The gameplay is a lot like Kirby 64. It is a 2D game with a 3D enviroment, like Kirby 64. You can combine copy abilities again. Also, this time around, there are playable characters in story mode besides Kirby.
Kirby sees a large crowd of Waddle Dees and Waddle Doos walking towards King Dedede's castle carrying tons of food. Kirby goes to his castle and is about to fight King Dedede when Ribbon the fairy comes and says a dark force is turning the creatures of the universe evil and they need Kirby's help. Kirby goes with Ribbon to defeat the mysterious dark force and King Dedede, Meta Knight, Waddle Dee, and Adeline join him later.