Video Game: Kirby Squeak Squad

AKA in Japan, Hoshi no Kirby: Dorocche Gang Arrives! or in Europe as Kirby: Mouse Attack. The second Kirby game for the Nintendo DS, 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...

This game contains examples of:

  • Advancing Boss of Doom: Doc's robot tank in the ruins.
  • Bandit Mook: All squeaks besides Daroach will steal treasure chests.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Kirby ends up saving the world from Dark Nebula, but never recovers his cake. Ultimately subverted in the 100% ending when the Squeaks apologize by giving him another one.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: In the cutscene where the treasure 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.
  • Boss Bonanza: 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 Squeak Squad (Spinni, Storo, and Doc) other than the leader (Daroach, but is fought immediately after in World 6-boss).
  • Collapsing Ceiling Boss: The metal boss and Doc's ruins robot thing.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Spinni, Storo and Doc will explode when defeated. Per the norm for minibosses in Kirby, but it's rather jarring when it happens to recurring characters.
  • Drop the Hammer: Dedede and Storo use hammers
  • Double Jump: Ghost-possessed enemies can jump in air indefinitely, similar to the helpers of Kirby Super Star but not as powerfully.
  • Dub Name Change: Daroach (from Dorocche), Spinni (from Spin), Storo (from Stron), Treasure Shot (from Treasure Shoot), Nature Notch (from Nature Navel), Cushy Cloud (from Creamy Cloud), Vocal Volcano (from Voice Volcano), and Dark Nebula (from Dark 0).
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Worn by Storo
  • Expy: Doc has a vehicle that looks and functions like Kracko.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Squeaks mostly fit into the frame:
  • Floating in a Bubble: Bubbled objects are sent to Kirby's stomach, which functions as an inventory.
  • Flying Saucer: Doc's usual method of travel.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pausing a video right as the thief took Kirby's cake reveals that the thief is actually a simple Waddle Dee, not a member of the Squeak Squad.
  • Gang of Hats: The Squeaks are an all-rodent gang, and all wear red.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: The Squeaks, save Daroach, are this.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Subverted, as it is later revealed Dark Zero is a rogue Dark Matter operating separately from the previous villains. In this sense the name change to Dark Nebula makes sense.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: 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.
  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake: 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...
  • Market-Based Title: The game is called "Kirby Mouse Attack" in PAL territories.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Metal ability turns Kirby into one. He's invincible (except to bosses, mini-bosses, and the Squeaks), but very slow and can hardly fly.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: One of the bosses is an owl with a fox tail.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: This is the only game where the real, unpossessed Meta Knight himself doesn't throw Kirby a sword before he and Kirby battle each other. This is a hint towards Meta Knight's true motivation behind stealing the chest from Kirby before he could get the chance of opening it, since he's legitimately trying to win this time.
  • Power Up Let Down: 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.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Kirby chases the Squeaks all across Popstar, 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, he fails to get his nubs on the chest, finds out that it actually contains a Sealed Evil in a Can, defeats said evil, and then goes home empty-handed. He never does find out what happened to his cake, although the Squeaks send him a replacement as a peace offering. note 
  • She's a Man in Japan: Spinni, while not explicitly referred to by gender in-game, is referenced to be female in the Japanese instruction manual. However, later in the English release of Kirby Mass Attack, she is referred to as male.
  • The Goomba: waddle dees and red squeaks
  • Throw Down The Bomblette: Green squeeks throw bombs, blue squeaks throw giant bombs.
  • Triangular Shades: Worn by Spinni
  • Turns Red: Spinni, Storo and Doc get faster when their health is low
  • Video Game Settings: Five being Hailfire Peaks settings.
  • Weak Sauce Weakness: Ghost Kirby, like UFO, can't climb ladders.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Daroach, the other main squeaks have their eyes obscured.

Alternative Title(s):

Kirby Mouse Attack