The newest Kirby game, Kirby and The Forgotten Land, brings Kirby and the Waddles Dees into the 3D world of an abandoned city through a wormhole. However, with this thrust into 3D games, the developers at HAL Laboratory still say that 3D games may not necessarily be the standard for Kirby.
In the latest game in the franchise, Kirby has to take on the challenge to save all the Waddle Dees so they can rebuild their new town.
HAL Laboratory general director Shinya Kumazaki told The Washington Post that Nintendo is on the same page with HAL on this subject and that “we hope to go beyond what is currently imaginable and challenge ourselves to create new and innovative Kirby games.” He added that developers will continue to explore the trials and errors of other ideas and not limit games to only 3D.
Kirby and The Forgotten Land closely follows Super Mario Odyssey, bringing characters into a 3D world outside the original worlds. Super Mario 64 was Mario’s first venture into the 3D gaming world.
Kirby has become slightly three-dimensional in recent years, but the traditional 2D platforming standard the games were known for remains, save for the Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards.
HAL Laboratory remains true to its “trial-and-error” approach to its Kirby games, as seen in games like Kirby 64, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. All these featured different, innovative art styles.
With Kirby’s 30th anniversary upcoming, fans anticipate good things from HAL Laboratory.