How to download the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo

Kirby Forgotten Land Car Mouth
Kirby Forgotten Land Car Mouth (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

We're drawing ever nearer to the launch of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, which releases on March 25. To go along with the hype, Nintendo has made it possible for us to play a demo for Kirby's upcoming adventure. It's super easy to access and will give players hands-on experience with co-op, a number of Copy Abilities, and Mouthful Modes.

Will the demo transfer to the full game?

Kirby And The Forgotten Land Horn (Image credit: Nintendo)

Unfortunately, no, the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo does not transfer to the full game. However, if players make it through to the end of the demo, they'll unlock a Present Code which can be redeemed at the Waddle Dee-liveries location in the full game for items that will be helpful on your adventure.

How to download Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo

Kirby And The Forgotten Land Star (Image credit: Nintendo)

Enough of this chit chat. There are two ways to download the demo: from your Switch or from the Nintendo website. I'll go over both.

Download the demo directly on your Switch

  1. From your Nintendo Switch main menu, select the eShop icon at the bottom.
  2. Once the eShop loads up, select the Magnifying glass icon.
  3. Now type in "Kirby and the Forgotten Land."
  4. Select the game.
  5. Choose Download demo.

Once the demo has finished downloading, you'll be able to check it out.

Download the demo from the Nintendo website

You can also download the demo from your smartphone or computer as long as you are logged into your Nintendo account.

  1. Go to the official Kirby page on the Nintendo website.
  2. Click on the small red link that says "Download demo."

Kirby Forgotten Land Demo Download (Image credit: Nintendo)

If a Nintendo Switch is connected to your account, your console should immediately start downloading the Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo as soon as the device has access to the internet.

Copy that!

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is looking like it will join the best games on Nintendo Switch. The demo gives players the ability to check out Kirby's Copy Abilities and the brand new Mouthful Modes made available in The Forgotten Land. Plus, you can also check out co-op along with Bandana Waddle Dee's specific abilities. It's a great way to determine whether or not the full game will be a good choice for you.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.