Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
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 cut-scene even being an actual claymation. Known as an indirect but spiritual successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse, the game's genre is called a "touch platformer".
One day on Popstar, Kirby was about to eat an apple. However, the apple rolled down a hill, so Kirby ran and eventually rolled to try to get the apple. The apple landed in the water, but Kirby crashed into Bandana Waddle Dee. Meanwhile, a shine of light appeared in the sky. It turns out that the light was taking away all of the color in Dream Land, which left everything frozen and helpless.
The color was stolen because Claycia used it to create seven worlds (otherwise known as "Seventopia"). Meanwhile, Elline arrived at Dream Land while she was chased by two Grab Hands. As the Grab Hands are getting closer to the paintbrush fairy, Elline turned into a paintbrush to revive Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee, urging them to help her. As a result, Kirby got Elline out of the way of the Grab Hands, while Bandana Waddle Dee used his spear to send them away. After that, Elline told Kirby that the color was stolen from Dream Land, so Kirby could not eat the apple. Elline also told Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee to come to Seventopia and get the stolen color back, and they agreed. The paintbrush fairy drew a Rainbow Rope to Seventopia for Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee to follow.
After traveling through Seventopia, Kirby, Bandana Waddle Dee, and Elline arrived and met Claycia. Elline tried to convince Claycia to become friends once again, but Claycia rejected her. After Kirby defeated Claycia, Claycia became normal again, and it seemed as though they can bring color back to Dream Land. However, Dark Crafter, who had been controlling Claycia throughout the story, appeared, and it flew out. Claycia offered to help Kirby and Elline by transforming Kirby into Kirby Rocket to defeat Dark Crafter once and for all. It worked, and Claycia and Elline created a Warp Star for Kirby to travel back to Dream Land. When they arrived, Claycia and Elline brought the color back, and Kirby received a lot of apples from them in return.
The gameplay in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is similar to Kirby: Canvas Curse. To create Rainbow Rope for Kirby to roll on, the player draws on the GamePad's touch screen. Tapping Kirby can allow him to spin dash to defeat enemies. However, there are no copy abilities in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Also, when the player taps and holds Kirby when he has 100 point stars, he can do a Star Dash, which allows him to dash through metal blocks. In the game, Kirby has four health bars. Kirby can collect Treasure Chests that contain figurines and music. Finally, at the end of the level, Kirby has to draw a rainbow rope and make contact with the orbs of the roulette wheel while said orbs spin around in a circle. He can collect 1-Ups, point stars, or a Secret Diary page.
On some levels, Kirby can transform into 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 path. 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.
On some levels, Kirby can enter challenge rooms. Kirby has 15 seconds to collect the treasure chest. Sometimes, Kirby has to defeat all of the enemies or collect all of the point stars before getting the treasure chest.
There are many stage elements in each level. Rings can cause Kirby to dash forward. Clear, invisible blocks immediately disappear once Kirby rolls onto them. The "gray-area" returns, which prevents the player from drawing rainbow ropes. Kirby can also be shot out of cannons.
Multiplayer is available in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. The other players play as Bandana Waddle Dee and his color variants. Bandana Waddle Dee can use his spear to attack enemies and can carry Kirby. However, when the Waddle Dees are in play, Grab Hands appear in some sections, which only they can defeat.
amiibo are also supported in this game, which give Kirby different powers. When the Kirby amiibo is used, Kirby can Star Dash even without 100 point stars. Kirby wears a belt with a star. 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 are only 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 little more to it than just the fight). 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 in her perspective.
- Music Room contains music from this game as well as the unlocked music from past Kirby games.
- Bouncy Sis
- Bronto Burt (red ones move in set direction; blue ones follow Kirby)
- Bronto Knight
- Cannon Cotta
- Cotta General
- Cotta Knight
- Dangle Sloth
- Dethskullk King
- Drill Cotta
- Grab Hand
- Hot Head
- Mecha Cotta
- Mega Grindarr
- Mini Deepsee
- Whispy Woods (Level 1 & 4)
- Hooplagoon (Level 2 & 5)
- The Claykken (Level 3 & 6)
- Claycia (Level 7)
- Dark Crafter (Level 7)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse received mixed reviews from critics, ranging from being praised to being considered flawed. Aggregate scores on GameRankings and Metacritic were 75% and 74/100 respectively, and major review sites gave it scores ranging from 2 out of 5 to 4.5 out of 5.
Critics who ranked the game positively noted its unique graphical style and charming atmosphere, as well as the various in-game mechanics. IGN's reviewer in particular noted the attention to detail on the clay figures, which included visible fingerprints.
Negative points, particularly from Giant Bomb's reviewer, pointed out the lack of any Copy Abilities, unlike in Kirby: Canvas Curse, and the general linearity of the level design. Many also critiqued the fact that the graphics, while impressive, could not be appreciated in full by the player controlling Kirby, as attention had to be focused on the Wii U's GamePad, rather than the TV screen itself.
- This title marks the first time that the Waddle Dees have been given a vocalization (i.e. they make actual sounds).
- Between the Wii and the Nintendo Switch, the Wii U was never released in South Korea, therefore explaining why Kirby and the Rainbow Curse never received a Korean localization.
- The intro cutscene is a reference to Yogurt Yard's intro cutscene, as both have the food roll down a hill and Kirby rolling after it.
- Main article: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse/gallery
Names in other languages
Tatchi! Kābī Sūpāreinbō
|Touch! Kirby Super Rainbow|
|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|
|Spanish||Kirby y el Pincel Arcoíris||Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush|
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U, Nintendo