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Guide Kirby to his goal by drawing a rainbow line with the stylus. Kirby can also transform into three types of vehicles and team up with Waddle Dee for up to four-player cooperative action.
— Summary • Super Kirby Clash

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (titled Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in Europe and Australia) is a platformer Kirby game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, in North America on February 20, 2015, and in Europe on May 8, 2015.

Aside from Virtual Console re-releases, it is the only Kirby title to be released for the Wii U.


All the beautiful color has been drained from Kirby's home. Now it's up to him to bring it back to to life!
— Official Kirby and the Rainbow Curse website

On Planet Popstar, Kirby is seen upon a hill. He brought an apple for a snack, but he accidentally dropped it down the hill. Kirby runs after it, but trips and begins rolling down the hill, still chasing the apple.

Bandana Waddle Dee is seen fishing with his spear when the apple rolls and falls into the lake beside him. Kirby follows and knocks Bandana Waddle Dee over. While Kirby tries to get his apple out of the water, Bandana Waddle Dee gets up and notices an unusual hole is forming in the sky.

The hole soon begins to shoot a ray of light that drains the color from the land and makes anything it touches lifeless. Bandana Waddle Dee tries to warn Kirby as the light approaches, but is too late and it turns them both into colorless clay.

The hole then begins to disappear, but before it closes, a paint brush-like being named Elline falls through. Two Grab Hands then come out and begin to chase her. She manages to evade them until she finds Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee.

Elline recolors them and Kirby saves her before she is grabbed. Bandana Waddle Dee then knocks the Grab Hands away with his spear before they can attack again, prompting them to retreat back into the hole in the sky.

Elline reveals that her old friend, Claycia, suddenly became evil and has used the colors from Kirby's planet, Pop Star, in order to create seven worlds. Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee both accept to help her to stop Claycia and restore Planet Popstar's color. She then paints a rainbow rope that Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee follow into the hole in the sky- this hole in the sky takes them to Seventopia.[2]

On the last world's final boss stage, it is revealed that Claycia had been possessed by an evil force known as the Dark Crafter, who has the urge to drain all of the color in a specific place. After Kirby pursues the Dark Crafter and manages to defeat it, he, Bandana Waddle Dee, Claycia, and Elline all return to Dream Land and bring back all of the missing color into Planet Popstar. The ending scene includes Claycia and Elline making a bushel of apples for Kirby to eat.


The game is a sequel/successor to the 2005 game Kirby: Canvas Curse for the Nintendo DS, featuring similar mechanics and gameplay, but rather than centering around a painted art style, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse uses a clay motif instead. The goal is for Kirby to traverse through stages through the use of rainbow ropes in order to reach a goal.

Kirby can ride on rainbow ropes made of clay, much like the rainbow paint lines in Kirby: Canvas Curse. Rainbow ropes can be used in order to interact with the environment, such as blocking off water- or lava-falls. Rainbow ropes will start to dull and lose their color before vanishing. Another hazard is a Gray Zone, which prevents the usage of clay, similar to the static zones in Kirby: Canvas Curse that prevent the usage of ink. Rainbow ropes also allow Kirby to travel behind some of the foreground objects.

Tapping Kirby will cause him to perform a Tap Dash; however, dashing into an enemy in this game will not grant him a Copy Ability when hit, instead causing Kirby to rebound. After collecting 100 stars, Kirby can use a "Star Dash," a charge attack with greatly increased power, speed, and range. This attack can be initiated by holding the stylus on Kirby; he will glow cyan and have a ring orbit him when he has enough power to use it. Multiple Star Dashes can be held before later usage, each being represented by a cyan ring around Kirby.

Kirby has four Health points normally, and can transform into Tank, Submarine, or Rocket at specified points in certain stages; these transformations replace his usual Copy Abilities. Kirby's transformations can also receive buffs via collecting 100 stars.

With the multiplayer co-op, other players can use Bandana Waddle Dees (which have two hit points each) that can double jump and carry and throw Kirby. They will also be equipped with the appropriate weapons, should Kirby be in a transformed state that they are capable of mimicking. When at least a single Bandana Waddle Dee is present, Grab Hands will halt Kirby's progress at certain points, which can only be defeated by a Waddle Dee's spear.

Rankings are given at the end of each stage depending on the overall numbers of stars collected. The rankings are Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals. Treasure Chests collected throughout gameplay unlock Figurines and music (some from previous games); in the game's Music Room, players can even pick favorite songs by marking them with a star. The Figurines can be viewed on a shelf, or individually. Viewing one individually allows the player to control the camera, and also provides a description of the character. There is also a story book that can display cutscenes. Pages can be obtained for each goal game. If a player struggles too much with a stage, he/she may opt to skip it after having lost several lives in a row on the same stage.


Main Games

  • Story Mode


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Challenges are littered across the game. Every stage contains a Challenge door that, when Kirby enters it, presents a 15-second puzzle or endurance test with a Treasure Chest as the prize for success. Additionally, a full mode of the game called Challenge Mode allows Kirby to partake in even more of these. Challenge doors unlock when the pink puff collects a specific number of medals or completes a number of of other Challenges. Challenges in this mode contain four puzzles each. Survival Challenges contain a series of 12 puzzles and eliminate Kirby if he runs out of time on one.

Goal Game

A version of the goal game appears, featuring eight rotating circles with which Kirby may collide. Each circle is labeled with a prize.


Playable Characters



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Barampa | Blado | Blipper | Bombzway | Bouncy | Bronto Burt | Bronto Knight | Bzztbulb | Cannon Cotta | Carpa | Clay Ball | Cotta | Cotta General | Cotta Knight | Crabbo | Dangle Sloth | Dethskullk | Dethskullk King | Drill Cotta | Explortle | Gondola Bzztbulb | Gordo | Grab Hand | Grindarr | Grinkey | Hot Head | Mega Grindarr | Mini Deepsee | Sawgill | Shieldster | Shockcreepa | Shotzo | Bouncy Sis | Soarar | Spear Cotta | Spear Cotta Knight | Sportletini | Sportle | Thornsby | Trakker | Warpspace


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Deepsee | Mecha Cotta


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Claycia | Dark Crafter | Hooplagoon | The Claykken | Whispy Woods


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Items and Objects

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1UP | Figurine | Food | Ink bottle | Invincibility Candy | Maxim Tomato | Music | Point Star | Puzzle piece | Secret Diary Page | Star Bottle | Treasure Chest


Green Valley
The Adventure Begins Up the Big Ol' Tree Great Cave Escape The Forest of Whispy Woods
Yellow Dunes
Dig and Dash Deploy the Kirby Tank! The Long-Lost Ruins Hooplagoon, Relic of the Ruins
Indigo Ocean
Swept Out to Sea The Haunted Ship Kirby Submarine's Torpedo Time The Claykken's Lair
Blue Sky Palace
Rainbow Across the Skies The Wild Red Yonder Kirby Rocket's Big Blastoff Sky-High Whispy Woods
Orange Woodland
Woodland Battle Gondola Ride Deep-Divin' Kirby Submarine Hooplagoon of the Lake
Red Volcano
Burning Secrets Back to the Battleship Volcanic Panic The Claykken's Sea of Fire
Purple Fortress
Infiltrate the Junk Factory! Kirby + Kirby Wonder Space The Final Battle

amiibo Compatibility

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse compatible with Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight amiibo figures in the Story Mode. The Kirby amiibo allows Kirby to use the Star Dash ability at any time, the King Dedede amiibo gives him two extra hit points, and the Meta Knight amiibo gives him greater speed during his Tap Dash attack. The player can use each amiibo in one stage per day, and the effects wear off after Kirby is KO'd, exits the stage, or clears the stage. [3] amiibo cannot be used in stages that have transformations (Kirby Tank, Kirby Submarine, Kirby Rocket), and these stages have an icon to indicate this. Either the Super Smash Bros. series variants or the Kirby series variants of these amiibo figures can be used, with identical results. This contrasts with Kirby: Planet Robobot, where the two versions of the Kirby figure have different effects.

Demo Version

Following its announcement at E3 2014, a demo of the game was presented by roaming attendants in the Wii U area, as well as other video game conventions[4][5]. It contained the finished versions of The Adventure Begins, Swept Out to Sea, and Deploy the Kirby Tank! (titled Beginner Level, Water Level, and Tank Level, respectively). These are largely the same as the final versions, with minor differences:

  • Multiplayer is disabled.
  • The sky does not darken as Kirby nears the goal.
  • The Goal Game is not present, instead replaced with a clay Goal Door.
  • The Kirby Dance is much shorter and Elline does not participate.
  • Medals acquired have a tassle hanging from them.
  • Loud cheering can be heard after Kirby finishes a stage.
  • After clearing a stage, the screen would display the message, "Thanks for claying!" before changing to "Thanks for playing!"

Months later, a different demo was distributed to Wii U demo kiosks at retail stores worldwide. This included the final versions of The Adventure Begins, Deploy the Kirby Tank!, and The Forest of Whispy Woods (titled Beginner Level, Tank Level, and Boss Fight, respectively).[6]


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The game has received generally favorable reviews from critics and players, holding a critical score of 73 out of 100 on Metacritic.[7]

GameTrailers gave Kirby and the Rainbow Curse a score of 7.5 out of 10, saying that " may not be Kirby's most triumphant outing, but Rainbow Curse is still an entertaining ride."[8]

IGN called the game a "delightfully charming and unique platformer", and gave the title a score of 8 out of 10.[9]

Destructoid gave it a 9 out of 10, praising the game's graphics and multiplayer functionality while criticizing Kirby's vulnerability while dashing.[10]

GameSpot was less positive and gave the game a 5 out of 10, complimenting the visuals but calling Kirby's mobility and controls "boring" and "frustrating."[11]


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  • This is the fourth platformer in the Kirby series in which Copy Abilities are absent during gameplay (the other three being Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Kirby Mass Attack). Also, the Warp Star seems to be absent from this game, excluding the end credits.
    • Similarly, this is the fourth non-traditional mainstream Kirby game (in which Kirby cannot inhale enemies), first three being Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Kirby Mass Attack.
  • Unlike his appearance in Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's hands and feet can be seen but are significantly smaller than in his usual appearances.
  • This is the fourth game in which Kirby and the world around him are made to look like a specific crafts material (clay in this case), the others being Kirby's Dream Land 3 (crayon), Kirby: Canvas Curse (paint), and Kirby's Epic Yarn (yarn).
  • A clay bandage appears on Kirby's head when he has one health remaining. [12]
  • Similarly to Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, there seems to be different color variations of characters, such as Bronto Burt and Bandana Waddle Dee.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse was released in 2015, a little less than ten years after the release of Kirby: Canvas Curse.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is one of the few Kirby games that launched in the United States with a price below the usual Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price; where most Wii U games sold for $59.99, this game sold for $39.99.
  • When Kirby is being painted by Elline during the transformation phrases, he temporarily takes the shape and color scheme of the Animal Friends. He references Rick when turning into the Kirby Tank, Coo when turning into the Kirby Rocket, and Kine when turning into the Kirby Submarine.
  • The power-ups Meta Knight's and King Dedede's amiibo figures grant Kirby are similar to their own respective stats in Kirby: Canvas Curse (quickly ramming through weak enemies for Meta Knight and increased health for King Dedede).
  • A cyan Bandana Waddle Dee was shown in promotional artwork at E3 2014. This Waddle Dee, which was presumably meant to be a fifth player at one point, was left unused in the final game.
    • A similarly-colored Bandana Waddle Dee would be used for Player 3 in Kirby Star Allies in certain modes or if another player is already using Bandana Waddle Dee.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the first Kirby game to show Kirby's face at his health meter having dimples.
  • Some of the songs that were used in the Japanese version of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! are reused in parts of the game.
  • Unlike most other Wii U games, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse features 60 FPS gameplay, but deliberately slows down character animations to capture the look of claymation, during both cutscenes and in gameplay.
  • Excluding his cameo appearance as a figurine, King Dedede does not appear in this game. This makes Kirby and the Rainbow Curse the second game in the Kirby series in which he doesn't appear; the first which King Dedede did not appear in is Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
  • Due to Club Nintendo's discontinuation on July 1, 2015, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the first Kirby game to not come with a Club Nintendo PIN code since the program started in 2003.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the first Kirby title to be playable in high-definition graphics, excluding upscaled Virtual Console versions of older games.
  • The Green Valley landscape shown on the box art and start-up screen was constructed and photographed by HAL Laboratory in real life.[13] Likewise, most of the game's promotional artwork was crafted from real clay.
    • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the only game to use physical media for its promotional art.
  • This is the first Kirby game in which the Waddle Dees are given voices.
  • A nautilus-like enemy was shown in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse’s announcement trailer at E3 2014. It was cut from the final game but would have appeared in what looks to be an early version of the stage Kirby Submarine's Torpedo Time.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Kirby's Dream Land are the only platformers in the series that are devoid of icy stages.
  • The clay that covers the screen when Kirby enters a door corresponds to the primary color of the level Kirby is visiting. For example, the clay is green in Green Valley and yellow in Yellow Dunes.
  • If Bandana Waddle Dee hits Kirby with an attack, the pink puff drops a star. He can drop up to 50 per stage.
  • In the Music Room, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is represented by an image of a rainbow.
  • Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and Kirby Star Allies are the only games in the Kirby series to save the player's life count.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition are the only games in the series that contain footage and/or photography from the real world.
  • Due to the way certain Challenges are unlocked, it is impossible to play them all in numerical order.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land are the only games in the Kirby series to not have Waddle Dees as enemies.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the last game in the series to have a soundtrack composed of completely original and remixed tracks. No track is reused directly from a previous game.
    • The previous one was Kirby Mass Attack.
  • Character models of King Dedede and Meta Knight exist in the game's memory, as they have collectible figurines. Unlike the other figurine-exclusive characters such as Drawcia, the models are fully rigged and stand in T-poses, suggesting the actual characters were at one point intended to appear in the game.[14]
  • According to references left in the game's code, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse’s internal project name at HAL Laboratory was "Seven." This could be a reference to the number of colors in the rainbow (which is also the number of areas in the game).
  • Notes from the ESRB describe how Kirby and the Rainbow Curse earned its E rating. In addition to its cartoon violence and the sounds and effects of that violence, the notes mention that Kirby "can transform into various vehicles (e.g., tanks, submarines) that fire projectiles at enemy creatures."[15]
  • GameSpot's review of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is notable for not only being one of the game's most negative reviews, but also for being one of GameSpot's most infamous reviews. Casual viewers and professional critics alike commented that reviewer Alexa Ray Corriea's main criticism of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse was its unorthodox controls and difficulty. Corriea was accused of giving the game a bad score because of her seeming lack of skill, which was demonstrated in the review's accompanying video. The review on YouTube has over three times more dislikes than likes, reaching nearly 1,500.[16][17]
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse’s website was the last to use the domain name As this name was used for many Kirby game websites from the 2000s, links to those sites instead took the user to Kirby and the Rainbow Curse’s website. This ended in 2019, when Nintendo deleted many of its microsites.
  • In the European box art, the stylus is black, while it is white in all other regions.
  • In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, when past Kirby games are read in Kirby's House, the game is given its original name instead of Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in the English versions, even in PAL regions.



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