Kirby And The Forgotten Land Is The Franchise’s Best-Selling Game, Nintendo Reports


The Kirby franchise has been around for over 30 years and, according to new financial reports released by nintendo, one of its latest titles broke the franchise sales record this year. As discovered by VGC, Kirby and the Forgotten Landreleased in March, has sold over 5.27 million copies, making it the best-selling Kirby game of all time, according to revenue figures reports from Nintendo.

The financial report covers the first six months of the company’s fiscal year – April through September – and includes a list of all Nintendo titles expected to exceed one million copies sold during that period. This list includes 15 titles, 11 of which were published directly by Nintendo, but it highlights the four best sellers, in which Kirby joins Splatoon 3, Nintendo Switch Sports and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


The game is a first in the long-running franchise, as although it includes Kirby’s signature evasive maneuvers and ability to steal powers from enemies, it’s the first to do so in a fully 3D environmentnavigating the little pink hero through his world to rescue the Waddle Dees and build a community for them.

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Debuting on the original Game Boy in April 1992, Kirby’s Dream Land marked the beginning of the spherical pink creature’s career as Nintendo’s secondary mascot. Since then, another 37 Kirby games have followed in its wake, averaging about 1.27 games per year and spanning a total of 10 different consoles, including handhelds. All this without even counting his appearances in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, in which he is arguably the hero of the Super Smash Bros. campaign mode. Ultimate, being the only character that starts under player control. He even had his animetranslated for English-speaking audiences and released in the West (like Kirby: Right Back At Ya!) by 4Kids Entertainment in the early 2000s.

But until this most recent financial report, the original 30-year-old Game Boy game led the pack in sales figures, boasting an estimated 5.13 million copies sold.

Interestingly, Kirby and the Forgotten Land isn’t even technically the most recent game in the Kirby franchise. The battle royale board game Kirby’s Dream Buffet premiered in August. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe, a Nintendo Switch remake of the 2011 platformer originally released for release on the Wii, is set to release this year on February 24.

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