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Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby and the Forgotten Land

This is the 17th main installment in the Kirby series and let me tell you, it might just be the best yet!

Add to that the fact that it’s also the series’ first mainline game in full 3D – excluding spinoffs – and we’re getting into serious triple-A territory here.

The game was developed by HAL Laboratory for the 30th anniversary of the Kirby series. And let’s just say they haven’t let Nintendo down.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

The player controls Kirby on an adventure through the titular forgotten land, called the New World, to rescue Waddle Dees kidnapped by the fierce Beast Pack. To complete each stage to save the Waddle Dees, Kirby can use a wide range of copy abilities to help fight enemies and progress.

And that’s where the fun begins!

There’s a gentle workout style stage to get you started that will have beginners and die-hard Kirby fanboys and girls acquainted with the simple, intuitive controls in no time.

Kirby can jump and slide as well as inhale enemies and objects which he can spit out as projectiles or swallow for a copy ability. Kirby fans will be aware of these Copy Abilities, but this time around there are two new Copy Abilities in the form of Drill and Ranger as well as an upgrade system and the brand new “Mouthful Mode” that changes gives it.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

This is the part of the game that got people excited before it was released and it really is! Kirby can now swallow and control larger objects, such as cars and vending machines similar to Kirby Battle Royale and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.

A second player can join in and play as Bandana Waddle Dee, who uses a spear as his primary form of attack.

The goal of each stage is to save the Waddle Dees at the end of the level. Once rescued, they are sent back to Waddle Dee Town, the game’s main hub. As you save more Waddle Dees, the town increases in size and you unlock mini-games.

Mouthful mode is not only a humorous gimmick, but also ridiculously fun and vital to Kirby ATFL’s brilliant level design.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Copy Abilities honestly seem more influential, meaningful, and integral to the game than I’ll ever remember.

As you progress, you’ll need to revisit levels to complete the secret objectives within. In most games this would be considered a chore, but it’s just a joy to go back and try to tick off each of the mission boxes.

The side missions are also great, giving you plenty of opportunities to make the most of Kirby’s skills.

I’ve seriously struggled to find anything bad to say about this Cast Iron Game of the Year 2022 contender, other than maybe a few repetitions when it comes to mini-bosses.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Going entirely to 3D was a huge risk for Nintendo, but it paid off.

Everything we love about Kirby is blended here in a delicious blend of ability-based combat, platforming, and secret hunting wrapped in unmistakable Nintendo charm.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

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This notice was published: 2022-03-28 17:12:57

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