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Kirby and the Forgotten Land Review

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

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Release: 25/03/2022
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: HAL Labs
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Genres, Nintendo Switch Categories, Platformer, Switch Reviews
PEGI: 10+
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a lot of fun. Check out our first thoughts to see a bit of why. Is it a must have game on the Nintendo Switch, though? How is it overall? Here is our review of Kirby and the Forgotten Land!

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first real 3D platformer in Kirby history. While the game isn’t as open as say, Super Mario Odyssey, it does offer a sense of freedom and exploration that has never been seen in the series before. It has more of a story than previous Kirby games too. The story starts off simple and gets a little more complex later on. Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s main focus, however, is its gameplay. And this is pretty standard for Nintendo.

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The traditional Kirby eating/copying gameplay is back but there’s a major addition to the move set: Mouthful Mode. With this mode, Kirby can eat bigger things and become them, from cars to soda machines and more. These big items have special moves that add tons of fun to the gameplay. Overall, the game isn’t too difficult and there are some nice additions to that help make it user friendly.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land has a fixed camera that follows the character. The camera is very good and its nice to not have to mess around with it. The game has local two player co-op for those who want to use it too. The overworld map is very easy to navigate and the list of previously played levels lets you quickly visit levels later.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land isn’t a very long game. It will likely only take you two days or less to beat the game. Still, there is post game content, plus lots of secrets to find and special levels to beat. Each level in this game is packed with so much to do that you’ll likely have to replay them at least once. The game hub, Wandle Dee Town, is a treat too. There is a lot to unlock there and some fun mini-games to distract yourself.

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Though, it should be noted that there is some repetitive elements to the game. Some levels do feature remixed challenges that players faced in another level. The most repetitive part is the reuse of the same bosses over and over again. There isn’t that many normal enemies either and they are reused a lot. Still, with the number of secrets and fun new things to discover in each world, the game remains a lot of fun even with the repetitive moments.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a great game. It looks good too.

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land has excellent graphics that pop with colour despite being set in a post apocalyptic world.  In fact, it stands shoulder to shoulder with Super Mario Odyssey. The level of detail in each stage is breathtaking. The game is extremely colorful and darn cute. The development team did so well in making things look amazing, and it will easily draw in new Kirby fans!

As for its sound, its pretty good. The music is cheerful and fun; so are the sound effects. Nothing stands out but its all really well done. There are moments where the audio becomes a bit repetitive, but that can be ignored.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a great 3D platformer that every Nintendo fan should check out.

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land is one of the best 3D platformers on the Nintendo Switch. Each world is packed with multiple objectives and secrets to find. The bright and colorful graphics will appeal to people of all ages. Yes, it would’ve been nice to see a bit more enemy variety and less repeating objectives, but overall, this is a fun game and it shouldn’t be missed. This is Kirby’s best game without a doubt.

Thanks to Nintendo Canada for providing a digital code for this review. Kirby and the Forgotten is available now via retail and in the Nintendo Switch eshop!

 

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