- This article is about the transformation in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. For the Yarn Transformation from Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, see Submarine.
|“||Kirby Submarine moves toward the point you tap while firing torpedoes. Use rainbow ropes to guide the torpedoes' path.||”|
— Kirby and the Rainbow Curse electronic manual, page 14
The Kirby Submarine is a transformation that Kirby can undergo in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. It transforms him into a small submarine with a periscope, two red window frames, and a rotor. In this form, Kirby can move more freely in the water, and automatically shoots out torpedoes that can be guided using the Rainbow Rope. The Kirby Submarine is used in the stages Kirby Submarine's Torpedo Time and Deep-Divin' Kirby Submarine. Kirby Submarine also appears several times in Challenge Mode.
|“||Kirby can turn into a cute little submersible when he has to work underwater. You can guide his missiles with a rainbow rope to hit hard-to-reach targets. But that periscope is just for show--Kirby doesn't even know how to use it.||”|
— Kirby Submarine Figurine description from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby Submarine has greatly enhanced maneuverability in water when compared to his normal form. He holds position in the water, and will move in a straight line to wherever the player taps the stylus, as long as it is in water (waterfalls can also be traversed). If Kirby Submarine exits water, he will fall uncontrollably until landing back in it again. Unlike his normal form, Kirby Submarine ignores Rainbow Ropes, and passes right through them. He also always faces toward the right, and cannot change his facing angle.
Kirby Submarine regularly fire sets of three torpedoes without any input, shooting them out of his mouth. These torpedoes will travel through the water in a straight line until they hit an object, from there exploding. The rainbow rope can be used to guide the trajectory of torpedoes. They will automatically stick to the line and follow it until its end, from there flying straight. This is Kirby Submarine's only method of firing in different directions. When 100 Point Stars are collected, Kirby can charge up to release a powerful Star Torpedo (equivalent to the regular form's Star Dash) which can pass though enemies and obstacles and break metal blocks. This torpedo will bounce off of walls, lingering for about 10 seconds before exploding.
During the Kirby Submarine sections, any Waddle Dees present will also be turned into submarines, with the same basic capabilities as the Kirby Submarine. Naturally, they will need to rely on the ropes provided by the first player to curve their missile shots.
- During the transformation, Kirby is first repainted to resemble Kine, referencing the fact that the Kirby Submarine, like Kine, specializes in traversing water.
- Conversely, early concept sketches for Kine's debut game, Kirby's Dream Land 2, included an idea for a "Deep Sea Kirby" transformation that strongly resembles the Kirby Submarine.
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