The big surprise of today's Nintendo Direct, beyond Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's delay, was the announcement of Kirby 3DS. Yes, Kirby is back, but he's not made of yarn anymore. It's still a 2D side-scroller and it's still fairly mechanically simple according to what we've seen, so for all intents and purposes this is classic Kirby. Ah, old friend, it's refreshing to see you're still floating around.
Of course, it wouldn't make sense to just release a Kirby game without at least a few mechanical updates. That means Kirby 3DS will feature a foreground/background movement feature, rather like a Virtual Boy game or Paper Mario, and it will also give Kirby the ability to eat everything on-screen at once. Yeah, not exactly next-gen thinking here, but for the Kirby franchise it might as well be turning the game into a first-person-shooter.
Expect Kirby 3DS to be released in 2014. It's another safe bet by Nintendo with minimal risk, which at this point of time might be exactly what Nintendo needs.