Nintendo Announces ‘Sleep’ Copy Ability Addition for Kirby Battle Royale


Photo retrieved from Nintendo of America

To everyone's surprise, the Sleep ability took first place ahead of the Yo-Yo and Suplex abilities.

Preston Jones, Staff Writer

While waiting for Kirby Star Allies to release on the Nintendo Switch in March, fans of the beloved pink puffball can indulge themselves into combat in spin-off title, Kirby Battle Royale, for the Nintendo 3DS. Battle Royale places players into the cheerful fantasy world of Dreamland for intense fighting action between Kirby and his friends.

This past November, Nintendo held a poll for fans to vote for their favorite Copy Ability to be added to the brawler. Copy Abilities are abilities that the main character, Kirby, uses after stealing and replicating an enemy’s powers. A few examples of Copy Abilities include: Fire, Ice, Beam, and newer Copy Abilities such as Poison, Water, and PSI.

The poll held in November concluded with the Mirror Copy Ability having the most votes from Kirby fans. Nintendo stated that the Mirror copy ability will be added to Kirby Battle Royale with the game’s release.

With the addition of a second poll, Nintendo asked its fans to once again vote for their favorite power to be added to the game. The second poll ended with results that were comically surprising to fans. Without a thought of it happening, the winning Copy Ability of the second poll was the ‘Sleep’ Copy Ability.

In the Kirby series, the Sleep Copy Ability was often regarded as being the worst power up in every game for the sheer fact it places Kirby in a completely vulnerable state without having any benefits.

In Battle Royale’s placement, the Sleep Copy ability would appear to be counterintuitive to the game’s focus of combat between players. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo will utilize the power, making the ability viable against the other Copy Abilities in the fighting game.

With the inclusion of the Sleep Copy Ability in the game, we could potentially see Nintendo opening the door for the power having more utilities in future Kirby games.

Kirby Battle Royale is now available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop and at other retailers. For more information on the game, click here.