The gameplay is a mix of many of the other Kirby games' gameplay styles. Copy abilities return (obviously), but this time it's all the past abilities, including two new ones based on spin-offs, Yarn and Mass Attack. Although the ability mixing from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards will not be returning, elemental ability mixes from Kirby: Squeak Squad will be returning, along with the ability palatte.
A new element is the use of a new item, known as the Ability Book. With said book, you are able to save the moveset and information of any Copy Ability, and by doing so, you are able to rescue most characters from the Hyper Zone, unlocking them as characters.