Kirby and the Forgotten Land marked the franchise’s first foray into 3D, but fans shouldn’t assume that’s the new normal.
The general director of the developer HAL Laboratory, Shinya Kumazaki. told the Washington Post that 3D Kirby games aren’t necessarily “going to be the standard for the future.”
He added: “Nintendo is on the same page as us and we talk about that a lot. We hope to go beyond what is currently imaginable and challenge ourselves to create new and innovative Kirby games.
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“This game was one of those challenges that came to fruition. We will continue to explore through trial and error and not just limit ourselves to 3D.”
However, the leaps made in Kirby and the Forgotten Land should not be underestimated, Kumazaki said, and it can certainly be seen as a “major milestone” in the franchise.
With the Switch Exclusive only releasing a few days ago on March 28th, it’s unlikely that HAL Laboratory will be releasing any information on what these future games could be anytime soon. That being said, Nintendo has promised a host of Kirby announcements to come in 2022 as the franchise celebrates its 30th anniversary.
In our 8/10 review, IGN said, “Kirby and the Forgotten Land successfully warps the classic blend of skill-based combat, platforming, and secret hunting into the third dimension.”
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https://www.ign.com/articles/kirby-3d-not-necessarily-the-future Kirby’s move to 3D isn’t necessarily the future of the series, the developer says