Kirby and the Forgotten Land Preview
Players will soon be able to help Kirby rescue Waddle Dees in this 3D platformer.
Later this year, Nintendo will release Kirby and the Forgotten Land, the latest game in the popular Kirby franchise, which stars an adorable pink ball named Kirby who has the ability to copy his enemies’ abilities.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a level-based 3D platformer that will take Kirby to an unfamiliar land where he’ll discover that Waddle Dees have been abducted by a group called the Beast Pack. Kirby will set out on a quest to rescue the Waddle Dees and defeat the Beast Pack.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land will feature two difficulty levels to choose from, with one being an easier difficulty for players who want a more relaxed experience. The game will allow players to switch between the two difficulty settings after they begin the game, rather than requiring them to restart the game to change this setting.
In each level of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, players will be challenged to reach the end of the stage while watching out for a variety of enemies and obstacles. While players can try to avoid some enemies, they can also have Kirby inhale the enemies so they can spit them back out as projectiles. Kirby can also jump over gaps in the path and even inhale air to hover for a short distance.
When Kirby inhales certain enemies, he’ll copy the enemy’s ability, giving him new ways to interact with the world. As a couple of examples, the Sword ability gives Kirby a sword he can swing at enemies, while the Bomb ability will allow Kirby to toss bombs at enemies or obstacles, and even roll bombs along the ground to reach faraway targets.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land also gives Kirby a “Mouthful Mode” ability that allows him to temporarily inhale very large objects, such as cars and vending machines. Inhaling these special objects may allow Kirby to interact with the environment in different ways, find hidden Waddle Dees, and/or open up new paths in the level, or they may simply give him a new way to defeat enemies.
Each time players complete a level for the first time, they’ll rescue Waddle Dees who will return to Waddle Dee Town, the game’s hub area. Players can also rescue “optional” Waddle Dees in each level by completing specific tasks. Some of these tasks are listed before players enter a stage, while players may need to discover other tasks on their own. Players don’t have to worry about collecting all of the Waddle Dees the first time they play a stage, since they can replay each level as many times as they want.
As players rescue Waddle Dees over time, they’ll unlock new features (including mini-games) in Waddle Dee Town. For instance, players can unlock Waddle Dee’s Weapons Shop, where they can upgrade Kirby’s “Copy” abilities to make them stronger.
In addition, as players clear levels on the world map, they’ll unlock special Treasure Road stages that contain additional mini-games for them to play.
Finally, while players can complete the entire game on their own, Kirby and the Forgotten Land will also allow a second player to join the experience for some cooperative gameplay. When two people are playing together, one player will control Kirby while the other will control Bandana Waddle Dee.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land will be released on Switch on March 25, 2022 for $59.99. You can pre-order the digital version of the game on the Nintendo eShop. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is rated E10+ for Everyone 10+ by the ESRB.
If your family would like to try the game before deciding whether to make a purchase, a free demo for the game is now available to download on the Nintendo eShop. The demo will allow you to try three levels from the game’s first world, and it will include both difficulty options.
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Disclosure: SuperParent received access to Kirby and the Forgotten Land for coverage purposes.