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Kirby and the Forgotten Land File Size is 5.8 GB

Kirby and the Forgotten Land File Size is 5.8 GB - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 January 2022 / 1,373 Views

Publisher Nintendo and developer HAL Laboratory last week announced Kirby and the Forgotten Land will launch for the Nintendo Switch on March 25 for $59.99.

The official Nintendo eShop page for the game reveals the file size is just 5.8 GB. This is fairly typical for other Nintendo games, but is also far smaller than AAA releases on other platforms that can come in at over 100 GB.

Here is an overview of the game:

In the Kirby and the Forgotten Land game, join the powerful and cute hero, Kirby, as he gains new abilities in a 3D platforming adventure for the Nintendo Switch system that’s filled with wonder, wilderness and Waddle Dees. If that sounds intriguing, take a deep breath, because the game launches on March 25.

Kirby has a flair for inhaling air, so he’ll have his work cut out for him when he arrives in an unknown land and discovers that Waddle Dees are being kidnapped in droves by the Beast Pack! To rescue the Waddle Dees, Kirby heads out on a journey with the curious Elfilin, whom he meets in the new world.

In this sweeping adventure, you’ll make use of a range of Kirby’s abilities to combat foes and navigate vibrant 3D environments. Progress through a world in which nature and a past civilization have fused in a series of areas packed with platforming challenges. When you set out to free the Waddle Dees being held captive at the goal point at the end of each stage, you’ll want to explore every nook and cranny to rescue as many Waddle Dees along the way, too!

The Beast Pack will put up a challenge, so along with Kirby’s iconic copy abilities there are new additions to Kirby’s repertoire – the Drill and Ranger copy abilities! Submerge into the ground with the Drill copy ability and attack enemies from below with a massive blow. Your foes will soon be seeing stars when Kirby unleashes the Ranger copy ability, which also lets you set your sights on a faraway enemy.

Kirby can have a co-star on his adventure, too! When you’d like to invite a friend or family member along for the adventure, you can have a second player join the journey as Bandana Waddle Dee. He can launch a variety of attacks using his spear. Quickly begin two-player co-op play* on the same system by sharing a Joy-Con … especially when you feel like driving home a point!

Kirby and the Forgotten Land also introduces Waddle Dee Town, which will be the central hub of your adventure. The town will develop more and more based on the number of Waddle Dees you rescue as you progress. You will notice different shops opening and be able to enjoy some of the townsfolk’s favorite games. Kirby can even help out in the Waddle Dee Café. You’ll need to quickly prepare customers’ orders to keep them satisfied and aim for a high score. You’ll also encounter Wise Waddle Dee in Waddle Dee Town, who will pass along helpful hints. By connecting to the internet, you can learn details based on global player data, such as the total number of Waddle Dees rescued around the world and the current most popular copy ability.** Now you can stay up to date on the latest Kirby craze!


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments
siebensus4 (on 17 January 2022)

Nintendo first party devs understand compression of data.

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Alistair siebensus4 (on 17 January 2022)

Mass Effect was 7GB.

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Otter siebensus4 (on 18 January 2022)

People keep saying this ignoring that Nintendo games have almost no spoken dialogue, very few pre-rendered videos and typically go for artstyles which are light on highly detailed textures. Not to take anything away from them but they're not miracle workers on compression, their games just demand less storage to begin with

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Darwinianevolution Otter (on 18 January 2022)

Their compressing skills are nothing to scoff at, though. The biggest Nintendo games I can think of in terms of file size are Xenoblade 2 and BotW, and both are around 13Gb each. For their content, that is still impressive.

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Otter Darwinianevolution (on 18 January 2022)

For sure, but also worth remembering that those games are closer to 360 era titles like Skyrim than they are to PS4/Xbox One AAAs in terms of detail etc

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Kakadu18 Otter (on 18 January 2022)

BotW is waaaay more detailed than Skyrim and bigger but takes almost exactly the same space on the Switch.

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Otter Kakadu18 (on 18 January 2022)

It's really not. Sure is prettier but stuff like having nice grass blades or rain effects doesn't take up space. Skyrim having 100x more spoken dialogue does.

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Kakadu18 Otter (on 18 January 2022)

Yeah, the dialogue takes alot of space.

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DaAndy (on 17 January 2022)

So the whole Kirby game is like 10-20% of the file size of some AAA games Day1 Patch alone^^

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Alistair DaAndy (on 17 January 2022)

it has PS3 level graphics, those low resolution textures save a lot of space

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CaptainExplosion (on 17 January 2022)

That's a good size. ^^

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xMetroid (on 17 January 2022)

Seems small compared to other big games but it is (slightly) bigger than Odyssey so that's impressive for a Kirby game.

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Livewitharya (on 17 January 2022)

Makes sense. They are developing for 720p resolution so texture size will be small. Also, less polygons must have been used (less powerful GPU) so again smaller assets size plus some good old compression and voila. Nintendo do not need high graphic fidelity games anyways, they rely on refining gameplay and artstyle. In comparison Cuphead's file size was 1.9 GB which in its uncompressed was 11 GB in size when that game was released.

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Kakadu18 (on 17 January 2022)

This must be sorcery.

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