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'''Kirby: Squeak Squad''' (known in Japan as ''Hoshi no Kirby: Sanjō! Dorocche Dan'', or "Arrive! Dorocche Gang", and ''Kirby: Mouse Attack'' in Europe) is the second ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' game for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, released in 2006.

One day, Kirby was about to eat a delicious slice of strawberry cake when suddenly, it was stolen! Kirby assumes that King Dedede did it, but he's innocent this time. Who took the cake? This must be the work of Daroach and his gang! Kirby goes after the rogue rodents, only to find that they're after something more important than cake...

Gameplay remains similar to previous installments (namely ''[[VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror Amazing Mirror]]'', minus the {{Metroidvania}} gameplay), with the addition of the touch screen (aka Kirby's stomach) acting as the inventory for the titular pink puffball to store items in. Some Copy Abilities also interact with the environment (for example, Fire burns down tall grass), and some abilities (namely Sword or Bomb) can be [[ElementalPowers combined with various elements]] (for example, Fire Sword and Ice Bomb).

Throughout Kirby's journey to get his cake back, he'll often encounter the Squeaks, a QuirkyMinibossSquad with the habit of stealing treasure chests wherever they go. They usually appear where there's a/Kirby has [[InexplicableTreasureChests a large chest]], and if they steal one, Kirby has to enter one of their hideouts to take it back from them.
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!!This game contains examples of:
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Yadogaine, a giant hermit crab mech piloted by Doc.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Continuing the trend from ''[[VideoGame/KirbysAdventure Nightmare in Dream Land]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror Amazing Mirror]]'', Kirby still dons angry eyebrows for releases outside of Japan.
* BanditMook: All main members of the Squeaks (excluding their leader, Daroach) steal large treasure chests within gameplay.
* BigBad: Daroach is this [[spoiler:at first.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Kirby ends up saving the world from Dark Nebula, but never actually recovers his delicious strawberry shortcake.]]
** [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted in the [[GoldenEnding 100% completion ending]] where the Squeaks apologize by giving him another one for him to snack down on.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: In the cutscene where [[spoiler:the treasure chest Meta Knight stole is opened]], Daroach is referred to as "The Squeaks". This is because his gang of thieves was named after him in the Japanese version, so the translator must have mixed up the two out of context.
* BossBonanza: World 5-3 has you fight Bonkers, Gao Gao, Big Metalun, and finally Storo (if you don't get the large treasure chest, you fight Mr. Frosty in Storo's place). Perhaps of more significance, though, is World 6-5 that has you fight every member of the Squeaks (Spinni, Storo, and Doc, in order) other than the leader Daroach, who is fought immediately after the previous level as a boss.
* BossRemix: The music for Squeak-affiliated bosses (namely, Doc's mechs and Daroach) is an intense mix of the gang's theme.
* BubblyClouds: Cushy Cloud.
* CollapsingCeilingBoss: Big Metalun and Yadogaine.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Spinni, Storo, and Doc will explode after they're defeated. Per the norm for minibosses in the ''Kirby'' series, but it's rather jarring when it happens to recurring characters.
* DemonicPossession: Ghost Kirby can possess enemies and use their attacks by pushing B.
** [[spoiler:Dark Nebula also does this to Daroach, turning him into Dark Daroach.]]
* DoubleJump: Ghost-possessed enemies can jump in the air indefinitely, similar to the helpers of ''Videogame/KirbySuperStar'', but not as powerfully.
* DropTheHammer: King Dedede as usual. Storo also uses one to slow down Kirby from stealing their chests.
* DubNameChange: Dorocche to Daroach, Spin to Spinni, Stron to Storo, Chūrin to Squeakers, Treasure Shoot to Treasure Shot, Nature Navel to Nature Notch, Creamy Cloud to Cushy Cloud, Voice Volcano to Vocal Volcano, Island Ice to Ice Island, and Dark Zero to Dark Nebula.
* EyePatchOfPower: Worn by Storo.
* {{Expy}}: Mecha-Kracko is this to the original Kracko, piloted by Doc, and it somewhat shares the same colors the original had in the [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa anime]].
** [[spoiler:Dark Nebula is also one to Dark Matter.]]
* FireIceLightning: A common motif in this game:
** Both Sword and Bomb can be combined with either Fire, Ice or Spark (except Fire Bomb).
** When using Wheel or Tornado, they can also be combined with the basic three elements. For example, if you use Wheel in [[LethalLavaLand Vocal Volcano]], the wheel becomes fiery.
** [[spoiler:Dark Nebula also changes into one of the three elements throughout it's battle, its color representing the mode it's on. Red is Fire, blue is Ice and green is Spark.]]
* FiveBadBand: The Squeaks mostly fit into the frame:
** [[BigBad The Big Bad]]: Daroach
** TheDragon: Spinni
** TheEvilGenius: Doc
** TheBrute: Storo
** [[{{Mooks}} The Mooks]]: Squeakers
* FloatingInABubble: Bubbled objects are sent to Kirby's stomach, which functions as an [[VideogameItemsAndInventory inventory]].
* FlyingSaucer: Doc's usual method of travel.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Pausing the game right after the thief steals Kirby's cake in the intro reveals that the thief itself is actually a simple Waddle Dee, not a member of the Squeaks.
* GangOfHats: The Squeaks are an all-rodent gang, and they all wear red (save for the Squeakers).
* GoldenEnding: Achieved if you collect all 120 treasure chests. [[spoiler:After Kirby defeats Dark Nebula, he never got his shortcake back, but as soon as he arrives back home, he gets a spare one from the Squeaks as an apology for what they've done.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang: The Squeaks, excluding Daroach, are this. They usually steal large treasure chests when they're around; if you're aiming for HundredPercentCompletion, Kirby '''has''' to either beat them to the chest or steal it back from them.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:Dark Nebula.]]
* GreenHillZone: Prism Plains.
** Nature Notch is this too, combined with UndergroundLevel.
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler:The ''20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen'' later suggests that Dark Nebula is related to Dark Matter.]]
* IdleAnimation: There are several:
** Normal: Kirby falls asleep and dreams of his stolen cake. He suddenly wakes up, looks at the dream bubble and inhales it whole.
** Wheel: Kirby tips his cap.
** Magic: A miniature Kirby opens up a hidden door in the top hat peeks outside and bounces once on the edge of the hat and immediately back in. The actual Kirby also reacts to the mini Kirby above.
** Ninja: He does a ninja stance and he frowns.
** Animal: Scratches the ear on his head with his foot.
** Fighter: He imitates [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu's idle animation]], while occasionally shooting, wiping something off his nonexistent nose, and making a "[[BringIt bring it on]]" gesture.
** Parasol: Kirby sways left and right and taps his foot.
** Throw: He makes a martial arts stance.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: What the Squeaks are after, and what you need to collect for 100% completion. One in particular becomes the primary MacGuffin when Kirby comes to believe Daroach has stashed his missing cake in it.
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: Kirby thinks there is cake somewhere in all the treasure chests he races the squeaks for, and in Dedede's castle, and on Meta Knight's repaired ship...
* JungleJapes: Jam Jungle.
* LethalLavaLand: Vocal Volcano.
%%* MightyGlacier: The Metal ability turns Kirby into one. He's practically invincible (except to bosses, mini-bosses, and the Squeaks), but is very slow and can hardly fly.
* MixAndMatchCritters: One of the bosses is an owl with a raccoon tail, called Bohboh. And it's on [[PlayingWithFire fire]].
* MythologyGag:
** King Dedede's castle in the overview map of Prism Plains heavily resembles his castle from the anime. Bonus points for the inclusion of the monster teleporter in his boss arena.
** In addition, the Halberd also looks a lot like the one in the anime.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: This is the only game where the real, [[GrandTheftMe unpossessed]] Meta Knight himself doesn't throw Kirby a sword before he and Kirby battle each other. [[spoiler:This is a hint towards Meta Knight's true motivation behind stealing the chest from Kirby before he could get a chance to opening it, since he's not taking chances this time.[[note]]He could also fight an unarmed Kirby if his time is wasted in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'', but the ship was rapidly sinking in that situation.[[/note]]]]
* PalmtreePanic: Secret Sea, combined with UnderTheSea.
* PowerUpLetDown: For the most part, Ghost only lets Kirby possess regular enemies, whose special abilities are inferior to Kirby's use after copying them, rather than, say, powerful mini-bosses like Bonkers.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:As it turns out, Dark Nebula was inside the stolen treasure chest the entire time. Though one has to wonder on why a Dark Matter-ish being would be imprisoned in a chest the first place.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Kirby chases the Squeaks all across the planet, and even into ''space'', under the assumption that not only did they steal his cake, but that they ''still have it'' and are keeping it inside a particular treasure chest. In the end, [[spoiler:he fails to get his nubs on the chest, finds out that it actually contains a SealedEvilInACan, defeats said evil, and then goes home empty-handed. He never does find out what happened to his cake, [[GoldenEnding although the Squeaks send him a replacement as a peace offering.]]]]
* ShesAManInJapan: Spinni, while not explicitly referred to by gender in-game, is called female in the Japanese instruction manual. However, the English release of ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack'' later referred to her as male.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Ice Island.
* SpaceZone: Gamble Galaxy.
* TheGoomba: Waddle Dees and the red Squeakers.
* ThrowDownTheBomblette: Green Squeakers throw small bombs, while Blue Squeakers throw ''giant'' bombs.
* TriangularShades: Worn by Spinni.
* TunnelKing: A new Copy Ability named "Animal" allows Kirby to dig through patches of dirt and other such things. The Copy Scroll for said ability allows it to preform a [[ThisIsADrill drill attack]].
* TurnsRed: Spinni, Storo, and Doc become faster when their health is low.
* WeakSauceWeakness: Ghost Kirby, like U.F.O., cannot climb ladders.
* YellowEyesOfSneakiness: Daroach. The other main members of the Squeaks have their eyes obscured.
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