Video Game / Kirby: Squeak Squad

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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 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...

Gameplay remains similar to previous installments (namely 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. In addition, new Copy Abilities are introduced. Those being Animal, Bubble, Metal, Ghostnote  and Triple Star. Some Copy Abilities also interact with the environment (for example, Fire burns down tall grass), and some abilities (namely Sword or Bomb) can be 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 Quirky Miniboss Squad with the habit of stealing treasure chests wherever they go. They usually appear where there's a large chest, and if they steal one, Kirby has to enter one of their hideouts to take it back from them.

Kirby: Squeak Squad contains examples of:

  • Advancing Boss of Doom: Yadogaine, a giant hermit crab mech piloted by Doc.
  • American Kirby is Hardcore: Continuing the trend from Nightmare in Dream Land and Amazing Mirror, Kirby still dons angry eyebrows for releases outside of Japan.
  • Antagonist Title: Squeak Squad refers to the antagonistic group of mice, called the Squeaks.
  • Bandit Mook: All main members of the Squeaks (excluding their leader, Daroach) steal large treasure chests within gameplay.
  • Be the Ball: With the Metal Scroll, Metal Kirby can turn into a metallic ball that will roll down slopes.
  • Big Bad: Daroach is this at first.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Kirby ends up saving the world from Dark Nebula, but never actually recovers his delicious strawberry shortcake.
    • Ultimately subverted in the 100% completion ending where the Squeaks apologize by giving him another one for him to snack down on.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: In the cutscene where 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.
  • 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 Squeaks (Spinni, Storo, and Doc, in order) other than the leader Daroach, who is fought immediately after the previous level as a boss.
  • Boss Remix: The music for Squeak-affiliated bosses (namely, Doc's mechs and Daroach) is an intense mix of the gang's theme.
  • Bubble Gun: The new Bubble ability lets Kirby shoot bubbles. Enemies defeated will turn into bubble containing either an ability (if said enemy provides it) or a star (if said enemy doesn't).
  • Bubbly Clouds: Cushy Cloud.
  • Collapsing Ceiling Boss: Big Metalun and Yadogaine.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: 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.
  • Demonic Possession: Ghost Kirby can possess enemies and use their attacks by pushing B.
    • Dark Nebula also does this to Daroach, turning him into Dark Daroach.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Mrs. Moley, the boss of Nature Notch, is this to her husband Moley.
  • Double Jump: Ghost-possessed enemies can jump in the air indefinitely, similar to the helpers of Kirby Super Star, but not as powerfully.
  • Drop the Hammer: King Dedede as usual. Storo also uses one to slow down Kirby from stealing their chests.
  • Dub Name Change: 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.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Worn by Storo.
  • Excuse Plot: The plot is driven by Kirby trying to get his slice of cake back. It only gets far worse from here.
  • Expy: Mecha-Kracko is this to the original Kracko, piloted by Doc, and it somewhat shares the same colors and moves the original had in the anime.
    • Dark Nebula is also one to Dark Matter.
  • Fire/Ice/Lightning: A common motif in this game:
  • 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. If Kirby beats him, he might sometimes drop his saucer, which can be inhaled for the UFO ability.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: 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.
  • Gang of Hats: The Squeaks are an all-rodent gang, and they all wear red (save for the Squeakers).
  • Golden Ending: Achieved if you collect all 120 treasure chests(Sound familiar?). 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.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: The Squeaks, excluding Daroach, are this. They usually steal large treasure chests when they're around; if you're aiming for 100% Completion, Kirby has to either beat them to the chest or steal it back from them.
  • The Goomba: Waddle Dees and the red Squeakers.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Dark Nebula.
  • Green Hill Zone: Prism Plains.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of the game, after being possessed by Dark Nebula, Daroach and his gang become good, and they offered Kirby a spare strawberry shortcake in return(if you managed to collect all the treasure chests).
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The 20th Anniversary Hoshi no Kirby Pupupu Taizen later suggests that Dark Nebula is related to Dark Matter.
  • Idle Animation: There are several:
    • Normal: Kirby falls asleep and dreams of his stolen cake. He suddenly wakes up, looks up 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 Ryu's idle animation, while occasionally shooting, wiping something off his nonexistent nose, and making a "bring it on" gesture.
    • Parasol: Kirby sways left and right and taps his foot.
    • Throw: He makes a martial arts stance.
  • 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...
  • Jungle Japes: Jam Jungle.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Vocal Volcano.
  • Lost Food Grievance: The whole game happens because Kirby lost his cake to someone and he wanted it back.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: The Magic ability returns from Amazing Mirror with tweaks: Kirby can throw out various things out of his hat, like flying doves, cutting cards or smashing clown heads. With the Magic Scroll, Kirby can do the original Magic's function: a Random Effect Spell that gives Kirby either full health, an extra life, a random ability or big fireworks explosions that covers the screen and damages all enemies.
  • Magic Staff: Daroach wields the Triple Star Cane, which he uses to shoot 3 ricocheting stars at Kirby. After you defeat Dark Daroach and Dark Nebula is freed, you can obtain the cane as Eleventh Hour Superpower that lets Kirby throw strong stars at multiple directions and solve many puzzles in the game.
  • Mighty Glacier: 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.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: One of the bosses is an owl with a raccoon tail, called Bohboh. And it's on fire.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • 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.
    • One of the spray paints used to change Kirby's skin color is Shadow. This is obviously referring to Shadow Kirby, a character from Kirby & the Amazing Mirror.
  • Not Me This Time: Kirby thought Dedede, being Dedede, would be the one stealing his cake. Turns out, he isn't.
  • O.O.C. 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 (though there is still a Sword bubble in the room beforehand). 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 
  • Palette Swap: Returning from Amazing Mirror are spray paints, which you can use to customize Kirby's skin color.
  • Palmtree Panic: Secret Sea, combined with Under the Sea.
  • Power Up Letdown: 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 powerful midbosses like Bonkers or Mr. Frosty.
  • Rule of Three: Collect 3 Star Bubbles and you can combine them into a huge Star Bubble (equivalent of inhaling 3 enemies at once and spitting them). Collect 3 mini Kirby bubbles and combine them for a 1Up.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: 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.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: 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, 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.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Spinni, while not explicitly referred to by gender in-game, is called female in the Japanese instruction manual. However, the English release of Kirby Mass Attack later referred to Spinni as male.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Ice Island.
  • Space Zone: Gamble Galaxy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Metal ability is one for Stone ability, as Kirby becomes metallic and is able to smash things from above. Unlike Stone, however, he is permanently in metal form; he can move, and small enemies are hurt when Kirby walks onto them, but he also becomes very slow.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Green Squeakers and Daroach throw small bombs, while Blue Squeakers and Dark Daroach throw giant bombs. Kirby can inhale them for the Bomb ability.
  • Triangle Shades: Worn by Spinni.
  • Tunnel King: 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 perform a drill attack.
    • Mrs. Moley, one of the bosses, is naturally one.
  • Turns Red: Spinni, Storo, and Doc become faster when their health is low. Mecha-Kracko also changes its strategy when its health bar is depleted the first time.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Ghost Kirby, like U.F.O., cannot climb ladders.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Daroach. The other main members of the Squeaks have their eyes obscured.
  • You Shouldn't Know This Already: Many of the Copy Scrolls give the respective Copy Ability one extra move. You naturally cannot perform them if you know how to perform the move but without getting the scroll.

Alternative Title(s): Kirby Mouse Attack

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