Nintendo has finally announced a new mainline Kirby game, Kirby and the Forgotten Land. What is the new Kirby game all about? When can fans experience this game, this year or next year? In this blog, we will discuss everything about the Kirby and the Forgotten Land in detail. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a forthcoming 3D platformer video game from HAL Laboratory. It is the Seventeenth game in the Kirby franchise. Nintendo is developing this game for the 30th Anniversary celebration of the franchise.
Kirby franchise is an action-platformer video game by Masahiro Sakurai, also known for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. The first game in the franchise called Kirby’s Dream Land released in 1992. Initially having lukewarm reception, Dream Land became a cult classic in the following years, thus spawning several very successful sequels. All the Kirby games follow the titular character who can jump and inhale enemies. The objective of the game includes solving puzzles and defeating enemies. With the success, Kirby has spawned other media such as comics, manga, anime, etc. The Kirby games are commercially successful, selling over 35 million units worldwide.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Everything We Know
HAL Laboratory teased a new Kirby game in 2020 for the 30th anniversary of the franchise. The developers announced that the new Kirby game will be a new phase for the franchise but will still retain some of the best elements of the franchise. In September 2021, Nintendo Direct revealed the first 3D mainline Kirby game called Kirby and the Forgotten Lands.
The reveal brought a lot of positive reactions from the fans and critics. Kirby will allow the players to play in single-player mode and multiplayer mode.
The plot of Kirby and the Forgotten Lands will take place in a post-apocalyptic titular world, where Kirby gets dragged into. The game will start with Kirby waking up on a beach. Kirby then goes into the city to see an evil force called The Beast Pack kidnapping creatures, including Waddle Dees. Kirby then rescues a creature called Elfilin, who will become his companion in his quest. The game will follow Kirby on the quest to save the creatures and battle the Beast Pack.
Like its predecessor, Kirby will be a platformer game but in the 3D world. Kirby and the Forgotten land will be the first mainline entry in the franchise that will not be a side-scroller. Nintendo released a more in-depth video revealing the full gameplay aspect of the game. The gameplay includes Kirby running, jumping, and sliding over the objects and enemy like its predecessor. The inhalation of objects and enemies returns in this game, where Kirby can inhale enemies or objects, which he can later use as a projectile to throw towards another enemy.
A new feature in Kirby and the Forgotten Lands is the Mouthful Mode, where Kirby will inhale larger objects and copy their abilities. For example, Kirby can inhale a car and use it to drive around the Forgotten Land. The level objective in the Forgotten Land is to free the creatures, Waddle Dees, from Beast Pack and return them to Dee Town. Dee Town is the main hub, where all the rescued Waddle Dees live.
Kirby will allow one other friend to join in the game in the role of Bandana Waddle Dee. Bandana Waddle Dee will use the spear for attacking.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Release Date
When will this 3D platformer Kirby game release? Is Kirby and the Forgotten Land coming this year? Nintendo first announced Kirby and the Forgotten Land in Nintendo Direct of September 2021. Another new video came in January 2022 containing in-depth gameplay of the game. This video revealed the release date of Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s scheduled release date is 25 March 2022, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Nintendo released a free-to-play demo of the game on 3 March 2022 to create more hype.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is up for pre-order. The Digital version of the game is available on the official Nintendo store. Players can buy from any retail shop or through My Nintendo Store for the physical version