Kirby's Dream Buffet

Kirby's Dream Buffet
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Digital cover art for Kirby's Dream Buffet
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Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) August 17th, 2022[1]
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch[2]
Rating(s) ESRB: ESRB E rating.svg - Everyone
PEGI: PEGI 3.svg - 3+
CERO: CERO A rating.svg - All ages
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Kirby's Dream Buffet is an upcoming Kirby spin-off game for the Nintendo Switch eShop.[2] In it, Kirby is shrunk by the Dream Fork and must face off against Waddle Dees and other multi-colored Kirbys in collecting the most strawberries along food-themed courses in order to grow in size. Becoming larger grants various benefits to the Kirby in question, including rolling faster down hills, and is the metric by which the winner is decided.[3] Kirby's Dream Buffet features three distinct game modes, including racing and battle modes, and also features online multiplayer via Nintendo Switch Online.[4] The game also features the familiar Copy Abilities[5] in a new form, as Copy Food abilities.[6][7]

Kirby's Dream Buffet is scheduled to release August 17th 2022, to be exclusively available as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop.

StoryEdit

 
Kirby is shrunk down by the power of a magical fork, and now sits atop the relatively giant cake.

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Kirby is invited to a "gourmet festival" where he finds a cake, as shown in the opening scene. Instead of waiting for the festival to start, Kirby decides to eat the cake using the Dream Fork. In wielding the Dream Fork, Kirby is affected by its magical powers and is shrunk down significantly. From here, he is joined by other Kirbys as they roll around, eating the now relatively giant food.[7][8]

GameplayEdit

 
Many Kirbys and a Waddle Dee rolling down an ice cream-themed course and collecting strawberries.

Kirby's Dream Buffet is an action multiplayer game with a core focus on racing and battle modes. The goal of each mode is to collect the most strawberries and grow to the largest size to be declared the winner, using whatever other items or course elements appear along the way to gain an advantage. Strawberries can be obtained along the various courses either out in the open, dropped from above, contained in boxes, or stolen from rivals.

There are three distinct types of gameplay as follows:

  • Race - Kirbys race along a linear course from start to finish and collect strawberries along the way. At the end of each track are piles of strawberries 50, 20, and 10 strawberries large which are first-come, first-served.
  • Minigame - Kirbys roll around a small board and collect strawberries that appear while also knocking their opponents away until time runs out.
  • Battle Royale - Kirbys battle opponents to steal their strawberries in an open area while avoiding the giant gloves and other hazards on the board.

Game modes can be played separately or together in a Grand Prix mode. Gameplay can take place in local or online Multiplayer and/or against CPU opponents. Collecting strawberries also allows the player to unlock different Colors and Costumes for their Kirby or obtain collectible Character Treats to use as starting pedestals in races.

Copy AbilitiesEdit

There are a total of eight different Copy Abilities in Kirby's Dream Buffet, which are acquired from Copy Foods contained within Food Boxes or out in the open. While most of these abilities are from earlier titles, they have all been given food-based redesigns. These abilities are limited-use, and some only appear in the race modes while others only appear in the Battle Royale matches. The following are the Copy Abilities in the game:

Copy Abilities in Kirby's Dream Buffet  
Ability Copy Food Game mode Description Notes
 
Burning Pepper[9]
All game modes Kirby turns into a ball with a chili pepper stem and can dash forward in a burning fireball, knocking opponents away. This is the first time Burning has appeared as a distinct ability since Kirby: Canvas Curse.
 
ドリルキャロット (Drill Carrot)[10]
Battle Royale Kirby turns into a carrot and can dig through the ground to avoid attack, then pop up to hit opponents from below.
 
ハイジャンプグミ (Hi-Jump Gummy)[10]
Race Kirby turns into a gummy spring and can launch to a distant point ahead on the race track.
 
プルプルゼリー (Jiggly Jelly)[10]
Race & Battle Royale Kirby turns into an amorphous blob of jelly and can phase through breakable barriers and enemy attacks. This is a new ability to the series.
 
ニードルキャンディー (Needle Candy)[10]
Battle Royale Kirby turns into spiky hard candy and can attack other racers by ramming into them.
 
ストーンチョコ (Stone Chocolate)[10]
Battle Royale Kirby turns into a brick of chocolate and pounds the ground, creating a shockwave that can damage opponents.
 
Tornado Frosting[9]
Race & Battle Royale Kirby turns into a cup of frosting and can spin around, creating a vortex that grabs strawberries from a distance.
 
ホイールドーナツ (Wheel Donut)[10]
All game modes Kirby turns into a doughnut and can dash at high speed through opponents to knock them away.

EnemiesEdit

Enemies in Kirby's Dream Buffet are largely intended as obstacles on race courses and Battle Royale stages and targets in minigame boards. In the latter case, they can be seen carrying stacks of strawberries on some boards and can be defeated by bumping into them.

The following enemies have been revealed to be in the game:

StagesEdit

 
Thumbnail image of a stage based on Elfilin.

Kirby's Dream Buffet contains at least 16 stages, though none of them are known by name as of now. It is also not currently known what portion of these stages are race courses, minigame stages, or Battle Royale arenas. It is said that if more strawberries are collected, more stages will become available, though it is not entirely clear if this means that collecting strawberries in courses makes the Grand Prix longer, or if strawberries are used to unlock additional courses.

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

Main article: Kirby's Dream Buffet/gallery

Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カービィのグルメフェス[11]
kābyi no gurume fesu
Kirby's Gourmet Fest
Chinese 卡比的美食節[12]
kǎ bǐ dì měi shí jié
Kirby's Gourmet Fest
Dutch Kirby's Dream Buffet -
French Kirby's Dream Buffet -
German Kirby's Dream Buffet -
Italian Kirby's Dream Buffet -
Korean 커비의 드림 뷔페[13]
keobiui deulim bwipe
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Portuguese Kirby's Dream Buffet -
Spanish Kirby's Dream Buffet -


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