Kirby: Planet Robobot Preview

[Official Nintendo Press Release Updated on 6/7/16]:

When Planet Popstar needs defending from an army of evil robots, who’s the best puffball for the job? A marshmallow? A loofah? No, no, no. The answer is, of course, KIRBY! In the Kirby: Planet Robobot game, launching on June 10 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, Kirby is back in one of his most technologically advanced 2D adventures yet. Jump into Kirby’s powerful new Robobot Armor to lift heavy objects with ease, scan enemies, gain abilities and transform into new Modes to complete a wide variety of creative stages. The game is full of features new to the series like Kirby’s powerful mech armor, new Copy Abilities, amiibo functionality and a cooperative multiplayer brawler in Team Kirby Clash. There’s so much to process, hopefully Kirby won’t malfunction from such an overload of fun!

Kirby: Planet Robobot is a sci-fi twist on one of Nintendo’s most beloved characters,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Players can jump right into the action and control Kirby in the mighty Robobot Armor in this new adventure exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.”

For the first time in the Kirby franchise, Kirby dons the mighty Robobot Armor to shape-shift into powerful Modes. These Modes include a flying jet or fast-moving car, all dependent on what kind of enemy Kirby scans. This new twist on the classic Copy Ability will have players anticipating each new Mode and using different techniques to reach the end of each stage.

Like previous Kirby games, Kirby can also inhale enemies to trigger more traditional Copy Abilities. More than 20 different abilities are available in the game, some classic and some new to the series. New abilities include the Doctor, which allows Kirby to throw pills and mix special concoctions; ESP, a psychic power; and Poison, which sprays toxic mist to defeat enemies.

Launching on the same day as the game, four new amiibo figures will be available in stores at a suggested retail price of $12.99 each. These include fun new models for Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight, as well as the lovable Waddle Dee, who makes his amiibo debut. While playing, tapping these new amiibo figures gives Kirby new looks and/or abilities. In fact, players can tap any amiibo figure to trigger something in the game. When using the Kirby, King Dedede or Meta Knight amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series, Kirby will receive the Smash Bros., Hammer and Sword abilities, respectively, as well as a special body color. When tapping any non-Kirby character amiibo like Mario, Kirby will receive a random Copy Ability that is already in the game. Some of these abilities even relate to the amiibo itself, such as earning the Sword ability when tapping Link or the Poison ability when tapping Ganondorf.

Outside of the awesome single-player story mode, Kirby: Planet Robot contains many other modes that add great variety to the action. In Team Kirby Clash, team up with three other players to defeat tough bosses. By selecting one of four roles, each with a unique ability, players try to quickly defeat bosses to earn the highest amount of experience points. These points are then used to strengthen the heroes and obtain new abilities. Team Kirby Clash can be played using a local wireless connection (multiple systems and games are required for this mode) or through Download Play (multiple systems are required for this mode). Two additional modes are unlocked after completing the game, but … players will just have to unlock them to see what they have in store. We don’t want to spoil everything!

Kirby: Planet Robobot launches on June 10, and can be purchased in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at Nintendo.com at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about the game, visit http://kirby.nintendo.com/planet-robobot/.


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[U.S. Overview Trailer Updated on 5/26/16]:


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[Pre-Order News Updated on 4/18/16]:

Beginning tomorrow at GameStops across the country you’ll be able to pre-order the line of Kirby amiibos starting at 12 p.m. PT / 2 p.m. CT / 3 p.m. ET. These amiibos will unlock special copy abilities and costumes in the upcoming 3DS game, Kirby: Planet Robobot. In addition, the Kirby amiibo will also grant him the UFO ability.

Both the amiibos and the game will launch in the U.S. on June 10, which just happens to be the Friday before E3 week. No word on how difficult this line of amiibos will be to track down, so if you’re intending on purchasing any of them you may want to throw down your $5 deposit to secure them now. I’m not sure if I’ll be picking any of these up, but the game is a must-buy. It looks amazingly fun.


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[Original Preview]:

Over the years I haven’t been the biggest Kirby fan out there. It arrived too late on the NES for me to give it a fair shake as I had long moved on to the Super NES. When it arrived on the N64 my personal tastes had shifted to 3D platformers so I really didn’t give it the time of day. It wasn’t until Kirby Epic Yarn that I really put some serious time into a Kirby game, but that title really didn’t exhibit traditional Kirby mechanics. I dabbled here and there, but the Kirby game that really sucked me in (pun intended) was Kirby: Triple Deluxe for the 3DS. I loved the 3D effect and the constant foreground and background traversal. Plus, the power-ups were really cool and the game was just plain fun to play.

That’s why I was so excited to see Kirby: Planet Robobot in the latest Nintendo Direct. It looks like a super charged sequel with a similar graphical style. The new Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers aspect, complete with robot attachments looks awesome. I can see myself really enjoying this game and the co-op mode has me very interested. I’m excited to play it this summer when it releases on June 10. It’s kind of awesome when games get announced and come out within three months.


Harness the power of a mysterious mech to stop the ruthless Haltmann Works Company from mechanizing Kirby’s home world. Smash through tough obstacles, lift heavy objects with ease, and scan enemies to shape-shift into new Modes with powerful abilities in this supercharged action-platformer!

That’s right—Kirby’s Robobot Armor can shape-shift into different modes by scanning enemies to copy their moves—like the new Jet Mode. Not to mention, Kirby™ can copy abilities the old-fashioned way too—by inhaling them! After saving the world, team up with three friends to defeat foes in Team Kirby Clash, an RPG-styled 4-player* brawl where you choose from varied classes and level them up. Need a quick fix? Take on challenges in a 3D space and aim for a high score in Kirby 3D Rumble. Ready for a challenge? Play as Meta Knight in a blazing-fast time attack mode to fight new bosses and tougher enemies while Kirby takes a well-deserved nap!

  • Use the mysterious Robobot Armor to scan enemies and shape-shift into powerful Modes
  • Kirby’s copy ability returns, allowing him to inhale, spit out foes, and transform
  • Employ new and improved Copy Abilities including:
  • Doctor: Use clip boards, throw pills, and mix concoctions
  • ESP: Wear a cool hat and use psychic abilities
  • Poison: Spray toxic mists and other noxious abilities
  • Super Smash Bros.: Gain Kirby’s updated Super Smash Bros.™ move set
  • Use the Download Play feature in Team Kirby Clash, an RPG-styled mode for up to 4 players* (or sharpen your skills by playing solo)
  • Enjoy a selection of additional game modes, including Meta Knightmare Returns, Kirby 3D Rumble, and The Arena
  • Collect hidden code cubes and stickers in every level and use the stickers to decorate your Robobot Armor

*Additional systems and games are required for multiplayer mode; sold separately.

Kirby: Planet Robobot: Invaders have mechanized Dream Land. To restore his home to its original form, Kirby must use their technology against them with the new Robobot Armor. The Robobot Armor can even destroy a variety of obstacles in his way.

The Team Kirby Clash mode lets up to four players join forces to battle against powerful bosses. Players select one of four roles, and participate in a co-op quest to defeat a boss while supporting their team. Completing a quest earns experience points to level-up and grow more powerful. The game is compatible with a large variety of amiibo figures, and some give Kirby character-specific abilities. A new series of Kirby amiibo figures that includes Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight and Waddle Dee gives Kirby attributes specific to each character. Tapping the Kirby figure is the only way to get the UFO ability. The game and new amiibo figures launch June 10.



Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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