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Kirby and the Forgotten Land mouthful mode explained

Wondering what’s going on in the new 3D Kirby? Read on as we explain everything you need to know about Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s mouthful mode

On the left, Kirby in lightbulb mouth mode. On the right, Kirby in ring mouth mode. In the middle, Kirby in car mouth mode.

The release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land has been huge for Nintendo. We’ve seen a huge amount of wonderful platforming creativity, which we love, as you can see in our Kirby and the Forgotten Land review. One of the most surprising introductions is mouthful mode, a new ability Kirby has discovered where instead of swallowing, they hold things in their mouth to utilise it in different ways.

It’s a bit weird. How did Kirby just learn this new skill? What situation was he in? Well, maybe I don’t want to know the answer. There are, however, many answerable questions. Read on to find all the different mouthful modes we’ve seen so far, and just a basic outline of what the Kirby and the Forgotten Land mouthful mode actually is.

If the mouthful mode alone hasn’t sold you on Kirby, check out our Kirby and the Forgotten Land preview to see what we thought of it during our time with the game. We’ve also got guides to Kirby and the Forgotten Land copy abilities, Kirby and the Forgotten Land missions, and even a guide to getting a Kirby plush if you’re looking for a cuddly pink bedtime companion.

What is Kirby and the Forgotten Land mouthful mode?

From what I can see, it basically works like Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey, which, if you haven’t played, you really should. Kirby uses his big gob to take control of different things, rather than swallowing them and adopting their abilities. It must be some sort of soul theft, I’d assume.

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Every Kirby and the Forgotten land mouthful mode

You can see all the mouthful mode transformations revealed in the video above, or just scroll down as we go through them.

Kirby in car mouth mode, wrapped around an old blue car.

Kirby and the Forgotten land car mouth

The headline announcement from the showcase, car mouth sees Kirby taking possession of what looks like an original Fiat 500. A lovely car, made all the better by the addition of a squidgy pink layer atop it. With car mouth, you do exactly what you expect: drive around, run-over enemies, and jump over ramps.

Kirby in vending mouth mode, wrapped around a vending machine.

Kirby and the Forgotten land vending mouth

Have you ever bought a chocolate bar from a vending machine but it got stuck and wouldn’t fall out? Then tried kicking the machine or something? Yeah, I think most people have. It doesn’t often work, but maybe we should follow Kirby’s lead and put our mouths around it next time and give it a good shake. With vending mouth, you waddle around and fire soda cans at enemies, which must be pretty handy if they’re thirsty.

Kirby in cone mouth mode, wrapped around an orange traffic cone.

Kirby and the Forgotten land cone mouth

With cone mouth, Kirby turns into the VLC icon and runs around using their pointy head to spear things and solve puzzles. I think, if traffic cones were pink instead of orange, drunk uni students would steal them and wear them as hats much more often, so you better watch out Kirby.

Kirby in scissor-lift mode, wrapped around scissor lift below a high platform.

Kirby and the Forgotten land scissor-lift mouth

If you need to get somewhere high up and do something, you might use a scissor lift. Guess what? That’s what Kirby uses it for too! Except instead of just getting in it, for some reason Kirby wraps their whole mouth around it. I dunno, to me that seems like overkill. They could’ve just used it as a normal scissor lift, but hey ho.

Kirby in ring mode, wrapped around a tyre.

Kirby and the Forgotten land ring mouth

When Kirby sucks up a circular thing, they go into ring mouth mode. This big ring expands their mouth so much that Kirby can breathe out big gusts of air and traverse water on a raft. I think that’s pretty clever of Kirby. Good job buddy.

Kirby with a lightbulb in their mouth, shining a light out of their mouth.

Kirby and the Forgotten land lightbulb mouth

Instead of, y’know, just finding a flashlight, Kirby does what they do best when it gets dark and just sucks up a lightbulb. With lightbulb mouth, Kirby lights the way in the dark, flashing brighter whenever they pick up a star. Could’ve just gone down to the hardware store and bought a torch for $13.99, but you do you Kirbs.

Kirby in arch mouth mode, flying through the air.

Kirby and the Forgotten land arch mouth

Kirby loves sucking things up, so much so that they full-on went and sucked up a bit of a building. Using this arch, Kirby basically becomes a paraglider, flying through the air and over water. Flying is pretty expensive, so I respect this choice.

Kirby in water-balloon mode, full of water, jiggling.

Kirby and the Forgotten land water-balloon mouth

When near water, Kirby can suck up a load of it and turn into a big wiggly pink water balloon. Then they spray out that water and clean up the nasty mess all over the floor. Kirby as a cleaner. A big, wibbly-wobbly cleaner.

That’s all the Kirby and the Forgotten Land mouthful mode nonsense we’ve seen so far. We’ve also got a guide to Kirby and the Forgotten Land bosses or Kirby and the Forgotten Land co-op if you want to spend some time with the pink furball and a friend.