Nintendo's Pink Puffball Gets an Upgrade in Kirby: Planet Robobot

Nintendo released a new overview trailer for its international release of Kirby: Planet Robobot. Since April of this year, the new 3DS game featuring the iconic pink puffball has been available in Japan. On June 10th, the game will be made available everywhere else.

Kirby: Planet Robobot features Kirby taking on large, mechanized invaders who begin descending on Planet Popstar whilst Kirby is sleeping under a tree. Players must solve puzzles and defeat enemies to progress through levels. The action platformer includes a total of 27 abilities Kirby may possess, with an addition of 3 original new abilities making their debuts in Robobot. These abilities are:

The “ESP” ability, which gives Kirby telekinetic attacks and displays Kirby with a sideways ball cap reminiscent of Ness' from Earthbound.  

The “Doctor” ability which, in the trailer, shows an animation of Kirby conducting science experiments with beakers and causing AoE damage to nearby enemies.

And the third “Poison” ability, that allows Kirby to shoot a stream of liquid poison to attack enemies from a distance.

All of Nintendo’s available amiibos will also give players unique abilities depending on the amiibo that is tapped on the gamepad. For example, tapping a Mario amiibo will give players a fire ability. There will be four new amiibos released along with Planet Robobot of Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight. The special Kirby amiibo will turn players into a hovering UFO. King Dedede equips players with his hammer. The Meta Knight amiibo transforms the player into Meta Knight, allowing the player to utilize the Galaxia sword. And the Waddle Dee amiibo gives players a parasol that allows players to glide in the air briefly, or can be useful for attacking enemies.  

A new gameplay feature of Planet Robobot is that after first defeating an invader boss controlling Robobot armor, Kirby can take control of the machine. The trailer shows Kirby entering the armor, and the colors changing from steel, to a pink and crème color with Warp Star logos on its mechanical arms. Players may also collect up-to 200 different stickers in-game to customize their Robobot armor.

The armor provides Kirby with further reaching attacks, as well as a dash ability. The armor mechanization will be a key component to progress through certain parts of the game, because Kirby can use the armor to clear colossal blocks out of his pathway, or solve more puzzles --  like activating an elevator lift by using the armor’s mechanical arm like a wrench.

Furthermore, players may scan enemies in-game to unlock 13 unique armor modes. The trailer features “Fire Mode” that gives the Robobot armor flamethrowers blazing from its arms, “Spark Mode” that displays Kirby charging a laser like beam, and “Jet Mode” which gives players a flying ability and also a missile firing component. Other modes include "Wheel" mode for quick movement across levels, "Ice", and "Parasol" mode. 

Kirby: Planet Robobot also includes two mini-games for players to enjoy. The first is called "Team Kirby Clash". In this game, up to four players may work together as a team to defeat difficult bosses. Players may choose from four different classes of seemingly classic RPG styles, such as: "Hammerlord" which appears to be a hard-hitting DPS class, "Beam Mage" as a ranged caster DPS, "Doctor Healmore" acting as support and healer, and "Sword Hero" who can activate a domed shield players can stay under for protection. If players collect all four "Power Tablets" that appear at different intervals throughout the mini-game, they have a chance to summon a powerful "Team Meteor" to damage their enemies. 

The other mini-game is a single player game called "Kirby 3D Rumble" and players must defeat enemies by inhaling them and spitting them out in classic Kirby fashion. 

The game is set to release on June 10th of this year, and pre-orders are available at select retailers. 



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