|Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Hoshi no Kābi Disukabarī
North American cover art.
|©HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Nintendo
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a 3D action-adventure platforming title in the Kirby series. Developed by HAL Laboratory for the Nintendo Switch, the game is scheduled to be released worldwide during March 2022.
Join Kirby in an unforgettable journey through a mysterious world in a delightful 3D platforming adventure
Take control of the powerful pink puffball, Kirby, and move around freely in 3D stages as you discover a mysterious world with abandoned structures from a past civilization—like a shopping mall?! Copy enemies’ abilities like Sword and Ice and use them to attack and explore your surroundings! What journey awaits Kirby? Take a deep breath and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
- Join Kirby in an unforgettable journey on a delightful 3D platforming adventure
- Explore a mysterious world with abandoned structures, remnants of a past civilization
- Copy enemies’ abilities and use them to attack and explore
On a seemingly peaceful day in Dream Land, a massive star-shaped vortex opens up in the sky, which sucks in a lot of denizens, Waddle Dees, and even various objects from Kirby's home world. Attempting to escape with the Warp Star, Kirby is eventually pulled into the vortex, warping through dimensions while his body becomes distorted throughout. Waking up in a new world, Kirby ventures through an abandoned, overgrown city, encountering wild beasts and eventually learning the power of Mouthful Mode with Car Mouth. He eventually rescues a chinchilla-like creature known as Elfilin when he was about to be captured by the Beast Pack, and together they adventure through the New World together to help rescue the Waddle Dees and rebuild Waddle Dee Town.
Kirby and Elfilin journey throughout abandoned cities, shopping malls, beaches and even an amusement park, locating the captured Waddle Dees along the way while dealing with the various members of the Beast Pack, including King Dedede who has turned against Kirby's side. After his defeat, Dedede sneaks up on Elfilin and captures him in a cage while Kirby was celebrating his supposed victory. Kirby pursues Dedede and his captive into the Forbidden Island, navigating wastelands and fiery volcanic cities. He defeats King Dedede (as Forgo Dedede with his wooden mask) once again and brings him back to his senses, but a sudden ambush by the Beast Pack forces Kirby and his allies to make escape through the elevator while Dedede holds back the remaining forces.
After a long elevator trip into the heart of Lab Discovera, Kirby finds Elfilin in a strange chamber alongside Leongar, the king of the beasts. Leongar reveals that he wants to reunite the Great One - Fecto Forgo, with Elfilin as its other half in order to gain its "miraculous power". Kirby fights for his friend and defeats Leongar, but at the same time Fecto Forgo reveals that it was controlling Leongar to achieve its plans of reunion, subsuming much of the Beast Pack as it goes. KKirby and Elfilin attempt to outrun the invasive species through the halls of Lab Discovera. However, one of Fecto Forgo's appendages manages to catch Elfilin off-guard and absorb him fully, turning into a glowing orb which Kirby pursues to the nearby helipad.
The ultimate lifeform fully forms itself once again, now known as Fecto Elfilis, and attempts to attack Kirby using star-shaped rifts and its long spear. However, Kirby still manages to subdue it and eventually free Elfilin using Dome Mouth, but Fecto Elfilis still has time left to unleash a dimensional vortex that pulls New World and Planet Popstar towards each other. Kirby and Elfilin team up, with the former absorbing a nearby big-rig truck to become Big Rig Mouth to defeat Fecto Elfilis once and for all. Kirby lands back in Planet Popstar, but the massive vortex is still open, with Elfilin making an apparent sacrifice to close the connection between worlds. Kirby is initially sad to see him go, but another rift opens, revealing that Elfilin has survived.
The story then continues in the postgame mode, Isolated Isles: Forgo Dreams, where it is revealed that Leongar was captured in Fecto Forgo's dreams with his soul scattered as several pieces across different worlds. Kirby and Elfilin adventure into the vortex to find all the missing pieces of Leon's soul, while encountering stronger phantom bosses along the way. After arriving at the final area, Forgo Land, Kirby and Elfilin attempt to revive Leongar with the pieces of his soul, but not before he is subdued once again under the control of Fecto Forgo's phantasmic form. After defeating Forgo Leon, Kirby was about to battle the specter known as Soul Forgo when a butterfly lands on the latter, transforming it into Morpho Knight. Kirby duels with Morpho Knight, eventually becoming victorious. Leongar is eventually revived fully by Kirby, Elfilin, and the members of the Beast Pack, using all the pieces of the soul, resulting in a happy ending.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first mainline Kirby title to be set in a full 3D environment, which was previously explored in spinoffs like Kirby Air Ride and Kirby's Blowout Blast, as well as a cancelled 3D prototype. Kirby retains his standard abilities from previous titles, such as the ability to float and the power to inhale and spit enemies, albeit adapted to a 3D space.
There are twelve Copy Abilities available to Kirby in this game, including two new abilities - Drill and Ranger. While the ability selection is a lot less than past Kirby titles, most of these abilities are accentuated with upgraded variants known as Evolved Copy Abilities, which can change up entire attacks and upgrade their base power and rapid-fire. Kirby can upgrade these abilities by locating their corresponding blueprints and then purchasing said upgrades at Waddle Dee's Weapons Shop.
The signature mechanic of Kirby and the Forgotten Land is Mouthful Mode, which allows Kirby to inhale and wrap himself around large objects like cars, traffic cones, and even vending machines. Kirby is able to use them to perform special actions that are tied to the object he has inhaled, like driving around, piercing through the ground, and launching soda cans at enemies. Mouthful Mode can also be used to deal with larger enemies easily and perform certain missions like racing through the circuits at Wondaria Remains with Car Mouth.
The game also features an explorable town, known as Waddle Dee Town. Initially destroyed by the Beast Pack at the beginning of the game, Waddle Dee Town is gradually rebuilt over time as Kirby rescues Waddle Dees throughout the New World. These Waddle Dees are obtained by locating cages containing them, and some can be rescued by completing extra missions in stages. When enough progress is made, Kirby can play the sub-games Flash Fishing, Waddle Dee Cafe: Help Wanted!, and Tilt-and-Roll Kirby, while also being able to obtain stock items, rewatch past cutscenes in the Waddle Dee Cinema, and participate in the Colosseum.
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