Kirby Mass Attack
- "KMA" redirects here. For information about the article on the Nintendo DS game known as Kirby Mouse Attack in some regions, see Kirby: Squeak Squad.
Kirby Mass Attack is a spin-off Kirby game released for the Nintendo DS in 2011. It features touch-based gameplay in the style of Lemmings, as the main gimmick is that the player assumes control of multiple Kirbys at once and directs them using the Nintendo DS stylus. Kirby Mass Attack's name was first revealed in the 267th issue of Nintendo Power (May 2011). The game was one of the Nintendo DS titles shown at E3 2011. Kirby Mass Attack was first released in Japan on August 4, 2011, and was released in North America a month later, then in Europe and Australia roughly a month after that.
The story of Kirby Mass Attack begins when Kirby goes exploring around an archipelago called the Popopo Islands in the south of Popstar. While he takes a nap in a field, an evil sorcerer, Necrodeus, casts a spell that splits Kirby into ten smaller and weaker versions of himself. While Kirby is in this weakened state, Necrodeus manages to destroy all Kirbys except for one. The final remaining Kirby is saved by his own heroic heart which Necrodeus had separated from the original Kirby's body. The heroic heart takes the form of a star throughout the game. The last remaining Kirby, now with only a tenth of his normal power, joins the heroic heart on a quest to defeat Necrodeus and restore Kirby to his normal, undivided self.
Necrodeus' motive behind invading Popstar is simply that he wishes to drown the universe in darkness, and Popstar is allegedly the brightest star in space.
Soon after Necrodeus' attack on Kirby, Daroach and the Squeaks approach Kirby in their airship and enlist his help in collecting Medals found in stages all around the Popopo Islands. These Medals are said to provide access to Necrodeus' realm, Necro Nebula. Daroach gives Kirby the task of collecting every Rainbow Medal, a special type of Medal which is less prevalent than normal ones. Kirby uses the Rainbow Medals to shine a beam of light through the dark clouds surrounding Necro Nebula, clearing the clouds and allowing him to access the area. When Kirby finds the scepter needed to undo Necrodeus' curse and become whole again, Necrodeus appears and swallows it. Kirby battles Necrodeus and wins, saving Popstar and becoming one singular entity again. Triumphant, Kirby returns back home on a passing Warp Star.
Due to being split into ten by the game's villain, Kirby has again lost the ability to inhale or float, as he had in Kirby: Canvas Curse and Kirby's Epic Yarn. Instead, the player can use the DS stylus to control up to ten Kirbys at once to use their combined strength to gang up on foes, solve puzzles, and fight bosses. Tapping a target will make Kirbys interact with it, quickly sliding the stylus towards a target will toss one Kirby at it, and touching and holding will make all Kirbys try to latch onto the Hero's heart and use it to fly around. The player can add more Kirbys to the group by making the existing one(s) eat fruit to fill up a gauge on the top screen. If a Kirby takes damage, that Kirby will usually turn blue, although some sources of damage have different effects. If the mini-Kirby takes more damage, he will turn into an angel and leave the group. He can, however, be revived and restored to his blue state by making a non-angel Kirby catch him before he floats away. There are some instances, however, where a Kirby can be lost immediately, such as if a Skully gets away with one.
The game, like several other Kirby games, is a side-scroller. The object of each level is to get to the end while collecting the hidden medals and filling the Checklist. Although many levels appear optional, they each contain one Rainbow Medal. All Rainbow Medals are required to access the final world. Both types of medals are used to unlock extras.
At the end of each stage, the player is graded based on how well the Kirbys were handled. The rankings are as follows:
- Gold Star - No damage was taken
- Silver Star - No Kirbys were KO'd (put into angel state)
- Bronze Star - No Kirbys were lost
- No star - Kirbys were lost or a shortcut was used
There are five levels in the main story mode of Kirby Mass Attack. The first four take place in an area in the southern regions of Popstar called the Popopo Islands. The fifth level - Necro Nebula - does not appear until every Rainbow Medal is collected in the prior four levels. For more information about each level in the game, click the corresponding island in the navmap below.
Sub-Game exclusive enemies
There are five bosses in Kirby Mass Attack, each serving as the final obstacle of each level. The first four are fought for a second time in Necro Nebula.
|Whispy Woods||Green Grounds||A totem pole-like sentient tree whose segments can be destroyed by slamming into them repeatedly.||Unlike in other iterations, Whispy Woods fights by dropping spiky nuts instead of apples.|
|Lady Ivy||Sandy Canyon||A spiky Snoozroot-like creature that attacks by knocking the platform the Kirbys are standing on around like a see-saw.|
|King Dedede||Dedede Resort||King Dedede fights the Kirbys by tossing bombs encased in bubbles from a hot air balloon.||This is the only fight that can be entered with less than 10 Kirbys.|
|Skullord||Volcano Valley||A giant skull-wearing pig enemy that attacks from afar using meteors shot from its snout.|
|Necrodeus||Necro Nebula||An undead wizard who hates bright light and who was responsible for splitting Kirby into 10. He attacks using his hands to swipe and using a laser inside his mouth.||Defeating Necrodeus completes the game.|
These menus and Sub-Games are unlocked using medals.
- Field Frenzy
- Music Player
- Kirby Brawlball
- Kirby Curtain Call
- Dash Course
- Strato Patrol EOS
- Kirby Quest
- Game Album
- Survival Rush
- The way the Mini-Kirbys attack enemies and work together to pull down obstacles bears a striking resemblance to how Pikmin operate.
- Often when performing actions, or when entering doors while still eligible for a Gold Star, the mini-Kirbys shout "Poyo", which was a vocalization Kirby often repeated in place of actual speech in the anime, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Kirby Mass Attack and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse are the only Kirby games where Kirby says "poyo".
- This is the only game in the series where Kirby can drown underwater.
- Kirby Mass Attack has arguably the largest collection of enemies and Mid-Bosses of any game in the series.
- This would be the last Kirby game to feature sprite-based 2-D graphics.
- Main article: Kirby Mass Attack/gallery
Names in other languages
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|Italian||Kirby Mass Attack||Kirby Mass Attack|
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- Official Japanese website
- Official North American website
- Official Australian website (Wayback Machine)
- Kirby Mass Attack on Kirby Informer
- English manual (EU print)