Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Canvas Curse (known as Kirby: Power Paintbrush in British English) is a spin-off game in the Kirby series for the Nintendo DS created by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo in 2005. In it, Kirby is turned into a ball by a sorceress named Drawcia, and Kirby must travel through eight levels with the help of the Magical Paintbrush, controlled by the player's DS stylus, in order to defeat her and return both Dream Land and him to normal. A spiritual successor titled Kirby and the Rainbow Curse was released in 2015 for the Wii U.
Kirby is having a nice stroll in Dream Land, when suddenly the world's colors warp as a mysterious witch draws across the land, turning it into an entire painting. Kirby chases the witch into a world of paintings, and attempts to challenge her. However, the witch uses her magic to transform Kirby into a ball. Kirby finds himself helpless as the evil sorceress escapes, but he sees the witch's Magical Paintbrush and touches it, which "transports" to the player's hands (as the Nintendo DS stylus) via a ray of light.
Kirby then traverses seven different levels to reach The World of Drawcia, a strange world of grotesque paintings, and eventually confront the evil sorceress once more, who reveals herself as Drawcia. Despite being in ball form, Kirby is able to defeat Drawcia, and eventually her soul form, with the help of the Magical Paintbrush. Afterwards, Drawcia is forced back into a painting, which shatters into pieces. After Kirby's victory against the evil artistic sorceress, he sadly parts ways with the paintbrush, which paints a portal for Kirby to return to his homeworld.
As he wakes up once again in Dream Land, Kirby finds himself and everything else back to normal, having broken free from Drawcia's curse. Then, a grand rainbow appears in the sky, presumably a gift from the magical paintbrush that helped our pink hero in his adventures.
Due to having been transformed into a ball, Kirby has to roll around to get by, moving automatically forward and bouncing off surfaces. The player guides Kirby's path and momentum by painting guide lines with the Nintendo DS stylus (represented in-game as the Magical Paintbrush). Kirby can also perform Touch Dash to go faster and defeat enemies, which is done by tapping Kirby with the stylus. The player can also tap on enemies with the stylus to stun them, leaving them vulnerable to Kirby's momentum or dash attacks. Kirby can also assume different Copy Abilities if he also dashes into an enemy that grants an ability.
The following characters can be played in Story Mode stages. Beating each stage with each character is necessary for 100% completion:
- Kirby - Starts with 4 hit points. Has decent speed and can copy abilities. Can augment health using Medal Swap.
- Waddle Dee - Unlocked once the game is completed as Kirby. Has 4 HP and otherwise is the same as Kirby, but cannot copy abilities.
- King Dedede - Unlockable at Medal Swap after game is completed as Kirby. Uses a hammer while dashing, and has 8 HP, but is larger (and thus less nimble) than other characters.
- Meta Knight - Unlockable at Medal Swap after game is completed as Kirby. Fastest character, but only 3 HP. Nearby enemies are struck with a sword slash.
- Waddle Doo - Unlocked once all other characters have finished each stage. Has a slow dash, but 5 HP and permanent Beam ability.
There are eight levels in the Main Game of Kirby: Canvas Curse, with the first seven of these featuring three stages each. Unlike most other games in the Kirby series, the stages within each level may be played and completed out of order. Much like the levels in Kirby's Adventure, each level aside from the final one is based on a different color of the rainbow, though in this case, they are arranged in "ROYGBIV" order instead of reverse order. Each first letter of the level name, when put up side-by-side, will spell out the word "RAINBOW". Once all three stages in a level are complete, Kirby may challenge a boss to move on to the next:
|Level 1||Reddy Land||Plant Plain
|Level 2||Arange Gorge||Ghost Grounds
|Level 3||Iello Adventure||Rift Ruin
|Level 4||Neo Greo||Machine Mansion
|Level 5||Bloo Hills||Cold Course
|Level 6||Omarine Zone||Collapse Castle
|Level 7||Wonder Lilane||Frozen Fantasy
|This is the only level which does not feature a Boss Game at the end.|
|Level 8||The World of Drawcia||The World of Drawcia||This level consists of only one stage, and has a set boss: Drawcia Sorceress and Drawcia Soul.|
|Bang-Bang||Missile||A flying missile enemy that tries to launch at Kirby.|
|Blado||None||A bladed cousin of Gordo that spins around stages attached to chains and is invulnerable to attack.|
|Blipper||None||A round goggles-wearing fish that swims in a set pattern or pursues Kirby.|
|Bloon||Balloon||A hovering inflatable enemy that either holds still or drifts slowly.|
|Bobo||Burning||A walking ember that runs back and forth.|
|Bomber||Crash||A walking bomb that will detonate if it falls off a ledge.|
|Bouncy||None||A spring-bound creature that hops in place.|
|Bronto Burt||None||A flying nuisance who follows fixed paths or chases after Kirby.|
|Cappy||None||A mushroom cap-wearing creature that dances in place.|
|Chilly||Freeze||A living snowman with a blue fez who sits in place and conjures a freezing aura around himself.|
|Como||None||A spider-like creature that drops on a string from the ceiling.|
|Flame Shotzo||None||A variant of Shotzo that spews gouts of flame.|
|Flamer||Burning||A spicy eyeball creature that rolls along walls and may detach to shoot forward like a fireball.|
|Fluff Waddle Dee||None||A Waddle Dee that floats gently down using a dandelion stem. Comparable to Parasol Waddle Dee in other games.|
|Gaveela||N/A||A large green cave-lurking reptile that lunges out from nooks to try and eat Kirby. It is invulnerable to attack.|
|Glunk||None||A sea anemone with googly eyes that sticks to surfaces and shoots projectiles out of its top.|
|Gordo||N/A||An indestructible spike ball who moves along in straight lines and bounces off of obstacles.|
|Kabu||None||A brown stone idol that spins around on the ground and can vanish and reappear elsewhere.|
|Needlous||Needle||A striped spiky bug that rolls up into a ball and rushes forward when threatened.|
|Pacto||N/A||A large floating yellow creature that tries to lunge at and eat Kirby. It cannot be defeated using regular attacks or stunned, but it can be powered through using a Touch Dash.|
|Painting||None||A harmless but creepy living painting that laughs at Kirby as he passes by.|
|Para Matter||None||Eyeballs with petals that get flung out by Drawcia Soul. There are three different varieties, and hitting them when their eye is exposed launches them back at Drawcia Soul to deal her damage.|
|Para Sorceress||None||A miniature version of Drawcia that the larger adversary shoots out on occasion. They can freeze Kirby on contact.|
|Rocky||Stone||A rock with legs that will try to hop over and crush Kirby with its girth.|
|Shotzo||N/A||A stationary indestructible cannon that tries to aim and shoot volleys at Kirby.|
|Snoppy||Freeze||A small yeti-like creature that can roll into a ball to attack.|
|Soarar||None||A flying yellow arrow-shaped creature that soars quickly through the air, traveling much faster laterally than vertically.|
|Sparky||Spark||Sits in place, emanating sparks from its body at regular intervals.|
|Spear Waddle Dee||None||A Waddle Dee who attempts to toss its spear at Kirby in an arc.|
|Squishy||None||A white squid-like creature that jets through water in short bursts.|
|Thudd||N/A||A heavy indestructible block creature that tries to fall on Kirby when he approaches. It cannot be blocked using a Rainbow Line and comes in three sizes.|
|Tick||Needle||A white blob that holds in place and tries to jab Kirby with its head spike if he passes over it.|
|Topper||None||A rounded orange spider-like creature that hangs in place using electric currents. It can be defeated by slamming into its body or tapping it multiple times with the Nintendo DS stylus.|
|Twister||Tornado||A spinning top enemy who spins in place, and may turn into a tornado.|
|Waddle Dee||None||A mostly harmless creature that walks back and forth slowly.|
|Waddle Doo||Beam||A waddling cycloptic creature that attempts to shoot nearby threats with his beam eye.|
|Wheelie||Wheel||A cycloptic wheel that rolls back and forth along the ground quickly.|
At the end of each level, (except Wonder Lilane) Kirby faces off against a boss of his choosing. There are three initial bosses, and Kirby will have to face each one twice (with the second time being tougher). From there, Wonder Lilane technically has no boss, but Drawcia is revealed (along with her level) after completing it. The bosses faced are as follows:
- Initial Bosses
- Drawcia Sorceress
- Drawcia Soul
|Balloon||Touching Kirby makes him inflate into a balloon. He can inflate 3 times, each time into a slightly larger balloon. Kirby can bounce around while he holds his breath.|
|Beam||When tapped, Kirby releases a beam, which goes around him, attacking any enemies within its circle of reach.|
|Burning||Allows Kirby to move as a meteor for a short distance across the screen, destroying any enemies unfortunate enough to be in his path.|
|Crash||Tapping Kirby triggers a huge explosion, defeating any normal enemies on the screen.|
|Freeze||Sets a barrier around Kirby, which freezes any enemies that come in contact with it.|
|Missile||Turns Kirby into a missile, allowing him to be directed by the lines of the Magic Paintbrush. Will crash if it hits a wall, destroying any normal enemies nearby.|
|Needle||Turns Kirby into a spike ball, which sticks him to the floor or a wall if he is near one.|
|Spark||Allows Kirby to release electrical energy from within his body and attack enemies with it. Touching and holding Kirby makes him stop in midair.|
|Stone||Transforms into a heavy stone to crush enemies and blocks or pound stakes.|
|Tornado||Kirby spins, being encased inside of a tornado. If tapped, he will go higher.|
|Wheel||Transforms Kirby into a wheel for fast transport, getting rid of any enemies in his way.|
- Main article: Rainbow Run
Rainbow Run is a mode in which Kirby tries to set a record for the time in going through a course or for the amount of line he uses to complete it. It uses levels 1 through seven and replaces level 8 with other courses where Kirby can only use a selected ability.
This game also has three Sub-Games. The sub-games are only unlocked after beating the second level of each in the Boss fights of the main game. The sub-games are similar to the actual boss fights. Game Overs will occur if Kirby either runs out of time or health In each game, there are three levels, with level 1 being the easiest and level 3 being the hardest. New Medals are only unlocked after achieving an A rank in Level 3.
- In Cart Run, Kirby is racing King Dedede in a mine car vehicle.
- In Paint Panic, he is trying to avoid a couple of Bombers while connecting the dots drawn by Paint Roller in the same order he drew them in.
- In Block Attack, Kirby is trying to destroy blocks and beat all the enemies in a certain section and go to a higher section.
- Main article: Medal Swap
This game also has a medal swap section, where Kirby can exchange the medals he earned in the game for lines, new levels in Rainbow Run, new songs, and even new playable characters.
- Main article: Dash! Jump!
At the end of each regular stage, a special Goal Game takes place where the character being controlled is rocketed off a launch ramp to try and gain as much distance as possible using a single Rainbow Line for assistance. Point Stars are earned based on distance traveled. This game becomes available for play from the main menu after completing the main game with every character.
- Several bosses from previous Kirby games were intended to be playable characters in early development of Kirby: Canvas Curse, including Lololo & Lalala, Nightmare, Dark Matter and Zero. Concept art of these bosses as balls can be found in 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia (page 125), but they are not present in the final game.
- Kirby: Canvas Curse is the first video game in the Kirby series that introduced the Soul Boss (Drawcia Soul being the first one). The main series would later introduce even more Soul Bosses.
- In Kirby Battle Royale, one of Whip Kirby's Headgears is the Gymnastics Leotard. This could be a reference to the Japanese commercial for Kirby: Canvas Curse, which features a female gymnastics athlete guiding the Kirby ball's movement with her ribbon.
- Most of the themes in this game are remixes of themes from earlier games in the series. Five examples are Tiny Town (which is the Bubbly Clouds theme from Kirby's Dream Land), Cart Run (which is King Dedede's Theme in its arrangement from Kirby Super Star), Paint Panic (Gourmet Race theme), Kracko (which is the boss theme from Kirby's Adventure), and Mag Mount (which is the Castle Lololo theme from Kirby's Dream Land).
- Main article: Kirby: Canvas Curse/gallery
Names in other languages
|French||Kirby: Le Pinceau du Pouvoir||Kirby: The Paintbrush of Power|
|German||Kirby: Power-Malpinsel||Kirby: Power Paintbrush|
|Italian||Kirby: L'oscuro disegno||Kirby: The dark drawing|
|Spanish||Kirby: El Pincel del poder||Kirby: The Paintbrush of Power|
- Kirby: Canvas Curse on Nintendo.com
- Official Japanese website
- Kirby: Canvas Curse on Kirby Informer
- British English manual (German, French, Spanish, Italian)
- American English manual (external archive)
- Japanese manual
- "Beat level two of the Boss Games in the main game to play them." —Kirby: Canvas Curse manual (page 20)
- "If Kirby's stamina runs out, the game ends. In Cart Run and Block Attack, the game will also end when time runs out" —Kirby: Canvas Curse manual (page 20)
- Unused iQue localization name