HAL Laboratory’s Shinya Kumazaki recently gave insight into what did and didn’t make the cut in regards to Kirby Star Allies’ post-launch support.
While Kirby Star Allies for Nintendo Switch was seen by many, DualShockers included, as a fairly by-the-numbers 2D platformer, it was able to stand out from previous Kirby titles by receiving a lot of free updates throughout its first year. While that string of updates has ended, HAL Laboratory’s Shinya Kumazaki delved into what characters and modes did and didn’t make the cut in a recent interview with Kotaku.
According to Shinya Kumazaki, Kirby Star Allies’ developers “originally considered adding a new planet to the second half of the Story Mode, but we figured players might enjoy having an additional game mode even more, and we could reveal more of the story that way.” That ultimately resulted in the Heroes In Another Dimension bonus campaign that came to the game months after launch.
That being said, the biggest draw to Kirby: Star Allies post-launch support for many fans were the added buddy characters that drew from the series’ long history. There were several notable inclusions, from Kirby: Planet Robobot’s Susie to Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards’ Adeleine and Ribbon that pleased longtime fans of the series. The developers decided to not pay much attention to how these characters’ inclusion would impact the story as “focusing on the story would immediately close the door to going on adventures with these characters.”
Ultimately, a lot of really cool and even somewhat obscure characters made it into the game. That being said, Shinya Kumazaki revealed that quite a few notable characters were cut from being added in the updates. Specifically, he cited “characters that we wanted to make special guest appearances, like Drawcia, Elline, Shadow Kirby, Galacta Knight” as well as Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn’s Prince Fluff. While the developers did really want to include these characters, they decided to “select one character from each title in the main action games over the years, the so-called core Kirby games,” killing many of the aforementioned characters’ chances of getting in.
Still, a lot of good characters did make the cut, so we should appreciate the ones we got. Kirby Star Allies is available now exclusively for Nintendo Switch. If you want to try out the game and see all of this added DLC for yourself, you can pick it up on Amazon.