Why it matters to you
Kirby 3D Rumble was one of the best parts of Kirby: Planet Robobot, which makes Kirby’s Blowout Blast a budget title to look forward to for 3DS owners.
Nintendo has announced that Kirby’s Blowout Blast launches on July 6 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Kirby’s Blowout Blast, an expanded version of the Kirby: Planet Robobot minigame “Kirby 3D Rumble,” was originally unveiled in April. You can watch the release trailer above, although it’s only available in Japanese at this time.
In Blowout Blast, players must try to complete stages as fast as possible, all the while racking up points from inhaling foes with Kirby’s classic ability. The 3DS eShop exclusive will feature more than 25 3D stages. The stages will be longer than they were in Kirby 3D Rumble, and Blowout Blast adds boss fights against classic foes such as King Dedede and Kracko Jr.
While the objective is clear — complete stages as quickly as possible while accumulating a high score — you can choose to go about it in a few different ways. If you inhale multiple enemies in a row, you can earn a Blaster Bullet, which has the power to decimate strings of enemies like Waddle Dees. Your point total can also rise by shooting enemies in succession without missing. Pinpoint accuracy multiplies your score. But you can also choose to just collect coins while scurrying to the finish line, avoiding enemies and potentially saving time in the process. Regardless of which path you take, your goal is to achieve bronze, silver, or gold star grades in each stage. If you perform well, you’ll unlock EX challenge stages.
Kirby Blowout Blast will have Amiibo support. You can use any Kirby series Amiibo to build a statue in the game’s plaza that will play new tunes.
The game currently doesn’t have a price tag, but considering it’s an eShop exclusive, it will likely be available for a bargain.
Blowout Blast will be the second standalone title to be born out of Kirby: Planet Robobot. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, an expanded version of the Team Kirby Clash mini-game, launched in April as a free to start 3DS eShop exclusive. The 3DS will also receive a Kirby multiplayer action game this holiday to round out the pink puff’s 25th anniversary celebration.
At E3 2017, Nintendo also unveiled Kirby’s debut Switch adventure, launching in 2018. A title has not been set, but from the reveal trailer we know that it will feature classic Kirby platforming with an emphasis on co-op.