Nintendo is celebrating Kirby’s 30th anniversary this year and has announced a release date for the ambitious new Kirby and the Forgotten Land. If anything, this new Kirby title is a new direction for the cute little pink ball of air.
Kirby travels to a whole new world in the game. This world just happens to be inspired by Earth and features overgrown cities, rusted cars and other humankind references. We don’t know if Kirby and the Forgotten Land is actually set on Earth yet but the whole premise seems to mimic Super Mario Odyssey’s human world approach.
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In a new trailer, Nintendo also showed off some new gameplay for Kirby and the Forgotten Land. It touches on some of the co-op features as well as cool powers players can suck out of the world around them.
In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby investigates mass kidnappings of Waddle Dees. The Beast Pack are behind these kidnappings and he sets off to save them alongside his sidekick Elfilin. Kirby can wield some cool powers in the game. He can drill underground and surprise enemies from below. The Ranger ability lets Kirby snipe enemies from afar using a blunderbuss.
The more Waddle Dees Kirby saves in the game, the more of them start to live in a town you can visit on your travels. Kirby can visit the Waddle Dee Cafe and serve dishes to the Waddle Dees. He can also participate in other mini-games that unlock as you progress through the main game.
Nintendo says that Kirby and the Forgotten Land doesn’t feature an online co-op mode. Players are restricted to playing couch co-op. However, players can use online features to keep track of some interesting online stats that include seeing the most popular power other players are using and other stats.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land releases on 25 March 2022 for Nintendo Switch.