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Kirby Star Allies (sometimes written Kirby: Star Allies), known in Japan as 星のカービィ スターアライズ (Hoshi no Kabi: Sutā Araizu, meaning Kirby of the Stars: Star Allies), is a game in the Kirby series that was released on March 16, 2018 worldwide, and a demo on March 1 (EU)[1] and March 4 (US)[2]. It is the first game in the series released for the Nintendo Switch.



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Kirby Star Allies is a traditional platformer Kirby game, in which the player controls Kirby, whose objective is to get to the end of each stage through the use of Copy Abilities. Kirby retains his traditional moves; the Inhale, Star Spit, Slide attack, Air Gun, and floating.

The game is a 2.5D platformer, meaning that the characters move on a two-dimensional plane in a 3D environment.

Two game mechanics return from previous installments of the Kirby series; those of Mix abilities (from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby: Squeak Squad, though in this game they are called Friend Abilities) and Helpers (from Kirby Super Star and its remake, though they are here referred to as "friends"). In a manner similar to the mechanic shown in the trailer for the unreleased Kirby GCN, there can be four player-controlled or CPU-controlled friends at one time. Kirby can throw a Friend Heart[4] at certain types of enemies in order to turn it into a friend by using the X button; friends can also throw Friend Hearts in order to change their ability. Kirby and his friends can also do the same with Copy Essences and Ability Stars. Even if Kirby has no friends, another player can join, taking Kirby's current ability similar to the helper mechanic in previous games; Kirby can also turn a friend into an ability item by performing "Unfriend," which replaces the Drop Ability function if Kirby has none; this can also be achieved by throwing a Friend Heart at an enemy while already having three friends, and opting to cancel the action instead of replacing one of them. Friends can assist Kirby in multiple ways, allowing for combo moves such as creating a circular formation that allows them to roll ahead in certain areas. The player can also mix Friend Abilities by holding up on the analog stick and having a partner using an attack on the player's character. Players can also revive a friend that has no HP, recovering only half of their total HP.

Additionally, there are two sub-games separate from the main game. They are small, competitive sub-games that also support up to four players at once. Star Slam Heroes is a timing-based game strongly reminiscent of Megaton Punch, where Kirbys power up a flaming baseball bat and attempt to smack a meteor the farthest distance. Chop Champs sees players using Joy-Con motion commands to try to chop as much wood as possible with their Kirby within a time limit while avoiding bugs and Gordos.

The game is set to receive updates adding new Dream Friends following the game's release, with the first update, releasing March 28, 2018, adding Marx, the original three Animal Friends, and Gooey.

Game Modes


Playable characters


Dream Friends

Allies (cameo appearances)




Copy Abilities

The game will feature 28 standard Copy Abilities, as well as the ability to mix certain abilities together into Friend Abilities, similarly to how mixing abilities worked in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby: Squeak Squad. Abilities in italics are new, abilities in bold can be permanently imbued with an element.

Copy Abilities

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KSA Beam Ability Icon
KSA Beetle Ability Icon
KSA Bomb Ability Icon
KSA Cleaning Ability Icon
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KSA Crash Ability Icon
KSA Cutter Ability Icon
KSA ESP Ability Icon
KSA Fighter Ability Icon
KSA Fire Ability Icon
KSA Hammer Ability Icon
KSA Ice Ability Icon
KSA Mike Ability Icon
KSA Ninja Ability Icon
KSA Parasol Ability Icon
Plasma new icon
KSA Sleep Ability Icon
KSA Spider Ability Icon
KSA Stone Ability Icon
KSA Suplex
KSA Sword Ability Icon
KSA Water Ability Icon
KSA Whip Ability Icon
KSA Wing Ability Icon
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Blizzard KSA Ice Ability Icon
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Bluster KSA Wing Ability Icon
KSA Cleaning Ability Icon
Sizzle KSA Fire Ability Icon
KSA Fighter Ability Icon
Splash KSA Water Ability Icon
KSA Parasol Ability Icon
KSA Cleaning Ability Icon
Zap Plasma new icon
KSA Beam Ability Icon
KSA ESP Ability Icon

Dream Friends

First Wave KSA King Dedede Icon
King Dedede
KSA Meta Knight Icon
Meta Knight
KSA Bandana Waddle Dee Icon
Bandana Waddle Dee
Second Wave Rick & Kine & Coo Gooey Marx





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KSA Demo

Demo title screen

The demo for Kirby Star Allies was released on March 1 in European regions and March 4 in North America. It includes two stages: Green Gardens, called "Grasslands Stage;" and a combination of Donut Dome, Honey Hill, and Clash at Castle Dedede, called "Cave & Castle Stage." A Nintendo eShop link appears beneath the stage links.

amiibo Compatibility

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During Story Mode, the player can scan an amiibo. Scanning a Kirby-related amiibo (both from the Kirby series and their Super Smash Bros. counterparts) will give two Point Stars, either a Maxim Tomato or a Pep Brew, and two Picture Pieces. The same goes for scanning the Qbby amiibo from BOXBOY!, except it gives a milk carton Food item instead.

Scanning any other amiibo will give two Point Stars, a cherry, and one Picture Piece.

In addition, the game will only allow 7 different amiibos to be scanned per Stage attempt. The count resets if the player exits the stage without clearing it.


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  • Kirby Star Allies greatly resembles the first attempt at Kirby GCN, a canceled game for the Nintendo GameCube. It resembles Kirby's Return to Dream Land as well, though this is because Kirby GCN was reworked into Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Friends wear the hat that corresponds to their ability, unlike Helpers in Kirby Super Star and its remake.
  • Friends reflect the colors of the player playing them. Any friends who are player 2 are yellow, friends who are player 3 are blue, and friends who are player 4 are green. This concept is reused from Kirby GCN. It, however, applies only to common enemies and midbosses; special characters (such as King Dedede and Gooey) always retain their normal coloration.
  • This is Nago, Pitch, and ChuChu's first appearance in the flesh since their debut 21 years before Kirby Star Allies in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
  • In The Ultimate Choice's difficulty selection, there is a secret 8th difficulty, Soul Melter, which shows Kirby with red, evil eyes, grinning. This is a reference to the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Frog Wild.
    • King Dedede, when he transforms, greatly resembles his transformation in the same episode when he was possessed.
  • This is the first Kirby game to be localized into Chinese, in both Traditional and Simplified forms.

Possible release date of Kirby Star Allies which was then proven false

  • Before Kirby Star Allies’ release date was revealed to be March 16, 2018 in the January 11 Nintendo Direct Mini, the official Nintendo website's Game Store page listed the game's release date as June 30, 2018. This may have just been a placeholder release date/window before an actual release date was officially announced.
  • Kirby Star Allies is the fourth Kirby game to have an E10+ ESRB rating.
  • Kirby Star Allies is the first Kirby game to have a happy Kirby on the North American box art since Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
  • Kirby Star Allies is the first Kirby game to see release worldwide on the same day.
  • The power of the new Artist ability, when paired with the hat, is reminiscent of Adeleine from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • This is the third Kirby game to run at 30fps instead of the usual 60fps after Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby Battle Royale.
    • However, Kirby: Planet Robobot switches from 60fps to 30fps depending on the number of objects and effects onscreen.
  • This is the first Kirby game where Waddle Doo closes his eye, something only previously seen in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and Smash Run from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

The incorrect calendar

  • On January 27, 2018, the My Nintendo rewards program released a Kirby Star Allies-themed calendar for the month of February. It was discovered to be a January calendar, as the month had 31 days instead of 28, and Valentine's Day was marked as the second Sunday of the month rather than the second Wednesday. This mistake was corrected shortly after.[5]
  • When the official Japanese website of Kirby Star Allies launched on February 14, 2018, the URL initially misspelled the game's title as "Star Arise." This was corrected shortly afterward, and the misspelled URL now redirects to the correct one. (The English words "Allies" and "Arise" have the same spelling in katakana.
  • Kirby Star Allies is the first traditional platformer in the series to name individual stages.
  • Como is currently the only returning enemy in this game to receive a redesign between games, due to the inclusion of the Spider ability.
  • In the March 8 Nintendo Direct, when Gooey is shown as a future update Dream Friend, they state that his debut was in Kirby's Dream Land 3, when he actually debuted in Kirby's Dream Land 2 as a non-playable character. This error also appears on the official site for Kirby Star Allies.
  • Kirby Star Allies consists of four worlds, the fewest thus far of any game in the main series.
  • When King Dedede is defeated, a false credits starts to play, which might be a reference to Kirby's Dream Land’s ending where Kirby defeated King Dedede.
  • Kirby Star Allies, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse are the only games in the series thus far to save the player's life count.
    • Kirby Star Allies is also the first game where Kirby's lives extend over 99.
  • The first letter of all seven stages found on Planet Popstar, including the two unlockable stages, spell out the word "FRIENDS", which ties into the theme of friendship present in the game, as well as the game's main mechanic. This is a trait that is present in several previous Kirby titles (Kirby's Adventure, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition, Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot).
  • Kirby Star Allies has the most standard copy abilities, at 28.


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External Links


  1. Nintendo UK Twitter
  2. Go Nintendo
  3. Translated Famitsu article
  4. Nintendo of America Twitter
  5. Nintendo Wire