Nintendo shares concept art for Kirby Star Allies

Kirby - Kirby Star Allies - Concept Art - Nintendo Switch

Are you a fan of Nintendo’s pink, spherical hero with a mega-appetite? If so, you likely played his latest adventure in Kirby Star Allies. Now, courtesy of the Nintendo of Europe Twitter account, you can take a peek behind the curtains at the art design that went into the early grassland stages of the game. Check out these artistic concepts below.

The tweet stated that “various directions were considered, and gradually they became the amazingly peaceful grassland stages in the game.” Just like the game, these designs are vibrant and colorful. I’d be interested to see more concept art for the remainder of the game. It’s always amazing to see the amount of creative work that goes into putting video game concepts on paper from the very beginning of a project.

About Kirby Star Allies

Kirby Star Allies employs the same side-scrolling, platforming, enemy-inhaling fun that we can all expect from a Kirby title. He jumps, floats, slams, and eats enemies to take their abilities. The key feature of this title, however, is the “allies” portion of the title.

Kirby can befriend enemies to recruit them instead of eating them for their powers. It sounds like a better option for all who oppose him. I mean, have you ever pondered the existential question of where all of these combatants go when Kirby inhales them? Do they just wither away? Or is Kirby’s mouth a portal to an endless void where they just float for eternity? But, I digress. Now, Kirby can court a degree of pacifism and strike up to three friendships to join him on his adventure. In a new and interesting twist, these friendly allies can also combine certain powers for new actions or effects. Many times, power combinations are needed for progression in certain levels. Check out our full review of the game here.

In the modern day of gaming, many developers and publishers release the art behind games in social media postings such as this or in a published collection. Super Mario Odyssey fans in Japan were probably excited to see the recent art compilation book for the game. In fact, the book revealed that Nintendo toyed with its own Bowsette concept before it became an internet sensation. So, do video game designs and art fascinate you? If so, what are some of your favorite pieces of concept art in a video game? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!

Chris Hinton
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night.  Somewhere in between all of that, I'm a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too.  If a game is all about action, there's a safe bet I'm playing it.  I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin' on the ol' Atari and haven't stopped since.