A free demo for Kirby and the Forgotten Land is available on the Switch, y’all – good news for folks craving a bite of hands-on gameplay with the pink puffball.
The USA Today Network was able to preview the demo via media preview with Nintendo, so here’s what you can expect.
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How many stages are there in the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo?
The Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo features three of the game’s stages:
- Arrival point
- downtown meadow
- The fight at the mall
The ending point serves as an introductory stage to the game where players are introduced to the game’s basic mechanics. Kirby has a familiar bag of tricks as well as a new ability that can be described as a mouthful – literally.
Kirby can jump, slide, dash, and naturally inhale stuff to gain powers through various forms. These include classic versions such as Sword Kirby and Bomb Kirby, which come with their own unique set of attacks. The switch to 3D also comes with a new dodge move that seems to have a bit of a bullet-time effect.
The demo allows full stage exploration, including finding secret areas and collectibles. You can also clear secret missions or tasks for each stage, which require you to find items or meet certain conditions.
Does progress in the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo carry over to the full game?
No, progress in the Kirby and Forgotten Land demo does not carry over to the full game, according to Nintendo representatives. However, playing the demo rewards you with a bunch of goodies such as Star Coins which you can redeem at Waddle Dee Town through the current code “CLEARDEMO”.
Does Kirby and the Forgotten Land have cooperative play?
Yes, Kirby and the Forgotten Land offers full-fledged co-op play for two players.
You’ll need to go through tutorial mode first to unlock it in the full game, but the mode is available from the start in the demo. Player 2 will take control of Bandana Waddle Dee, which has its own unique gameplay and can be fully controlled independently of Kirby. Bandana Waddle Dee can’t suck up objects and assume a plethora of forms by copying like Kirby, but the soft-spoken ally has a big stick – well, a spear – and isn’t afraid to use it.
Bandana Waddle Dee’s moveset includes a spear charge as well as a flying helicopter attack where he spins his spear through the air. Bandana Waddle Dee can also synergize with Kirby in some instances, such as acting as a turret during Car Mouth mode. Beep-beep, beep-beep, yeah.
Along with getting extra help in combat, another perk of multiplayer is the ability to share health items, including high-fiveing to share health, according to Nintendo representatives.
Will you be able to face bosses in the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo?
Yes. During the demo preview, Nintendo showed fights against some big baddies from the game’s new adversaries, the Beast Pack.
You get a good mix, including a miniboss with a shield that needs to be attacked from the side or from behind to stun it. The demo also lets you battle the “Strong-Armed Beast” boss Gorimondo. This great ape can leap through the air and send shock waves upon landing. He can also throw rocks and hit and catch Kirby.
You can also use Kirby’s copy powers to better manage Gorimondo. Ice Kirby, for example, can slow Gorimondo by freezing his body. Defeating a boss allows you to progress to new areas in the full game.
Does Kirby and the Forgotten Land have difficulty modes?
Yes. Kirby and the Forgotten Land has two difficulty levels. One is the Spring Breeze mode, which gives players more life and makes the game much easier. The other is the wild mode, which is more difficult but also offers more rewards.
What is “bite mode” in Kirby and the Forgotten Land?
Players of the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo will get a taste of the new mechanic that has caught the most attention in the game so far, Mouthful mode.
This allows Kirby to chew and coil larger objects to change his physical form in a way different from his normal bonuses. Kirby can suck up building cones, rings, light bulbs, fancy bows, and even vending machines and cars. Like a tiger shark, Kirby doesn’t discriminate against what constitutes a target for Mouthful Mode.
Cone Mouth Kirby, for example, can smash cracks in the ground with his pointed head. Because Mouth Kirby can naturally drive and do a turbo dash that would delight any DMV driving test proctor (what does that mean I didn’t pass?). And Vending Mouth Kirby can fire canned drinks, which can be used to break down certain walls and doors to access secret areas. Let’s just say the little guy certainly has an interesting take on recycling.
A new form of Mouthful mode that Nintendo showed off during the demo preview is Dome Mouth Kirby. This Kirby can lift lids, some of which might have a surprise inside.
Who is the blue mouse in Kirby and the Forgotten Land?
This light blue chinchilla-like ball of fur is called Elfilin. The mysterious creature will play a key role in the story of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, which begins with Kirby being sent to a strange Forgotten Land as well as Waddle Dees being captured for some unexplained reason. The plot thickens…
Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal, and also reviews the latest video games. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Do you like this content ? Support local journalism with a RGJ digital subscription.