After a few months of silence, Nintendo has suddenly dropped a gameplay trailer for Kirby and the Forgotten Land. The trailer not only gave a better look at the upcoming game, but also confirmed its surprisingly close release date. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is set to be the first fully 3D traditional Kirby title, which has both existing fans and potential fans excited. Kirby is known for his solid action platformers, but many of them are quite similar. This is the largest gameplay shake up Kirby has had in a long time, and everyone is quite pleased that they don't have to wait very long to see more.
Along with a new perspective, Kirby and the Forgotten Land introduces a few other new things. Co-op with Bandana Waddle Dee is expected, but Kirby will be able to rescue many other Waddle Dees to build up a hub town. This seems to directly correlate with new modes and minigames, so players will be motivated to collect every Dee they find. The new setting is also very interesting, taking place in a post-apocalyptic land and inhabited by a new villainous force known as the Beast Pack. And of course, what's a new Kirby game without new Copy Abilities. With the Drill and Ranger abilities, Kirby's arsenal of powers and hats grows ever larger.
Kirby's Drill Ability Is A New Take On An Old Power
The first of the two new Copy Abilities revealed in the new trailer is Kirby's Drill ability. Kirby obtains a construction hat with a large drill mounted on top of it, and gains the ability to drill into enemies and through the floor. It's not clear yet if Kirby can attack with it while standing on the ground, but he can use it as a diving attack in the air. Kirby is also able to dig into the earth and move around, popping out underneath enemies and certain buried items. If Kirby digs a circle around an enemy, a large boulder will pop out of the ground and damage anything in its vicinity.
This power brings to mind Kirby's Animal Copy Ability, which only appeared in Kirby: Squeak Squad. Animal could also dig, but only in certain places. This ability was primarily meant to dig up treasure and navigate certain areas, which Drill can also do. Interestingly, Animal could be upgraded to have a powerful drilling attack. Also of note is the fact that Drill has replaced the Animal ability, in a game where most enemies will be animalistic. It remains to be seen if some sort of bestial Copy Ability will show up later in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, but for now Kirby is content to swap out his old claws for a shiny new tool.
Ranger's New Mechanic, and the Return of Classic Abilities
Kirby has wielded guns before, but the Ranger Copy Ability marks the first time he has done so in regular Kirby gameplay. Ranger gives Kirby a safari hat and tiny, cartoonish blunderbuss. This firearm can shoot stars from a distance and rapidly fire them up close. Kirby can also aim with a crosshair, and charge his shots. This crosshair is a new feature that certain ranged Copy Abilities will take advantage of. It also permits environmental puzzles that involve Kirby shooting at things outside his reach, which will open the door to many interesting 3D level design opportunities.
Alongside Kirby's exciting new abilities, there are a couple of Copy Abilities that haven't been seen in quite a while. Tornado is the most notable of these, as it has not appeared in a mainline Kirby game since Kirby's Return to Dreamland. A 3D setting is perfect for Kirby to sweep enemies out of his path as he moves forward. Needle has also returned from its Kirby: Triple Deluxe appearance with some new tricks. That currently leaves Kirby and the Forgotten Land with ten normal Copy Abilities, as well as Crash and Sleep. This paints a clear picture of how classic abilities will be adapted into the new game, and it will be exciting to see what else makes an appearance.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land releases on March 25, 2022, for Nintendo Switch.
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