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Top Ride

Play wild mini-races from a top-down perspective!
— Description • Kirby Air Ride

Top Ride is a racing mode in Kirby Air Ride. The races in this mode take place at a birds eye view, on small courses that fit on the screen. Unlike the other 2 modes, Top Ride only has 2 machines to choose from: Free Star and Steer Star, which do not appear in City Trial or Air Ride. In this mode, there are a lot of power-ups that can cause mayhem with the enemy or the player himself/herself. For example, one lets Kirby throw bombs to explode foes and another releases smoke that confuses approaching rivals.

Smash Ride, a sub-game in Kirby: Squeak Squad, is similar to Top Ride.

Modes

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Top Ride's course selection screen

The game modes are the same as those in Air Ride:

  • Start Game takes players to the course selection screen, where they can choose a course and up to 4 players can join the race.
  • Free Run lets players choose between Time Attack, where they must complete a set amount of laps in the shortest time possible, and Free Run, where they can aim to achieve short individual lap times on any course.

Top Ride Machines

These are the machines the player can chose from, and only appear here. They are therefore not considered Air Ride Machines.

Courses

All the courses in Top Ride are available from the start. They are also small enough to fit on the screen, which means that there is no need for the screen to be split when there are 2 or more human players on a race.

Top Ride courses
GRASS SAND SKY
Grass Sand Sky
FIRE LIGHT WATER METAL ?
Fire Light Water Metal Random

Items

Items will randomly appear along each course during races, having a variety of effects that can help or hinder the player. Three of these items must first be unlocked by completing certain tasks in the Top Ride Checklist.

There is an option that allows players to decide how many items appear during the races, which includes the option to turn them off so that no items appear.

Mystery Item

Some additional item rules can be unlocked by completing certain tasks in the Top Ride Checklist. These include "Attack" items, which causes only offensive items to appear, and "Mystery", which causes all items to appear as bags with question marks on them until they are picked up.

This is a list of all the items that can appear. Most of these can be discarded by doing a Quick Spin, which allows the player to pick up a different item.

Name Image Description
Buzz Saw
Buzz Saw
Attaches a saw on each side of Kirby's machine. The saws push away and temporarily slow down any enemies they hit.
Kracko Orb
Kracko Orb
Kracko appears on the stage, electrocuting enemies. This item mostly tries to attack people in first or second place. The lightning will also damage the player that got the item if he or she gets too close.
Missile
Missile Top Ride
Launches a homing missile to the opponent in front of Kirby. It can be avoided by performing a Quick Spin.
Hammer
Hammer Top Ride
A Hammer swings around Kirby, hitting enemies. The hammer swings depending on how the player tilts the control stick.
Party Bomb
Mine Top Ride
Once the player sets it, the bomb becomes a small, hard-to-see trap. It blows up and spreads some confetti when a player touches it. It will detonate even if it is touched by the same player that set it.
Freeze Fan
Freeze Fan
Attaches a cooler to the front of Kirby's machine, which releases clouds of cold air that freeze opponents who get too close to them.
Big Cake
Big Cake
Turns the player into a huge Kirby, squashing foes that get in the way. Squashed foes become stunned. Unlike most other items, it can't be discarded through a Quick Spin.
Bomb
Bomb Top Ride
Allows the player to throw bombs that slow down opponents.
Smokescreen
Smokescreen
Allows the player to create a cloud of smoke that confuses opponents. It is best to release the clouds in narrow pathways.
Drill
Drill
A drill appears in front of Kirby's machine, ramming opponents out of the way.
Invincible Candy
Candy
The player gains a boost of speed and becomes impervious to attacks.
Walky
Walky
Releases a sound wave that covers a considerable portion of the course. Opponents who are hit become stunned.
Fire
Fire Top Ride
Lets the player's machine create a line of fire that burns opponents.
Battery
Charge Up
Allows Kirby's machine to gain much more speed than normal from boosting.
Spinner
Spinner
Causes Kirby's machine to spin whenever he boosts, causing opponents who are hit to lose control.
Sticky Tire
Speed Down (Top Ride)
Attaches a tire to Kirby's machine, reducing its speed. Can be passed on to another opponent by making that opponent touch the tire. It cannot be discarded by doing a Quick Spin.
Booster
Speed Up (Top Ride)
Increases Kirby's machine speed.
Party Ball
Party Ball
A party ball appears above the course and releases many items. It previously appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Who? Paint
Who Paint
Turns enemies invisible. During this time, affected players will not be able to use items, and the player marker (the arrow above the Kirby's head) will not display, so human players can get confused as to what Kirby they are controlling.

Must be unlocked by collecting a total of at least 500 items in Top Ride.

Chickie
Chickie
Stuns enemies and makes direction hard for them.

Must be unlocked by getting over 18 different types of items in Top Ride.

Lantern
Lantern
Causes the entire screen to go dark. However, a small light will appear around the player who collected it.

Must be unlocked by taking 1st place without using items on all courses.

Checklist Tasks

Like the ones in Air Ride and City Trial, the Checklist in Top Ride has a total of 120 tasks.

General

There are 6 tasks that record progress from both Top Ride and Free Run, and can be completed while playing either mode.

Top Ride

There are 84 tasks that must be completed in Top Ride mode. Many are similar and some vary only in the course in which they must be completed.

Time tasks require the player to finish a race in under a given time. There are 7 of these tasks, one for each course.

No Item tasks require the player to finish a race without using items. For these tasks to count, items cannot be turned off when attempting them. There are 9 of these tasks.

No Boost tasks require the player to finish a race without boosting. There are 9 of these tasks.

1st Place tasks simply require the player to finish in first place a set amount of times on each course. There are 8 of these tasks.

Advantage tasks require the player to finish in first place with a certain time or lap advantage over the player in second place. There are 9 of these tasks.

CPU tasks require the player to finish in first place against level 5 CPUs. There are 7 of these tasks, one for each course.

Lap tasks require the player to race a certain amount of laps. There are 8 of these tasks.

Course tasks require the player to perform certain actions using features specific to each course. There are 15 of these tasks.

Item tasks require the use of items in order to complete them. There are 6 of these tasks.

Misc tasks can be completed on any course, and are not part of a large group of similar tasks. There are 6 of these tasks.

Free Run

There are 30 tasks that must be completed in Free Run mode.

Time Attack tasks simply require that the player finish under a certain time on each course. There are 15 of these tasks.

Free Run tasks require the player to finish a lap under a set amount of time on each course. There are 15 of these tasks.

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