Kirby Gets Rounder Than Normal in 'Kirby's Dream Buffet'

'Kirby's Dream Buffet' is a surprise announcement from Nintendo. The game is part racing game, part obstacle course, and all classic Kirby.

Sara Belcher - Author

Aug. 11 2022, Updated 3:00 p.m. ET

'Kirby's Dream Buffet'
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If you thought Nintendo had already revealed all of the new game releases it would have this summer, you'd be wrong. Even though Kirby and the Forgotten Land was released for the Switch in late March, Nintendo made a surprise announcement that there would be another Kirby game added to the franchise this year.

Kirby's Dream Buffet is part racing title, part obstacle course, and all classic Kirby. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming surprise release.

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What's the release date and price for 'Kirby's Dream Buffet'?

The surprise announcement came well into the summer. In August, Nintendo finally unveiled that Kirby's Dream Buffet will be available on the Nintendo Switch eShop on Aug. 17.

'Kirby's Dream Buffet'
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How much does 'Kirby's Dream Buffet' cost?

Kirby's Dream Buffet is a digital exclusive game, meaning you won't be able to purchase a cartridge of the title even after its release. Unfortunately, the game will not be available for free. It's currently available for pre-order on the Nintendo Switch eShop for only $14.99. As this game is much smaller in scale than Kirby and the Forgotten Land, the price proportionally reflects the game's size, which is why it's cheaper.

What is 'Kirby's Dream Buffet' about?

While this title isn't your typical Kirby game, it brings in a lot of the familiar elements that make Kirby games so lovable. Players will roll around through four different obstacle courses, eating as much food as they can along the way while navigating the tricky terrain. While many have called this title a "racing" game, you won't be crashing through the course in customizable cars à la Mario Kart. There will, of course, be Kirby's classic copy abilities to make the race more competitive.

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In a gameplay trailer released a week before the game's launch, players got an in-depth look at the different courses you can race through, as well as the minigames and battle royale multiplayer option. As you consume different foods, Kirby can take on the shapes of these items, copying their abilities while trying to snag your win.

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Will 'Kirby's Dream Buffet' have a multiplayer mode?

Thankfully, this will be yet another title you can play through with your friends, as it seems to be a primarily multiplayer-focused game.

You and up to three others can play on the same console, selecting different-colored Kirby characters to race through the courses and consume as much food as you can along the way. The goal of this game isn't just to be the fasted Kirby on the course — you'll also want to be the roundest by the end of the match to take home the win.

According to the game's listing on the Nintendo eShop, Kirby's Dream Buffet will allow up to two players on one system, up to four with local wireless multiplayer, and up to four using online multiplayer modes.

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