How often do you get a double header of video games from me and the Princess? The answer is rarely, if ever, but that’s what this edition of BBP! Kids’ Presents In The Game is sharing, because both the Princess and I have been busy playing two new offerings on our respective Nintendo Switch consoles.
I’ll start off, because it’s me who dove right into LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which arrived this past Tuesday across multiplatforms. This is, without question, the largest LEGO video game ever released, as it takes us across all nine films from the beloved Star Wars film franchise, while also offering up DLC content tied to other Star Wars properties, most notably The Mandalorian and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The game play, though tweaked from previous LEGO games, is really as intuitive as ever, which makes the title easy to pick up and play for just about anyone. Unlike the earlier LEGO Star Wars games (with the exception of The Force Awakens from back in 2016), The Skywalker Saga features voice acting across the various film adaptations. Some gamers prefer the old days sans voices (and there is an option to just enjoy the grunts of ole), but I genuinely like it and find it makes these games even more accessible.
As mentioned, you’ve got nine films to play through, three to each trilogy (yes, I know I’m doing math for you). However, you’ve got to play through the first film in a given trilogy to get to second instalment; that means haters cant’t skip out on The Phantom Menace if they want to play Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith. No worries though, because getting to take down droids and meet Gungans as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi is still damn fun.
The big question is, if you’ve played those earlier LEGO Star Wars games, is there enough new in The Skywalker Saga to invest in the title. I’d say that’s a ten-four, good buddy. Along with chapters devoted to The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, neither which have been featured before, The Skywalker Saga has nearly 400 playable characters, lots of areas to roam, and really finds the fun in the world of Star Wars, something its often divisive fan base seems to forget. For fans of a galaxy far, far away and of LEGO games, The Skywalker Saga is pretty much a no-brainer game, especially in its Nintendo Switch form, which allows you to take that entire galaxy with you.
While I’ve spent the last few days playing LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, the Princess has spent nearly two weeks delving deep into Kirby and the Forgotten Land, the newest Nintendo game to feature the beloved character. Now, the Princess loves Kirby, and I asked her a few questions as to why that is, and how this is new game stacks up to previous titles:
Andy Burns: So tell me about this new Kirby game? What’s it all about?
The Princess: It’s about Kirby who gets lost in what looks like a deserted version of our world.
Andy Burns: You mean our world, like Earth? How did he get there???
The Princess: We don’t know!!!
Andy Burns: So what’s the object of the game? What are you trying to do?
The Princess: You have to save Kirby from being on the weird planet. You help him get off the planet by helping defeat bosses, and save the waddle dees
Andy Burns: What the heck are waddle dees????
The Princess: The waddle dees are little orange things that used to be Kirby’s enemy. Saving them is the main focus of the game.
Andy Burns: You were pretty excited for it to come out, how come?
The Princess: I was excited for this game because I really like Kirby. He’s a cute little gumball!
Andy Burns: What are some of your favourite parts about the game so far?
The Princess: It’s really fun to play, and the controls are simple. You can jump, float, swallow, attack, and more
Andy Burns: What would you say the hardest part of the game is and why?
The Princess: The hardest part was (for me) the mall boss fight. I can’t tell you any more though, because that would spoil it.
Andy Burns: Ok, well then, tell me this to wrap up. Who do you think would like playing Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and why?
The Princess: I think people who like The Legen of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would like Kirby and the Forotten Land. It’s open world like Zelda, though with a few more borders.
Andy Burns: Do you have anything else to tell your readers before we get back to playing our games?
The Princess: Not really other than BUY KIRBY AND THE FORGETTEN LAND!!!
‘Nuff said. Have fun gaming, true believers.