Kirby: Planet Robobot is an action platformer video game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the fifteenth main installment in Nintendo’s Kirby franchise. The game was released in Japan in April 2016 and in North America and Europe in June 2016.
Kirby: Planet Robobot follows a similar style of gameplay to the previous Nintendo 3DS title, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, taking advantage of the system’s 3D capabilities to allow Kirby to move between multiple planes in stages. Like most games in the series, Kirby is able to inhale enemies in order to absorb their powers, including three new Copy Abilities; Doctor, Poison, and ESP. Additionally, players can gain abilities and items by scanning in supported Amiibo figures. New to this game are mech suits known as Robobot Armor that Kirby can pilot, allowing him to destroy certain obstacles, lift heavy objects, and defeat large enemies. Like Kirby himself, the Robobot Armor can scan enemies to gain its own set of Copy Abilities that can be used to attack enemies and solve puzzles. Hidden throughout each level are Code Cubes, which are needed to progress and unlock bonus levels, and collectible stickers which can be used to customise Kirby’s Robobot Armor.
Kirby: Planet Robobot features two additional minigames; Team Kirby Clash and Kirby 3D Rumble. Team Kirby Clash in an action RPG in which up to four players choose a character class and work together to fight large bosses, earning experience along the way. Kirby 3D Rumble is a single-player game in which Kirby must travel along a 3D plane to inhale and shoot waves of enemies as quickly as possible. Clearing the main game unlocks two additional modes; Meta Knightmare Returns, in which players control Meta Knight through a harder version of the main campaign, and The Arena, where players fight multiple boss characters with limited healing items. The game also features support for StreetPass and Miiverse. There is also a harder variant of the Arena known as the True Arena, which has players fight bosses from Meta Knightmare Returns as Kirby, as well as a new, secret boss.
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Genre: Platform action game
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
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