Kirby's Dream Buffet
|“||In this competitive action game, four shrunken Kirbys roll through a world of sweets to see who can eat the most strawberries. Transform into foods and use Copy Food Abilities to win! Play solo or with up to three rivals using local wireless or an online connection.||”|
— Past Adventures section in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Kirby's Dream Buffet is a small action/racing spin-off game for the Kirby series, released digitally on the Nintendo Switch. In this game, Kirby, a handful of different-color Kirby clones, and several Waddle Dees are shrunk down to the size of peas by the magical Dream Fork and roll around atop cakes, pastries, and other confections in a race to eat the most strawberries and other fruit, growing in size and speed the more fruit is consumed. After competing in a couple of linear race tracks and a short mini-challenge, the Kirbys face off in one last Battle Royale match where they fight each other for their strawberries using Copy Food abilities and other items, with the largest Kirby at the end of it all being declared the winner.
Kirby's Dream Buffet is built as a lightweight and quick-to-play multiplayer title, and (unlike many of its predecessors) lacks a story mode of any kind, making it similar to other small spin-off games such as Kirby Fighters Deluxe or Kirby's Blowout Blast, though its most direct resemblance may be Kirby Air Ride (the only other racing game in the series). In addition to its base gameplay, Kirby's Dream Buffet features local and online multiplayer functionality (the latter using the Nintendo Switch Online service), a large amount of collectibles in the form of Character Treats, and a Free Rolling mode that allows the player to explore and goof around in a distinct open area not used in regular gameplay. In addition to some original tracks, the game also features many songs from previous Kirby titles, in the form of both originals and rearrangements.
Kirby's Dream Buffet was released worldwide on August 17th, 2022 as a digital-only release on the Nintendo eShop. A physical version released in South Korea on September 15th, 2022, but like with Kirby Fighters 2, it is simply a download code inside a box rather than a cartridge.
Kirby's Dream Buffet does not have a story mode whatsoever; due to its multiplayer focus, it is open-ended. The little story that exists is confined to the game's marketing, the Tasty Tidbits, and the opening cutscene. In it, Kirby is invited to a "gourmet festival" at the "Dream Restaurant" where he finds a lavishly-decorated cake covered in strawberries. Instead of waiting for the festival to start, Kirby decides to eat the cake using the Dream Fork, which was laying on the table nearby. Just as Kirby is about to dig in, however, he is zapped by the fork's magical powers and is shrunk down significantly (it is explained later that the fork has the power to make dreams come true, and it was Kirby's dream to eat a mountain-sized cake). After falling into the cake and getting his bearings, Kirby becomes overwhelmingly happy about the idea of eating such a large amount of delicious dessert. From here, he is joined by other Kirbys that also fall into the cake, and they start to roll up the slopes of it, setting the scenario of the game.
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. During gameplay, larger Kirbys generally have an advantage over smaller ones, as they roll faster and can bounce and resist being bounced by opponents more easily, though there are a few disadvantages (more details on the Strawberry page). In addition to strawberries, other types of fruit can appear known as "mission fruit", and collecting those during races can help Kirby gain certain bonuses during the results screen at the end of the Gourmet Grand Prix.
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 giant Strawberry Mountains 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 each-other to steal their strawberries in an open area while avoiding the Server Hands and other hazards on the board.
Game modes can be played separately or together in the aforementioned Gourmet Grand Prix mode. There is also a Free Rolling mode, where players can explore a big open area without any objectives (and no time limit if playing solo). Gameplay can take place in local or online multiplayer and/or against CPU opponents. Collecting strawberries also contributes to a level-based ranking system called the Gourmet Rank (similar to the Fighters Rank used in Kirby Fighters 2) which allows the player to unlock different Colors and Costumes for their Kirby, or unlock bonus music tracks to listen to during races. Due to the lack of a story mode, advancing the Gourmet Rank to its maximum level of 135 is the main means of progression in Kirby's Dream Buffet (though a separate ranking system is used for online multiplayer matchmaking). Additional background music will also be available if the player owns Kirby Star Allies, Super Kirby Clash, Kirby Fighters 2, or Kirby and the Forgotten Land, gaining three bonus tracks per game owned. Lastly, Character Treats can be collected to use as starting pedestals in races and to decorate the cake on the Home Table (the main menu for the game).
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 all single or limited-use, and some only appear in the race modes while others only appear in the Battle Royale matches, though abilities can be taken into subsequent game modes if held onto in the Gourmet Grand Prix. The following are the Copy Abilities in the game:
|Copy Abilities in Kirby's Dream Buffet|
|Ability||Copy Food||Game mode||Description||Notes|
|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)
|Battle Royale||Kirby turns into a carrot and can dig through the ground to avoid attack, then pop up to hit opponents from below. Kirby can also move in a circle to attack opponents with a Quake Surge.|
ハイジャンプグミ (Hi-Jump Gummy)
|Race||Kirby turns into a gummy spring and can launch to a distant point ahead on the race track, landing with a splash attack similar to Stone.|
プルプルゼリー (Jiggly Jelly)
|Race & Battle Royale||Kirby turns into an amorphous blob of jelly and can phase through breakable barriers and enemy attacks. He can also create globs of jelly that slows down other Kirbys.||This is a new ability to the series.|
ニードルキャンディー (Needle Candy)
|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)
|Battle Royale||Kirby turns into a brick of chocolate and pounds the ground, creating a shockwave that can damage opponents. The player can also hold down the R button to create a bigger shockwave.|
|Race & Battle Royale||Kirby turns into a cup of frosting and can spin around, creating a vortex that grabs strawberries from a distance and defeats enemies.|
ホイールドーナツ (Wheel Donut)
|All game modes||Kirby turns into a doughnut and can dash at high speed through opponents to knock them away.|
There are six regular enemies in Kirby's Dream Buffet which appear as obstacles on race courses and Battle Royale stages and as targets in minigame boards, and (aside from Gordo and Shotzo) can be defeated by bumping into them. Under normal circumstances, defeating an enemy causes Kirby to bounce back, likely ending up with lost time against his rivals, but Kirby can avoid this recoil if he defeats them with a Copy Food ability. In minigame stages and in Free Rolling mode, enemies can be seen carrying stacks of strawberries on some boards, and do not bounce Kirbys back nearly as strongly when defeated.
|Enemies in Kirby's Dream Buffet|
|Bouncy bounces back and forth or straight up and down and can often be seen carrying one or more strawberries. Here, Bouncy has been given a makeover to resemble a sugar-coated gummy treat.|
|Bronto Burt flies slowly in set patterns and can often be seen carrying one or more strawberries. Here, he has been given a sugar coating.|
|Cappy moves back and forth slowly or hops in place and can often be seen carrying one or more strawberries. Here, he has been given a sugar coating.|
|Gordo moves back and forth or holds position, and stuns any Kirby who makes contact with him. Here, he resembles a jawbreaker.|
|Kabu moves in set patterns and may carry one or more strawberries. Here, it has been given a makeover to resemble a chocolate doughnut with sprinkles on top.|
|Shotzo holds position and fires a regular barrage of hard candy bullets that will stun any Kirbys they hit. Here, Shotzo has been given a makeover to resemble a chocolate doughnut with sprinkles on top.|
Kirby's Dream Buffet contains a total of 24 distinct stages, eight for each of the main game modes, not including lobby areas or the Free Rolling stage. Most of the stages come in different variants, having several different themes and layouts. Most of these stages are available from the start, while others need to be unlocked by advancing the Gourmet Rank. The stages are as follows:
|Stage||Game Mode||Unlock criteria||Description|
|Race||Available at start||A race course based on the eponymous pastry. Notable features include narrow wavy trackways and a large segmented cylinder that rotates near the end.|
|Race||Available at start||A race course built from circular cake roll pastries. The course features many very narrow split pathways connecting large circular platforms.|
|Race||Unlocked at Rank 47||A race course built from various bowls of molten chocolate connected by bridges. Falling into the chocolate slows the Kirbys down, so they need to traverse it using the various confections as platforms.|
|Race||Available at start||A race course built out of donuts and other pastries. The course features many open-center platforms connected by narrow bridges of churros.|
|Race||Available at start||A race course built out of American-style hamburgers, sandwiches, French fries, and various toppings and condiments. The course features a blend of circular platforms and straight paths lined with sunny-side up fried eggs to use as springs.|
|Race||Unlocked at Rank 17||A race course built out of ice cream in various forms. The course features many long stretches of slippery paths broken up by interludes on sticky surfaces.|
|Race||Available at start||A race course built of pancakes and waffles topped with many sweet confections. This course features some long winding bridges as well as sections where walls of syrup need to be scaled.|
|Race||Available at start||A race course built of various cakes covered in frosting along with candles and other toppings. The course features largely straight trackways, though with a lot of confounding terrain.|
|Minigame||Available at start||A small circular board consisting of veggies and crackers floating in cheese fondue, which slows down any Kirbys that fall into it.|
|Minigame||Available at start||A small circular arena consisting of a cake with a separate central area which may or may not be a chasm with bridges spanning it.|
|Minigame||Available at start||A hexagonal board made of various cupcakes which create a bumpy surface. Some of the cupcakes have chocolate on them that can slow Kirbys down.|
|Minigame||Unlocked at Rank 28||A heart-shaped board consisting of a cake made to resemble Elfilin from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.|
|Minigame||Unlocked at Rank 10||A board consisting of a cake shaped like Kirby, featuring an area in the middle that rotates continuously.|
|Minigame||Available at start||A square board consisting of a giant pie with various obstacles inset, which can come in many varieties.|
|Minigame||Available at start||A circular board set on a table containing teacups and plates. The teacups appear out of nowhere on the plates shortly before strawberries fall into them, then disappear afterward.|
|Minigame||Available at start||A giant plate with a waffle in the middle, which can come in various shapes and varieties.|
|Battle Royale||Unlocked at Rank 19||A battle arena resembling the top of a hot barbeque grill covered in hamburger patties, hot dogs, and various veggies typically associated with American-style cuisine.|
|Battle Royale||Unlocked at Rank 42||A battle arena made up of various rectangular popsicles and/or ice cream sandwiches, sometimes set at different heights. The fruity popsicle platforms act as slippery surfaces.|
|Battle Royale||Unlocked at Rank 50||A battle arena consisting of three large platforms connected laterally by bridges. The center platform is a cake resembling Magolor, while the ones on the side resemble large gears that turn slowly.|
|Battle Royale||Available at start||A battle arena consisting of two large pudding cups connected by bridges made of citrus slices and/or wafers.|
|Battle Royale||Available at start||A battle arena set on a table and constructed of various sandwiches, along with condiments and other American fast food fare.|
|Battle Royale||Available at start||A battle arena with a rectangular layout made of pieces of sheet cake which can move independently of one another.|
|Battle Royale||Unlocked at Rank 33||A battle arena consisting of a large rectangular space where a cake version of Whispy Woods resides. Bumping Whispy Woods causes him to drop strawberries from his canopy, and Whispy will periodically jump to a different location.|
|Battle Royale||Available at start||A battle arena consisting of three tall circular cakes connected closely to each-other in a line. Tall icing along the rims of the cakes acts as a fence.|
A demo version of Kirby's Dream Buffet is available at Nintendo Switch kiosks inside retail stores in some countries. It features some changes from the base game:
- The title screen adds the word DEMO to the logo. The cake is also fully decorated with randomly-chosen Character Treats.
- The game opens directly to the mode select menu, skipping the Home Table.
- Several options are grayed out and cannot be selected when starting a game:
- All of the unlockables are not available. The player always uses the color Kirby Pink, while the other three players use Keeby Yellow, Ice Blue, and Tea Green. No character can use costumes; not even the Waddle Dees. Character Treats are also unavailable.
The following is a list of staff who have worked on Kirby's Dream Buffet:
|Staff of Kirby's Dream Buffet|
|General Director||Shinya Kumazaki|
|Sequence Director||Shota Yamada|
|Level Design Director||Kosuke Yamazaki|
|Game Designers||Yuya Kozuka|
|Technical Director||Hiroshi Ohnishi|
|Lead Action Programmer||Katsuyoshi Sumitomo|
|Lead UI Programmer||Yushi Uchida|
|Art Director||Riki Fuhrmann|
|Character Artists||Kenta Miyamoto|
|Field Artists||Yuki Yoshioka|
|Lead UI Artist||Kanako Omori|
|UI Artists||Fumiyasu Kato|
|Lead Sound||Yuuta Ogasawara|
|Voice||Makiko Ohmoto (Kirby)|
|FRAT Framework Programmers||Kazuya Suetsugu|
|Technical Support||Kazuya Konishi|
|Team Support||Yoshimi Takahashi|
HAL Debug Team
Mario Club Co., Ltd.
|Localization Management||Seiji Otoguro|
|NOA Localization Management||Reiko Ninomiya|
|NOA Localization||Ana Celeste Ascanio|
Yanett Cepeda Valor
Keli Dominiciano Nakamura
Babi Velho Barreto
Ludovic Tientcheu Ponkin
|NOA Product Testing||Kentaro Nishimura|
Luisa Bayona Otero
Agatha Carvalhaes Camargo Hortiz
Libia Santos Souza
Product Testing Technicians
|NOE Localisation Producers||Iván Garrido González|
Dario de Leo
|NOE Translation Coordination||Pierre Sanchez|
|NOE English Translation Support||Patrick Joyce|
|NOE Translation||Clémence Dieryck|
Jónatan Marcos Millán
José Manuel Malagón León
|NOE QA Coordination||J. Ignacio León López|
Matthew David Jones
|NOE Quality Assurance||Keywords Studios|
|NOK Localization Management||Kim Dongyeon|
|NOK Translation||Kim Soonil|
|NOK Quality Assurance||Seoung Kiung|
|NOK Artwork||Lee Hoonkyung|
|NHL Translation||Jeanie Ho|
|NHL Quality Assurance||Eiju Umemura|
Chih Hsien Chien
Chen Wei Ming
|NHL Artwork||Mike Kan|
|iQue Localization Coordination||Chen Yijun|
|iQue Translation||Qiu Xiaochun|
|iQue Quality Assurance||Zhang Jiong|
|Special Thanks||Haruka Ioth|
Good-Feel Co., Ltd.
|Project Management||Kazuyuki Nakamura|
|Associate Producer||Kei Ninomiya|
|Line Producer||Yoshihiro Nagata|
|General Producers||Shigefumi Kawase|
|Executive Producer||Shuntaro Furukawa|
|HAL Laboratory, Inc.|
HAL Laboratory, Inc. and Nintendo are the authors of this software for the purpose of copyright. All rights reserved.
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Nintendo eShop description
Bump, battle, and boost your way to sweet victory
Roll through a smorgasboard of food-themed stages in 4 rounds of 4-player fun as Kirby...who seems rounder than usual? Race through delicious obstacle courses to collect strawberries as Kirby grows. Then, turn the tides in the final round—a fruity fight atop a floating platform.
Have a feast of fun with family and friends
Get snacky with up to 4 players via local wireless or online. With 4 rounds, plenty of power ups called Copy Foods, and opportunities to steal strawberries, anyone can take the cake in this easy-to-play game. All ages can eat up the cute and competitive frenzy.
Come back for seconds to level up and unlock delectable customization options
Dress Kirby in delectable costumes that resemble Meta Knight, King Dedede, Elfilin, and more! You'll also get more colors for Kirby and music to listen to as you level up. Start the race in style by unlocking different decorations resembling cookies, chocolates, and candies from the Kirby™ series!
- The game's internal codename is "Breakfast".
- The game's opening cutscene greatly mirrors the opening of the announcement trailer for Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, as both feature Kirby admiring an ornately-decorated cake topped with strawberries with a peach backdrop.
- This is the first game in the Kirby series to be officially localized into Brazilian Portuguese.
- This game is the first in the series since Kirby: Squeak Squad to have all of the series' regular composers credited.
- Initially, the North American website for Kirby's Dream Buffet mistakenly used a screenshot of a Memorial Song above a caption describing the Character Treats. This would be corrected a few days later, but the original mistake can still be seen on archives of the site.
- Main article: Kirby's Dream Buffet/gallery
Names in other languages
kābyi no gurume fesu
|Kirby's Gourmet Fest|
kǎ bǐ dì měi shí jié
|Kirby's Gourmet Fest|
kǎ bǐ dì měi shí jié
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|Korean||커비의 드림 뷔페
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- Kirby's Dream Buffet on Nintendo.com
- Kirby's Dream Buffet on Nintendo of UK
- Kirby's Dream Buffet Japanese site
- Japanese Nintendo article detailing Kirby's Dream Buffet
- Second Japanese Nintendo article detailing Kirby's Dream Buffet
- Kirby's Dream Buffet article on Dengeki Online (JP)
- Kirby's Dream Buffet article on 4gamer (JP)