Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
|“||Guide Kirby to his goal by drawing a rainbow line with the stylus. Kirby can also transform into three types of vehicles and team up with Waddle Dee for up to four-player cooperative action.||”|
— Other Games section in Super Kirby Clash and Kirby Fighters 2, and Past Adventures section in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby's Dream Buffet and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, known as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in British English, is the sole Kirby title released for the Wii U in 2015. The game is distinct in that everything is rendered with a clay motif, with the opening cutscene even being an actual claymation. Known as a spiritual successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse, the game's genre is called a "touch platformer", and involves guiding Kirby through stages by drawing lines for him to ride upon to help him avoid hazards, collect items, and battle enemies. Almost all gameplay is handled by use of the Wii U GamePad's touch screen, with additional players joining in using an external controller such as a Wii remote.
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby is called to adventure when his home planet Popstar has all its color (and hence, life) stolen by Claycia - a talented magical sculptor gone bad - who uses the color to build the seven distinct worlds of Seventopia. Claycia's former friend Elline finds and repaints Kirby and Waddle Dee so they can help her stop Claycia's machinations and try to knock some sense into her. The three battle their way through each world of Seventopia and confront Claycia in her palace in Purple Fortress, where they soon realize that she is being controlled by a malevolent entity named Dark Crafter. After freeing Claycia from this monster, Kirby chases after and defeats Dark Crafter, and is thanked by Claycia who restores Popstar to its old vibrancy.
The story of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is very similar to that of Kirby: Canvas Curse, though perhaps a bit more fleshed out. It starts with an idyllic scene in Dream Land, where Kirby discovers how much fun it can be to roll around after trying to chase down an apple he was planning to eat but had dropped down a hillside. After Kirby crashes into Waddle Dee, a strange hole appears in the sky which only Waddle Dee seems to notice, and from the hole, a rainbow beam emerges which steals all the color from Popstar, thus freezing everything and everyone in place. A short while later, a living paintbrush emerges from the hole, being chased by two disembodied hands. The paintbrush reveals herself to be a fairy named Elline, and in desperation, paints the two closest things she sees back to life, which just happen to be Kirby and Waddle Dee. Acting quickly, Kirby grabs Elline to get her away from the hands, while Waddle Dee charges forward with his spear to drive them off. This done, Elline explains the situation to the two and they agree to help her. Elline paints a rainbow rope and scoots Kirby along it into the hole as Waddle Dee follows behind on foot.
The hole in the sky leads to a new world called Seventopia, which consists of seven distinct planets built from the color that was stolen from Popstar. As Kirby and Elline travel through these worlds, Elline reveals through her Secret Diary that the villain responsible for the theft of Popstar's color is a magic sculptor girl named Claycia, who was once Elline's friend but who mysteriously turned evil and turned on her. After a long and lighthearted adventure, Kirby and Elline make it to Purple Fortress and face down Claycia. Elline tries one more time to reason with her before the fight starts, but Claycia callously slaps her away with her Grab Hands, prompting Kirby to step in and fight. After a brief fight, Claycia is knocked down, and the blinders on her eyes lifted.
From here, Claycia finally comes to her senses and reunites with Elline, but their moment is interrupted when a malevolent entity emerges from the blinders and reveals itself to be the true owner of the Grab Hands. This sinister being named Dark Crafter - finally revealed as the true villain who had been possessing Claycia - tries to escape into outer space, but Kirby takes after him after being transformed into the Kirby Rocket. A running battle ensues as Dark Crafter tries desperately to keep Kirby away, but Kirby catches up and crashes into the fiend repeatedly, finally destroying him. When Kirby returns, Claycia and Elline paint him a Warp Star to take him home. When they get back to Popstar, Claycia and Elline team up to return Popstar's colors, and then paint Kirby hundreds of apples as a reward for his hard work.
The gameplay in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is similar to Kirby: Canvas Curse, and places the player in the role of Elline, drawing Kirby rainbow ropes to guide him through the stages and help him battle his enemies. To create these rainbow ropes, the player draws on the Wii U Game Pad's touch screen. Tapping Kirby can allow him to dash to defeat enemies. When the player taps and holds Kirby when he has 100 point stars, he can do a Star Dash, which allows him to crash through metal blocks and pulverize otherwise invulnerable enemies like Cotta Knight. This mechanic, in addition to the special transformations detailed below, are the replacement for Copy Abilities, which are absent from this game. Aside from that, the enemies, hazards, and other obstacles that Kirby faces are very similar to those he faces in Kirby: Canvas Curse, though with several novel twists. The stage and boss progression however is more similar to a traditional Kirby game than to Kirby: Canvas Curse.
In certain stages, Elline can use an easel to transform Kirby into various special forms: those being the Kirby Tank, Kirby Submarine, and Kirby Rocket. In the Tank transformation, tapping Kirby moves him forward, while tapping everywhere else causes Kirby to shoot at that location. If Kirby has 100 point stars, the player can tap and hold a location to fire a lot of bullets. In the Submarine transformation, Kirby automatically fires missiles, but the player can direct the missiles by drawing a rainbow rope. Tapping and holding Kirby when he has 100 point stars lets him fire a more powerful missile. In the Rocket transformation, Kirby automatically flies in a set direction, but drawing a rainbow rope can guide him. When the player taps and holds Kirby when he has 100 point stars, Kirby dashes powerfully in a similar manner to a Star Dash.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse features multiplayer, where up to three additional players can take the role of Waddle Dees of different colors. These Waddle Dees are capable of running around, attacking enemies with their spears, performing a limited continuous jump, and carrying and tossing Kirby. However, they only have two hit points, making them somewhat fragile. When Waddle Dees are present, some areas in stages turn into Grab Hand ambushes. Kirby is helpless against Grab Hands, so the Waddle Dees have to step in to defend him from them.
amiibo are also supported in this game, which give Kirby different powers. When the Kirby amiibo is used, Kirby wears a belt with a star and can Star Dash even without 100 point stars. When the Meta Knight amiibo is used, Kirby can dash faster, and he gains Meta Knight's mask. When the King Dedede amiibo is used, Kirby gains an additional two health bars, so he starts a level with six health bars. However, amiibo can only be used in one stage once per day.
Much of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse takes place in Seventopia, with each level being a separate region defined by a particular color of the rainbow. Each level has four stages, with the last one being the boss stage (albeit with a short prelude before the fight proper). The following table lists each level in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse:
- Story Mode follows the story plot. In each level (excluding boss levels), there are four or five treasure chests for Kirby to collect. The treasure chests contain figurines and music.
- Challenge Mode contains 48 challenge rooms for Kirby. Kirby has 15 seconds each in each section to collect the treasure chests. One-Minute Challenges have four sections to complete. Survival Challenges have 12 sections to complete, but if Kirby does not collect the treasure chest in one of the sections, the challenge automatically ends.
- Figurine Showcase shows all of the unlocked figurines. There are figurines of the protagonists, enemies, and even characters from other Kirby games.
- Secret Diary contains Elline's secret diary pages. The diary is about the plot as well as Kirby's life from her perspective.
- Music Room contains music from this game as well as the unlocked music from past Kirby games.
|A naive but powerful pink creature who makes his home on Popstar. For whatever reason, he has decided to roll around like a ball instead of walking, hovering, or inhaling his enemies. Instead, he tackles his opponents using his Touch Dash and can use a more powerful Star Dash if he collects enough Point Stars. Elline can also transform him into three different forms to add to his arsenal in certain stages.|
|An anthropomorphized paintbrush fairy who hails from Seventopia and was best friends with Claycia before she mysteriously turned evil. She runs into Kirby and Waddle Dee after being chased into Popstar by two Grab Hands, who her new friends drive away. She is the one responsible for drawing the Rainbow Ropes that the player conjures using the Wii U's stylus. She can also paint and transform Kirby and other objects.|
|One of Kirby's stalwart buddies who carries a spear and wears a blue bandana. He joins Kirby and Elline on their quest and can use his spear to bat away enemies and Grab Hands. Unlike Kirby, he can walk aroud freely, and can also pick up and toss Kirby as needed.||Waddle Dee only appears in multiplayer gameplay. Up to three can join in at a time, each a different color, but only the standard Red Waddle Dee appears in the opening.|
|Elline's friend and a talented sculptor who built Seventopia. Something strange has happened to her, however, which has turned her evil, casting Elline aside and setting out to rob the universe of its color (and hence, its life). It is later revealed that she was being possessed by a malevolent cloud creature named Dark Crafter, who Kirby helps to defeat.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A blue flying bug-like creature similar to Bronto Burt. It often flies in lines with other Barampas to make it resemble a longer singular creature.||This enemy was never given a name in the English localization, nor does it have a Figurine.|
|N/A||A giant battleship which doggedly pursues Kirby and fires incendiary shots at him from the background. Kirby later destroys it from the inside using the Kirby Rocket.|
|N/A||A bladed relative of Gordo who swings on a chain in a circular pattern. Like Gordo, Blado cannot be defeated.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||Round fish that wear goggles which can be found swimming through water or flopping around on land.||Red Blippers hold position or follow set patterns, while blue ones pursue Kirby.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A flying bug-like creature that can carry certain items and takes two shots from the Kirby Tank to defeat. It will try to drop a bomb on Kirby if it has one.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A spring-bound creature with a bow that bounces across whatever area it finds itself in.|
|500 points, 10 Point Stars||A much larger variant of Bouncy, who takes seven Touch Dashes to defeat.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars (normal)
500 points, 10 Point Stars (big)
|A familiar flying troublemaker who can be seen in the skies in various regions of Seventopia.||The red ones move in a set direction or hold position, while blue ones follow Kirby. There are also giant Bronto Burts that take seven Touch Dashes to defeat.|
|100 points, 10 Point Stars||A Bronto Burt wearing armor that can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small ghostly-looking creature with a light on its head. It stands in place or waddles back and forth, and occasionally lets out an electric field, similar to Sparky.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A Cotta who has been shaped into an immobile cannon, similar to Shotzo.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A fish that likes to swim up waterfalls while carrying various items. He flops around slowly on land.|
|None||A round floating creature that periodically extends and retracts its spikes. When its spikes are retracted, it can be knocked away.||Only appears in The Final Battle. This enemy was never given a name in the English localization, nor does it have a Figurine.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||An unassuming pot-shaped enemy who stands in place or waddles around on the ground.|
|500 points, 30 Point Stars||A larger variant of Cotta Knight who takes up more space. Can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|100 points, 10 Point Stars||A Cotta who wears a knight's helmet, making it immune to normal Touch Dashes. Can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A red crab with a hole in its head, out of which it can shoot bombs encased in bubbles which float through the air or water.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A yellow ape-like creature that hangs from a vine and tosses bombs at Kirby. It can be defeated with two torpedoes from the Kirby Submarine.|
|1000 points, no Point Stars||A sea anemone sitting upon a hermit crab that can scuttle around the walls and fire missiles at Kirby. It takes many hits to defeat.||Deepsee is one of the few enemies in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse that has a visible health bar.|
|100 points, no Point Stars||A slow hovering skull-shaped enemy that will instantly K.O. Kirby if he touches it. It can be defeated using Candy.|
|500 points, no Point Stars||A golden Dethskullk which carries a key. It can be defeated using Candy.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars (regular)
500 points, 10 Point Stars (big)
|A Cotta with a drill bit for feet that tunnels through soft clay and sand. Kirby will take damage if he touches the drill bit, but can defeat Drill Cotta by smacking into its head. Big Drill Cottas take 2 hits to defeat.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small gray floating blob creature that explodes when it is attacked, dealing damage to everything around it in a large area.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A Bzztbulb which sits in a Gondola and can electrify the entire line he is on when he sparks.|
|N/A||A familiar invincible blue spike ball who patrols areas or sits in place.|
|100 points, 15 Point Stars||A floating disembodied glove with an eye in its palm that will try to grab Kirby in multiplayer mode. It can only be defeated by Waddle Dee.||Grab Hands appear at specific points in stages and halts progress until they are defeated. The music that plays when they show up is taken from the Skull Gang's theme in Kirby Mass Attack.|
|N/A||A big invulnerable stone block creature that falls whenever the ground beneath it is removed. It will instantly crush and defeat anything it falls on, including Kirby.|
|500 points, 3 Point Stars||A larger evil version of the standard Key that tried to run away from Kirby. It needs to be hit three times to defeat it and turn it back into a normal key.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small orange creature with a mane of fire that attacks by breathing gouts of flame at regular intervals.|
|500 points, 10 Point Stars||A big robot made to resemble a Cotta. Its outer shell is made of three pieces, which must be broken individually to defeat it. Its exposed inner machinery sparks violently, and will hurt Kirby if he touches it. A total of 8 hits is needed to defeat this mechanical menace.|
|N/A||A larger variant of Grindarr who sticks his tongue out as he falls.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A sea-anemone-like creature that clings to surfaces and fires missiles at Kirby.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A blue shark with a saw for a nose. Trying to attack the saw only deals damage to Kirby, but Sawgill can be defeated by hitting its body.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A large gray cycloptic creature that carries a spiked shield and patrols hallways, running up to stand guard when it spots Kirby. It can be knocked down with three hits to the body, but will eventually get back up again. It can be permanently defeated using a Star Dash or cannon shot.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A long purple blob-like creature that slithers across walls and emits continuous electricity which will hurt Kirby on contact. It can only be defeated using Candy.|
|N/A||Shotzo returns in clay form to do its regular routine of being an invincible cannon that tries to fire at Kirby. Its shots can be blocked by the rainbow rope.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A wedge-shaped flying enemy that moves in big arcs through the sky, and may trail items behind it.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A Cotta who carries a spear and will attempt to toss it at Kirby if he gets close.||Analogous to Spear Waddle Dee from Kirby: Canvas Curse.|
|100 points, 10 Point Stars||A Cotta Knight who carries a spear. Can only be defeated using a Star Dash.|
|None||A large orange floating amoeba-like creature with a single eye. It flies around in erratic patterns, and takes two hits from the Kirby Tank to defeat, splitting into two Sportletinis in the process.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small yellow floating blob creature that emerges from a defeated Sportle.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A tall totem pole-like enemy with a singular weak segment along the pole which can be attacked to defeat the whole beast.|
|100 points, 3 Point Stars||A small propeller-bound creature that flies in and tries to shoot a small missile at Kirby.|
|N/A||A stationary square creature that will gobble up Kirby if he approaches it and then harmlessly send him to its tail in another location. There are three different varieties, and some are sleeping and can be sneaked by.|
|The Forest of Whispy Woods & Sky-High Whispy Woods||A sentient tree rooted in place, who has the power to grow spiky flowers and drop bombs, in addition to blowing gusts of wind and calling in friends to defend him. In his second encounter, he gains a metal coating, making him immune to regular Touch Dashes.|
|Hooplagoon, Relic of the Ruins & Hooplagoon of the Lake||A circular robotic creature who spins through the air and can fire lasers and conjure an electric field around himself. He grows in size and speed when his shields are damaged. In the second encounter, Hooplagoon is faced underwater.|
|The Claykken's Lair & The Claykken's Sea of Fire||A giant squid who somewhat resembles a pirate captain. The Claykken attacks by trying to swipe at Kirby with his spiked tentacles, and when that fails, he enters the fray fully and launches himself at Kirby like a torpedo, leaving behind clouds of ink as he moves. In the second encounter, The Claykken is faced on land in a volcanic region.|
|The Final Battle||A talented magical clay sculptor who has been possessed by an evil force. She attacks by conjuring enemies and objects to toss Kirby's direction, and can manipulate Gray Zones. She is weak to her own Clay Balls.|
|The Final Battle||The evil entity responsible for possessing Claycia. He tries to flee from the Kirby Rocket after being ousted and tosses continuous waves of bombs at Kirby to try and keep him away, but Kirby can retaliate by launching himself at Dark Crafter with a Star Dash.|
The following is a list of staff who have worked on Kirby and the Rainbow Curse:
|Staff of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse|
|Game Design||Tadashi Kawai|
|Programming Direction||Hiroyuki Hayashi|
|Lead Programming||Kaita Yamada|
|Art Direction||Teruhiko Suzuki|
|Lead Character Design||Yuta Kawakami|
|Lead UI Design||Kanako Omori|
|Graphic Design||Ayaka Kimura|
|Lead Motif Design||Haruka Abe|
|Motif Design||Shingo Yamada|
|Movie Design||Rie Miyauchi|
|Lead Music Composition||Shogo Sakai|
|Music Composition||Megumi Ohara|
|Sound Design||Masaki Iwasaki|
|Voice||Makiko Ohmoto (Kirby)|
|Character Text||Satoshi Ishida|
|Team Support||Kenichi Masuda|
|Public Relations||Satoshi Ishida|
|Manual Editing||Takeo Nishida|
|Character Coordination||Masanobu Yamamoto|
HAL Debug Team
Pole To Win Co., Ltd.
|Support Programming||Yoshiya Taniguchi|
|Technical Support||Tomokazu Tsuruoka|
|NOA Localization Management||Rich Amtower|
|NOA Localization||Billy Carroll|
Galia Rodríguez Hornedo
|NOA Product Testing||Masayasu Nakata|
Shannon Jaye Roberts
Nicko Gonzalez De Santiago
Ludovic Tientcheu Ponkin
Product Testing Technicians
PTD Guideline Compliance
Austin A. King
Lacy D. Pellazar
|NOE Coordination||Theodoros Spenis|
|NOE Translation||Roby Liebetruth|
Belén Wallace Puente
Alesánder Valero Fernández
|NOE Quality Assurance||Marco Gruden|
Miguel Ángel Carnero Calderón
Jesús Gordo Martin
David Gutiérrez Varona
|NOE Localisation Support||Aya Bamba|
|Special Thanks||Hiroaki Suga|
Kirby Canvas Curse/Kirby: Power Paintbrush Staff
|Progress Management||Keisuke Terasaki|
|General Producers||Masayoshi Tanimura|
|Executive Producer||Satoru Iwata|
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Pre-release and unused content
- Main article: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on TCRF
In the E3 2014 demo's title screen, a fourth Bandana Waddle Dee colored cyan and with a white bandana appears. This cyan Bandana Waddle Dee was likely meant as a fifth playable character, and does not appear anywhere in the completed game.
Meta Knight and King Dedede were likely meant to have more of a role in the game than just as figurines. Their models are fully rigged for animation, and they are in the "characters" category in the game's files, rather than the "figurines" category.
In the North American version of the game, the internal folder that contains all in-game text has folders for the Dutch, Russian and European Portuguese languages, but, as with all European folders of that version, they have empty files. However, in the European version of the game, these three folders aren't present at all, and there is no other reference to those three languages in the game files. The game was not translated in said languages, but it's possible that translations for them were planned at some point, and references to them were simply not removed from the North American version before release.
Nintendo eShop description
You can guide Kirby™ through a vibrant claymation world by drawing Rainbow Ropes for him to roll along in this all-new adventure! You can even mold your clay self into a Tank, Submarine, or Rocket to wreak havoc. Up to three friends can join in to explore levels with you.
You can use the stylus creatively and tactically when drawing Rainbow Ropes to help Kirby navigate obstacles and defeat bosses. Make loops, launch Kirby into the air, or stop up waterfalls that get in his way.
If a stage gets too challenging for any one Kirby to handle, call in some Waddle Dee allies for backup. Players can easily drop in and out of the main game at any time. So when things get tricky, one of the Waddle Dee players can carry Kirby to the goal while the other players collect items and stars.
Need even more firepower? Tap the Kirby, King Dedede, or Meta Knight amiibo to the Wii U GamePad daily to give Kirby fantastic power-ups.
- This title marks the first time that the Waddle Dees have been given voices. Waddle Dees have since had voices in Kirby Battle Royale and all games since Kirby Fighters 2.
- The intro cutscene references Yogurt Yard's intro cutscene, as both have food roll down a hill and Kirby rolling after it.
- This is the only game where Bandana Waddle Dee appears, but no other Waddle Dees do (aside from his two playable clones).
- Kirby's special transformations each have counterparts in the Animal Friends that debuted in Kirby's Dream Land 2. In explicit homage, Kirby is temporarily made to look like the ground-based Rick before the Kirby Tank, the water-based Kine before the Kirby Submarine, and the air-based Coo before the Kirby Rocket.
- Curiously, the developers of Kirby's Dream Land 2 in turn had considered putting Kirby in a tank, including in early concept art brainstorming different Copy Abilities. This sketch includes ideas for Tank Kirby, Deep Sea Kirby, and Rocket Kirby that resemble the special transformations of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
- On the European box art for the game, the stylus is black instead of white unlike the American and Japanese versions.
- Main article: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse/gallery
Banner when selecting Kirby and the Rainbow Curse from the Wii U menu
A page from the Secret Diary
Menu of Challenge Mode
Screenshot from the Music Room
Selecting the Gondola Ride stage
Battling Hooplagoon, one of the game's bosses
Names in other languages
Tatchi! Kābyi Sūpā Reinbō
|Touch! Kirby: Super Rainbow|
|Chinese||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
|Dutch||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush||-|
|Canadian French||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||-|
|European French||Kirby et le pinceau arc-en-ciel||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush|
|German||Kirby und der Regenbogen-Pinsel||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush|
|Italian||Kirby e il pennello arcobaleno||Kirby and the rainbow paintbrush|
|Korean||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
|Polish||Kirby and Rainbow Paintbrush / Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush||-|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||-|
|Latin American Spanish||Kirby and the Rainbow Curse||-|
|European Spanish||Kirby y el Pincel Arcoíris||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush|
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on Kirby Informer
- English digital manual (NA print) (archive) (EU print)
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U, Nintendo
- Nintendo Treehouse Live
- From the Other Games section in Super Kirby Clash and Kirby Fighters 2, and Past Adventures section in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Kirby's Dream Buffet and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. The game was not natively released in these languages.
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