Kirby: Planet Robobot

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Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) North America 10 Jun 2016
Japan 28 Apr 2016
Europe 10 Jun 2016
Australia 11 Jun 2016
South Korea 28 Apr 2016
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
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Kirby: Planet Robobot, known as 星のカービィ ロボボプラネット (Hoshi no Kābī Robobo Planet) in Japan, is a game in the Kirby series by HAL Laboratory, released for the Nintendo 3DS. It uses the same engine and playstyle as preceding games Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and once again incorporates the use of jumping between foreground and background, as Triple Deluxe did.

Development

Kirby: Planet Robobot was originally planned as a follow up to Kirby: Triple Deluxe, known as Kirby: Triple Deluxe 2. Once it was decided that the game's theme would revolve around mechanization and industrialization, the the name was changed to Kirby: HAGANE (hagane means "steel" in Japanese). The title went through a few more changes, Kirby: Robot Planet, Roborobo Planet, and finally, Planet Robobot. From the finalized title, the Robobot Armor got its name.

Story

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The following may reveal important information about the game's storyline. If you do not wish to read it, skip ahead to the next heading.
Kirby runs off toward a leg of the ship that took over Pop Star.

A robotic organization known as the Haltmann Works Company has targeted Pop Star for its industrialization purposes. They fly down a giant spaceship roughly the same size as Pop Star to take over, as both King Dedede and Meta Knight try in vain to stop them. Kirby wakes up from under an oak tree to see the damage done, and is tasked with stopping the invaders from completely mechanizing his homeworld.

Kirby busts his way through each area, damaging the five legs that prop up the Haltmann Works Mothership. Along the way, he encounters Susie, Executive Assistant, who antagonizes him both by fighting him directly, and by throwing subdued and/or cloned versions of his friends after him. Once all five legs are down, Kirby enters the ship itself, and battles with the primary villain behind this plot, President Haltmann. In the process, he discovers that all of this was made possible for Haltmann Works by a self-aware supercomputer known as Star Dream. When Haltmann is defeated by Kirby, he attempts to use it to exact revenge, but then Susie betrays him, stealing his means of controlling the computer and causing him to black out. Susie then reveals that she wanted to take control of the computer for herself, but Star Dream then activates by itself and zaps Susie away. At this point, the computer is fully in control, fusing Haltmann's mind and soul with its operating system, and declares that it will erase all of history in order to bring about an age of 'infinite prosperity'.

Begrudgingly, Susie helps Kirby to defeat it by offering him a suit of Robobot Armor. Meta Knight, having been freed by Kirby from the company's clutches, brings the Halberd in as well, and merges it with Kirby's armor in order to take down Star Dream, who turns out to be another variety of Galactic NOVA. Once it is finally defeated, Pop Star is returned to normal, and Susie leaves Pop Star behind on her own, departing to parts unknown.

Gameplay

Kirby: Planet Robobot plays more-or-less the same as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, as a 2.5-D platformer, with paths in the foreground and background, and levels with stages to complete sequentially. Also as before, Kirby will need to collect a number of special objects in order to unlock the path to the Boss in each level, and/or unlock extra stages. Kirby makes use of his Copy Abilities as usual to solve puzzles and break his way through the enemy forces, many of which are mechanized versions of the usual enemies.

New to this installation, however, is the inclusion of a suit of power armor that Kirby can pilot, called the Robobot Armor. It appears in various points of the stages, and allows Kirby to smash his way through larger obstacles, though it comes with some drawbacks in most instances, the most obvious one being the inability to float indefinitely. The suit is also modular with some of the Copy Abilities, taking on new form and function with each one.

On top of this new mechanic, Planet Robobot features more enemies, new and different items and tools, and new and different Copy Abilities to utilize. It also employs circular pathways in some areas, not seen since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and flying shooter sections reminiscent of the endgame for Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Like in Triple Deluxe, Kirby is able to store certain Food items for later use. These can be improved through the use of StreetPass. Additionally, the game is compatible with amiibo, which allow Kirby to obtain a Copy Ability from one when scanned.

Modes

This game is also compatible with amiibo, coming with its own set as well. Scanning in an amiibo will give Kirby a Copy Ability specific to the amiibo scanned, as well as the home set unlocking special costumes. Scanning the Super Smash Bros. Kirby amiibo will unlock the Smash ability (now called Smash Bros.), and scanning the home series Kirby amiibo will unlock the U.F.O. ability, which is the only easy way to obtain it.

Copy Abilities

New Abilities

Returning Abilities

Robobot Armor Modes

Levels

All main levels include one boss stage and one Extra stage (except for Level 6, which has two Extra stages), which are included in the stage count.

Level Nr. Name Stages Boss(es)
Level 1 Patched Plains 6 Clanky Woods
Level 2 Resolution Road 6 Holo Defense API
Level 3 Overload Ocean 7 Susie
Level 4 Gigabyte Grounds 7 Mecha Knight
Level 5 Rhythm Route 7 Dedede Clone
Dedede Clones & D3
Level 6 Access Ark 8 Mecha Knight+
President Haltmann
Level 7 Mind in the Program 0 Star Dream (Story Mode only)

Characters

Protagonists

Villains

Other

Enemies

Standard

New Enemies

Returning Enemies

Mid-Bosses

Most Mid-Bosses also come in 2.0 variants, which are fought in Meta Knightmare Returns and The True Arena.

Name Appearance Copy Ability Description
Blocky
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Stone A large cinder block-like foe. He attacks by slamming the ground, and rolling about in various patterns. This one is outfitted with bolts and other metal reinforcings.
Bonkers
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Hammer A simian-like enemy who wields a hammer and tosses coconuts. This one has a metal jaw and bolts on the side of his head.
C.O.G.S.
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N/A A large mechanical obstruction that Kirby must fight using his Robobot Armor's Jet Mode. It consists of five turrets on rotating cogs that must all be destroyed individually.
Core Kabula
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N/A A large gun-laden blimp enemy that appears from the remains of the second C.O.G.S. that Kirby fights. She also possesses Gordo cannons and a laser beam.
Dubior
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Spark A floating UFO-type enemy that can generate an energy shield and fire sparks in various patterns. It can also summon little minions that can be swallowed and spat back at it.
Gigavolt
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N/A A giant robot with long arms and no legs. It is engaged using the Robobot Armor.
Kibble Blade
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Cutter A large silver version of Sir Kibble that throws huge inhalable cutter blades and sometimes charges head-first at Kirby. This one bears bolts on its armor.
King Doo
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Beam A very large Waddle Doo with a long hair-lick draped over his eye. He can fire his beam in many different ways, much like Beam Kirby can. This one sports a metal headcase.
Invader Armor
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Robobot Armor A suit of Robobot Armor being piloted by a Haltworker. It attacks using its punches and body slams.
Miasmoros
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Poison A large Galbo-like enemy that spews toxic sludge and leaves damaging puddles on the ground where it moves.
Security Force
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N/A A bipedal robot outfitted with various guns and other weapons. It will attempt to self-destruct after being defeated.
Telepathos
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ESP, Spark (projectiles) A floating enemy with a U-shaped body and disembodied hands. It attacks using electric orbs and can evade Kirby by teleporting about.

Bosses

Trivia

  • The Japanese release day of April 28th is only one day off the release day for the original Kirby's Dream Land in Japan.
  • This is the first game in the Kirby series where Meta Knight has gauntlets over his gloves, carrying over from his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
    • Likewise, this is also the first game in the Kirby series where Meta Knight can use his Smash Bros. Final Smash, Galaxia Darkness.
  • In keeping with the tradition of having the first letters of each level spell out something, the levels in sequence spell out the word 'PROGRAM', which incidentally, is also the last word of the last level's name.
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot is the first Kirby game whose ROM was leaked before release. It was leaked on April 26, 2016, two days before the game's release in Japan.

Gallery


Video Gallery


Reveal Trailer

First gameplay footage of Kirby 3D Rumble, March 18, 2016

IGN footage from Wondercon 2016

Japanese overview trailer

Pax East 2016 gameplay footage

Overview Trailer (North America)

Kirby Series Amiibo Teaser (NA)

Kirby Kicks Bot Trailer

Let's Robot - Nintendo Minute

Overview Trailer (UK)

Robobot Rampage Trailer

Kirby series Amiibo trailer (UK)

Team Kirby Clash & Kirby 3D Rumble (UK)

External links


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 星のカービィ ロボボプラネット
Hoshi no kābī robobo puranetto
Kirby of the Stars: Robobo Planet
Korean 별의 커비 로보보 플래닛
byeol-ui keobi lobobo peullaenis
Kirby of the Stars: Robobo Planet