Kirby and the Forgotten Land has reportedly had the biggest launch in the series’ history in Japan, beating out Elden Ring in launch sales and sitting just behind Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Kirby and the Forgotten Land got positive reviews at launch, with many citing it as the best Kirby game to date.
The Kirby series has mostly consisted of 2D platformers. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first 3D platformer in the series, with many players comparing it to Super Mario Odyssey in terms of scope. Kirby’s collection of moves has also been updated to mirror the larger world he presently inhabits, as his new Mouthful Mode lets him combine with gadgets and vehicles, which drastically change his moveset. Kirby also has the ability to upgrade his old Copy abilities, making them all the more impressive throughout the game. By a wide margin the biggest star of the game is Kirby’s Carby Mouthful Mode, which lets Kirby transform into a car that can be cruised all over the stages.
According to Game Data Library on Twitter (via. Nintendo Life), Kirby and the Forgotten Land has had the biggest launch in the franchise’s history in Japan, with nearly 400,000 copies sold in its launch week. What’s more impressive is that it’s also the second-biggest launch of 2022 so far, with the incredibly popular multi-platform Elden Ring sitting in third place. Just Pokémon Legends: Arceus has had a superior week so far.
A major part of the reason why Kirby and the Forgotten Land has done so well in Japan is because of the Switch’s incredible popularity in the district. The Switch has outsold the Wii overall and it’s presently dominating the marketplace in Japan, with Famitsu’s sales lists being invaded with Switch titles. The massive fanbase of diehard Nintendo lovers was advertised for another Kirby game and even its proximity to other major releases didn’t stifle the enthusiasm for the game.
The Nintendo Switch has seen some surprising success stories, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons becoming a sales juggernaut that almost ousted Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, while Pokémon Sword and Shield managed to outsell Pokémon Gold and Silver. 2022 is probably going to be a tremendous year for the Pokémon franchise on Nintendo Switch, thanks to the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the upcoming release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and BOTW 2 being delayed to 2023. Kirby and the Forgotten Land could be a surprise success story for the series and it will ideally lead to more 3D platformers to come.