Kirby: Star Allies

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Release date(s): March 16th, 2018

Game InfoBox
Star Allies Cover.jpg
North American Box Art.
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) March 16, 2018 (all regions)
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
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Kirby: Star Allies (Japanese: 星のカービィ スターアライズ Hoshi no Kabi: Star Allies) is an upcoming main-series title for the Nintendo Switch. It is set to release on March 16th 2018 in all regions.


Kirby: Star Allies is an action platformer, styled after previous games in the main series, greatly resembling Kirby's Return to Dream Land in its art style, but in HD. The central gimmicks of the game appear to be using hearts to befriend certain enemies on the stage to turn them into allies in the vain of the Helpers from Kirby Super Star (Ultra). Collecting certain friends will allow Kirby to solve various puzzles, and perform combo attacks called Friend Abilities. These attacks include combining Copy Abilities, as well as performing special moves with the friends. Once Friends are acquired, they can either be controlled by the CPU, or controlled by additional players.

In the stages, Kirby and his friends can collect Picture Pieces. These serve as optional collectable items which are used to form 'celebration pictures'.

Not much is known about the story. Recent trailers do suggest, however, that a strange wizard-like being is raining magic on Pop Star, and it is this magic that gives Kirby the ability to charm creatures on the field at will using hearts.

Confirmed Copy Abilities

New Abilities

Returning Abilities

Friend Abilities

According to pre-release information, it should be possible to augment most Copy Abilities in the game with another elemental Copy Ability (such as Fire, Ice, and Plasma) to add an effect to that ability. When it comes to utility abilities like Sword and Yo-yo, the move-set doesn't appear to change after the combination, but attacks will cause lingering elemental effects, and be more powerful. Certain combinations (presumably those done between two elemental type abilities) create unique moves, such as Curling and Icicle Lance. It would appear that a Friend needs to be present to pull off these moves in particular.

In addition, there are more specific friend attacks, which can be done with four Friends. These don't appear to rely on any specific Copy Ability, but instead involve the four friends cooperating in some way to unleash a special attack and/or means of travel, like the Friend Train and the Friends Star.

Known Elemental Augments

Special Friend Copy Abilities

Known Friend Attacks

Confirmed Enemies

New Enemies

  • Anger Masker
  • Driblee
  • fiery shield-wielding enemy
  • party cone enemy (provides Festival when swallowed)
  • water bubble enemy
  • Stick-wielding enemy (called 'Jahalbeet/Jahalbeat' in Japan)
    • stick enemy followers

Returning Enemies

A line of enemies, the leading of which has a Stick.

Confirmed Friends

Confirmed Mid-Bosses

Artwork of Vividria.

Confirmed Bosses

Artwork of the three generals.



Kirby: Star Allies will be compatible with amiibo, but at this time, it is unknown what bonuses the figurines will offer, or if any new figurines will be made specifically for the game.


  • Friends appear to be able to bear different color schemes depending on their player number, like Sir Kibble in green armor. In addition, the Friends wear Kirby-style hats appropriate to their ability once they've been recruited.
  • The Cleaning ability returns in this title, after a 21 year long absence.
  • This is the first game in the Kirby series to have an official release with Chinese text.


Video Gallery

E3 2017 Reveal Trailer

9-13 Nintendo Direct Trailer

1-11 Nintendo Direct Trailer

1-25 Playable Friends Trailer

Animated Trailer

Quick Japanese Trailer (revealing Kracko)

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Kirby: Star Allies Kirby: Star Allies
French Kirby: Star Allies Kirby: Star Allies
Dutch Kirby: Star Allies Kirby: Star Allies
German Kirby: Star Allies Kirby: Star Allies
Italian Kirby: Star Allies Kirby: Star Allies

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