Kirby and the Forgotten Land has been announced during the Nintendo Direct. The new game in the Kirby series is coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2022.
In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, our hero finds himself waking up on the shores of a new realm that features a great big, but abandoned and overgrown city (including a shopping mall that looks like it’s been cartoonified right out of The Last of Us). Where Kirby games have typically stuck with side-scrolling platforming action, this game switches things up to 3D platforming action, with plenty of battling enemies, gobbling things up to get hats and new abilities, and fighting bombastic bosses. It looks to be a significant switch up of gameplay for the long-running platforming series.
This new Kirby game was actually leaked by Nintendo’s own website earlier this year, which has become something of a pattern after Kirby Fighters 2 was accidentally revealed in the same way last year.
While we had the spin-off sequel Kirby Fighters 2, a Super Smash Bros. spin on a Kirby adventure – a sequel to a mini-game from a 3DS entry in the series – it’s now coming up on 4 years since the release of the last main entry: Kirby Star Allies.
In our Kirby Star Allies review, Dave wrote:
“Kirby Star Allies feels like a greatest hits collection rather than its own unique experience. It takes inspiration from the majority of classic Kirby games and while it doesn’t have quite the level of scope that Kirby Super Star had back in the day, there’s a great amount of fun to be had. It’s certainly more fun with friends and is well made, having plenty of nostalgia for the pink puffball’s fans, but it’s certainly the easiest Kirby game in years.”
Kirby and the Forgotten Land sounds wholly more ambitious, though.