In the early March Nintendo Direct one 3DS announcement was certainly a pleasant surprise - Kirby: Planet Robobot. Following on from the cheerful and rather fun Kirby: Triple Deluxe, it sees Kirby take on and fight a mechanised menace and even take over and use their mechs; yes, it looks as much fun as it sounds.
It'll also support all amiibo - pleasingly - along with four new figures, and Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that there'll be a bundle in the region that includes the new Kirby figure - it gives the pink ball the UFO ability in game.
Nintendo of Europe has also issued a press release that has a few fresh details. It outlines some new Copy Abilities that are sure to appeal to long-term fans of the series.
Kirby himself also has a few new Copy Abilities which bear more than a passing resemblance to his competitors in the Super Smash Bros. series. Swallowing certain enemies will allow Kirby to unleash the power of his mind with the "ESP" ability, or throw pills and attack with a clipboard as "Doctor" Kirby. By scanning in the Kirby amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Collection* our pink hero can also become "Smash Bros." Kirby for the first time since Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. With this newly updated Copy Ability, Kirby can unleash the powers that make him such a formidable fighter, like the Hammer Swing, Final Cutter, and the Stone attack, as well as the ability to shield from enemy attacks...
The Nintendo Direct outlined the co-op Team Kirby Clash minigame, but like Triple Deluxe this entry will have another extra game to enjoy. It's 'Kirby 3D Rumble', which adopts an isometric view and challenges you to beat enemies as quickly and efficiently as possible.
One new mode is Kirby 3D Rumble, a single-player isometric action-puzzler which tasks our hero with sucking up objects or enemies and eliminating all foes in as few moves as possible. By sucking up multiple enemies at once, Kirby can then unleash a powerful Star Bullet that will plough through any remaining foes caught in its blast and maximise his score.
Due out on 10th June, we're rather looking forward to this one. Is it on your wishlist?