Just when we thought September couldn’t get any more hectic for gaming news and announcements, leave it to Nintendo to do the unexpected with a shadow drop of Kirby Fighters 2. While not a total surprise due to being prematurely listed on Nintendo’s official website, I think it’s safe to say that no one was anticipating Kirby’s new game to be announced so abruptly, let alone release on the same day.

From what was shown in the reveal trailer, Kirby Fighters 2 is a very faithful sequel to Kirby Fighters Deluxe. Much like the original game on the 3DS, Kirby Fighters 2 is a simple 2D fighting game jam-packed with Kirby content from across the series.

Probably the most notable addition to the new eShop exclusive Switch game is its new playable characters. Whereas the first game only allowed you to play as different Kirbys, Kirby Fighters 2 has fans excited to duke it on the battlefield as Magolor, Bandana Waddle Dee, and even Gooey. Whether you’re someone who’s super into all things Kirby, or simply interested in fun platform fighters, Kirby Fighters 2 seems like money well spent.

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As a $20 online multiplayer-focused game, Kirby Fighters 2 is a solid spinoff to hold Nintendo fans over until a more traditional mainline Kirby game comes out. It may not be the Kirby game people wanted for this year, but hopefully, the wait will have been worth it whenever HAL Laboratory unveils their next big project.

What Kirby Fighters 2 Means for the Rest of Nintendo’s 2020

Prior to the past few weeks, there seemed to be a worry that Nintendo didn’t have much in store for the Switch’s first-party lineup this year. But as evidenced by the new game and this month’s other big announcements, that’s clearly not the case. If this year has shown us anything, it’s that Nintendo has no problem giving their games shorter reveal-to-release cycles.

Just a month ago we had no clue that three 3D Mario ports and a new Kirby game would even be on the system. While this is probably due in some part to the pandemic, Nintendo is setting a precedent nonetheless. They’re proving that games don’t need half a year’s worth of promotion and buildup to sell well. And it’s because of this that I think there’s a very real possibility that Nintendo has one last card up their sleeve before 2020 comes to its end.

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