Kirby and the Forgotten Land: The long, complicated road to Kirby’s first full 3D game

2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for the Kirby franchise. Not only is it celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the best-selling Game Boy games of all time, but the series is also debuting its first fully 3D mainline game, Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Needless to say, a series that has been around for three decades going 3D for the first time is kind of a big deal. As a Kirby fan since the very first game, I’m not ashamed to say I squealed like Marx getting bisected at the end of Kirby Superstar Ultra when I finally saw my precious pink boy moving around a beautiful 3D, HD space.

However, it’s actually an even bigger deal when you take into consideration just how many years developer HAL Laboratory has wanted to bring Kirby into the third dimension. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is, in fact, the culmination of over 15 years of effort finally coming to fruition.

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