Kirby: Battle Royale

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Release date(s): North America January 19, 2018
Japan November 30, 2017
Europe November 3, 2017
Australia November 4, 2017

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Battle Royale Cover.jpg
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Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) North America January 19, 2018
Japan November 30, 2017
Europe November 3, 2017
Australia November 4, 2017
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Game Chronology
<-- Kirby's Blowout Blast Kirby: Star Allies -->
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Kirby: Battle Royale (Japanese: カービィ バトルデラックス! Kirby Battle Deluxe!) is an upcoming action-multiplayer spin-off game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is set to release on November 30th, 2017 in Japan and January 19th, 2018 in North America.


On April 12, 2017, in celebration of Kirby's 25th anniversary, a Nintendo Direct teased about an "upcoming Kirby multiplayer action game for the holidays". Many vocal Kirby fans expected this game to be a sequel/remake to Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. Others predicted a full-fledged, improved version of Kirby Fighters Deluxe. This game was unveiled as Kirby: Battle Royale on September 13, 2017 Nintendo Direct. A Copy Ability Poll was opened up on Kirby sections of the official Japanese, American, and European Nintendo websites.

On September 18, 2017, the official Kirby 25th Anniversary Twitter made a Tweet showcasing 3 new game modes. An article on Kirby Informer translated these modes as "Flag Shoot", "Attack Riders", and "Gather! Apples Catch", respectively.

The Twitter accounts of Kirby 25th Anniversary and Nintendo of Europe released an Interim Report on the Copy Ability Poll. The top 5 Copy Abilities from top to bottom were:


The basic premise of Battle Royale pits Kirby against several different clones of himself in various competitive games. These range from fights using Copy Abilities in the vain of Kirby Fighters Deluxe, but instead done in a 3-D space - to games where Kirbys try to collect gems and apples - to Boss battles where Kirbys compete to deal the most damage. At least 10 different game modes have been confirmed.

Each of these game-modes will feature both local and online multiplayer, making this the first entry in the Kirby series to have full online multiplayer, complete with matchmaking and a global ranking system. There will also be a single player adventure mode which features King Dedede in prominent speaking roles.

More information will surface as the release date approaches.

Copy Abilities

The following Copy Abilities have been confirmed to appear in this title:

Several of the abilities appear to be heavily re-worked for a 3-D space, including the Ice ability being able to create icy barriers, and the Tornado ability allowing Kirby to create a torrent that tosses other Kirbys around him into the air.


Video Gallery

9/13 Nintendo Direct Reveal Trailer

9/13 Nintendo Direct Reveal Trailer (JPN)

First Gameplay Footage of 3 Newly Revealed Game Modes


  • The title of this game may have been inspired by the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale.
  • An exploit in the source code of the Copy Ability poll page was found that allowed a theoretically unlimited number of votes to be injected on any Copy Ability without having to wait until the next day. A link to the tally count of each candidate could be found when inspecting the vote button. This link only showed the tally count for the North American poll. Since September 19, 2017, this link now links to a blank Error 404 page and it is assumed that the exploit has been patched.

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