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Kirby Canvas Curse

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews) 86 / 100


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  • Control Kirby's magic wand with your DS stylus
  • Draw paths and stun enemies as you guide Kirby through an adventure spanning seven massive worlds
  • Control Kirby's speed and help him avoid danger with your stylus - Draw loops to make him speed up, make ramps to jump danger, and draw walls to block laser beams and cannon blasts
  • Touch enemies to stun them, then tap Kirby to dash into them and copy their abilities -- turn into Wheel Kirby, Fire Kirby, Stone Kirby, and many more
  • More modes than you can swallow! Try tough challenges in all seven worlds, take on bosses in unique battles, or play mini-games.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00095LIC0
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,461 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Kirby: Canvas Curse is Kirby's debut on the DS. In this 2D action game, you'll use your magic wand to guide the pink hero, stun enemies, and launch special attacks. An evil witch turns Dream Land into a "picture" world - but she left behind a magic paintbrush that draws rainbow paths. Help Kirby regain his shape and save Dream Land!

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pink Ball of Fun June 18, 2005
Format:Video Game
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you've played Yoshi Touch & Go for the Nintendo DS then you already have a basic idea of what this Kirby game is like. Kirby will roll automatically, it's up to you to control his movements by touching him and drawing rainbow paths for him to cross.

It will take agility and quick reflexes to safely guide Kirby through all the dangers that await ahead. Younger and inexpereinced gamers might be vexed by the multiple strategies and different ways of control. For example, you can just touch Kirby to make him roll with high speed and knock out enemies, or you can touch the enemy to stun him and then once Kirby hits him he will be taken out.

Multiple unlockable mini-games give you reason to keep on playing once all the levels have been beaten. They range from the tried and true time trail to a memory game where you have to connect the dots in the correct order. These mini games are fun and I must confess I've had more fun with them than the main adventure.

There's no doubt that the touch controls give Kirby a whole new level of interactivity, but make no mistake, this is your standard collect stars-destroy enemies-find hidden items-defeat boss-repeat, type game. If you're a long-time gamer from the 80's like me then you may find the control mechanics aren't enough to hold your interest in this type of game. I've simply played too many of them. Kirby is a stong, polished title but not nearly as innovative with its gameplay as it is with it's control.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best game yet for the DS June 23, 2005
Format:Video Game
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Kirby's new adventure seems like the completion of the effort put into `Yoshi's Touch and Go' although I actually prefer the control in YTG. Too bad Yoshi's adventure played more like a demo than an actual game and was tragically short. There is quite a bit more control over the main character, Kirby, who can be stopped, sped up and made to launch attacks. Although both the Kirby and Yoshi games involved drawing paths (Yoshi had his clouds and Kirby his painted rainbows), Kirby's path is much more flexible. Kirby can be sent straight up and even loop backwards and made to turn around. In the case of water, drawing the path is reversed as the player needs to paint above Kirby rather than below. It took me awhile to figure out the trick of maneuvering through water. In fact there are a lot of environmental effects that cause the player to have to rethink how they draw including fans, wind and even gravitational fields.

Canvas Curse ramps up gradually from a casual walk in the park to frantic fast paced action in the later levels. It's a game that's easy to pick up and go with but after a few hours the comfort level increases to the point where it becomes very intuitive. Certainly the directional pad or even an analog stick would never be able to perform the subtle twists, turns and loops that Kirby will be performing. In fact I'll go out on a limb and say that no game has ever managed to produce the kind of ballet movement that Kirby is capable of. Occasionally there can be some difficulty in seeing the screen since your hand sometimes obscures the view but it's nothing that destroys the fun.

The core game is rather short and most of the playing time will probably spent collecting coins and opening up unlockables. There are also Time Trials, mini games and Paint Trials. If you bought the DS I can't see a reason not to buy Kirby since the game uses the strength of the DS as well as any game I've seen produced so far.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pen is mightier than the sword! December 4, 2005
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Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
All kirby games on different systems have different gameplay styles. on the ds one, the game lets out the gamer's artistic as kirby was turned into a ball by a witches curse. You use your stylus to draw lines for kirby to follow throughout i think 7 exciting worlds. This game always has awsome, fast pace action.

There are also fun little sub games you can play when you get bored of the main game. There are three sub games. Art Attack, Cart run, and block bounce. Each one of these are great fun for anyone.

I have already beaten the game and got alot of the medals, (figure out what medals are when you buy the game) so I don't have to play as kirby, I can play as waddle dee, king dee dee dee, or meda knight.

Overall this is a perfect kirby game and a perfect fit for the DS. I totally recommend this item to an owner of a DS. Even if your not the biggest kirby fan.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun. And I mean it. September 1, 2005
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's been a long time since I've played a game that's fun. I owned a PSP for a short while, it had so many little annoyances, and the games were total rehashes of other games with the exception of lumines, and lumines isn't fun.

So I sold that pile of junk on eBay and bought a Nintendo DS with Kirby. Oh my god. This game is so incredibly fun, fun as in I felt child-like joy at experiencing and playing a NEW game. I played Yoshi later, which most people compare this to, but Yoshi isn't fun.

The controls are simple, tap Kirby to go fast / special move, and draw rainbow lines to steer him. Tap an enemy to stun. That's about it. And yet, the emergent gameplay that evolves is nothing short of amazing.

It's a platformer at heart, and usually they get old quick because it's all been done, but the control scheme completely changes the equation.

I initially thought the touch screen was gimmicky, this game proves that's not the case.

5 stars across the board.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend, and he absolutely loves it. It was one of his favorite childhood games, so he was very happy to see it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emily Shanaberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fantastic
I can't believe that I'd never played this particular Kirby game. I wasn't originally a huge fan of stylus-only-oriented playing, so I didn't buy this game when it first released. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gilbert Hernandez Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
My 9-year-old son loves all Kirby games, and he stumbled on this one while watching YouTube videos of other people playing it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Keith Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a truly excellent game. The gameplay is creative, unique, and fun. I also love the paint style of graphics. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ben31199
5.0 out of 5 stars My Hand Hurts...In A Great Way! Have A Ball!
This game is the first Kirby game to be fully touch-screen based. It's interesting. Kirby gets turned into a ball and is forced to get himself back to normal because of a witch. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Skull13
5.0 out of 5 stars very good game
this is the best kirby game that i have ever played. The graphics are very beautiful and colorful. The stylus based controls are very smooth, also the music in the game is very... Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutesy therapeutic Marioland like fun with a bouncy bubble that...
Cutesy therapeutic Marioland like fun with a bouncy blob that acquires different powers as it picks up "potions" along the way... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Agogo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, not happy with the seller.
I bought this game new, $52.74 before additional costs. Not cheap. The game arrived in excellent condition. Seems obvious, right? Except it wasn't new. Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by PFC Boom
1.0 out of 5 stars GAME CARTRIDGE DEFECTIVE!
I really like this game- it can be frustrating at first to figure out how to control a constantly rolling ball, but it's fun and not too difficult to figure out. Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by Mali
4.0 out of 5 stars Kirby gets innovative with his first DS game!
This is Kirby Canvas Curse for the Nintendo DS, and I must say, it's actually pretty fun and a good first DS game for Kirby! Read more
Published on September 17, 2011
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