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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Kirby's Dream Buffet rolled to the Nintendo Switch!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I really just wrote that it rolled to the system? How unoriginal and cliché.

Today, Nintendo released Kirby's Dream Buffet as a $15 download-exclusive title on the Nintendo eShop. Here's the overview/launch trailer that goes into a lot more depth than the initial announcement a month ago:

I need to address some incorrect information that was in my original article. When Nintendo first announced Kirby's Dream Buffet, they said that the number of players that can play were “Single System (1–4)”. This resulted in me writing that the game does not support online multiplayer. However, now that Kirby's Dream Buffet is actually out, Nintendo changed that number of players to read “Single System (1–2) | Local wireless (2–4) | Online (1–4)”. That's totally different. That means that Kirby's Dream Buffet only supports two-player split screen multiplayer as opposed to four-player split screen multiplayer (which may be a dealbreaker for you). It also means that there is online play for up to four players, as well as local wireless for up to four players (four different Nintendo Switch systems in a room).

This incorrect info was entirely Nintendo's own fault and I take no responsibility for commenting on official (but wrong) information.

Anyway, like other Kirby games, Kirby's Dream Buffet will end up being nominated for Best OST of 2022 at KoopaTV. Not saying it'll win (and it'll also compete with Kirby and the Forgotten Land in the process), but there is a lot of good music here. That includes the Battleship Halberd (Meta Knight's Revenge) theme from Kirby Super Star that had an unofficial remix win a Grammy award earlier this year.

Ah, but I'm going to have a whole thing about Kirby music pretty soon since I need to discuss the 30th anniversary music fest. So let's talk about Kirby's Dream Buffet in a bit more detail per the overview trailer. They've discussed three game types (all involving eating strawberries and growing bigger). First is Race, which is what they initially showed. Kirby will get bigger and faster (and more weight to push other Kirby characters away) but have a bigger hurtbox the more he eats. And he also has access to Copy Food Abilities. That's not from swallowing enemies, apparently, but by opening up the equivalent to Mario Kart item boxes.

Kirby's Dream Buffet Copy Food Ability item boxes fork knife
The contents of the boxes may be randomised or semi-randomised.

Kirby's Dream Buffet also has a brand-new Copy Ability called Jelly, which lets Kirby “easily slip through walls” that look cracked.

The second game type is Minigame. Which still involves collecting strawberries in a limited themed area. And there's also Battle Royale, featuring beating up other opponents with Copy Food Abilities and stealing strawberries.

There are also costumes you can earn (with in-game currency; there's no micro-transactions scheme) to change Kirby's appearance and colour. These also include King Dedede and Meta Knight. (They're costumes, not really them.) Collecting more strawberries also gives you little character emblem collectibles and access to more stages.

Kirby's Dream Buffet Kirby Burger Costumes and Colors
I don't like this costume.

One important addendum to the multiplayer bit: the online options are either you in a room with all-random people, or you in a room with all-friends. There's no in-between of two friends and two random people. In that case, you'd have a room of just two people (you and your friend). Much like, say, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics, if you don't have anyone to play Kirby's Dream Buffet regularly with, you probably don't want to get the game.

Ludwig knows one person who said she'll get and play Kirby's Dream Buffet with him, but it sounds like the optimal experience would be finding a group of a total of four people to do this with. He doesn't have that.


  1. Whenever I get it, I’ll play a round with ya. But although I’m not into racing games, they remixed the two best songs from Kirby block ball. I know they remixed a whole lotta hall themed Kirby game songs, but giving blockball attention deserves extra praise.

    1. They definitely chose some more obscure stuff to remix from for this game.


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