Video Game: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is Kirby's first game for the Wii U, and a Spiritual Successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse with similar gameplay using a claymation-esque graphical style with the addition of various transformations. Its release dates are January 22, 2015 in Japan, February 20, 2015 in North America, and May 8, 2015 in Europe. While Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee are enjoying a beautiful day, a mysterious force suddenly invades and drains all of the color and life from Dream Land. Thankfully, a paint fairy named Elline appears and revives our heroes, and they soon set off to stop this enigmatic foe.

To navigate the levels, you must draw rainbow ropes for Kirby to ride upon; he also has a ramming attack he can use if you touch him. Hidden within the levels are plenty of stars, extra lives, and treasure chests, which allow you to collect goodies such as figurines and songs for the Sound Test. At the end of each level, you are ranked for your performance with bronze, silver, or gold medals. Along with going solo, the game features a unique co-op mode where other players can carry Kirby around and toss him to reach otherwise inaccessible places. amiibo functionality is also available; scanning in Kirby series amiibo allows you to use special costumes that enhance Kirby's abilities.

This game contains examples of:

  • 2D: The game appears in three dimensions, with only two that can be moved in.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Just like Epic Yarn, the game is so adorable that the trope ends up being averted. Even the box art has a big ol' smiling Kirby!
  • Asymmetric Multiplayer: Bandana Waddle Dee, who tags along with Kirby as a multiplayer-exclusive playable character alongside two of his alternate-colored cohorts, plays almost the same as he did in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, unlike Kirby himself who, in this game, plays like a combination between his Kirby: Canvas Curse and Kirby's Epic Yarn incarnations.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: What you're essentially doing to Claycia when you eventually get to battle her in her possessed state. However, you only get to find out that you're doing this after you've beaten her.
  • Be the Ball: Kirby's ball form returns, although unlike Kirby: Canvas Curse, it's completely voluntary. It is controlled using the Wii U Gamepad stylus.
  • The Cameo: When Elline transforms Kirby, she briefly changes him into Rick, Kine, or Coo before reshaping him into the intended form.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: Bandana Waddle Dee gains yellow and green counterparts so that there can be up to four players at once.
  • Continuity Porn: Remixes of many of the songs from past Kirby games are obtainable for the sound test, including songs that had either only appeared in a few works or even only in a single work. They are each accompanied by an icon representing their work, including songs unique to this game.
  • Demoted to Extra: King Dedede and Meta Knight are just figurines here. Bandana Waddle Dee is an Ascended Extra.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: In the early stages of the final boss fight, Claycia reclines in the air and reads a book while her creations attack Kirby, occasionally looking back at the arena and laughing. Bonus points for literally excusing herself to do this by warping into the background.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Rainbows are a common motif in this game — in particular, Elline creates rainbow ropes for Kirby to follow.
  • Expy:
    • Elline can be seen as on to Ribbon. Both are fairy-like creatures attacked by the main villain and turn to Kirby for help, serving as his main partner in the game. Also, both are frequently shipped with Kirby.
    • Dark Crafter, the true big bad of the game, is essentially the expy of Dark Matter from the Dark Matter trilogy (and by extension, Dark Nebula from Kirby Squeak Squad), complete with the ability to possess others.
    • Claycia can be seen as the expy of both Drawcia and Paintra for having a similar name, an art motif (this time, clay) and for being able to create things from scratch using her means of trade. Unlike Drawcia and Paintra, however, she's actually benevolent, so she can also be seen as similar to Adeleine from Kirby 64.
  • Foil: Elline and Claycia are this to each other, the former being an anthropomorphic paintbrush and the latter having the knack for clay-based inventions as well as resembling an actual artist when she's her true self.
  • Follow the Money: Many levels have trails of stars to follow. Collecting them all will usually earn a bonus item.
  • Foreshadowing: Elline's diary page concerning Claycia shows her looking completely different than when you encounter her in her boss fight. Elline also said Claycia used to be her best friend and that she used to paint Claycia's figurines before she became evil. Finally, when you finally battle her, you can see Elline desperately trying to plead to Claycia. All these point to the fact that Claycia is actually possessed by the true big bad of the game, Dark Crafter. After you defeat him, their friendship is restored.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Elline is actually the one creating the rainbow ropes for Kirby, and you control her using the stylus.
  • Glass Cannon: Meta Knight Kirby, obtained by scanning a Meta Knight amiibo. His attack is significantly stronger, destroying weaker enemies in one hit, but his health is the same as normal, meaning he can't take as much as he deals out.
  • Good All Along: Claycia turns out to be this. The only reason why she acted evil in the first place is because she was possessed by the true big bad of the game, Dark Crafter.
  • Hard Mode Filler: There's only five unique bosses in the game (counting the final two bosses). You battle Whispy Woods, Bound Goon and Squid Lance twice in the game, the second time being harder than the first.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: In the intro, Bandana Waddle Dee is using his spear as a fishing rod — he's tied a bit of string to the end.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The player takes the role of Elline the paint fairy, who can transform into a brush that stuns or even destroys enemies, along with affecting parts of the environment.
  • Law of 100: Collecting 100 stars will allow Kirby to use a powerful Star Dash. If you scan in a Kirby amiibo, he gains the ability to use this form whenever he likes.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Star Dash Kirby, obtained by scanning a Kirby amiibo. Essentially the same as regular Kirby, except he can use his powerful Star Dash whenever he wants; the other forms have to collect 100 stars to do so.
  • Market-Based Title: Known as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in Europe, and Touch! Kirby: Super Rainbow in Japan. This goes along with Kirby: Canvas Curse's international names: Kirby: Power Paintbrush and Touch! Kirby respectively.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Claycia isn't the true villain of the game. Dark Crafter is. He was controlling her actions by possessing her.
  • Meaningful Name: Elline is a portmanteau of "Ellen" and "line". Her Japanese name is Elin, which is also an anagram of "line". Both of these names refer to her role of drawing lines for Kirby to roll upon.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: If you look closely, you'll notice that Claycia has two different pairs of hands, a large pair to swat at Kirby with, and a smaller pair to help her create clay objects. Her big hands are actually Dark Crafter's, as they disappear and the "arms" become the ends of her scarf when Kirby separates the two.
  • Mythology Gag: The obtainable clay figures is to the Kirby franchise as trophies are to the Super Smash Brothers (where Kirby's a playable fighter since the first game in the series). In fact, the game even describes what the figures depict in the similar manner Super Smash Brothers describes its collectable trophies. While most of them are from this game, there are at least a few figures depicting characters and elements not part of the game, like Meta Knight, for example.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The intro to the game reveals that Kirby's ability to roll around like a ball in spite of still having limbs was actually discovered by accident when he started tumbling down a hill while chasing a apple he was trying to eat.
  • Not Herself: The secret diaries reveal Claycia used to be Elline's best friend until she started to "scare her". This is essentially foreshadowing the fact that Claycia was possessed by the true big bad of the game Dark Crafter.
  • Not Quite Flight: You can guide Kirby through the air with your rainbow ropes, but your paint refills much faster while Kirby is on the ground, so you cannot keep him airborne indefinitely most of the time.
  • Play Every Day: The special amiibo costumes can only be used once each day, to prevent overuse.
  • Put on a Bus: Well Dreamland got the life sucked out of it in the story's intro, and only Kirby and Bandana Dee were around Elline to escape it. Consequently, for one of the only instances in the series, neither King Dedede nor Meta Knight so much as cameo in this game. Kirby can imitate their abilities, though.
  • Ramming Always Works: Much like in Canvas Curse, Kirby himself can be used to attack enemies or break blocks while in ball form. If you collect 100 stars, Kirby can use a powerful Star Dash that is much bigger and faster; if a Kirby amiibo is scanned, he can use the Star Dash at any time.
  • Rearrange the Song: The standard boss theme of the game gets remixed into an area-appropriate song for each of the normal bosses you face in the game.
  • Scenery Porn: The background environments are amazing in their beauty and look as if they came out of a claymation production.
  • Shows Damage: The more damage he takes, the more Dark Crafter gets turned to black.
  • Sound Test: A staple of the Kirby series; in this game, you can collect music in the levels and listen to it later.
  • Stone Wall: King Dedede Kirby, obtained by scanning a Dedede amiibo. He has more health than usual, allowing him to survive more pain, but he still has average attack.
  • Tank Goodness: Kirby can transform into a tank like he could in Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Claycia doesn't take Kirby seriously at all, giving him a Bring It Taunt at the start of the fight and spending its first stages reading a book in the background. Even once she blows her lid after getting comboed one time too many, it seems she's more pissed off at Kirby rather than regarding him as a threat.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Kirby himself, who can transform into a ball at will. With Elline's help, he can also shapeshift into a rocket, a submarine, or a tank.
  • When Trees Attack: Whispy Woods appears once again as a boss and has once again, a harder variation of himself (albeit different from Whispy Wood's Revenge and Whispy Woods EX in that it's his trunk that changes color {to white, in case you're wondering} and not his leaves.)

Alternative Title(s):

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush