Earlier this year, Kirby Star Allies, the latest game in HAL Laboratory’s Kirby series of games, was released for the Nintendo Switch. The titular protagonist of the franchise may resemble a vaguely anthropomorphic bubblegum bubble, but fans know the principal Kirby games to be, at their best, rich side-scrolling action platformers with a unique twist on combat. That is, swallow your enemy, absorb their powers. (Yes, Kirby’s deceptive waddling cutesiness belies total cannibalistic mercilessness.)
Kirby Star Allies adds a couple of extra layers to the time-honored Kirby gameplay. It’s an ensemble piece, relying on the deft handling of Kirby as well as a traveling troupe of (mostly) similarly short-statured companions.
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