|“||This robotic armor is ready for launch! Zap, burn, and smash foes with your arms, then prep your cannon and fire a fully charged blaaast!||”|
— Pause screen description from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Mecha is a Copy Ability that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe as an addition to the base game, making its first appearance along with Sand. With this ability, Kirby gains a futuristic helmet with a translucent visor similar to the one for Jet Kirby, and also gains two mechanical fists and two giant cannons (which also function as a jetpack) on his back which are painted blue.
Kirby can use this gear to fire his Blaster Cannon at enemies using the cannons on his back, punch them up close with his Blazing Palm, release a Sizz-Zap Burst that can light up dark places, target skyborne enemies with Fireball Mortars, or place a Shock Bomb downwards. This ability also comes with a unique dash and hover where Kirby uses his jetpacks.
Mecha is exclusively obtained from Armoroid, a new enemy added in the remake.
|Mecha's moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|Blaster Cannon||Tap B||Fires an energy shot forwards that hits twice.|
|Charge Blaster||Hold B for a short time and release||Fires an energy shot forwards that pierces through enemies but not walls.|
|Full-Charge Blaster||Hold B for a long time||Fires a laser forwards that pierces through enemies and walls.|
|Full-Charge Storage||L or R while Full-Charge Blaster is ready||Stores the charge from Full-Charge Blaster, letting it be fired at any time by tapping B.|
|Rocket Dash||Dash||Kirby glides across the ground using the rocket boosters. The exhaust can damage enemies behind Kirby.|
|Shock Knuckle||B while dashing||Kirby dashes forwards as his fist gets engulfed in electricity, shocking enemies in his way.|
|Rocket Brakes||↓ + B during Shock Knuckle||Kirby creates a shockwave in front of him and jumps backwards slightly.|
|Quick Full-Charge Blaster||Hold ↓ + B during Shock Knuckle||Kirby will instantly charge a Full-Charge Blaster when Rocket Brakes completes.|
|Fireball Mortars||↑ + B||Kirby fires two fireballs forward in an upward arc. They can light cannon fuses and break ice blocks.|
|Rocket Flight||Hold A in midair||Replaces standard hover. The exhaust can damage enemies behind Kirby.|
|Shock Bomb||↓ + B while in midair||Kirby drops a time bomb that explodes with electricity and causes a lightning strike either after a short while or on contact with an enemy.|
|Battery Bracer||↓||Kirby crouches down, readying his cannons.|
|Faster Blaster||B during Battery Bracer||Kirby fires 4 small energy shots in a row.|
|Shock Counter||B right after being attacked while guarding||Kirby counter-attacks by dashing forwards as his fist gets engulfed in electricity, shocking the attacker.|
|Blazing Palm||B near an enemy||Kirby grabs the enemy with his glove as it releases fire, burning the enemy.|
|Inferno Palm||B repeatedly near an enemy||Kirby releases more and bigger fire from his gloves to finish the combo.|
|Sizz-Zap Burst||↓, then ↑ + B||Kirby rises slightly, then releases fire to his sides and sparks above him. This can illuminate dark areas, and the fire parts of the move can light fuses and destroy ice blocks.|
- The armor Kirby gains when copying Mecha strongly resembles the Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam series.
- More specifically, however, Mecha Kirby's attacks seem to take heavy inspiration from Metal General.
- Mecha is Kenta Nakanishi's favorite Copy Ability from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Screenshot of Kirby obtaining Mecha in Egg Engines
Screenshot of Mecha Kirby firing Full-Charge Blaster at two Sphere Doomers
Screenshot of Mecha Kirby using Sizz-Zap Burst against Dubior
Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Mecha
Names in other languages
|Portuguese||Maqui||From "Máquina" (machine)|
- Nintendo DREAM May 2023 interview (translation)
- Nintendo Polska - Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe