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Kirby Battle Royale
PublisherNintendo
Release Flag EU November 3, 2017
Flag AU November 4, 2017
Flag JP November 30, 2017
Flag USA January 19, 2018
GenreAction, Fighting, Multiplayer
Rating
Ratingsymbol e10Cero aPEGI 7ACB PG
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
In Kirby Battle Royale, you can... compete in 10 types of battles... and fight using 13 abilities. You'll send foes flying in fierce battles! In single-player Story Mode... you'll take on battlers in a tournament! In Online Battle you can... compete in battles to earn Ranking Points! Send Meta Knight from the demo version... to the full version to use him from the start! There are many battles... all waiting for a great battler like you! All this and more is in the full version!
— Kirby Battle Royale sneak peek • Kirby Battle Royale Demo

Kirby Battle Royale (sometimes written Kirby: Battle Royale), known in Japan as Kirby Battle Deluxe! or Kābī Batoru Derakkusu!, is a game in the Kirby series set to release in January 19, 2018 in North America and was released on November 30, 2017 in Japan. The game was released in 2017 on November 3 in Europe, and November 4 in Australia. It is a multiplayer action fighting game[1] that will release for Nintendo 3DS in celebration of the Kirby series' 25th anniversary.[2][3] The game features single-player as well as local and online multiplayer. While Kirby Battle Royale is not the first Kirby game with online features, it is the first to allow players to play directly with each other over the Internet.

Characters

Playable

NPCs

Opponents

Background

Other

Items

Copy Abilities

KBR Playable

Headgear

Every Copy Ability (excluding poll winners) and character will have three additional costumes, referred to as Headgear, in addition to their default costumes. Headgear was first revealed on the official Kirby Twitter in the series of "Bandana Waddle Dee's Battle Deluxe News!" pictures that were released October 9[5], which featured Sword Kirby staring in surprise at three other Sword Kirbys wearing different costumes. These can be obtained from an in-game shop, and amiibo from the Kirby and BOXBOY! series can be used to unlock special costumes for the Sword and Bomb abilities, as well as each of the non-Kirby characters. Headgear is comparable to the rare outfits in Kirby Fighters Deluxe, and some are reused from aforementioned game.

Headgear does not alter gameplay in any way, and serves only cosmetic purposes. Swapping headgears typically changes the weapon that is being held as well. An example of this is Gigant Edge's headgear, which also changes Kirby's sword to that of Gigant Edge. Likewise, equipping the "Gymnastics Leotard" headgear changes Kirby's whip to a ribbon.

Ability / Character Picture Name Description Notes
Sword Gigant Helmet Headgear Gigant Helmet A helmet that belongs to a certain brave soul. It's known for its solid protection.
Newspaper Hat Headgear Newspaper Hat This helmet is made of newspapers. It's tricky to make it look nice and neat. The Newspaper hat is an origami samurai hat, made to somewhat resemble the suji bachi kabuto.
Dyna Helmet Headgear Dyna Helmet This helmet is designed after the legendary bird with large white wings.
Ultra Sword Hat Headgear Ultra Sword Hat A well-made replica of the hat that's tied to a legendary planet-cleaving sword. Obtained using the Kirby amiibo.
Bomb Foley Cap Headgear Foley Cap This hat is fashioned after a certain someone who can explode at will.
Bomb Cap Headgear Bomb Cap Made from a bomb that's chopped in half. It could blow at any moment.
Boom Cap Headgear Boom Cap A party popper in hat form. It's an unexpectedly fashionable favorite.
Qbby Cap Headgear Qbby Cap This mysterious headwear can supposedly bend boxes to its will. Obtained using the Qbby amiibo. Qbby is the protagonist of the BoxBoy! series, which is developed by HAL Laboratory.
Beetle Hornhead Helmet Headgear Hornhead Helmet This headgear features the giant horn from the king of insects.
Woodpecker Hat Headgear Woodpecker Hat This headgear trades a horn for a fierce bird beak!
Hydra Helmet Headgear Hydra Helmet This headgear is based on the legendary combat vehicle. The Hydra Helmet first appeared in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
Spear Javelin Knight Helm Headgear Javelin Knight Helm This bright helmet is worn by the boldest of spear masters.
Devil Horns Headgear Devil Horns This headgear slaps horns on your head. Great for mischief making!
Sectonia Mask Headgear Sectonia Mask This mask looks like a queen whose ambitions got the best of her.
Cutter Sir Kibble Helmet Headgear Sir Kibble Helmet This golden helmet really puts a mean gleam on those who wear it. The Sir Kibble Helmet first appeared in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
Mohawk Headgear Mohawk This colorful hairstyle really makes a statement in battle! Based on Mike's mohawk when using the stand mike or performing an encore.
Knight Helmet Headgear Knight Helmet This helmet makes its wearer feel saddled up for battle!
Fighter Knuckle Joe Hair Headgear Knuckle Joe Hair This spiky hair is full of fiery style. Great for going out and grabbing victory! The headband for this headgear initially appeared in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
Wrestling Mask Headgear Wrestling Mask Who is that masked man? Or so everyone will ask in battle.
Goriath Hat Headgear Goriath Hat This hat is designed to look like a mighty ape who lives in icy heights. The hat design uses the blond hair Goriath has during the latter half of his fight.
Ninja Bio Spark Helmet Headgear Bio Spark Helmet This headgear is worn by the elite of ninja trickery. Shiny too! The Swordsman's Helm greatly resembles the Bio Spark Helmet.
Topknot Headgear Topknot This is the look of a sword master who risks all! Resemble's Kirby's appearance in Samurai Kirby.
Samurai Helmet Headgear Samurai Helmet This helmet was passed down from a legendary samurai. Smells a bit.
Whip Whippy Hat Headgear Whippy Hat This hat looks like a curious creature with a long, swinging tail.
Gymnastics Leotard Headgear Gymnastics Leotard All eyes will be on the wearer f this elegant, dazzle-tastic look! Kirby's whip changes to a ribbon.
Daroach Hat Headgear Daroach Hat A hat based on that notorious thief. Perfect for stealing victories! Kirby's whip resembles the Triple Star cane.
Parasol Bouncy Umbrella Headgear Bouncy Umbrella This cute umbrella is perfect for skipping around battle.
Paper Parasol Headgear Paper Parasol This attractive parasol is crafted from light, refined materials. Paper Parasol first appeared in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
Fancy Umbrella Headgear Fancy Umbrella This umbrella is all about form over function. Ribbony excellence!
Hammer Dedede Hammer Headgear Dedede Hammer This hammer is great for swinging around like a king. This hammer has King Dedede's peace sign in a blue circle instead of a yellow star in a red circle.
Toy Hammer Headgear Toy Hammer This hammer looks like a toy but packs just as much of a wallop as others! Toy Hammer is based on the hammers used by the Mini Dededes.
Grand Hammer Replica Headgear Grand Hammer Replica This hammer is modeled after an absolutely gigantic hammer of legend! Kirby's hammer resembles the Super Hammer Plus.
Doctor Chemitory Hat Headgear Chemitory Hat This headgear is chock-full of mad-scientist vitamins.
Nurse Cap Headgear Nurse Cap This cap will tell everyone in battle that you're a healer at heart.
Sacred Hat Headgear Sacred Hat This headgear is perfect for those with a sacred duty to care for others.
Tornado Twister Helmet Headgear Twister Helmet This mysterious living headgear can produce a tornado by spinning.
Pinwheel Headgear Pinwheel The spinner on his headgear is a non-stop source of whimsy.
Kracko Hat Headgear Kracko Hat This headgear looks like the thunderous troublemaker!
Ice Mr. Frosty Headgear Mr. Frosty This headgear has the cutest eyes. Great for looking innocent.
Freeze Hood Headgear Freeze Hood This hood is extra-warm, even in the coldest weather. Likely a reason why Freeze would not be added to the game as a separate ability.
Snow Bowl Headgear Snow Bowl This hat is a replica of one that grants its wearer legendary power over blizzards.
Waddle Dee Sailor Cap Headgear Sailor Cap This cap is a favorite among those working on a certain battle ship.
Straw Hat Headgear Straw Hat This straw hat is a must for the beach. Great for keeping the rays away!
Animal Hat Headgear Animal Hat This hat is simply adorable. Must be nice looking like a cute animal! Based on Tom Nook from the Animal Crossing series.
Café Cap Headgear Café Cap This cap is worn when working in a certain café. Stylish! Obtained using the Waddle Dee amiibo.
Meta Knight Dark Meta Knight Mask Headgear Dark Meta Knight Mask This headgear has the look of that dark knight sealed in the mirror.
Party Mask Headgear Party Mask This headgear was worn at a party thrown by a famous host. The masks design appeared in the Secret Diary.
Mecha Knight Mask Headgear Mecha Knight Mask This headgear is based on a certain cyborg look. Looks tough!
Galacta Knight Mask Headgear Galacta Knight Mask This headgear looks like a legendary warrior with powers of great destruction. Obtained using the Meta Knight amiibo.
King Dedede Knit Cap Headgear Knit Cap This cap is perfect when dressing to go to a certain café. References artwork of the Kirby Cafe.
Gentleman's Hat Headgear Gentleman's Hat This hat is utter perfection for the refined gentleman.
King's Crown Headgear King's Crown This gold crown is studded with gems. Must have cost a fortune to make!
Masked Dedede Mask Headgear Masked Dedede Mask This mask is said to contain mighty power. Looks seriously scary! Obtained using the King Dedede amiibo.

Battle Modes

There are 10 Battle Modes in Kirby Battle Royale.

Battle Arena

Battle Arena is a standard free-for-all.

Apple Scramble

Apple Scramble is a team-based mode involving apple picking. Players collect apples from Mini Whispy Woods and deliver them to their base. One player can collect apples while the other operates the machine to collect the apples.[6]

Crazy Theater

In Crazy Theater, players have to complete an objective before the timer runs out. When playing in 2-vs-2 mode, the first team to reach 10 points wins. When playing in solo mode, the first player to reach 5 points wins.[7] Objectives include[8]:

  • Attack your rivals!
  • Avoid the blast!
  • Carry X apple(s)!
  • Dodge asteroids!
  • Dodge attacks!
  • Dodge the shocks!
  • Stand on the answer!
  • Strike with B-charge-up!
  • Use B charge-ups on rivals!

Coin Clash

In Coin Clash, Kirbys collect Coins in a haunted mansion, but have to avoid the ghost that will drain their money.

Attack Riders

Attack Riders is a mode involving collecting Chips from other Kirbys; a vehicle can be driven to give the player an advantage.

Rocket Rumble

In Rocket Rumble, Kirbys collect Fuel and take them to their rocket, then ride their rockets to see who gets the highest.

Robo Bonkers

In this mode, players attack Robo Bonkers to obtain points.

Slam Hockey

In Slam Hockey, players knock around a giant Hockey Puck. Hitting rivals with the hockey puck will result in a slam, which is how players obtain points.

Ore Express

In Ore Express, players collect stacks of Ore and dispense them into train cars.[9]

Flagball

In Flagball, players in opposing teams bring a colored Ball to their Flag.[10]

Demo

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Welcome to Kirby Battle Royale. There are many different ways to play this game. Select Story Mode if you'd like to play the start of the story again. If you'd like to jump straight into battle, select Battle Mode. You can also battle with other players who have a system from the Nintendo 3DS family. You can play the demo version a limited number of time in one day. All right! It's time for you to try out a battle for yourself!
— Main Menu • Kirby Battle Royale Demo

The North American demo for Kirby Battle Royale was released on January 4, 2018. In it, the intro of Story Mode can be played along with Battle Arena, Apple Scramble along with Crazy Theater (which is unlocked for 100 Battle Coins). Three Copy Abilities are available: Sword, Cutter along with Beetle (also unlocked for 100 Battle Coins). Demo Tickets, which replenish once a day, must be used to play in Battle Mode. Five are given for Single Player, while seven are given for Multiplayer.

25th Anniversary Polls

On the Official Kirby Website, there was a poll in which individuals could vote for their favorite Copy Ability; the Copy Ability that wins the poll may have a chance to be added into the game. Copy Abilities in this list which are already included in Kirby Battle Royale are marked with Pink Star (a Kirby face). Copy Abilities marked with Red Circle cannot be added to the game. Every standard Copy Ability except for Smash Bros. is included. Voting was allowed once per day until the poll ended on October 2, 2017. The winner was announced on November 7 (which was Mirror); the ability was added in a free software update December 13, 2017.

KBR Last Poll

On November 14, 2017, another poll was opened, allowing voters to choose a Copy Ability to be added to the game. All Copy Abilities already in the game and Copy Abilities that wouldn't be added anyway were removed from this poll. Voting was allowed once per day until the poll ended on December 2. The winner will be announced sometime in January 2018, and added in the game as a free software update in February.

List

First Poll

Abilities in Bold were already included in the game before the poll results, abilities followed by a star (*) cannot be added.

Second Poll

Results

As of November 7, 2017, the highest voted Copy Abilities were:[11]

  1. Mirror
  2. Yo-Yo
  3. Sleep
  4. UFO
  5. Plasma
  6. Wing
  7. Cook
  8. Suplex
  9. Sword
  10. Missile[12]

On November 6, the 5th and 4th place winners were announced to be Plasma and UFO, respectively, with the top three announced to be revealed the following day.[13]

On November 7, the entire top 10 Copy Abilities were announced. The top three are Sleep (3rd), Yo-Yo (2nd), and Mirror (1st)[14]; Mirror will be the second to last ablity added to the game.

Copy Ability Final Vote poll Top 8

On November 24 and November 28, the top 8 Copy Abilities, in no particular order, were revealed by the Kirby Twitter and the Nintendo of America Twitter respectively. The highest voted Copy Abilities were:

  • Animal
  • Water
  • ESP
  • Suplex
  • Sleep
  • Paint
  • UFO
  • Yo-Yo

Trivia

  • Excluding 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure, which released before the launch of Miiverse, Kirby Battle Royale is the only Kirby game for the Nintendo 3DS that did not have a Miiverse community in North America or Japan. This is because the Miiverse service was discontinued on all devices on November 8, 2017, before the game's launch in those regions.
    • Kirby Battle Royale released in Europe five days before Miiverse's discontinuation, so it briefly maintained a community. This was Nintendo's shortest-lived, final first-party Miiverse community. The only community that lasted for a shorter time was that of the third-party game Hiding Out, which was created two days before Miiverse's discontinuation.
  • Kirby Battle Royale is the only Kirby game for the Nintendo 3DS that cannot be played with stereoscopic 3D.[15]
  • Kirby Battle Royale is the third Kirby game to have an E10+ rating; the others are Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition.
  • Kirby Battle Royale is the third Kirby game that did not release in Japan first, and the second game to be released in PAL/Europe first (the first game in both instances being Kirby's Avalanche).
  • Nintendo UK's Copy Ability Poll states that Cleaning Kirby debuted in 2009. This is because Kirby's Dream Land 3, which debuted the ability, was not initially released in Europe. European audiences first got a chance to play it when it was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in 2009.
  • Nintendo of America's Copy Ability poll has an error in that it states that Parasol debuted in Kirby Super Star and Bomb debuted in Kirby's Adventure. This is an error because the abilities are switched, as Parasol debuted in Kirby's Adventure, and Bomb first appeared in Kirby Super Star.
  • The Japanese title may have been chosen to avoid association with the controversial 2000 film, Battle Royale. However, the "Battle Arena" Battle Mode is called "Battle Royale" in-game in the Japanese version.
  • Despite being one of the first different-colored Kirbys in the series, Red Kirby does not appear in the game, being presumably replaced by Orange Kirby.
  • Meta Knight can be unlocked early by sending him to the save data of the full game in the demo version.
  • Kirby Battle Royale is the first Kirby game to be localized into Dutch.
  • Kirby Battle Royale is the first Kirby game to have two primary attack buttons.
  • When choosing a color for the characters, Meta Knight and King Dedede all have the correct colors, whereas in Kirby Air Ride, their colors wouldn't exactly match up: for Meta Knight, pink would make him normal, yellow would make him green, green would make him pink, and purple would make him black; for King Dedede, pink would make him normal, red would make him green, green would make him pink, and brown would make him black. Meta Knight's normal color here is blue, and King Dedede's is orange.

Artwork

Logos

Gallery

References

  1. Post by Satoshi Ishida on Miiverse
  2. Nintendo Direct 4.12.2017
  3. http://www.japanesenintendo.com/post/162597033449
  4. Kirby Battle Royale - Demo Trailer
  5. Kirby Twitter
  6. Kirby 25th Anniversary Twitter
  7. 'Kirby Battle Royale DEMO - All Battles' Video
  8. 'Kirby Battle Royale DEMO - All Battles' Video
  9. Nintendo of Europe
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8dfV5jQFXw
  11. Nintendo of America Twitter
  12. Kirby 25th Anniversary website
  13. Nintendo of America Twitter
  14. Kirby Twitter
  15. Official trailer

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