Nintendo has released a new trailer for Kirby and the Forgotten Land showcasing copy abilities and co-op, but it also reveals a Nintendo Switch release date of March 25, 2022. The game was originally announced at the September 2021 Nintendo Direct with a spring 2022 release window, but this is much sooner in spring than anyone had ever anticipated, which is a pleasant surprise.
The premise this time is that Kirby arrives in an unknown land and learns that the “Beast Pack” is kidnapping all of the Waddle Dees, so Kirby journeys with “the curious Elfilin” to rescue the Waddle Dees. Of course, the main draw of Kirby and the Forgotten Land is that there are now colorful 3D environments with plenty of platforming challenges to explore, and that will include locating hidden Waddle Dees. Meanwhile, Kirby receives the new Drill and Ranger copy abilities for this adventure, with the Drill letting Kirby attack from underground and the Ranger attack letting Kirby strike distant enemies.
Beyond the release date and the new 3D exploration, the other feature of the new Kirby and the Forgotten Land trailer is the co-op, which lets a second player take the role of Bandana Waddle Dee. He uses an assortment of spear attacks and can be controlled by simply sharing a Joy-Con, which is convenient. The game will not offer online multiplayer though.
It sounds like you don’t need to go on adventures all the time though. Upon its release date in March, Kirby and the Forgotten Land will also have you lending a helping hand to Waddle Dee Town:
Kirby and the Forgotten Land also introduces Waddle Dee Town, which will be the central hub of your adventure. The town will develop more and more based on the number of Waddle Dees you rescue as you progress. You will notice different shops opening and be able to enjoy some of the townsfolk’s favorite games. Kirby can even help out in the Waddle Dee Café. You’ll need to quickly prepare customers’ orders to keep them satisfied and aim for a high score. You’ll also encounter Wise Waddle Dee in Waddle Dee Town, who will pass along helpful hints. By connecting to the internet, you can learn details based on global player data, such as the total number of Waddle Dees rescued around the world and the current most popular copy ability.** Now you can stay up to date on the latest Kirby craze!