Kirby Star Allies launched earlier this month, bringing with it a wonderful celebration of everything that fans love about the Kirby franchise. Part of this could be found in the Dream Palace feature, a special room that allows one to summon friends from across Kirby’s long history. Nintendo has promised to keep this feature regularly updated with new allies, and the first update has now gone live.
After downloading the update, you’ll now have access to Gooey, Marx, Rick, Kine, and Coo. The first two act as their own characters, while the latter three act as one character who changes form depending on the circumstance. The update is free, of course, so be sure to take the characters for a spin and see how they play.
What do you think? Will you be doing a few runs with these characters? Who else would you like to see added in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Even though I doubt I'll be dipping in on Kirby this time around, I very much like the idea of games actually introducing new content with free updates.
Many more companies than the few that do it today should implement these tactics, it's unfortunate that to expect it is wishful thinking.
I just finished the story mode last night. While I enjoyed the game, I think this site was right giving it a 7/10. It was fun, but nothing awesome enough that I want to replay it with a couple new characters. Especially since levels always provide you access to all the powers you need to get all the switches and puzzle pieces right in the level. I might replay it if a friend wants to do a run, but that's about it. Honestly, it's not really worth the full price tag when I think of it in comparison to other full price games available today.
@Heavyarms55 I agree. It's a $40 game, not $60
Looking forward to checking these out along with most of the game (only played first few levels solo) with my brother and his gal this weekend. Should be great!
Unsure I'll ever pick this up. It's awesome to see Marx get some attention, though.
@SwitchVogel @Heavyarms55 It definitely seems like we are paying for the brand more so than content value. Maybe not to Captain Toad level of price, but certainly comes across as a mid range title.
They better have more than a few characters to use in Guest Star mode or as CPU characters to add as dlc for this full price highway robbery of a game
@XenoShaun My hope is that the planned DLC content will sufficiently expand on it, like they did with Splatoon. Right now, it's not worth $60, but it could be if they keep adding to it.
@SwitchVogel Sounds like it could be, but isn't the planned content just more guest characters? I can't see that adding too much to the experience.
@SwitchVogel If they add 6-9 more Dream Friends and a Smash-like fighting mode, it'll be $60 very well spent. As of now, I definitely enjoyed it, but it being $20 more than Robobot is a bit hard to make an excuse for.
@SwitchVogel That makes it sound like people are paying for an early access game.
This is really cool. Just updated and gonna fire it up. Really hope they add another world too. Maybe 2 more, with one having some more hardcore levels. I'd also love to see the smash like fighters mode added.
I’m surprised most people haven’t traded this in already.
I will be trying them. I have only played it in short spurts so I haven’t finished it yet.
Now that we have Marx, it would be really cool to see Magolor as a playable character. You can choose him as your Switch profile icon now, for Pete's sake, which makes it feel almost inevitable.
Also, it's great to see these free DLC characters get their own unique movesets and aren't just copy-and-paste's of other helpers.
My understanding is that this also adds in levels? That the partner characters are tied to? If that is true then I can see this being definitely a good thing and Kirby becoming a more worthwhile proposition as time goes by.
@XenoShaun So far, yes. I have a suspicion that something more substantial will show up eventually tho. The game felt weirdly short to me, and given Nintendo's recent trend of supporting games post-launch, it wouldn't surprise me if they released some $20 expansion someday
It corrupted my MicroSD...
Playing with Marx now! He's got an awesome moveset that kicks boss butt!
Do the new characters literally just appear in the Dream Palace after the update, or do you have to find them in one of the levels first? If it's the former, then that's a bit of a shame... the game feels light on content, so it would have been nice to have a few more hidden secrets to locate within the game levels. Not to bemoan free content though, it's nice to have in any case!
They’re a lot of fun so far. It also remixes some of the levels in (spoiler) ????? Mode depending on who you choose!
My kid was looking forward to playing this today b/c of the update. He, his brother and I finished "Story mode" on Sunday but my kids want to 100% it, I think we were around 72% after getting every collectible in story mode, all but 2 on the first play thru which were easily had with a quick replay of that level. I think we had 3 of the 8 puzzles finished.
Agree with "$40 game" as 4 worlds is really short, even if world 4 is as long as 2 worlds, that would still make only 5, took us maybe 6 hours, but there is some extra content afterwards, those 2 minigames are a total waste of time garbage, but boss rush was fun, I didn't stick around for the other mode, speed run or whatever it was, I think the kids were holding out for this update.
So while $60 does seem like a lot, it's better than the length of $60 1886:The Order which took about 5 hours and had almost no gameplay and about as long as God of War 3 which took me about 8, neither of which got extended w/ any DLC or after extras that I recall.
For myself and my 2 kids, none of us would have ponied up the $60 to play it by ourselves, but my kids feel ok after chipping in $25 each on Amazon as it was $48 w/ Prime. I paid the tax and other $3 as I wasn't ever planning on playing it but it was fun to play along w/ them, I rarely did much.
Spoiler, FYI after you beat the story there is 1 extra level, my boys called it the "HAL level" whatever that means, which was the most fun level in the game. Enjoyed it much more than that last "Darkest side" moon level in Odyssey which was unplayable to me.
Also the claymation look in the lava levels was the most interesting in the game. They should have done that for the whole game, called it "Klay Kirby". I know Rainbow Curse already had that look but that game was rubbish. Maybe if they port it to Switch and let you draw on the TV w/ the Joycon it could work, but looking at the Gamepad while the game was on the TV never clicked for me.
@Heavyarms55 Yeah I agree. Even though it's a fun game and the last boss was freakin' awesome, for a full priced game there are much better options to get your money's worth.
Playing co-op with my Wife is awesome with Kirby - Great game!
All in all, I loved this game for its beauty, simplicity and nostalgia trips, but I was a little disappointed at just how easy it was, as well as the very short length. Is it my imagination, or were Return to Dreamland, Triple Deluxe and Planet Robobot all more difficult as well as longer, despite all costing less than Star Allies?
@thesilverbrick they're all more or less the same length at launch as far as content goes. Star Allies is definitely the easiest of the four though, which means you'll likely be replaying stuff less. I often didn't get every code cube and rare sticker on my first playthrough of a level, whereas I never missed a rare puzzle piece or switch in Star Allies.
Looking forward to when I have time to rent-and-run it
I hope we see Adeleine in the next hero pack!
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