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This week’s issue of Famitsu has a big feature on HAL Laboratory to celebrate the studio’s 40th anniversary. As part of that, the Japanese magazine spoke with a few key Kirby developers. Lead action programmer Katsuyoshi Sumitomo, general director Shinya Kumazaki, and design director Riki Fuhrmann participated in the discussion.

After talking about how Star Allies raised the bar for Kirby games, the developers discussed their future plans. Fuhrmann’s comments might be the most interesting, as he said he personally wants to create a non-action spin-off title. He also promised “a wide variety of Kirby coming out in the future.”

Below are the full comments from all three developers:

HAL Laboratory is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In this week’s issue of Famitsu, the Japanese magazine published messages from several notable developers who shared messages in honor of the milestone, including Shigeru Miyamoto and Masahiro Sakurai.

Robert Sephazon was kind enough to translate the various messages from the magazine. You can read the various remarks below.

Kirby developer HAL Laboratory is now 40 years old. In honor of the occasion, the studio has shared a special piece of art, which we have above.

Here’s a look at the making of the drawing:

Super Kirby Clash director Yumi Todo has shared some new information about the Switch game, specifically relating to the ending song. Todo actually shared the first draft of the score and lyrics while also discussing how HAL Laboratory approached the music.

Here’s the message in full:

The free-to-play Super Kirby Clash has been downloaded over four million times, Nintendo has announced. That accounts for the game’s performance worldwide since launching on September 4.

Nintendo is currently hosting a special sale on Super Kirby Clash. For a limited time, players can save 20 percent on Gem Apples.

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The first software update is now available for Super Kirby Clash.

According to the patch notes for this latest update, all that is mentioned is that “Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.”

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GameXplain has shared some footage from the new Switch title Super Kirby Clash. View an hour of gameplay below.

Nintendo has uploaded a new trailer for Super Kirby Clash, which is out now on the Switch eShop. Watch it below.

Update (7/7): This is now up for pre-order on Amazon here.


Original (7/5): Kirby: Art & Style Collection is coming west in Spring 2020, Viz Media has revealed. The announcement was made this week at Anime Expo 2019.

Originally, Kirby: Art & Style Collection came out in Japan in November 2017. Made to celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary, the hardcover collection has rare art and more.

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In a recent issue of Famitsu, a BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! interview was published with some of the developers. Producer Yasuhiro Mukae, art director Akiko Horiuchi, director Taku Koinuma, and level design director Yutaka Watanabe had much to say about the first entry in the series for Switch.

During the discussion, the team spoke about why HAL Laboratory brought the series back and made a new entry for Switch. They also touched on the game’s color stages, what lies ahead for the future, and more.

Here’s our full translation of the interview: