Kirby and the Forgotten Land just debuted a new trailer, featuring plenty of what makes the Kirby games so endearing. The charming music, plus familiar characters and abilities, are all coming together with new ideas and full 3D environments.

In the trailer, we get confirmation on the following copy abilities:

  • Bomb
  • Tornado
  • Hammer
  • Crash

They all look to be in familiar form, though there could always be new tricks up their hats that’ll take advantage of the game’s style. We also are introduced to two brand new copy abilities: Drill and Ranger! Drill allows Kirby to freely travel underground, either popping back up to hit foes or unearthing rewards as he goes. It looks like he can also travel in a full circle to create a sinkhole attack. Ranger gives the pink puff a fantasy firearm of some kind, letting him fire off stars at ranged targets both on the ground and in the air.

Also seen in the trailer, and confirmed on Nintendo’s website, is the presence of two player co-op. This’ll let the second player take control of Bandana Waddle Dee, who’s wielding his Spear-based attacks. Whether this means Kirby will have access to Spear or not remains to be seen, but together they’ll be venturing through the Forgotten Land to rescue caged Waddle Dees hidden throughout its stage.

Other characters include Elfilin, who’ll be journeying with Kirby through this one, and the return of Meta Knight as a Sword-based boss fight. We also see a few other bosses, including a brief and close up look at some kind of dragon or dinosaur, and a tropical palm tree take on a Whispy Wood style tree boss.

Finally, we’ve gotten word on some sub games appearing in Forgotten Land! As you rescue Waddle Dees you’ll also be developing Waddle Dee Town, a settlement for the little guys where you can get gameplay hints from a particularly well informed Waddle Dee. If you connect to the internet he’ll even tell you about popular copy abilities and the total number of Waddle Dees rescued in the world! As for fun and games, it looks like you’ll be able to do a bit of fishing as well as become an employee of a Waddle Dee Cafe!

Kirby and the Forgotten Land will offer up all of this and more when it releases in just a few months on March 25th.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.