Kirby and the Forgotten World test on Switch by jeuxvideo.com

Kirby is finally going 3D and opening up his world to appeal to a wider audience. The goal ? Reworking the formula of our little pink ball with the hope of seeing it grow together with the bigger one. It must be said that Nintendo’s new approach is sparking interest and showed great promise during our preview. Twenty days later, we were able to finish the game and see if the magic continues in this forgotten world.

Summary

  • A mix between Kirby and Super Mario 3D World
  • A Kirby more ingenious than ever thanks to Transmorphism
  • As complete as Super Mario Odyssey?

While Kirby was leading his quiet little life on Planet Pop, he was sucked into a strange black hole and into the Forgotten World. And he doesn’t have time to say phew, that he has already launched a new adventure against an evil entity. The latter causes the Waddle Dees to be removed from this world one by one, with no one knowing why. With the help of Elfilin, his new acquaintance, Kirby goes in search of him to restore the village of Waddle Dee to its former glory and, above all, to save this world.

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A mix between Kirby and Super Mario 3D World

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

If it has often been compared to super mario odyssey, the structure of this Kirby and the Forgotten World more like a super mario world 3d. In fact, it is not an open world, but linear levels connected by a central axis. And the least we can say is that they are quite varied. Each world explores its own biome in a different and innovative way each time. Therefore, there is no (or very little) deja vu effect, except that the levels may resemble those of different Mario episodes.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

Between these stage, there is a boss per world. If some have a Pattern quite classic attacks, others present a more complex and interesting one to analyze. However, they are far from demanding, even in Hurricane mode (the game’s hard mode). Kirby and the Forgotten World (like all Kirbys) is an accessible and very easy game. If the levels get more and more complex as you progress, the difficulty of the bosses isn’t really gradual. Note however that some of them will still give you a hard time, even if they come very late in the game.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?
Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

At the level of the universe, we find the very childlike spirit of Kirby’s world. Everything is beautiful, everything is pink, to the delight of our eyes. The game is beautiful and offers controlled and varied 3D landscapes. However, there is a pronounced alias that can make you cringe. On the stage side, we find ourselves, as expected, with a fairly simple story, sometimes a bit naive, but that still reserves some unexpected surprises, unexpected depth and even some pretty epic scenes. Everything is sprinkled with welcome touches of humor that never get heavy. And later we find, of course, the traditional Kirby gameplay that adheres perfectly to 3D and benefited from a little stroke of nine for the occasion.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

A Kirby more ingenious than ever thanks to Transmorphism

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

In addition to 3D, this is the great novelty of this Kirby: Transmorphism. In addition to the beloved imitations of our pink ball, this new system allows Kirby to coat certain objects to use to advance. There are about ten of them that can serve you in many ways. Whether it’s to unlock new access, new game sensations or simply to attack your enemies, These transformations add another dimension to Kirby’s gameplay. The latter is thus more complete and regularly surprises us, and this until the end of the game.n relentless sense of discovery that really feels good and allows Kirby and the Forgotten World to offer a fun adventure to discover. Especially since everything is well done and benefits from good maneuverability (even the car).

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

The same goes for the new imitations: the drill and the explorer. The first one is particularly well thought out and brings a different gameplay. But two firsts among a panel of 12 gifts to emulate may seem a bit short. Except that Nintendo offers us to enhance those gifts. In this way, they become not only more powerful, but also different, which allows new uses. At this level, the game thus offers another welcome breath of fresh air, without negating its classics.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

Add to that a well paced discovery and you get Gameplay that goes from A to Z. However, the game drags its technical limits like a ball and chain. The 30 FPS certainly makes for smooth gameplay (despite some drops in frame rate when docked), but it drags down the gaming experience considerably. Kirby drags his paw as usual and can be very frustrating at times (especially in the “Treasure Road” timed levels). Therein lies the main flaw of this work (if the lack of difficulty is not for you).

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

As complete as Super Mario Odyssey?

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

Because in everything else, the game is more than enjoyable and complete, and that despite a relatively short shelf life. Kirby agrees, it won’t take you long to get through all the levels in the game (some of which are over in less than 10 minutes). To get to the end, it will take about ten hours. And if you are 100% interested, you can double the bet. So we are far from the reach of Super Mario Odyssey, but the game is still a bit longer than its predecessors and closely follows titles like Super Mario 3D World and Luigi’s mansion 3.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

Nintendo has once again achieved the feat of targeting both a young audience with an ultra-accessible game and a more curious one, with many secrets to reveal. Between the quests, the timed objectives of the “Treasure Road” levels, the flowers to hatch, the upgrade diagrams to collect, the mini-games (not revolutionary but cute), the Waddle Dee village, the hidden levels and the rooms, or even the Colosseum, there is enough to hold you for a moment at your console and hold on without seeing time pass.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?
Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

Note that “the exploration” is at least as enjoyable and accessible as the discovery side. In these types of games, it’s not uncommon to get lost for long minutes trying to complete a simple quest or looking for the last missing diagram. Kirby and the Forgotten World makes it easy for you by revealing hidden quests as you go. And if you’re looking for something more, Waddle Dee Erudit will show you the way. A small well-thought-out detail (among a good handful) that allows the game to propose a 100% that is not unnecessarily tedious.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

And if the keyword for this Kirby is accessibility, it’s not for nothing. Like many Nintendo titles, Kirby and the Forgotten World is meant to be played by the youngest. And at this point, it succeeds brilliantly well. In Breeze mode, kids can play while working on shapes or perfecting their reflexes. Cooperative mode (locally) is therefore a good way to support them in this discovery. Therein lies its main interest, since the game is too easy for a cooperative mode to be really relevant. However, we did notice that this mode offers more possibilities for the second player than a Cappy. But if he can attack in different ways, Bandana Waddle Dee is still very unfree, particularly since the camera focused too much on Kirby.

Kirby and the Forgotten World: a successful odyssey for Nintendo's pink ball?

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point strengths

  • A successful transition to 3D
  • Attractive and amazing levels
  • New features and surprises throughout the game.
  • A well thought out transmorph system
  • Waddle Dee Village Activities
  • Varied and well-paced gameplay.
  • What a beautiful Forgotten World!

Weak points

  • Slowness that weighs down the gameplay
  • I wouldn’t say no to a few more levels
  • A difficulty that comes too late
  • A world less open than expected

Successful bet for our little pink ball! This transition to 3D is a great success and gives more depth to this Nintendo universe, usually further back than the firm’s giants (Mario, Zelda and other Pokémon). Between well-thought-out novelties and emblematic elements, it is undeniable that Kirby has found the right formula and gives us an excellent surprise. Everything is simple, of course, but it works and it’s hard to let go of the console. So yes, the world is less open than we thought, yes you will find some real challenges there, but we quickly forget that once the game launches. A little breath of fresh air that feels good and is a great gateway to the world of Kirby.

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