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Kirby and the Forgotten Sets Record for Biggest Kirby Launch in the UK

Kirby and the Forgotten Sets Record for Biggest Kirby Launch in the UK - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 27 March 2022 / 2,217 Views

Publisher Nintendo and developer HAL Laboratory have released Kirby and the Forgotten Land for the Nintendo Switch last Friday.

The platformer has set a record in the UK for the biggest opening week ever for the Kirby franchise, according to the head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring. It is already the fifth best-selling Kirby game after just one week. 

"Kirby and The Forgotten Land is No.1 in the UK boxed retail charts this week," said Dring. "It comfortably beat Tiny Tina (which is at No.2).

"It is the biggest ever Kirby launch by a big margin, and is already the fifth biggest Kirby game ever in the UK after just 1 week.

"Obviously, it’s still a small series for Nintendo. The launch is a little below that of last year’s Metroid Dread."

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 28 March 2022)

Curious to see how it does in Japan, because you can't exactly call it a "small series" there.

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JackHandy (on 28 March 2022)

I'm leery of new term "biggest". Seems all games from all publishers (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo etc.) these days avoid the word "copies" and instead, claim to have the "biggest" launch, which to me, means too many things. I don't know how anyone can draw any conclusions from "biggest", unless they're privy to all the data.

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Greenfox (on 28 March 2022)

Is there any Nintendo franchise where its best-selling game is not the Switch one? I can only think of Kirby, Pokemon, and Super Mario 2D. And Kirby looks like it's going to be out in no time...

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JWeinCom Greenfox (on 30 March 2022)

Wario Ware. Ring Fit if you count it as part of Wii Fit. Big Brain Academy. Brain Training. I think Clubhouse games still has a little bit to go. Yoshi. Pokemon Snap I believe.

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Azzanation (on 27 March 2022)

Its surprisingly good. Well deserved.

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victor83fernandes (on 30 March 2022)

Been playing a bit of this every day, its great, for sure one of the top platformers on the switch, as good as mario 3d world.

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SanAndreasX (on 28 March 2022)

Fallout: Kirby seems like it's going to be another Switch blockbuster.

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siebensus4 (on 28 March 2022)

I'm curious how the hardware numbers will look for this week. I don't expect anything close to Monster Hunter Rise, but a small boost would be nice ^^

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VAMatt (on 28 March 2022)

Obviously it's great to be the biggest Kirby launch, but I don't think that's saying a whole lot in raw numbers. Kirby is not a big seller.

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