UPDATE: Nintendo of America confirmed today that the silhouette belongs to Daroach. It appears the data-mine is proving to be accurate.
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About two months ago, Nintendo released an update for Kirby Star Allies. It added five new "Dream Friends" - the original three Animal Friends, Gooey, and Marx. Now, the company has announced the second update, coming in the summer.
No information has been officially released on what exactly will be in this update. The Japanese Twitter account for Kirby Star Allies did however post a picture with a silhouette. Fans can have fun speculating about which Dream Friend will be added.
While Nintendo has not officially stated what Dream Friends would be next, Star Allies was seemingly data-mined last month. Twitter user reserved_kirby posted a list and pictures from what appears to be the internal code of the game. The original finder of the data-mine is credited to Twitter user LuigiBlood. The list is below; however, it could be a spoiler, so continue at your own discretion.
If accurate, longtime Kirby fans have some good things to look forward to. Adeleine is arguably one of Kirby's most famous friends, last appearing in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Daroach was a major enemy character in Kirby: Squeak Squad, and Dark Meta Knight is self-explanatory. Interestingly, the data-mine also seemingly reveals a third wave. Magolor was the final boss of Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Meanwhile, Taranza summoned the true antagonist of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, but ended up helping the heroes in the end. Susie appeared in Kirby: Planet Robobot, and of course the Jambastion Mages were antagonists in Star Allies. If this data-mine turns out to be accurate, the Dream Friends will nicely encompass Kirby's 25 year career.
Kirby Star Allies released two months ago on March 16th. Although not having universal acclaim, it has earned a score of 73 on Metacritic. While it was not the game-changer as Breath of the Wild was to the Zelda series, Star Allies nonetheless delivered solid platforming and an unforgettable climax. As of March 31st, the game has sold 1.26 million copies worldwide, according to Nintendo. Over a million copies in 15 days is no small feat.
What's next for Kirby? With Nintendo continuing to support Star Allies, that question will have to be answered another day. In the meantime, players can look forward to another update in the summer. Kirby should also be appearing in Super Smash Bros. for Switch, due out later this year.