Nintendo and HAL Laboratory has hit it big with their latest entry into the Kirby franchise last week with the release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, as it managed to fly to the top of the gaming charts in its first week by taking the number #1 spot for the UK.
This feature is incredibly impressive considering that this new entry into the Kirby series also had to compete against heavy hitters such as Elden Ring and other new entries into the sales charts such as Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, the fantasy spin-off of the Borderlands series. According to GamesIndustry reporter Christopher Dring, he states that the sales made between the new Kirby game and Tiny Tina's Wonderlands were by a big margin. While we don't know exactly what that margin is, we must also mention that the sales counted are only towards physical sales, so the amount of overall sales from digital copies is still currently unknown.
As the first Kirby game to feature full 3D movement and exploration, this game has managed to bring some new and fresh gameplay to a long-running franchise that has mostly been promoted as a 2D platform game up until now. The fact that Nintendo and HAL Laboratories managed to deviate so far from the formula that Kirby fans have known for so long, Kirby and the Forgotten Land becoming a top seller are all the more impressiive.
While the sales numbers currently aren't available in the US, we can make assumptions that this new Kirby game is also doing well here, as the game managed to reach a peak viewership of 85,251 on Twitch.TV (as of March 24th, 2022), while two other new entries, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, and Ghostwire: Tokyo managed to reach a peak viewership count of 126,539 and 67,654, respectively.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is now available on the Nintendo Switch.