Kirby and the Forgotten Land: New Nintendo Switch game review, release date – and pre-order bonus details
Everything you need to know, from demos to multiplayer – what to expect from the 30th anniversary game
New Nintendo games always generate excitement, with the legendary Japanese gaming giant often producing polished, well-designed experiences that a wide range of age groups can enjoy.
Nintendo’s next game – Kirby and the Forgotten Land – brings the company’s penchant for refining simple game concepts into interesting new ideas to a logical conclusion.
The game was produced as part of Nintendo’s beloved character Kirby’s 30th anniversary celebrations, with series director Shinya Kumazaki describing it as a “new phase” for the franchise.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
What is Kirby Kirby and the Forgotten Land?
Kirby may be one of Nintendo’s lesser-known mascots, but the pink character has starred in more than 20 games since his debut in the early 90s.
What sets him apart is his ability to inhale enemies and objects and take over their powers, a “copy ability” that is used almost disturbingly in his latest game. More on that later.
Although Kirby has starred in games across a range of genres, it’s in platforming titles that he really shines, using his ability to jump and glide to overcome obstacles in colorful adventures that are fun for all ages. family.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is its latest appearance, the first fully 3D platformer in the mainline Kirby game series.
In it, you’re tasked with exploring the titular Forgotten Land on a mission to rescue Waddle Dees who’s been kidnapped by the villainous Beast Pack.
As you rescue more and more Waddle Dees, they are transported to the safety of Waddle Dee Town, the game’s main hub that grows as more and more of its inhabitants are removed.
As the city grows, players will unlock a number of bonus mini-games in which they can compete against others online for the highest score.
What is bite mode?
Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes Kirby out of his usual cartoonish surroundings and transplants him into a somewhat realistic, almost post-apocalyptic world.
Thus, many large everyday objects are scattered throughout the levels, such as rusty old cars and vending machines from more prosperous times.
Kirby’s copy ability has been improved for the new game, meaning he’s now able to suck those larger objects into his mouth and take on their attributes.
It’s a slightly unsettling ability the devs call “Mouthful Mode,” and one iteration we’ve seen explored in trailers is Kirby’s ability to semi-vacuum an old car, wrapping himself over his top half. and using the wheels protruding from its gob drive and cross barriers.
This is one of those ideas that looks pretty cute at first glance, but it’s probably best not to think too much about the mechanics…
Does it have a multiplayer function?
While Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a single-player experience at its core, there are options for a second player to get in on the action.
A second player can join in and play as Bandana Waddle Dee, who uses a spear as his primary form of attack.
Is he good?
The first review for the full game was published by Edge Magazine, which gave Kirby and the Forgotten Land an impressive 8/10.
The magazine claims that “those who have never understood Kirby’s appeal are unlikely to be convinced by his move to 3D”.
But he notes that “the compact, imaginative adventure is a quiet triumph, a work of great craftsmanship and wit which, unlike its lead, bites no more than it can chew and that only makes you leave on your hunger.”
The full review will appear in issue 370 of the magazine, due on store shelves March 24.
When can I play it?
Kirby and the Forgotten Land will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Where can I pre-order it?
At the time of writing, the best place we could find to pre-order a physical copy of Kirby and the Forgotten Land was Base.com, which offers the game for £41.85.
If you choose to purchase the game physically through the My Nintendo Store, you will have access to a pre-order bonus of a free magnetic sheet and mouse pad.
All pre-orders will also get you into a contest to win a First 4 Figures Kirby Warp Star Exclusive Edition figure.
Is there a demo?
If you want to try out the game for yourself before shelling out the cash, a free demo is available for download via Nintendo eShop.
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