Kirby's Avalanche, known as Kirby's Ghost Trap in Europe, is a 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game. It is a Spin-Off of the Kirby game series. Whereas most Kirby games are typical platformers, this game is a puzzle game. Specifically, it is an American mock-up of the Japanese puzzle classic Puyo Puyo.
Compared to Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Avalanche is closer in accuracy to the original Puyo Puyo: the Practice stages are restored along with the starting stage select (in place of passwords) and there are cutscenes where the player character converses with their opponents before matches (in place of the opponent giving a monologue against you, the player).
This game provides the example of:
- Adaptational Jerkass: Kirby himself, in one of his very few speaking roles. He comes off as far more sarcastic and rude toward his opponents than his usual portrayals as a Cheerful Child — possibly as an attempt to portray him as a Mascot with Attitude.Kirby: (to Kracko) You couldn't hit a barn-sized lightning rod, Kracko!Kirby: (to Broom Hatter) I'd worry more about cleaning up your Avalanche skills, first.Kirby: (to Poppy Bro Sr.) I'll breathe in your pathetic bombs and send them right back at you!Kirby: (to Squishy) Go meddle in someone else's affairs, Squishy; I've got to get to the Dream Fountain.
- It's entirely possible the voices spoken in the game are all Kirby, since a voice is heard going "HA HA HA!" whenever Kirby beats an opponent. Admittedly this is all closer to the original protagonist Arle.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: Kirby comes off as a snarky, smack-talking Mascot with Attitude in this game, compared to the Cheerful Child he's normally portrayed as. Subverted ironically with the cover, despite being Western-made, it's a rather cute image of a cheerful Kirby and Dedede. The game also qualifies compared to the original Puyo Puyo, though not to the extent of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
- Ascended Extra: Most of the opponents in the first half of the game were just regular enemies or bosses in the previous games — mostly from Kirby's Adventure. This also extends to some of the bosses from there, including Paint Roller and Heavy Mole. This is similar to Puyo itself in that they both took regular enemies and made them stars.
- Dolled-Up Installment: Take the Super Famicom port of Puyo Puyo (aka Super Puyo Puyo), replace the background music, and the Madou Monogatari characters with Kirby characters, and you have Kirby's Avalanche.
- The Dragon: Meta Knight. Interestingly, this is also the first game where he has both his name and his modern appearance, since he did not have either in his first appearance.
- Final Boss: King Dedede.
- Shout-Out: In Meta Knight's intro as the penultimate boss, he tells Kirby that "None shall pass!", referencing the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- Trash Talk: In the opponent intros, Kirby gleefully engages in a lot of this. However, he does get out-sassed at least once —Paint Roller: Let me paint you a lovely portrait...Kirby: Oh, how sweet of yo —Paint Roller: ...of you losing to me, HA HA HA!Kirby: Paint Roller, you're the meanest art student I've ever met.Paint Roller: Student? HA! I AM THE MASTER!