Kirby’s move to 3D in Kirby and The Forgotten Land isn’t necessarily a direction future games will follow, say the developers at HAL Laboratories.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is one of the franchise’s most innovative games to date, bringing pink puffball into the third dimension. HAL lab developers, however, say 3D won’t necessarily be the norm for Kirby upcoming games.
The new game of the franchise, Kirby and the Forgotten Land brings Kirby into a 3D world never seen in the series before. Kirby and the Waddle Dees have been sucked through a wormhole into an abandoned town. Kirby must rescue all of the Waddle Dees so they can rebuild their new town which had been destroyed.
HAL Laboratory CEO Shinya Kumazaki said in an interview with The Washington Post that 3D Kirby games won’t necessarily be the norm in the future. He goes on to say that Nintendo is on the same page as HAL on this subject and “We hope to go beyond what is currently imaginable and challenge ourselves to create new and innovative Kirby games”. He also considered the most recent Kirby game one of those challenges that came to fruition and that developers will continue to explore trial and error other ideas and not limit games to just 3D.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land follows in the footsteps of Super Mario Odyssey with the experimentation of bringing the franchises into a 3D world outside of the original game worlds, with Super Mario 64 being Mario’s first real foray into the world of 3D gaming. Kirby on the other hand, has gone slightly three-dimensional in most previous games, but stays true to the traditional 2D platforming standard the games were known for, with one slight exception being Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards. Kirby and the Forgotten Land with its major potential is a step towards a whole new era of innovative games for the franchise in the future.
It’s great to hear HAL’s optimism to keep wanting to try new things with Kirby games as it always has in the past. Kirby 64, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse are some of the most notable examples of HAL experimenting with different innovative art styles in previous games. Kirby and the Forgotten Land bring fans back to Kirby 64 featuring more free-form moves for Kirby that have never been seen in the series before.
HAL Laboratory has always been known for trial and error when it comes to everything Kirby game he plays and Kirby and the Forgotten Land is just another try at a new type of game for the franchise. Who knows what HAL will come up with next for the adorable pink puffball, especially with Kirby30th anniversary on the horizon.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is now available on Nintendo Switch.
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Source: Washington Post
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