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Kirby and the Forgotten Land coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2022

Looks to be more like 3d world than mario 64 which is fine, but it means it's closer to 2d than 3d design.

Looks cute, graphics could be better but i'm sure i'll enjoy it.
 

Scotty W

Member
It looks a bit like Bowser’s Fury.

With that said, I hope it is buggy, needlessly frustrating and improperly tested so that it can be as great as Super Mario Sunshine.
 

Nautilus

Member
For the first time ever, I'm interested in buying a Kirby game.

I'll need to see more of it, but they got my interest picked.
 

Punished Miku

Gold Member
Looks to be more like 3d world than mario 64 which is fine, but it means it's closer to 2d than 3d design.

Looks cute, graphics could be better but i'm sure i'll enjoy it.
It does. It looks very similar to the 3DS games. For people who actually are familiar with those, it's not really that different.

Looks guided, with some small open areas. This isn't going to be an open world game.
 
Yikes looks super 720p(maybe less), games like this show off how underpowered the switch is, if this was 4k and had aa I would probably have some excitement for it.
 
Why do you think that? It looks like a genuine open world with seamless transitions between areas instead of the level based structure of 3D World.
That’s how the stages look to me, you can see at points how there’s not much room to move around.

3D world had a few bigger open areas as well compared to just a corridor. I definitely do not think it’s the traditional 3d open style ala mario 64, let alone an open world.

The kirby games have been playing it safe for a long time so I kinda think the 3d thing is mostly window dressing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. I’m looking forward to it.
 
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Punished Miku

Gold Member
That’s how the stages look to me, you can see at points how there’s not much room to move around.

3D world had a few bigger open areas as well compared to just a corridor. I definitely do not think it’s the traditional 3d open style ala mario 64, let alone an open world.

The kirby games have been playing it safe for a long time so I kinda think the 3d thing is mostly window dressing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. I’m looking forward to it.
Pretty much. People should go look up the 3DS games on youtube.

Just because they're a bit on rails, doesn't mean they aren't incredibly polished and fun.
 
Pretty much. People should go look up the 3DS games on youtube.

Just because they're a bit on rails, doesn't mean they aren't incredibly polished and fun.
Well the 3ds games are completely side scrolling unlike here but they are good and looked good.

Just hope there’s a big variety of powers and not just the obvious ones. Would be nice if it had power mixing ala kirby 64 but it doesn’t look like it.
 

Punished Miku

Gold Member
Well the 3ds games are completely side scrolling unlike here but they are good and looked good.

Just hope there’s a big variety of powers and not just the obvious ones. Would be nice if it had power mixing ala kirby 64 but it doesn’t look like it.
True. But they had the layered backgrounds, and everything was modeled in 3D which kind of gave it a similar look. Just basically widening the ground and giving him 8 way run now.
 

Chastten

Member
Besides Bayonetta this was easily the best best surprise of the Direct. I loved the Wii and 3DS Kirby games but didn't really enjoy the first Switch game. Hope this is a nice return to form!
 

Aldric

Member
That’s how the stages look to me, you can see at points how there’s not much room to move around.

3D world had a few bigger open areas as well compared to just a corridor. I definitely do not think it’s the traditional 3d open style ala mario 64, let alone an open world.

The kirby games have been playing it safe for a long time so I kinda think the 3d thing is mostly window dressing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. I’m looking forward to it.
I don't know, the way this looks



tells me there's huge environments with no forced route, like in that pic you can obviously go forward through the main road but you can also go left or right and even down the river there seems to be platforms in the water here. There's other pics too that imply it's very exploration heavy instead of the focused platforming challenges of 3D World. We'll see.
 
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Not convinced at all. Looks rough as of now, but so do all games from the Direct. Is the Switch REALLY starting to get obsolete in terms of graphics?
Well, power wise it belongs with the 360 and PS3. Now that we're fully into PS5 and Series X, the graphics of these "current-gen" games are going to look pretty rough.

I can't wait for the Switch 2, but I can see why Nintendo is in no hurry to move on.
 

MacReady13

Member
This looks great! A Mario 3D platformer but starring Kirby can only be a great thing! A definite surprise for me but a very pleasant one and it has shot to the top of my most anticipated game release for the next year! I just hope it is as deep as a 3D Mario platformer...
 

Umbasaborne

Member
Looks to be more like 3d world than mario 64 which is fine, but it means it's closer to 2d than 3d design.

Looks cute, graphics could be better but i'm sure i'll enjoy it.
Im not surprised. Its hal labratories first 3d game. They probably are not ready for something like odyssey. This also looks to have fixed cameras
 

Aldric

Member
Also I haven't played a Kirby game since the original on Gameboy but can't Kirby float freely for a while? If that's the case in this game he should be able to explore all of the buildings rooftops.
 

FStubbs

Member
Not convinced at all. Looks rough as of now, but so do all games from the Direct. Is the Switch REALLY starting to get obsolete in terms of graphics?
Maybe so. Often times a mainline Kirby game is Nintendo's sneaky way of telling you that they're wrapping up whatever console it comes out on:

Kirby's Adventure - NES (1993)
Kirby's Dream Land 3 - SNES (1997) (the first 2 were gameboy games)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards - N64 (2000)
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror - GBA (2004)
Kirby's Epic Yarn - Wii (2010)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse - Wii U (2015)
Kirby: Planet Robobot - 3DS (2016)

And now this - though I think the Switch actually did get a Kirby game earlier on so maybe not ...
 
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I don't know, the way this looks



tells me there's huge environments with no forced route, like in that pic you can obviously go forward through the main road but you can also go left or right and even down the river there seems to be platforms in the water here. There's other pics too that imply it's very exploration heavy instead of the focused platforming challenges of 3D World. We'll see.
Ever seen enslaved odyssey to the west? You might think it’s open world by looking at the scenery too lol. But trust me, it’s not. Wayyyy too much of a leap for yhe kirby team right now, not that I think open world kirby is necessarily a good idea.
 

Coolwhhip

Neophyte
Of course it is. Its graphical power is about equivalent to what the competitors had two generations ago.

So depressing. Its very obvious even Nintendos own games are struggling with how shit the Switch is. But is a Switch 2 realistically a big leap?
 

RoadHazard

Gold Member
So depressing. Its very obvious even Nintendos own games are struggling with how shit the Switch is. But is a Switch 2 realistically a big leap?

Sure, why not. Look at the Steam Deck. Now, I don't expect Nintendo to make something quite that powerful/expensive, but maybe in a year or two they can do something similar and still have a reasonable pricetag ($300-350 or so). And we all know they won't release an upgrade while the Switch is still selling well.
 
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I mean, the SoC on the switch is from 2015.

It was obsolete when the switch launched.
Kirby looks all right. Low budget somewhat, (Edit : still looks nice for 60fps) but still HD assets and sharp colors. Odyssey shows that the switch can absolutely hang with the more powerful consoles (sans resolution, texture resolution) when fully utilized.

But yeah, not much of a leap from Wii U ; about twice as powerful in the best case scenario when switch doesn’t hit bandwidth limits.

Bare minimum, Nintendo should have customized the memory system for more speed. At least then there’d be no gpu bottleneck. Hypothetically, having 6GB ram, on a 96 bit bus (vs 64 bit) would have helped a lot and given memory capacity parity with ps4 ; switch OS uses less than 1 Gb so both systems would have 5 for games.

Nintendo could have used TX2 and that would have been near xbox one levels in a lot of ways, but it probably would have pushed the launch date to end of year minimum and cost Nintendo a pretty penny.
 
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Looks like a freaking snooze fest. Hard pass for me.
It's nice that Kirby finally gets a 3D game; What's not as nice is that he seems to lack any new features in his moveset. The gameplay was drastically changed when Mario, Zelda and Metroid went 3D. This? No change seemingly other than it being in 3D. The level design and visuals also look pretty meh.
Yeah. I hope this is an early area or something. It just seems so vanilla considering Odyssey exists.
Not convinced at all. Looks rough as of now, but so do all games from the Direct. Is the Switch REALLY starting to get obsolete in terms of graphics?
When was the Switch ever not obsolete?
 
It's nice that Kirby finally gets a 3D game; What's not as nice is that he seems to lack any new features in his moveset. The gameplay was drastically changed when Mario, Zelda and Metroid went 3D. This? No change seemingly other than it being in 3D. The level design and visuals also look pretty meh.
Not so sure about Zelda. I adore Ocarina Of Time, but it's pretty much 3D ALTTP in my eyes.
 

Business

Member
I don’t care much about graphics these days but I still feel this should look a bit more polished. Still a nice surprise, definitely on my radar.
 

Bitmap Frogs

Mr. Community
Kirby looks all right. Low budget somewhat, (Edit : still looks nice for 60fps) but still HD assets and sharp colors. Odyssey shows that the switch can absolutely hang with the more powerful consoles (sans resolution, texture resolution) when fully utilized.

But yeah, not much of a leap from Wii U ; about twice as powerful in the best case scenario when switch doesn’t hit bandwidth limits.

Bare minimum, Nintendo should have customized the memory system for more speed. At least then there’d be no gpu bottleneck. Hypothetically, having 6GB ram, on a 96 bit bus (vs 64 bit) would have helped a lot and given memory capacity parity with ps4 ; switch OS uses less than 1 Gb so both systems would have 5 for games.

Nintendo could have used TX2 and that would have been near xbox one levels in a lot of ways, but it probably would have pushed the launch date to end of year minimum and cost Nintendo a pretty penny.

You’re right, but they picked the X1 because it was cheap not because it was good 😅
 

Ryu Kaiba

Member
Was this game not leaked?
Don't remember if it was a 4chan leak or someone on Twitter but I'm pretty sure I read on this site that Kirby was going 3D that the team wanted to make a more ambitious Kirby game for the next one along with other leaks that I'd like to see again...
 

Woopah

Member
Was this game not leaked?
Don't remember if it was a 4chan leak or someone on Twitter but I'm pretty sure I read on this site that Kirby was going 3D that the team wanted to make a more ambitious Kirby game for the next one along with other leaks that I'd like to see again...
It was leaked but only a few hours beforehand. HAL had gone on record that they wanted to make Kirby more ambitious so a 3D game has been expected for a while.
 
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