Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, known in Japan as Touch! Kirby Super Rainbow(タッチ！カービィ スーパーレインボー,Tatchi! Kābī Sūpāreinbō?) and in Europe as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, is an upcoming platforming video game in the Kirby series currently in development by HAL Laboratory for Wii U. The game, which is a follow-up to the 2005 Nintendo DS title Kirby: Canvas Curse, is scheduled to be released by Nintendo on January 22, 2015 in Japan, February 13, 2015 in North America, and the second half of 2015 in PAL regions. It supports the Amiibo figures of Kirby, Meta Knight and King Dedede.
A gameplay screenshot of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse carries on the style of gameplay from Canvas Curse, presenting the game with a unique modelling clay look. Players use the Wii U GamePad to help Kirby, who is stuck in a ball form, move across the level by drawing rainbow colored lines on the touchscreen to guide him. Making Kirby go through loops will speed him up, while touching him will put him into a spinning attack to use against enemies. Just like in Yoshi's New Island, Kirby can gain various forms throughout the game, such as a submarine, a rocket, and a tank. These forms help him progress through the game and provide certain elements that change up the gameplay. The game will feature four-player co-op, where one player draws a path for Kirby while three others play as Waddle Dees, who can assist Kirby by carrying him around and attacking enemies.
The game supports three amiibo figures. The Kirby amiibo allows Kirby to activate the Star Dash (スターダッシュ,Sutā dasshu?) ability at any time, the King Dedede figure gives Kirby extra hitpoints, and the Meta Knight figure gives him greater attack power during his touch-activated spinning attack.