Kirby and the Forgotten Land Reviews

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is ranked in the 93rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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May 23, 2022

So far, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the best thing I’ve played this year and quite possibly might wind up being my game of the year. It’s a really fun, gorgeous, and creative game that was a delight to play, and I’d love to see HAL develop a sequel (or just another entry in the series) in the same style. Do yourself a favor and add this game to your Switch library.

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9 / 10
May 16, 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land features a gorgeous-looking world, an exquisite soundtrack, a crazy amount of content to explore, a perfectly implemented co-op multiplayer and gameplay mechanics that will make everyone want more. With its accessible but adjustable difficulty setting, Kirby and the Forgotten Land will joyfully fill many hours of both newcomers and veterans alike.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
May 3, 2022

Overall, Forgotten Land is just a great time with a mix of genuine challenge and simple fun. Like most Kirby games, I don’t think Forgotten Land is going to set the world on fire but it’s really good. Like a favorite blanket, Kirby is always a joy to come back to and I’m really glad I played Forgotten Land.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2022

The charm of Kirby and the Forgotten Land never wore out through the entirety of my 20+ hours with the game, and it took Nintendo’s New Donk City aesthetic to the next level.

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Unscored
Apr 21, 2022

From its rapture beginnings to its M. Night Shyamalan-like twist ending, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a shining example that Kirby warrants his lion’s share of open-world treatment alongside other Nintendo properties like Legend of Zelda and Mario.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land reminds fans of what makes this charming franchise so uniquely fun. At the same time, Nintendo and HAL elevate the formula with Kirby’s range of strong and often absurd powers, dense 3D settings, and (relative) depth through upgrades and extras.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land isn't a revolution for the series, but... did it need to be? All it had to do was deliver a game that was faithful to what has made Kirby a franchise that generates excitement, and it largely succeeded at that. Kirby took too long to make the leap to 3D, but the point is that he did it, and in a satisfying way

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Unscored
Apr 19, 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is easy to pick up, beautiful to look at and fun to play by yourself or with friends in co-op and you might just find yourself spending way too long absorbed in this cute world as the time just slips on by.

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Ollie Barder
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2022

Overall, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is an amazing and involved modern platformer, with a surprising amount of content. While Super Mario 3D World gets a lot of attention on the Switch, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is actually the better game and pushes the platforming genre forward in a surprisingly involved way.

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80%
Apr 17, 2022

Taking a jump to 3D from 2D is always risky, however Kirby and the Forgotten Land avoided all the possible pitfalls and creates a solid foundation for the games to come, considering it's already one of the best titles in the series.

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9 / 10
Apr 17, 2022

Hal Laboratory and Nintendo smashed it out of the park with Kirby and the Forgotten Land, adding yet another gem to the already stacked Switch library. No, it's not the most challenging or taxing gameplay experience going, but that's not what one should expect from Kirby either. Perhaps it could be described as the perfect palate cleanser or antidote to those more difficult experiences - and more importantly, unlike those titles, doesn't require as many caveats to its recommendation. For those who enjoy their character designs round, this will likely appease, but at the end of the day, it's just… fun!

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Essential
Apr 16, 2022

After so many iterations in the two-dimensional space, it was only a matter of time before HAL Laboratory’s mainline Kirby series jumped onto the next axis and finally revitalized the pink puff’s platforming style. Since the early Nintendo DS era, Kirby games have seen their mediums and highs as HAL Laboratory attempted to take the franchise to greater heights with more versatile locations and atmospheres. While every Kirby game features something distinct, the restrictions presented by a 2D format have kept the developers stuck in a noticeable repetition. At its core, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is your average Kirby game developed in a 3D space–and while that may not sound as profound as it should, the game masterfully utilizes every one of its new elements to create one of the friend-shaped hero’s most immersive experiences yet.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2022

After years of always feeling like he's never quite reached his potential, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the sort of series-defining triumph worthy of Nintendo's flagship blob. Kirby finally has his Super Mario Galaxy, his Sonic Mania, his Star Fox 64. And I for one, am delighted by that.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2022

It may have taken decades to get the first Kirby 3D finally delivered into our hands, but the wait was definitely worth it. While playing Kirby and the Forgotten Land, we even feel that HAL Laboratory spent all these years developing Kirby in 3D. Not only the intuitiveness of the gameplay, but also the level of quality and polish are elements that boasts the adventure from start to finish. Not satisfied with being a perfect adaptation of Kirby to 3D environments, Kirby and the Forgotten Land also introduces a series of novelties that reaffirm the potential of the next games. All this, while establishing it as a refreshing and fun experience, that promises to put a smile on the lips of any player.

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Guardian
Top Critic
Apr 11, 2022

Overgrown theme parks feature in this kid-friendly, cinematic romp through a cutesy wasteland

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75 / 100
Apr 9, 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land might not redefine the genre, but it's still a solid 3D platformer with a great gimmick. Kirby's duplication ability makes for some great gameplay and the much-anticipated Mouthful Mode doesn't disappoint. It's still lacking in some areas, but there's plenty of enjoyment to be had.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2022

Its ruined yet beautiful world carries a tone of wonder and amazement throughout the entire game, and HAL Laboratory undoubtedly stuck the landing while transitioning the series' gameplay into 3D. Though I am disappointed in the small number of copy abilities, the game's issues are mere bumps in the road compared to its many triumphs. It is the only game I can think of to make me cry from the sheer joy of how cute and heartwarming it can be, and it is in my opinion the best game Kirby's name has ever been on.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes the Kirby series into 3D in a wonderfully designed, bursting with personality adventure. It might not be the most challenging game you ever play, but there are enough secrets in the game to leave anyone going back for more. Its beautifully designed environments, characters and overall humor make Kirby and the Forgotten Land a game that leaves a smile on your face. Its co-op mode is a bit of an afterthought, lacking any power-ups or true definition of what the second player is doing on your adventure. However, those with smaller kids wanting a first-time platform in a game to play, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is perfect for them. If you're planning on playing solo, then Kirby and the Forgotten Land is one of Nintendo Switch's must-play 3D platforms. It's simply too fun of an experience for anyone to miss!

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2022

My family and I had a total blast playing this latest Kirby game and certainly I recommend it for Kirby and platforming fans alike. It's a joy to explore the 3D worlds and the new Mouthful abilities and Copy Ability upgrades are great additions to the series that I hope carry forward to future games. If you're looking for a fun, easy-breezy co-op experience for your next family games night, this is the one.

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Apr 8, 2022

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t adore our pink, lovable and friend-shaped Nintendo mascot, Kirby. If they don’t, maybe they aren’t to be trusted… Anyway, yes, Kirby is back with the first 3D action-platformer in the series, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, on the Nintendo Switch! The title was first announced in September 2021 in a Nintendo Direct; I was instantly enamoured with the abandoned city overtaken by nature vibes, which I’ve expressed my love for in my Cloud Gardens preview and review.

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