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. 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/Kirby has a large chest, and if they steal one, Kirby has to enter one of their hideouts to take it back from them.

This game 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Dark Nebula is also one to Dark Matter.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: 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 Vocal Volcano, the wheel becomes fiery.
    • 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.
  • 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 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. 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.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Dark Nebula.
  • Green Hill Zone: Prism Plains.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • Palmtree Panic: Secret Sea, combined with Under the Sea.
  • 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.
  • 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 her as male.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Ice Island.
  • Space Zone: Gamble Galaxy.
  • The Goomba: Waddle Dees and the red Squeakers.
  • Throw Down The Bomblette: Green Squeakers throw small bombs, while Blue Squeakers throw giant bombs.
  • Triangular 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 preform a drill attack.
  • Turns Red: Spinni, Storo, and Doc become faster when their health is low.
  • Weak Sauce 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.

Alternative Title(s): Kirby Mouse Attack

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