Could We See a Full 3D Kirby?

Kirby: Triple Deluxe team is "really interested in making a fully 3D Kirby game!"

Dave Cook of VG 24/7 recently interviewed Kirby Triple Deluxe director Shinya Kumazaki, managing director Yurie Hattori, and public relations staff member Satoshi Ishida. Among interesting topics such as Kirby's origins (turns out he wasn't inspired by a vacuum cleaner after all) and the team's approach to designing game mechanics based on hardware, Kumazaki gave interesting insight on creating a new 3D Kirby.

We’re really interested in making a fully 3D Kirby game! I suspect there are also more than a few users who’d appreciate being able to freely run around a sprawling map, fighting with copy abilities.

In one of our previous titles, Kirby Air Ride (seen below), there was a mode called City Trial which saw players racing around a large 3D city area on Air Ride Machines. It definitely showed off how well the combination of the Kirby style action and 3D environment works, so I think it’s certainly a possibility given how much Kirby is capable of!

It's wonderful to see Kumazaki bring up Kirby Air Ride, a game many consider one of the most underrated games on the Gamecube, as an example of a 3D Kirby game that worked. I'd love to see a Kirby Air Ride 2 announced at E3 for the Wii U, but to integrate those mechanics into a more ambitious fully 3D title would be amazing.

It's a stretch, sure, but the Kirby team seems excited about the idea and the Wii U is in desperate need for more quality titles. I say give them a shot!

What do you say? Should they make a fully 3D Kirby game? If so, what games do you think it would play like? Let us know in the comments.

Kirby Air Ride Character Model used in header image created by Mintenndo.


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Games Kirby: Triple Deluxe Genres AdventureArcade Platforms Wii U Tags kirby
Published May. 22nd 2014
  • Fawful117
    A 3D Kirby game would be an amazing thing to see. Think of the possibilities!

    Of course, Kirby's time in the air would have to be reduced to a very small amount, since being able to fly forever in a 3D environment could potentially break the game, or make it seem way too easy.

    The controls would need to change, too. For dashing, you'd have to hold the C button. For ducking/swallowing, you press the Z button. You could also hold Z and press A to slide. Plus, if you inhale an enemy/object, you could use the Wii U GamePad to look around the area with Gyroscope controls. You could shoot in any direction you want, other than just straight forward (except for down, maybe)!

    Some of the classic abilities would be awesome in 3D, too. With the Sword Ability, you could attack enemies like Link does in the 3D Zelda games! With abilities like Fire and Ice, you could turn yourself around 360 degrees (with the help of the Wii u GamePad's Gyroscope controls) to aim your Fire/Ice Breath! The possibilities are endless! Some abilities could even be improved around the concept of 3D! New abilities could do the same!

    A real, 3D Kirby game with stuff like this would be AMAZING to see! I really hope Nintendo does this kind of thing in the future!
  • zoLo567
    Senior Intern
    A fully 3D Kirby game would be awesome. I loved Kirby Air Ride, and would like to see another game like that
  • WesleyG
    I'd lose it if Nintendo announced Kirby's Air Ride 2 or a new F-Zero game for the Wii U. Mario Kart 8 looks awesome, but I've got the need for speed!
  • Kitten Mother
    If the E3 leaks can be trusted, looks like F-Zero may be coming to WiiU.

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