Kirby’s Dream Buffet has been announced as the next title in the Japanese-exclusive light novel series starring Kirby. The series features original stories and novelizations of classic games in the Kirby series while bringing more depth to the characters and world. With this upcoming release, fans that can read Japanese will be able to experience the deep and dramatic plot of Kirby’s Dream Buffet in book form.
At least that’s what I would say if Kirby’s Dream Buffet had a plot. Most of the games that have been novelized so far have tended to at least hint at having a story. It was especially fun to see games like Kirby: Planet Robobot and Kirby’s Return to Dream Land further expanded with more character interactions and extra details that the games mostly shy away from. The books even feature original characters that aren’t in the games (related article).
On the other hand, I think the books are even better when they stray from the games and contain totally original stories. Considering that Kirby’s Dream Buffet is a party game, author Mie Takase should have plenty of room to weave a new tale in the surprisingly expansive Kirby universe.
The synopsis goes like this. A galactic witch named Pauline (not an official translation) has created a mountain of snacks using a magical fork that has the power to grant wishes. Kirby and friends are obviously very excited by this. Kirby then wishes to eat even more snacks which the magical fork seemingly grants. Suddenly, Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight and company find themselves shrunken down and inside the snack mountain, thus beginning the race to the Gourmet King’s throne.
It’s hard to say what’s actually going to happen just from the blurb released so far, but it’s certainly going to be wacky fun. Speaking of wacky, maybe this will be like the Kirby version of Wacky Races, a cartoon from the 60s I for some reason have faint memories of.
While previous mainline games in the series like Kirby Star Allies and Kirby and the Forgotten Land each got whopping two-parters to contain their epic scale and books focused on Meta Knight’s adventures have also ventured into (relatively) dramatic territory, the new Kirby’s Dream Buffet novel will probably keep things light which suits the world of Kirby just fine. Did I mention that Kirby talks in these books? That might be the best part.