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Kirby's Avalanche, known in the PAL region as Kirby's Ghost Trap, is a Puyo Puyo game developed by Compile and HAL Labs, released by Nintendo in 1995. It is a localization of the Japanese game Super Puyo Puyo in much the same way that Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine being the localization of the Genesis/Mega Drive's Puyo Puyo. It was one of four Kirby games released on the Super NES, and the second Western Puyo Puyo title released.

As a game released later in the SNES's life cycle, this game has bright colors and advanced graphics for its time. The sound consists of remixed tracks from Kirby's Adventure, with only one original track from the Puyo Puyo game itself (the panic music). As the game boots, a sampled "Kirby's Avalanche!" can be heard.

Gameplay

In the game, as in all Puyo games, groups of two colored blobs fall from the top of the screen. You must rotate and move the groups before they touch the bottom of the screen or the pile, so that matching-colored blobs touch from above, below, the left or the right. Once four or more same-colored blobs touch, they will disappear, and any blobs above them will fall down to fill in the space. If a player manages to set off a chain reaction with these blobs, rocks will fall on the other player's screen destroying it and causing them much woe. The number of rocks that falls depends on both the number of blobs popped and the number of consecutive chain reactions. These rocks will only disappear if a player manages to pop a group of blobs that are in direct contact with the rocks.

Notably, in the cinematics between each round, Kirby is shown trash-talking his opponents in full sentences. This differs greatly from other Kirby games, where Kirby hardly speaks at all.

Plot

King Dedede has challenged Kirby and other members of Dream Land to an Avalanche Competition in the Dream Fountain. Kirby, taking on the challenge, has decided to battle his way through the forest and into the Dream Fountain to win the Avalanche Cup from King Dedede.

List of Enemies

  • Waddle Dee
  • Bronto Burt
  • Waddle Doo
  • Poppy Bros. Senior
  • Whispy Woods
  • Kabu
  • Broom Hatter
  • Squishy
  • Lololo and Lalala
  • Paint Roller
  • Heavy Mole
  • Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright
  • Kracko
  • Meta Knight
  • King Dedede

Virtual Console

In Europe and Australia, the game was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console service on July 27, 2007, and in North America on September 24, 2007. It costs 800 Wii Points.

The game is identical to the original release, except for one minor change - A cheat code that was given after completing Competition mode which originally had to be entered on controller 2 can now be entered on both controller 1 and controller 2.

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