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Nintendo Europe adds Astral Chain, Kirby Star Allies, and Dragon Quest Builders 2 to the 'Double Gold Points Fest' for My Nintendo members

Three more big names join the fun

Three more games have been added to Nintendo of Europe's "Double Gold Points Fest" promotion. From now until August 12th, My Nintendo Members will receive double gold points for purchasing Astral Chain, Kirby Star Allies, and Dragon Quest Builders 2 from the Nintendo eShop. Get full details on the campaign below.

Enjoy a summer surprise with our Double Gold Points Fest, now running on Nintendo eShop! From now until August 12th, earn up to 10% of your money back as Gold Points*, when you buy selected Nintendo Switch titles.

Every Thursday until 30/07, we’ll add three new games that will reward you with double Gold Points**, so make sure to check back often to see what’s been added. All games listed below will grant you double Gold Points, so long as you purchase them before August 12th.

Super Mario Party, Yoshi's Crafted World, Kirby Star Allies, and Mario Tennis Aces gearing up for launch in China

Four big titles on the way

Some big-name Switch games are going to make their way to China in the near future. Tencent has registered game card code information for Super Mario Party, Yoshi's Crafted World, Kirby Star Allies, and Mario Tennis Aces in China. These product registrations are for game cards that will be sold in China. Now we know without a doubt that the games are on the way, but we're still waiting for a release date.

Kirby Star Allies submitted for release in China

Kirby takes a trip to China

Nintendo and Tencent are lining up some more Switch titles to see official release in China, and it looks like Kirby is going to be joining the party soon. Kirby Star Allies was submitted for approval as of today, and now it's just waiting for approval. If all goes smoothly, the game could be up for sale in China very shortly.

Kirby Star Allies 'Cook' plush releasing in Japan

Yummy!


UFOBig has revealed d a new Kirby Star Allies plush that will be available via claw machines in Japan starting late July/early Aug. 2019. This plush is 36cm tall, and features Kirby dressed as a Chef.

HAL discusses adding a year's worth of updates to Kirby Star Allies, and looks to the future

An in-depth look at how HAL tackled DLC for Kirby's most recent game

Kirby Star Allies was a much different game a year after it launched. Nintendo released a ton of new content for the game, ranging from new characters to new modes and more. In an interview with Kotaku, HAL's Shinya Kumazaki discussed the process of coming up with content, working to keep the game fresh, and the rules for who could be featured.

“Even though planning is very important when it comes to designing a game of this magnitude, we also value the ideas and discoveries that come up day-to-day, but don’t get a chance to emerge by simply following the plan. The last update added Heroes in Another Dimension, which is something that came from one of those ideas.

We 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.

There were more than a few times when we thought it would be difficult to include certain characters when taking the past stories into consideration, but we got past that kind of rigid thinking early on. Focusing on the story would immediately close the door to going on adventures with these characters.

There were other characters that we wanted to make special guest appearances, like Drawcia, Elline, Shadow Kirby, Galacta Knight, and so on. But we established a certain rule for our selection process. The rule was to select one character from each title in the main action games over the years, the so-called core Kirby games, the equivalent to numbered sequels.

(The goal) was more to balance the game so it moves ahead at a good pace, and progress comes more briskly than usual. I’m conscious about wanting to have more players get to see the ending when I’m creating a Kirby game.

“I’ve felt that each new Kirby game gets slightly more difficult and sprawling than the last. So from that perspective, we took another look at the origin point of the series, and set our sights on developing a game where even young children who have never played a game before would be able to stick with it and progress through the story, and would completely lose track of time while playing, just like we all did when we first met Kirby as kids in Kirby’s Dream Land.

Of course, it wasn’t easy realizing all these updates. But because of them we felt like we went through this game’s launch with fans four times, including the original release date, which is also a new sensation.”

Will this be the plan for Kirby games going forward? A base release, and then a year's worth of new content via DLC? Here's what Kumazaki had to say.

“There’s nothing I can say about that at the moment, but I think we’ve learned a lot from our experience in developing in HD, creating 4-person multiplayer and a lengthy development cycle as we updated the game. I’m confident they made the Kirby Team here at HAL Laboratory even stronger!”

Nintendo celebrates Kirby Star Allies' one-year anniversary with special art

Time flies when you've got allies

What in the hell?! Has it really been a year since Kirby Star Allies saw release? Dear lord, how in the world has that much time passed! I guess we were all too busy enjoying the game to realize how long its been! Thankfully Nintendo reminded everyone of the anniversary with a special tweet, which featured the artwork above.

Kirby Star Allies Original Soundtrack - unboxing videos



Want to get a deeper look at what's inside the Kirby Star Allies Original Soundtrack? We've got multiple unboxing videos for you to check out! Have a look at all the goodies in the footage above!

Kirby Star Allies - Twitter update for Feb. 1st, 2019


The official Kirby Twitter account in Japan has updated once again with another round of Kirby Star Allies concept art. Today we get a sketch of some late-game content. Hopefully it's not a spoiler for anyone here!

Kirby Star Allies - concept art update for Jan. 22nd, 2019

Nintendo has put out another batch of concept art for Kirby Star Allies. This time we get to see some rough design sketches from the Heroes in Another Dimension mode.

Kirby Star Allies Original Soundtrack - Disc 4-6 promo video

The Kirby Star Allies Original Soundtrack is set to release in Japan on Feb. 14th, 2019. There's a standard and deluxe edition, but both contain 6 CDs full of music from Kirby Star Allies. Still no word on a NA/EU release at this time.

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