Kirby and the forgotten land – a Nintendo switch exclusive, as you’d expect – is the first 3D adventure for Nintendo’s little pink balloon mascot, and the departure from all 2D (and 2.5D) realms seems to be pretty well received.
In the latest game featuring Sakurai’s favorite smash fighter, the cute pink creature comes to an unknown land and discovers that Waddle Dees are kidnapped by the Beast Pack. Oh no! To save the Waddle Dees, Kirby takes trips with Elfilin – whom he meets in the New World – and must put anything (and anything) in their mouths to save the day.
Throughout your adventure, you’ll use a variety of Kirby’s abilities to battle enemies and navigate 3D environments. In a world where nature and a bygone civilization have merged, you will face various platforming challenges.
As you set out to free the Waddle Dees, you will find that at the end of each stage they are held captive at a target point. You’ll also want to explore every nook and cranny to save as many Waddle Dees along the way.
Some elements are new to the series, others are permanent fixtures at this point — but how has tinkering with a classic formula resonated with critics around the world? Most seem to think that the refreshed Kirby formula is a strong pick for Nintendo, although even with this new 3D direction, Kirby poses no real risk to the king of platformers.
Our own Tom Orry noted in our VG247 Kirby and the Forgotten Land Review that “Kirby stays just below A-Tier, which is still a great place” – after all, he concludes, “it’s often where some of the tastiest snacks are .”
Noting that this may be “the best Kirby ever,” Gamespot stated that the game is “the greatest and most imaginative entry in the long-running franchise” in itself 9/10 Evaluation.
IGN wasn’t quite as generous, suggesting that the “post-apocalyptic setting might not be as interesting thematically as Planet Popstar,” but the game was still “beautiful and alive.” IGN scored the game 8/10.
VGC reflects that Kirby’s transition to 3D “won’t bring Mario any restless nights” but “the overflowing creativity that there is [Kirby and the Forgotten Land] makes for a “bold, cheerful adventure” in his 4/5 Evaluation.
in one Recommended Eurogamer notes that “Kirby and the Forgotten Land is an open game and now more than ever it’s a game for absolutely everyone”. Eurogamer calls the title “an absolute hug of a game” and says it could be Kirby’s best game yet.
Despite complaints that local co-op is a little lackluster, GamesRadar gives the game a go 9/10as the website says, “The larger, more open 3D environment packed with challenges and inventive features makes this an unmissable adventure for longtime fans.”
So are you picking it up? Kirby and the Forgotten Land is coming to Switch on March 25th.
https://www.vg247.com/kirby-and-the-forgotten-land-review-round-up “Won’t bring Mario no restless nights”: That’s what the critics say about “Kirby and the forgotten land”.