Kirby Air Ride for the Nintendo Switch: “Kirby Air Ride Ultra”

Kirby Air Ride for the Nintendo Switch: “Kirby Air Ride Ultra”

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K​.​J. H. started this petition to HAL Laboratory and

“Kirby Air Ride”, or known as “Kirby’s Airride” in Japan, was a racing video game created in 2003 for the GameCube. It was a wonderful game that was fun to play by yourself, and even more fun to play in multiplayer mode. Kirby hasn’t really had any racing games as of recently, and after  16 (and counting) years, it would be an amazing installment to the Nintendo Switch and the Kirby franchise to make an HD remastered edition to this game that is fond to many people who remember it: “Kirby Air Ride Ultra”. The game would have everything that made it special in the GameCube version, with maybe some slight changes/improvements, if necessary. (The box art cover is something I edited, for appeal to the idea)

Reasons to create “Kirby Air Ride Ultra”:

• It would definitely be a fresh breath of air for the Kirby franchise. Kirby’s last few games have all had a similar goal (And although cute and beautifully made, they’re quite frankly, “lackluster”; the new Kirby games feel like Nintendo is running out of ideas for the Kirby franchise). Kirby’s first (and only) racing game remastered for new generations to enjoy would be a good revival of the Kirby franchise. Everyone who likes Kirby and/or racing games will love it.


• It would be a very nice edition to the “party game” genre for the Switch. From years of Mario Party, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and etc., Kirby Air Ride would fit in nicely with its memorable game modes: City Trial (my personal favorite), Air Ride, and Top Ride.


• The game might not have done so well in ratings in 2003, but a remastering would be a chance to improve it. Maybe with enhanced quality and etc., the game would be received well now, considering the game itself was unique and definitely ahead of its time when it comes to multiplayer and racing games.


• It sold a decent amount of copies in 2003 (422,311 in Japan, 750,000 in the US), and now with advancements in technology and a peaked interest in video games, Kirby Air Ride Ultra can possibly sell even more copies than it did before. Again, this game will definitely bring back old fans and bring in new fans.


• Notice the trend of remastering fan favorites (Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Final Fantasy, etc.). Remastered versions of games are very much appreciated by fans. Nintendo has thrown in hints of Kirby Air Ride in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the Dragoon as an item, the Kirby Air Ride City Trial Song Mix. It’s no doubt that Nintendo remembers and notices Kirby Air Ride, and it’s possible they could be thinking of doing a remaster for this game. Hopefully, this petition would be the push that they need to see that “Kirby Air Ride Ultra” would not be a bad move for a Nintendo Switch game, for all the reasons previously stated.

Hopefully Nintendo and HAL Laboratory would notice this petition eventually and take action. They definitely won’t regret it.

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