New Kirby Switch game could be back to form the series the series desperately needs
It’s always a pleasure to see Kirby. The friendly, adorable, cuddly, god-destroying cosmic pink drop is one of Nintendo and HAL Laboratories’ most iconic creations. For a character with such a simple and rounded design, Kirby has nonetheless remained extremely relevant and recognizable in the modern gaming era.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of its most recent games. Kirby has always been brilliantly fun to play like in Smash Bros. sure, but when it comes to his own series, Kirby has sadly been content with mediocrity for far too long.
But that looks set to change when Kirby and the Forgotten Land launches in early 2022 on Nintendo Switch. Officially announced during the Nintendo Direct presentation in September 2021 (and leaked shortly before), Kirby and the Forgotten Country represents a huge upheaval for the series in terms of gameplay, setting and potentially story too.
The devil is in the details
Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes place in a strange, Earth-like post-apocalyptic world. Kirby finds himself exploring very human areas like a mall and a fun fair, for example. These places are a far cry from Popstar, Kirby’s whimsical home planet, with overgrown abandoned cityscapes that seem to have taken a leaf out of Nier: Automata.
So that must mean Forgotten Land is the Nier of Kirby game, right? Well, no, not quite. The game is still packed with familiar characters, enemies, and obstacles from Kirby, and his trademark copy ability is making a return as well. As such, we can see that the game is as light and charming as Kirby always has been … or is it?
I can’t really shake the feeling that something is very oddly wrong about Kirby and the Forgotten Earth, and by no means the wrong way. This forgotten land Kirby finds himself in is overrun with familiar creatures from the games’ past, but the setting is so distinctly human that I wonder where our pink friend really is and why the place has been abandoned for so long. time?
If this was another fantasy series in the same way, I probably wouldn’t mind. After all, it’s common for platforms to experiment with unique locale settings from time to time. Just look at the weird New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey.
But we’re talking about Kirby, and if you don’t know, that “cosmic god destroyer” comment was no joke, as the lovable character dueled with some of the the creepiest and unsettling boss ever to appear in a Nintendo game. No matter what ruined the world of Forgotten Land, I expect it to be as strange and incomprehensible as Kirby’s final bosses usually are.
Waddle to glory
I don’t think Kirby has had the most stellar track record when it comes to his titles in the past few years. Multiplayer-focused titles like Kirby Battle Royale and Kirby Fighters 2 have failed to hit the mark with fans. 2018’s Kirby Star Allies was a step in the right direction, but ultimately couldn’t shake the feeling of being just another side-scrolling Kirby platformer.
Gone are the days of great classics like Kirby: Canvas Curse (known as Power Paintbrush in Europe), Kirby 64 and Kirby’s Air Ride, when the series was not afraid to experiment. It was games like these that made Kirby so special and ultimately unpredictable.
Now, however, Kirby and the Forgotten Land looks like it can rekindle that experimental magic that made the series so special. It’s worth noting that the upcoming Switch title marks the first time Kirby has embarked on an all-3D adventure, and I can’t wait to see what this extra dimension means for exploration, level design and combat. boss.
A sight to see
Finally, I can’t help but talk about how fantastic Kirby and the Forgotten Land is as a game. Despite the post-apocalyptic setting, the game is full of vibrant colors in much the same way as others. Switch classics like Super Mario Odyssey and the upcoming Splatoon 3.
Even looking at the game through a pre-recorded presentation, where the bitrate did no favors, it’s easy to say that Kirby and the Forgotten Land is quite simply one of the most mind-boggling Switch games to date. This is extremely impressive for a game playing on such aging and outdated hardware.
Not only will Forgotten Land look great on an HDR-capable display with a real emphasis on the colors of the game, you have to imagine that the Nintendo Switch OLED’s crisp portable display will really do the game justice … as long as it can. maintain a smooth framerate at 720p, of course.
A sign of things to come?
While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is wrapping up its content plan with the latest DLC character on October 5, 2021, it’s nice to see that Nintendo is still interested in a new wave of plans for their iconic roster of mascots after Smash gave them so much love.
Not only does Kirby and the Forgotten Land inaugurate this series in a new world of 3D, but Splatoon 3, Metroid Dread (and Prime 4, eventually!) And The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 show us that our favorite Nintendo them. pillars are not going anywhere and they could all be heading to a better place than ever before.