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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a running, jumping game where you explore a mysterious world with Nintendo's famous character who can inhale enemies to gain their powers. With a nod to Super Mario Odyssey, this version of Kirby has a full 3D world to adventure in.

You play Kirby, run around freely in 3D stages. To battle enemies, you can use a range of basic attacks that are augmented when you inhale characters and gain new powers. As you progress through the levels you discover abandoned architecture from a current-day forgotten past.

Between the main levels you can explore Waddle Dee Town which acts as a central hub where you can shop for customisations, play mini-games or even work at the Café. As you save more Waddle Dees the hub area develops and offers more options and things to buy.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: HAL Laboratory (@HAL_Laboratory)




We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Two-player cooperative for two people in the same room. One controls Kirby while the other controls Bandana Waddle Dee, who can help the main playing using a spear attack.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy characters, as well as pictures or sounds that may be frightening to younger children. This game features combat between fantasy characters. Violence is unrealistic in nature, as are reactions to it. Characters flash when hit, without any visible harm beyond a reduction in health, and enemies disappear in puffs of smoke when defeated. Boss fights are more intense and frenetic, although the violence remains cartoon-like in nature. Some of the larger bosses may be frightening to younger children, featuring elements such as glowing red eyes.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The co-operative play and simple cartoon apocalypse means that even children with basic video game skills will enjoy the game.


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase amiibo figures separately that gives you access to items in the game 
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Our Kirby and the Forgotten Land Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
Before you get to menus you are prompted to select a difficulty with an explanation of the two options and the fact you can change this later.

There are subtitles in the game, although they are of good contrast they are quite small.

You can select two control schemes, although this only swaps a couple of buttons. You can opt for Kirby to Auto Swallow. You need to hold a button in the game to suck in enemies and also again to spit them out when you are finished with abilities.

As you approach interactive items in the game they are highlighted with the button you need to press. The game also offers hints about when you need to spit out abilities to progress. Before you start a level there are a series of missions clearly listed, and you can access this within a stage at any time.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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