dark Hearts that scatter throughout space; some of these land on Planet Popstar. King Dedede and Meta Knight also observe the falling Dark Hearts across Dream Land, with the former becoming entranced by the dark power of a nearby Dark Heart. Kirby suddenly wakes up after a pink Friend Heart has landed on him, and notices the Waddle Dees carrying food towards Castle Dedede. Kirby then sets out on a journey to stop King Dedede, believing he is responsible. Throughout the adventure Kirby learns the power of using Friend Hearts to charm enemies into allies. The allies defeat the possessed King Dedede, while also finding out a Dark Heart was responsible for turning him evil. Kirby and friends pursue the Dark Heart across Planet Popstar, but also bump into a possessed Meta Knight who they eventually defeat later on.

A giant fortress known as Jambastion then crashlands onto Popstar, with Kirby and friends rushing into it and encountering the Three Mage-Sisters - Francisca, Flamberge, and Zan Partizanne - who are also pursuing the Dark Hearts to revive their "dark lord". They are subsequently defeated, with Zan Partizanne unleashing a self-destruct sequence on Jambastion which Kirby and friends escape from, continuing their pursuit into outer space. The allies visit several planets while on pursuit, then eventually arrive at Jambandra, where The Divine Terminus, the altar containing the Jamba Heart lies. Kirby and friends deal with Zan Partizanne, who is trying to stall them from interrupting the ritual, but the mysterious robed figure eventually knocks her aside. After going into an insane rambling about his banishment and desire to awaken the "dark lord", the priest known as Hyness attempts to attack Kirby and his friends by using dark magic and the sisters' unconscious bodies.

After his defeat, Hyness takes extreme measures and sacrifices himself and the Three Mage-Sisters to the Jamba Heart, hastening the revival of their "dark lord" known as Void Termina. Kirby and friends give chase against the reviving dark lord into deeper space using the Star Allies Sparkler. The allies take on Void Termina, shooting down his weak points using the Star Allies Sparkler while also dealing with the entity's core and soul within his innards at certain points. Eventually, Void Termina is overpowered after one last laser struggle and the summoning of all of Kirby's allies, which results in a massive explosion which Kirby and friends only barely manage to escape from. The allies eventually wake up from unconsciousness in the midst of outer space. Having saved the universe once again from a greater evil, Kirby and friends return back home to Planet Popstar using a Warp Star.


Gameplay is largely based upon that of previous 2D Kirby platforming games, most notably Kirby's Return to Dream Land. In addition to being able to copy enemy powers by inhaling them, Kirby can also have up to three enemies join his side by hitting them with hearts, similar to the Helper system featured in Kirby Super Star; these enemies can be computer-controlled, or controlled by additional players which can drop in our out at any time. In addition to having these enemies fight by his side, players can also combine certain abilities to either enhance the power of an ability or use a special combination attack.[5][1]

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo Switch Game Card
Digital download
Download size: 2.8 GB
Supported features: Nintendo Switch Online (Save Data Cloud), amiibo (Read Only)
Input / compatible controllers: Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller


A demo for Kirby Star Allies was released as a download on the Nintendo eShop before the game's release, in Europe on March 1, 2018[6], and in North America on March 4, 2018.[7]

The demo features two playable stages, which combine portions of stages from the first world of the game. The first stage, titled Grassland Stage, features portions of the Green Gardens, Honey Hill, and Fruity Forest stages. The second stage, Cave & Castle Stage, features portions of the Donut Dome, Reef Resort, Friendly Field, and Clash at Castle Dedede stages. These stages are playable either in single-player or multiplayer.


Version no. Release date(s) Description
1.1.1 March 16, 2018 Text will now properly display when changing the system language to Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, or Korean, issue fixes.
2.0.0 March 27, 2018 Adds Marx, Gooey, and Rick & Kine & Coo as additional Dream Friends; adds one additional Celebration Picture, issue fixes.
3.0.0 July 27, 2018 Adds Adeleine & Ribbon, Dark Meta Knight, and Daroach as additional Dream Friends; adds three additional Celebration Pictures, issue fixes.
4.0.0 November 30, 2018 Adds the Heroes in Another Dimension mode, adds Magalor, Taranza, and Susie, and the Three Mage-Sisters as additional Dream Friends; adds an additional highest difficulty option to The Ultimate Choice, adds additional Celebration Pictures, issue fixes.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Nintendo Direct Mini 1.11.2018. Nintendo (YouTube; January 11, 2018). Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  2. Nintendo Direct Mini - 11.01.2018. Nintendo UK (YouTube; January 11, 2018). Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  3. Nintendo Direct mini 2018.1.11. Nintendo 公式チャンネル (YouTube; January 11, 2018). Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  4. Nintendo continues momentum into 2018: Dark Souls, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Mario Tennis coming to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Australia (January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  5. Kirby for Nintendo Switch - Official Game Trailer - Nintendo E3 2017. Nintendo (YouTube; June 13, 2017). Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  6. Nintendo of Europe on Twitter (March 1, 2018). Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  7. Kirby Star Allies demo out now in North America. Nintendo Everything (March 4, 2018). Retrieved April 14, 2018.

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Kirby's Dream Land • Adventure (Nightmare in Dream Land) • Dream Land 2 • Super Star (Ultra) • Dream Land 3 • 64: The Crystal Shards • Amazing Mirror • Squeak Squad • Return to Dream Land (Deluxe) • Triple Deluxe • Planet Robobot • Star Allies • Forgotten Land

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