Kirby franchise general director Shinya Kumazaki explains how Kirby and the Forgotten Land was transformative for Kirby, just as Breath of the Wild was for Zelda - but how it never would have happened without Kirby's Blowout Blast.
VGChartz's Christian Evans: "Considering the storied history of the platform game, and how many of the big gaming mascots - Mario, Sonic, and Crash of course spring to mind - are indelibly linked with the genre, there was quite a dearth of pure platformers as potential nominees for the title of best in 2022. Though many of the biggest releases last year that are categorized elsewhere incorporated platforming elements, as seen in the likes of Elden Ring and Bayonetta 3, to emphasise the importance of the mechanics to the industry, it was left to a few old-school mascots with a new lick of 3D paint (and a handful of indie efforts) to fly the flag in this category."
“Another year of superb video games has passed us by so here are the 10 very best titles from 2022 according to your favourite chums.” - A.J. Maciejewski from Video Chums.