Being the first real 3D Kirby game, “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” does a great job adding new mechanics to the game while still feeling like the older games.
“Kirby and the Forgotten Land” has recently been released and already has become one of the most well-received Kirby games of all time, selling about 380,000 copies in the first week. One reason for this would be the accessibility of the game as just about anyone can play it, meaning you can be brand-new to the Kirby series and enjoy it just as much as a longtime fan.
Although you can beat the game in about 15 hours or less, there is a lot of content packed into the game that you can miss if you don’t look carefully. Each of the areas in the game has five levels, each with their own secrets and gimmicks. Items can be hidden in places you might not even notice as it could be disguised with the background of the game, which will make you replay the level in attempts to find what you didn’t the first time through.
Besides the large world Kirby is brought into, there is the Waddle Dee Village, which is your home base. Here, you can rest at your house, upgrade your copy abilities, rewatch cutscenes, play minigames, collect collectibles that can be displayed and even fight bosses in the arena. With a huge array of things to do in the village, you can spend hours on end just playing around in the arena or in the minigames. In order to unlock all these things and expand your village, you will have to save a certain amount of Waddle Dees, which are found in all the levels you play in the game. It ranges from seven Waddle Dees in one level to 12 Waddle Dees.
If you are having trouble saving all the Waddle Dees, there is always the co-op play option where you have a friend help you out as the playable character, Bandana Waddle Dee. This can help in many ways, such as an extra pair of eyes looking for secrets, as well as another player to help you in boss fights. If you are skeptical about how the co-op mode works, there is nothing to worry about as it works just as you would expect. Since there is no split-screen, the camera will always follow Kirby. One thing your friend might not like however is that there can only be one Kirby, meaning that player two cannot use copy abilities. To unlock this mode, just progress far enough into the game to unlock the Waddle Dee Village, which will take less than an hour at most.
Overall, the newest addition to the Kirby game series, “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” is a great game. As it is the first real 3D Kirby game, it might take a while to get used to if you are a long-time fan, but it is easy to pick up as a new player because of its well-thought-out tutorial. Just about anyone can pick up the game and try it out for themselves, and that is the great thing about the Kirby series.
If you are interested in playing “Kirby and the Forgotten Lands,” it is found exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.