‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land’ puts a new spin on a familiar face


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“Kirby and the Forgotten Land” features beautiful new 3D graphics.

Audrey Choate, Copy Editor

Achieving the most opening sales for a Kirby game in Japan, Kirby and the Forgotten Land puts a new spin on the familiar formula of the beloved game series. Not only is it the first Kirby game to have 3D graphics, but it differs from its predecessors with its new approach to storytelling. The game follows the iconic protagonist Kirby in his quest to explore a new world and meet new friends. It also introduces many new characters that appeal to both old and new players. 

The game is more “open world” than many other Kirby games, as there are multiple objectives in each level and many different stages to explore. The stages are beautifully designed, as there are clear goals in each level, while still including interesting details. Players good at noticing small details will find a lot to love in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, as a crux of the game is finding hidden Waddle Dees along with finding special abilities in each stage. 

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a perfect starting point for new Kirby fans while also being a refreshing and exciting experience for dedicated fans. It possesses the familiar charm of conventional Kirby games, while still providing an engaging and unique experience. Even if one does not necessarily enjoy Kirby and games like it, they may find something in Kirby and the Forgotten Land that they enjoy. 

“This game revolutionizes the Kirby formula. It has aspects of gameplay that have never been seen in a Kirby game before; Nintendo tends to hate putting any form of progression in its game, but in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, the player gets rewarded for their gameplay,” said Sara Pagan, 11.