Speed Down[Japanese title] is an item which appears in the Top Ride and City Trial modes of Kirby Air Ride. In its Top Ride appearance, it resembles a tire with a yellow rim and a blue arrow pointing downwards, while in its City Trial appearance, it instead has a grey rim and the end of the arrow is wider.
In Top Ride, it appears randomly during standard races, dropping onto the course. When touched by a racer, a large gray tire will be placed behind the racer's vehicle, dragging it down and emitting black smoke. While in effect, the racer becomes considerably slower. Speed Down cannot be shaken off using a Quick Spin. It can, however, be removed by a stage hazard, or by passing it onto a rival. It will also disappear on its own after about 8 seconds.
In City Trial, Speed Down appears with a similar function, though here, it does not manifest behind the vehicle when picked up, and cannot be passed to other racers.
Names in other languages
- ↑ 20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia, page 78 (for the Top Ride appearance) and page 79 (for the City Trial appearance)