Today, Nintendo of America announced some news about Kirby Star Allies via this tweet:
Kirby helps his pals get to the next level with the Friend Bounce in #KirbyStarAllies! This Friend Ability helps your allies high jump and lets them strike enemies from above! https://t.co/KkT4JRAjln pic.twitter.com/SJMlZBRs0P— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 20, 2018
You see that, right there? They proper noun Friends, but refer to them as allies. What are these guys actually called?! Anyway, here Kirby apparently carries around a portable trampoline made out of a spider web, and the friends/allies/helpers/partners can jump off that and be able to get a good lift from it with some invincibility/damaging frames.
Much like Kirby having Copy Ability-based Helpers to assist him coming from Kirby Super Star, the Friend Bounce concept also comes from there. Observe this video filmed by me from Kirby Super Star Ultra:
So why does the header question if Nintendo knows this feature comes from another game, and what is with that video's quality?
First of all, in order to perform the Friend Bounce in Kirby Super Star Ultra, you need to press A to jump on the top of your partner's sprite (basically their head?), and then you need to hold up on the Control Pad in order to perform that WHEE bounce that sends you up high. There is no spider trampoline, you just go up. You can do it in mid-air if your Helper is there, and you get invincibility frames and can damage enemies during the upward part of the jump. You also can go fairly high, and chain multiple Friend Bounces together.
Apparently, players can play through the whole of Kirby Super Star and not even know that the Friend Bounce is in there, because it is actually very inconvenient to use and isn't really that useful. It's one of those cool-to-have techniques.
It also doesn't exist in the instruction manuals for Kirby Super Star or Kirby Super Star Ultra. You can go read every page (and they have good artwork since they were both physical instruction manuals at one point) and you won't find the Friend Bounce or any reference to it. You'll find everything else Kirby and the Helpers can do, but not the Friend Bounce. You might get a kick out of comparing the terminology used in Kirby Super Star vs. Kirby Super Star Ultra, since they call the same action different things.
|Apparently, whatever a Suppin is, it is a woman's face without makeup. I'm not entirely sure what implication that is supposed to have for Kirby's Helpers?|
That's probably why they changed it to a Normal Beam in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Since the Friend Bounce is not in the instruction manual, then could it be possible that HAL Laboratory is not even aware that it has ever existed in the franchise before? No documentation means no memory.
One major difference between the Friend Bounce in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Star Allies is that it appears to require the new Spider Copy Ability to actually use it in Kirby Star Allies, hence the spider web trampoline. What if you're not a Spider? ...Stay tuned...
A lot of the friend abilities and team-up mechanics and copy mixing parts of Kirby Star Allies doesn't make the most amount of sense on paper or in the small trickle of information Nintendo and HAL are providing the public, but since KoopaTV is apparently going to write an article about tiny pieces of information on this game, then anticipate much more coverage to come.
Your friends not only can enable cool abilities, but also new attacks... like Curling!
It turns out the Friend Bounce in Kirby Super Star Ultra was documented on the Japanese website!
Friend Bounce and lots of other things await in Kirby Star Allies, which was fully reviewed here!