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A Japanese Nintendo magazine is teasing the announcement of a new Kirby game according to a translation posted by a Twitter user.
According to user Dededaio, the teaser image in the January 2021 Nintendo Dream magazine translates to:
“New issue will release it on Monday, February 21. In addition to detailed news about Kirby and The Forgotten Land, we’ve also included a new game that we didn’t expect! … I have a feeling that a new title will be announced”.
It’s not clear if the publication is referring to a new Kirby title specifically, or just a new game of an unknown series. However, 2022 marks Kirby’s 30th anniversary and Nintendo has said to expect activity.
Kirby’s next adventure, Kirby and The Forgotten Land recently received a new trailer as well as a launch date.
The game will be available on Nintendo Switch on March 23.
The new trailer also shows off co-op gameplay for the first time, with player two able to control a Bandana Waddle Dee to help Kirby on his mission.
Kirby will be able to inhale enemies to gain their abilities as usual, and the trailer (which can be seen below) shows off some new abilities like the Drill (which lets him drill into the ground and attack enemies from beneath) and Ranger (which lets him attack distant enemies).
The game was announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation in September 2021, but there’s been no further information until today.
The game sees Kirby arriving in an unknown land, where he discovers that Waddle Dees are being kidnapped by a group of villains called the Beast Pack. It’s up to Kirby and his new friend Elfilin to rescue the Waddle Dees.
Rather than the typical 2D side-scrolling platforming Kirby is known for, this new game will be a 3D platformer in which players will be able to freely move around in 3D arenas using familiar Kirby copy abilities.