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 spinoff Kirby game released for the Nintendo DS in 2011. It features gameplay in the style of Lemmings, as the main gimmick is how the player assumes control of multiple Kirbys.
In the game, Kirby is on a chain of islands called Popopo Islands. A villain known as Necrodeus zaps Kirby as he is taking a nap, causing him to split him into ten weaker Kirbys that he can destroy one by one. But one Kirby manages to survive unharmed and finds the hero's heart that popped out of him when he was split. Kirby and the hero's heart go on a quest to stop Necrodeus from covering Dream Land with darkness, and to restore Kirby to his normal self. After clearing Green Grounds , all of the Kirbys attempt to go to the next island, but all but one are pulled off of the star by the Skull Gang. Once the player has cleared all the islands, Daroach tells the Kirbys that to access Necro Nebula, they need all of the Rainbow Medals. Once all of the medals are collected, they create a beam of light that clears the clouds around Necro Nebula, allowing the Kirbys to go there. When the Kirbys reach the staff needed to make them whole again, Necrodeus appears and swallows the staff, leading to the final fight. Once Necrodeus is defeated, the hero's heart tells the Kirbys to grab the staff, and the Kirbys become one Kirby once again, and a Warp Star appears and takes Kirby home.
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, which are all required to access the final world. Both types of medal 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
*Many of these enemy names are conjectural and/or based purely on the original Japanese names. Help finding more proper names would be appreciated.
The first four bosses are re-fought in Necro Nebula before the final encounter.
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
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.
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- 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 word Kirby often repeated in place of actual speech in the anime, Kirby: Right Back At Ya!. Mass Attack is the only Kirby game where this happens.
- 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 was the last Kirby game to feature sprite-based 2-D graphics.
Names in other languages
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- Official Japanese website
- Official North American website
- Official Australian website (Wayback Machine)
- Kirby Mass Attack on Kirby Informer