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Mega Move-set, Mega Merge, Mega More (don't comment on the majestical alliteration)

Iqskirby September 23, 2016 User blog:Iqskirby

There are many Copy Abilities in the Kirby franchise, and with that, changes are inevitable. Some receive moves that are later not used, other times abilities are merged due to their similarities. These are some of the things I'm going to talk about: move-set additions and merging abilities. Keep in mind, not all of the merges are what I want per se, I'm just saying that they're similar and/or that it's a possibility. As for move-sets... I like variety in my moves, although I can admit that some of these might get excessive in order to cram in as many moves as possible. Let's start with building up the move-sets.

In the early days of Kirby, most Copy Abilities only had a single move. In the Dark Matter trilogy, this was somewhat expanded by using animal friends in the former 2 games to access new moves, whereas the third game utilized a combination system. In exchange, there were significantly less [base] Copy Abilities. All of these games utilized Burning, Needle, Spark, Cutter, Ice, and Stone, while the first two also had Parasol, 64 had Bomb, and KDL3 had Clean (which we're unfortunately going to ignore for this section). So let's start with upgrading the Fire ability

Even though it was Burning, or Burn, in those games, that ability has been merged with Fire, and as such, its moves will be included in the Fire move set if possible. So let's actually start. When using Fire (going to be saying that instead of Burning) by itself, Kirby becomes a fireball and flies forward. This is his current dash attack. When paired with Rick, Rick breathes fire. This is his standard attack. When paired with Coo, they fly down at an angle, similarly to a meteoroid. This move does not appear in Fire's current move set. It could be added by using the same input as Wing's Condor Bomber. This could also be initiated out of the Burn attack the same way as Combo Bomber by using the Reverse Yo-yo input. When paired with Kine, Kirby shoots a fireball. KDL2 has it disappear after hitting an enemy or block, whereas in KDL3 it only disappears after hitting an enemy. Kirby has had the ability to shoot fireballs from his mouth in Air Ride as well (Blazing Flare), but they would arc. The Poison ability has both the ability spit balls of poison and the ability to breath it (albeit briefly). This fireball attack could work the same way by tapping the button instead of holding it, while holding will allow Kirby to continuously exhale fire. Tapping it would simply shoot a straight-going fireball that will break through all Star Blocks and the like in its way, but will disappear upon hitting an enemy. Tapping a direction just after the button press will cause the fireball to arc and linger on the ground: forward is a far but low arc, backward is a high by short arc, up is a high and far arc, and down is a fireball sent by the feet (low and short). Now, when paired with Nago, Kirby shoots a wall of fire that gets taller and then shorter before disappearing. This could be added in by pressing down before attacking. This would also be utilized by tapping as the Fireball Spin is also a downward attack, in which the button would have to be held to initiate, similarly to Fighter's smash moves instead of its weaker ones. Now, for the most part (if not all instances), I'm going to ignore Pitch because his pairings are odd if there were to be used with the modern formula. Pairing with Pitch allows Kirby to shoot a "boomeranging" fireball. This would be strange for Fire, and since it can be exploited into having Pitch rotate around Kirby, like UFO's Star Guard, that's more of a reason to just ignore it. Paired with Chuchu, Kirby breathes out a focused flame; while holding the jump button, Kirby will use Chuchu as a hot-air balloon. This move can't be incorporated, as Fire Kirby pulling out a square of balloon fabric would be pretty odd (unlike Circus, where such a thing would not be unordinary given that a lot of his move set involves hammerspace and specialized acts, some which involve fire); however, having his Fire Breath do more damage up close than from afar could be a way to kind of reference it. As for Kirby 64 stuff, I'll get to that once I'm done with a animal friend stuff. Now, one more thing to mention is the Spinning Fire Breath attack. It's debatable as to whether or not this is better than being able to use the normal Fire Breath attack in the air. To try to include both, Fire Breath would still be done by holding, but Spinning Fire Breath would be done by rapidly tapping (in contrast to just tapping; yes, there is a difference).

Next in line is Needle, in which this section will probably be comparatively shorter. By itself, Kirby covers himself in spikes. This is Needle's standard attack. Paired with Rick, Rick has spikes protrude from his back like a porcupine. While this seems disadvantageous, apparently it is a quite powerful move. I haven't experienced it personally, but I'm going to believe it for now. This move would be done by pressing backward just after the button press (which should be held, not tapped). This would cover Kirby's backside with the needles, and maybe a bit above, but with none in front. This could also work in tangent with Needle Burst, with the needles being shot behind him at 22.5° intervals to shoot out 5 spikes (instead of 45°, which would only shoot 3 spikes). When paired with Coo, Kirby turns into a downward needle. This is effectively Kirby's Falling Spine move, more so with the KDL2 version. When paired with Kine, he also surrounds himself with needles, but has more range. This doesn't really say much, but I would like Needle's main attack to have more range; KNiDL I believe had the best range. When paired with Nago, Kirby shoots needles out from his mouth. This could be initiated by tapping instead of holding, and would act similarly to Wing's Feather Gun, being a rapid shoot as well as being aimable. These needles would likely shoot from his hand or hat (probably the hat as I don't like the idea of modern Needle Kirby having his hand morph into a spike that he can shoot). When paired with Pitch, Pitch performs a rapid pecking with his beak. This seems obsolete given the aforementioned attack, and again, the hand morphing thing. With Chuchu, Chuchu shoots out five spikes from her head at 45° angles. This is in Needle's current move set, although in Return to Dream Land, they shot at 36° angles, allowing 6 out while on the ground. The current one is probably better though as 45 degrees is more standardized than 36, although the ability to shoot out needles below you would be nice to bring back. Another attack I want back is Rolling Needle. I assume the only reason it was taken out is because Wheel was back. I also would like the attack to last longer maybe, because as it is normally, their is virtually no speed advantage (or disadvantage) to using it, unlike many other dash attacks.

Next is Spark. By itself, it uses its standard Spark Attack. With Rick, Rick performs the Beam attack. This could be initiated by tapping the button instead of holding it. With Coo, Kirby shoots a lightning bolt downward. This is effectively the same as Return to Dream Land's Lightning Strike. With Kine, Kine has a lightbulb in his mouth that lights dark areas and can be shot out in Dream Land 2. While not forming lightbulbs, Spark does have the ability to emit light in dark rooms with its attacks, and is capable of shooting projectiles, such as the Spark Wave. With Nago, Kirby receives static and has sparks fly off him while being allowed move. This is effectively the Spark Barrier, which also has its intermediate phase when there's enough charge for the Spark Laser. With Pitch, Pitch becomes an RC bird. No comment here. With Chuchu, Chuchu charges up a laser. It can ricochet off walls and angles as well. While there is the Spark Laser, it cannot ricochet, nor can it be charged up per se. Perhaps this special laser move can be done by having it as a forward attack (not a dash attack; Smash's Hammer is an example of a forward attack, as is Squeak Squad's Fighter's spin kick on the ground). Now, before I leave Spark, I want to also address its moves in Squeak Squad. In Squeak Squad, the Spark Wave is a dash attack. This allows the static charge to also be used to expand the Spark Attack. I would like this to return, so that the Plasma moves are now initiated by dash attacks, otherwise it'll just power up the move that's being used: the Spark Attack, the Thunderbolt/Lightning Strike, the newly implemented Laser or Beam attack now that I think about it.

Cutter. By itself, Kirby throws out a boomerang that goes straight ahead before returning. This is Cutter's main move, although now it can be aimed. With Rick, he throws Kirby as the boomerang. Nothing too special, but it does last for a while and Rick can move while Kirby's spinning. I find this difficult, if near impossible to incorporate with modern Cutter Kirby, as his cutters are fast, not slow. It'd also be weird to have a cutter's position be relative to Kirby's position for the duration it is out instead of it being relative to Kirby's position when he threw it. When paired with Coo, Coo shoots 3 spinning feathers at different angles in Dream Land 2, or an aimable feather in Dream Land 3. The aimable feature is already present, but the triple cutter isn't. This one is kind of weird to implement, as Cutter has functions for tapping and holding. Tapping shoots off a cutter, while holding either charges the Hyper Boomerang or initiates the Sweep Cutter. One idea is to have it be an aerial dash attack. Also, instead of being a standard throw, Kirby instead does a somersault in which three cutters are released from his hat while doing so, flying in their respective directions, but not coming back. This will also not allow Sweep Cutter afterward. Another idea would be that Sweep Cutter could be activated similarly to Sword's Hat Drop attack in Triple Deluxe, pressing the B button in midair and then pressing down quickly afterward, in which the triple cutter attack would be done by holding B in midair without holding downward. With Kine, Kine shoots out a wave of energy. Cutter's only energy attack is the Nonstop Final Cutter, which can only be initiated through a combo and must be grounded. The ability to perform a standard Final Cutter at will would be nice, which could be done by pressing up and then holding the B button instead of tapping it. If up is held but the B button is tapped, it will release an upward aimed cutter, and the up input will have to be reset in order to do a Final Cutter after that, otherwise it'll be a charge up for the Hyper Boomerang. As for being able to do this crescent energy beam, perhaps it could be done like Sky Energy Sword (I mean, Kirby does use his cutter like a sword, so...). With Nago, he does a backflip and creates a diagonal-going energy wave. This could be performed with the Special Yo-yo input (i.e. down-up-attack), in which Kirby would take off his cutter and perform the backflip, creating the shockwave, before returning to his normal position and putting it back on his head. With Pitch, pitch is thrown forward quickly before returning. Again, not really going to use (especially with the orbiting exploit). However, perhaps being able to do a long throw would be nice, which would be done as a dash attack, but by tapping instead of holding the button. With Chuchu, Kirby swing her around him, covering the area in front, above, below, and behind him. This could maybe be incorporated by just holding the B button without throwing out a cutter beforehand. This would interfere with my second idea for the triple cutter attack, so that one could perhaps be modified into being only a dash move instead, but still have the Hat Drop activation for Sweep Cutter (this is bound to confuse someone. I need to think some things through).

Ice. By itself, Kirby breathes Ice. Nothing new here. With Rick, they surround them selves in falling snow and become a snowman. Basically Ice Storm. With Coo, Kirby has aimable breath in KDL2, or shoots 3 icicles in KDL3. It'd be nice for Ice to have aimable breath again like it was in Squeak Squad (surprisingly few games with aimable Ice Breath). As for the icicles, that could be done by tapping B in the air instead of holding. With Kine, in Dream Land 2, they create a blizzard around them, but are capable of moving, but keeping it out for too long will freeze them, making them vulnerable. In Dream Land 3, they simply freeze, sort of like stone, and I believe can slide. We already have an Ice Storm attack, and considering the Dream Land 2 version is quite broken by rapidly tapping the button, constantly reseting its timer and reseting Kine's momentum pattern, allowing him to move on land with ease, I don't think we need to include that. As for the Dream Land 3 variant, we have the Ice Ball attack now. With Nago, Kirby breaths ice downward, propelling them up. This could be done by pressing down and the B button in midair, and would act similarly to Water's Fountain Hover, but may be able to go up as long as it's held instead of having to be near a surface. With Pitch, it's just aimable and maybe longer range. Have that covered. With Chuchu, she creates snowballs with the ice from Kirby's mouth, and throws them. This could be done by tapping instead of holding while on the ground. Doing Ice Storm without moving would then be activated either by down and attack on the ground, or the same as Fireball Inferno except acts much faster.

Stone. Standard attack has not changed. With Rick, Kirby uses him as a ball, balancing on him as he rolls. Unfortunately cannot quite replicate this with how Stone currently works. Perhaps having a special ball transformation for stone, but even then, manual rolling seems kind of broken for Stone, as Kirby was still vulnerable with the Rick transformation. With Coo, Kirby becomes a stone, but Coo can fly while holding him in his talons. Again, cannot be replicated as it requires an additional character. With Kine, nothing new to really offer, besides maybe bigger stone objects, which Kirby can do with Heavy Smash. With Nago, Kirby is repeatedly slammed into the ground. While this can't be done as a single move, perhaps the stone transformation in the air could do more damage. With Pitch, it's an upward jump, then a slam. We just covered using an aerial attack. With Chuchu, she swings Kirby around her. Unfortunately, this can't be replicated, just like with Coo or Rick in the sense that one transforms, the other does something with the stone. One more thing I want to add is the ability to roll instead of slide. Stone could do it in Kirby's Dream Land 2,3 and Amazing Mirror. This could perhaps be done with Turbo Stone, which turns Kirby into a round object (which may have its own unique forms), whereas the other stone attacks turn him into the default statues and still utilize sliding instead of rolling.

And lastly for both the Dream Land games, Parasol. Standard move is standard, except it didn't shoot water droplets. With Rick, he balances Kirby on the parasol. Nothing too special, but it's very similar to Circus Throw. With Coo, they spin like a tornado. While tis is rather like Tornado's signature move, it could be done by pressing up and B. With Kine, he has the parasol in front of him in KDL2 or put it above him and drifts in KDL3. Both of these already exist. With Nago, they used the parasol as a pogo stick. This could be done like Sword's Hat Drop attack again, in which touching the ground while doing it will cause them to bounces as expected (heck, Hat Drop can pogo on enemies now instead of being a slightly more damaging Chop & Thrust or going straight down like Down Thrust). With Pitch, Kirby uses the parasol like a golf club, sending Pitch a ways. This could be incorporated as a down attack on the ground, but by tapping instead of holding, in which Kirby would instead release a water projectile. With Chuchu, they spin around in the parasol like a sort of top or teacup, in which it can slide across the ground. This is somewhat similar to the Parasol Twirl. I'd like to actually incorporate the move, but I feel like that'd require weight balancing, so I suppose the Parasol Twirl will have to suffice. Now, one attack that's been pretty well forgotten is the Copy Ability scroll move, in which the parasol shoots off like energy stars. The only way I can think about how this move would work is that holding the button out for long enough will cause the stars to come out. Maybe about 2 seconds. Also, I believe Parasol had a special slide sprite in Adventure. I want that back.

Now, for Clean. It's an ability I want to come back, more so because it was slated to appear in GCN before being cancelled. This ability hasn't appeared in the "standard" format either. Let's try to build it up though from what we have (not going to add my own ideas). By itself, Kirby swings a broom. Simple as that, that's his standard move activated by tapping the B button. With Rick, it's a duster. This could be done by holding the B button. With Coo, a feather duster. This could be done as a forward attack. With Kine, a plunger. Perhaps this could activate like most grab moves, by being near an enemy and holding a direction. With Nago, Kirby becomes a sort or rug or towel and is basically dragged across the ground. This could be Clean's dash, similar to Water's Surf. With Pitch, a bucket of water. This could be the dash attack, sort of like Spear Throw. With Chuchu, a flying broomstick. This could be used as a float alternative, similar to Wing, Jet, Beetle, and Cupid. This would work most like Angel's though, activating a midair jump getting you on the broom and allowing you to fly in any direction instead of just up; it can only be done while jump is held though, and will cancel if an attack is used. Now, if Clean already had a standard move set, I'd probably deem the dusters superfluous, as they're so similar, and something that could easily be replaced with a move utilizing Clean Kirby's signature broom.

Now, we enter Kirby 64 Combo ability territory. Due to the nature of actually combining abilities to create new ones instead of just giving a new move related to an ability, I decided to get the Dream Land 2/3 stuff done with beforehand. So let's get to it. I'll start with Fire, but I will talk about the other ability in the pair as well, as well as any other relatable abilities. Still has the fireball attack. With two Fires, the Super Fireball, it has a much longer fireball attack. This could be incorporate by "charging up" the fireball attack, similarly to Smash Kick, however, if performed in the air, Kirby would hover/slowly descend while charging; this attack will probably not be on the same calibre as the Super Fireball ability, because that's really far, and that does sometimes cause problems. With Fire and Needle, Flaming Arrows. This doesn't really fit either Fire or Needle, but it would work with Archer or maybe even Cupid. Expanding upon this: ice arrows, thunder arrows, and bomb arrows. The only problem would be how to add them in as well as how to not make them explicitly better than just normal arrows, aka a trade-off of sorts. For either ability, Archer or Cupid, simply holding up could probably do it, in which the types of arrows would always be chosen in a certain order. Cupid could also do this with down and attack, like Doctor's Science Lab. With Fire and Spark, Match, in which Kirby causes static on his head before it sets on fire. I would like it if Spark and Fire, maybe Ice (but less likely), to have passive damage from their hats. Their hats can cause damage upon contact, similar to Kirby's Parasol, where simply holding it can deal minor damage to anything that it touches. Next is the Sword of Fire. This is more of a Sword related thing. It's a sword on fire, and in Squeak Squad, we have a fire sword with ice and thunder variants. The ability to bring the elements back to Sword could be done by holding up. Sky Energy Sword would instead be activated by holding the B button, but it'd just be a Sword Beam charge like with the Master ability, and maybe not a Skyward Strike. The Spin Attack would then be moved to down and hold B, like with Fighter's Force Blast moves, except it doesn't have multiple phases of charge. Again, they'd also need a sort of trade-off. One of my ideas would be that it'd work like Super Smash Bros.'s version of Shulk's Monado Arts, in which once you choose it, you can't use it again unless you use another one for its duration, or you wait long enough. Unfortunately, this would omit Sword of Fire's own moves, aka its passive damage from Kirby holding it behind or above him, the sword swing (which probably won't be missed because Sword's normal swings are pretty nice as are), and the ability to throw the sword, unless we make it similar to the Hammer Throw (that virtually no one uses), which would also omit the ability to recreate the sword, allowing for infinite projectiles (but then again, we have a chargeable Sword Beam now).

Melting Ice Block. Fire and Ice both have the ability to surround themselves in their respective elements, and the Ice Blizzard can slide for a while when used as a dash attack, so nothing really to add here. Going to skip Bomb combos and save them for last, make Bomb feel a little special (he's not special). Volcano. This could be done like Water's Geyser or Poison's Toxic Tower. However, instead of being a stream of fire, it would instead be fireballs coming from his hat, in which he can aim like Toxic Tower could, except it can go to all the way to horizontal, just like Volcano does. Now to focus on Needle. It's standard attack instead is a toggle, which has Kirby surrounded in spines temporarily instead of having them be out for as long as the button is held. With Swiss Army, it's the same deal, except it lasts longer, maybe more range, and its decorated by an assortment of sharp objects. While I find the design quite charming, I don't think it'll work well with modern Needle Kirby, not even like Stone Change. Next is Lightning Rod. Mega Needle effectively replicates this for Needle, and Thunderbolt replicates its part for Spark.

Giant Claws. That's kind of a weird one for both Needle and Cutter, so I'll pass on this one. Giant Spiny Snowflake. Nothing special here besides that it takes a while for the spines to extend all the way, and that it's incorporated with Ice. Ice already has Ice Storm, so we're fine on that front too. With Stone, Drill. We have talked about Needle with more projectiles, and this would be cool to incorporate, but I don't know how exactly. Hand morphing aside, Needle already has a downward attack, the Falling Spine. However, I haven't assigned a forward attack, so that may work,but we'd have the issue of also replicating Kirby dragging on the ground, so this may as well be left unused. With Spark, it can move sideways while performing its signature attack. Considering the Spark Barrier exists, and most people use Spark like they did Plasma, the ability to move while performing Spark Attack is rather obsolete. Super Electric Energy Field. While the lightning bolt lashing out whenever an enemy enters is a nice touch, simply dealing damage is sufficient, and that's what the Super Spark Attack does, as mentioned earlier when talking about Squeak Squad.

Double-Bladed Laser Sword. This is probably a fan favorite, and rightfully so. Given that this ability's main form of attack is a spin, and Sword has the Spin Attack, that will suffice. However, it's arguable that it could be its own ability (because two blades, and because Star Wars). Refrigerator. As cool (pun not intended) and quirky as this ability is, there isn't really a way to incorporate its function into Spark or Ice's move set (and besides, spawning in food is broken), this will have to be skipped. Lightning Boulder. This is probably the weirdest and most unorthodox ability in the game. It's basically a really awkward but fun Yo-yo that you usually try to avoid to continue its duration. This won't work for Spark, Stone, or Yo-yo for that matter, so I'll pass. Ice actually is a bit different this time around. Instead of simply exhaling frigid breath, he spins while he does it, and can slide along the ground while doing so. This is very similar to the Ice Sprinkle move, but it's grounded. We do have Ice Sprinkle, as I just mentioned, and there is also a Super Ice Sprinkle technique (that abuses the physics of the game by short jumping and momentum canceling, allowing for a very high damage output), but that's not quite the same. However, I'll probably just skip this one, due to its similarity. With two Ices, Rolling Snowball. We do have the Ice Ball move, which is very similar, and arguably better due to its speed (but repeated usage, but that hardly bothers anyone) and that it freezes and kicks enemies already, although sucking enemies into the snowball is probably more entertaining.

Ice and Stone is Curling Stone, everyone's favorite olympic sport. While it is kind of neat, the deceleration gets annoying after a bit. Probably the most useful part of this is that when it freezes enemies, it places the ice block above, instead of where the enemy was at that moment; this can help with hitting aerial foes with frozen ones. The only way I can think of to incorporate this is up and the B button. Alternatively, to give Ice an edge with aerial projectiles, it's be neat if Ice Ejection could have an altered trajectory (although we do have the ability to spit out snowballs now). With Stone on its own, and with Giant Stone, Kirby can actually walk while in the form. I already talked about how potentially broken this could be, having Stone Kirby able to move like that while in stone form, and in this time, Stone Kirby probably wouldn't rebound after contact with [mid-]bosses, making it more broken. Point is, we're not making Stone mobile in that form except for sliding and rolling (unless we're going to give it a sort of vulnerability, but seeing as how everyone likes Metal Kirby...). But maybe this could be added. MAYBE....

Now onto the bombs (because Bomb didn't get its own isolated section like the others). By itself, still bombs, but you had to hold the button to determine how far they'd go, which is an outdated form of aiming. With another bomb, missiles. With Fire, fireworks. With Needle, a Gordo basically. With Spark, a lightbulb. With Cutter, ninja stars. With Ice, a snowman. With Stone, dynamite. Bomb's current move set is about bomb placement, but not about different bombs. It's time to switch that up. Fireworks would be nice for increasing range and/or being a multi-hit attack. Spike bombs (we'll probably have them look more generic instead of like Gordos) could help with directional range, similarly to Needle's Needle Burst. Lightbulbs I'll probably omit, but Thunder Bombs are welcome (on the Spark side of this, Spark can still light up rooms already and the Spark Barrier is already a surround attack with mobility); they would deal electric damage, but I'm not quite sure about the down side, besides maybe slower rate of fire. Explosive Ninja Stars probably belongs more to Ninja than Bomb or Cutter (on the Ninja side of things, a forward attack by tapping I suppose); it would go straight ahead instead of being controlled by gravity, similarly to the Straight Throw before it was replaced with Bomb Bowl (which is totally cool anyway). Snowmen are also an oddity in Bomb's or Ice's move sets (although Bomb does have self destruct as an attack), so this will be left alone, aside from adding back Ice Bombs, which would probably do less damage in exchange for freezing enemies (frozen enemies do a considerable amount of damage anyway, so it's still worth it). Dynamite is clearly going to be the most powerful (it does self damage in 64) but it will also take the longest to explode if it doesn't hit a target and there can only be one out at a time. With missiles, well, they're missiles. They'll home into enemies as per usual, but will do less damage to compensate. As for how to activate these (the big question), would probably just be by holding up (like Sky Energy Sword), in which the explosives would either always be done in a certain order, or could be individually chosen (kind of like Milky Way Wishes in KSSU). As for some other bomb-related stuff, I'd like Bomb Slide back. The fact that special slide moves don't exist anymore disappoints me. We could also try to make Straight Throw and Bomb Bowl as separate moves, having Straight be tap and Bowl be hold.

Anything I missed regarding those abilities? I hope not. Moving on, let's talk about some other abilities that are missing more that can be added back.

Fighter has numerous moves from Squeak Squad that didn't make it. The aerial spin kick could be done by tapping in the air, in which double kick would still be by holding. Down Kick would instead be done by holding down and tapping while in the air, in which Sky Kick would be the "hold" version of the attack. The ground spin kick would still be a forward attack, but by holding, in which Leg Sweep would be the tap variant. The KSS(U) Spin Kick would be by tapping and dashing, while the current one is by holding. The somersault kick would be a dashing up attack (in contrast to Ice Ball, which is a dashing down attack). The kick that followed Vulcan Jab in Squeak Squad and Amazing Mirror will be done by tapping up instead of holding it (which is Rising Break), and can be followed up by the downward punch if timed accordingly (like Sword Dive). Throws: Arm Throw (KSS) is forward, Air Drop is up, Juudou Throw (KSS) is back, Judo Throw (KRtDL) is down, and Arm Throw (KRtDL) is B (or something like that). As for the longer range of the Super Star Vulcan Jab, perhaps it can be aimed like Feather Gun or Fire Breath, allowing it to be angled or extended.

Hammer has a couple of missing moves as well. Return to Dream Land had Triple Hammer, which was taken out for unknown reasons (aside from Dededetour, where charging would give Dedede a cutting projectile). Could still be done by holding long enough. Then, giant hammer, which could be done by holding longer than that. There's also that hammer beam thing that Dedede has when at full health in Dededetour. Not sure whether or not to add that, but you know the drill at this point. Also, Hammer has a special slide attack in Adventure, and I think that'd be cool to add back.

Hi-Jump just needs its multi-hit properties back, or it needs its damage numbers increased, because this ability was great in Squeak Squad, but not so great in Return to Dream Land (but I suppose it's still fun, and Rocket Dive is an improvement). Also, special.

Ninja. Talked a bit about Explosive Ninja Stars. Said it would be a forward attack. Want to add normal shurikens back from Squeak Squad. This will be done by holding instead of tapping (like Fighter). Quad Shock will instead be initiated as a forward attack (or perhaps even a close range attack like Cleaving Cutter) by holding, while the Explosive Ninja Star is just by tapping. The old dash attack will be a tap, and the new one will be by holding (preferably the Return to Dream Land one, which had a better hitbox and much less lag at the end of the move). Water walking can return, and we can still have the bamboo stick thing if he's swimming on the surface as well. Along with this, we can put back Elemental Jutsu by holding the button for longer than the shuriken.

Cupid I'll get to later, I have something special for that. Although while I'm here, make its arrows less sucky. I think they were actually better in Amazing Mirror (although that new dash attack is very much welcome).

Throw is also special, and I will get back to.

Sleep just needs its healing back, and make it better, as healing was the equivalent of 1.5 cherries in that game (a cherry was 1/6 of the base health in that game, but is 1/10 of full health). This thing needs to step it up to like a 1/3 health or something (which is usually Pep Brew).

Beam will also receive "special" treatment (maybe it's not so special anymore since I keep on doing this). It would be kind of neat to see its powered-up whip appear somehow, but I don't know how that'll work (besides Sky Energy Sword, like I haven't said that enough already). Also, put Revolution Beam back; there was no reason to get rid of it that I'm aware of.

Metal is basically part of Stone now (except the invincibility walking, which while cool, is also extremely tedious, although I suppose it could help with wind currents; will need to think about that. MAYBE...).

Magic just needs to either get rid of the roulette, or make it not so easy to accidentally do (it's happened to me more than I've wanted, and since I generally hate random...).

Sword, we want Final Cutter back because it was fabulous. Will use Special Yo-yo input. Also, we can add back the slide attack. This is going to be a weird thing to summarize given the various references to Sword earlier on. Element can be changed in place of Sky Energy Sword. Sky Energy Sword is replaced by a chargeable Sword Beam like Master, and the Spin Attack is down and attack on the ground. Also, if we want so badly, multi-stab combo can be a forward attack combo (still ridiculous with the stab's range unless it acts more like today's Vulcan Jab).

Laser is special.

The only move missing from Wheel is the ability to slow down (and, if we add Wheelie Rider, the star shooting). Nobody cares about the slowing down as far as I'm concerned, and if you do, they have a move that allows you to stop on the spot (and I don't think the ability is as fast in these games, which is why it has that turbo boost move thing). As for the stars... that's broken, deal with it.

Crash is also special.

Spear. The ability to Triple Throw could easily be reimplemented. Basically the Triple Deluxe version with the Triple Throw (it only makes sense). Also, maybe incorporate that slide thing. It was with every ability that held a weapon (Sword, Hammer, Parasol), which is also their reason for working underwater.

Breathing underwater. It'd be nice if you could do the continuous breathing from the older games instead of just the air bubbles. Bubbles could be done by tapping, and the stream or whatever could be done by holding. Also, maybe make it so that Copy Abilities can be used underwater but with limitations, like no dash attacks and the likes.

Now, for the fun (and special treatment). We only just talked about the move sets; now it's time for the merging (also, if you managed to read all of that, you have no life). Also, for the record, most of these merges are simple ideas. I'm not necessarily saying they're desirable. More of them I'd rather have the abilities separate.

Cupid and Archer. I've talked about this quite a while back (two years ago, when Triple Deluxe was still pretty new). Both of them involve move sets with bows and arrows. Cupid can fly and shoot while doing so, has a triple shot dash attack. Archer can slash his arrow as a dash attack, as well as shoot three arrows diagonally downward as a midair dash, has better aimability, can aim directly up, can crouch to become invincible, and can even attack while crouching. It seems like Archer has it better off. If Archer were to be the superior ability, the slash could be a forward attack, with the triple shot being a dash. That or one of them could be a tap, and the other a hold. However, Archer would lose the unique ability to fly [and shoot] (he's Robin Hood, not Peter Pan) and have the same dash attack in the air, in exchange for keeping Camouflage, Crawl, and Hitman. However, we can turn this around. Cupid can have the new arrow aiming mechanics, [nearly] 360° shooting ability, have the same triple arrow/arrow slash set-up, could have the diagonal shots be done either by just simple aiming, or as a midair downward dash attack (like Condor Bomber). A Hitman-like attack could still be in, but Camouflage and Crawl are less likely to follow. I mea, I guess he could hide behind clouds and hearts and that stuff. However, if Cupid were to prevail, characters like Spynum, or even Bowby (seriously, the fact that this wasn't the enemy to grant Archer is kind of pitiful, and it only appeared in Return to Dream Land) would probably be taken out, or would just grant no Copy Ability (which is also sad). Alternatively, Cupid and Archer could both exist, but with incredibly similar move sets, but that would seem redundant. Fire and Ice as well as Water and Poison work because, while having similar moves, they can still be set apart from each other with their elemental differences, different uses in puzzles, and so forth. Cupid and Archer, not so much.

Throw, and Suplex/Backdrop, and Beetle. This was another one I talked about two years back. Aside from the former two both sporting fabulous blue headbands, they also rely on grabs and throws. Beetle also does, but to a lesser extent. The former two could be effectively merged with each other as well. Throwing could be accomplished by just pressing the B button to inhale, whereas Suplex's Lunges would be forward and dash attacks. Depending on which way you grab the enemy, inhale or lunge, will determine whether you throw or suplex respectively; simple as that. To add to that, Backdrop's downward throw in midair could be forward, Suplex's normal midair throw would be up, and the body slam would still be down. Don't have a backward throw for this one. But now it comes to Beetle. Beetle is part Sword (standard combo and can cut ropes), part Jet (better flight), part Hammer/Stone (can point stakes) and part Suplex/Throw (lunge, and the 4 other throws). That's a lot of stuff. This ability could practically absorb Suplex and Throw if it wanted to. I love Beetle, don't get me wrong, but I also really love Suplex and Throw, more so if they were combined into one, but having them all merged would probably be saddening, more so since it could be done with relative ease. Rocket Horn could lead into the Throw moves, and Catching Horn could lead into the Suplex moves (and could still move back and forth and jump by requiring the B button to also be pressed to activate the move). Another thing is, if Beetle and Suplex were to coexist, what would Bugzzy give? Although, we do have Jukid and Phan Phan to fall back on (although Jukid could be changed to give Fighter instead, although now that I think about it, I don't recall any mid-bosses that have ability changes except for Freeze, Burning, and Crash). My idea set-up would be to have Suplex merged with Throw, and have it be able to co-exist with Beetle, even though, as I said, it could totally contain both of their move sets (except maybe the Pinpoint Kick).

Beam, Spark, and Laser. In Spark's section regarding Dream Land 2 and 3, I mentioned how with Rick, you use one of Beam's attack, and with Chuchu, one of Laser's attacks. Let's get back to that. It's actually quite possible that all three of these abilities could be merged into one. It'll be weird, definitely, but it can happen. Let's start with Laser, which is much simpler, having only 2 moves. I said Laser would be executed as a forward attack. This will also have the new aiming mechanic, and will also be able to deflect off walls, even if they're not angled. It will have the Plasma Needle, the standard laser, the Heat Beam/chargeable one from Squeak Squad, and the Piercing Heat Beam. They will still deflect. That's Laser for you (extending into UFO's territory). Now, Beam is more complex. The standard Beam Whip will be activated by tapping, as aforementioned way earlier in this blog post. Wave Beam may be bypassed (I mean, we have Spark Wave). Revolution Beam is still the same. Cycle Beam could be a downward dash attack, or we could have one of the dash attacks be a tap while the other is a hold (you have to make a lot of complex compromises to cram as many moves into a move set as you can). Capture Beam will also be the same. Beam Blast will be a midair downward dash attack (given it's a carpet bomb attack anyway). As for some special modifications, all attacks will be upgraded by using static. With Spark Attack, the Spark field gets bigger with each charge level. The lightning bolts are more powerful and/or greater lateral range. Laser will upgrade accordingly. Beam will start as normal without charge, be the Squeak Squad Copy Ability Scroll variant with Spark Arrow charge, Plasma Spray with Spark Laser Charge, and Plasma Zap with full charge (taking Plasma's moves from Air Ride). These additional two moves will still follow the general Beam Whip Motion. Cycle Beam, Revolution Beam, and Capture Beam will be upgraded similarly, being default, Squeak Squad Scroll, Spray, and then Zap (Revolution Beam's upgrade will deplete after a single revolution or so). Beam Blast will take it a step further. It'll be default, Plasma Spray, Plasma Zap, and then Plasma Comets. These will be more accurate to their appearances in Air Ride instead of copying Beam Blast exactly. Now, just to say, I don't necessarily want all of these abilities to be merged, but I'm saying that (with hard work and determination), it can be done. Personally, I want to see Laser back in action, and I want it aimable. Seriously, how many people thought in Adventure that you could aim Laser upward like it showed in the icon?

Bomb and Crash. Something that really bothers me about Bomb is self-destruct; it's probably one of the most pointless moves in the game. You wait all this time, with Kirby in a slightly handicapped state, for the Bomb to blow up just to do a little recoil (older games did self-injury as well) and have no increase in damage whatsoever. I wish that Bomb's self-destruct would be pointful, like have more power the longer you wait, maybe a bigger blast radius, and so forth, kind of like the Balloon Bomb item. Also, perhaps if you wait all the way, Kirby will forfeit the ability in a giant explosion like Crash, but also similarly to its move in Air Ride. This is why I consider them mergeable. Do I want Crash to disappear though? No, I like them separate, but self-destruct, or at least holding the bomb a bit instead of throwing it ASAP, should do more damage.

Hi-Jump, Jet and Missile. They former two can be merged to form a new version of Jet. Jet can take Hi-Jump's main attack from it by using up and attack, and can charge them like such, and it can also take the Rocket Dive. This is in addition to the Ultra-Jet Jump and the fact that Jet can charge forward quickly as well. However, we can make it a new Hi-Jump as well. It won't store power, but it can now lunge forward, still with the chargeability of its normal attack, as well as be able to charge its Rocket Dive. It can also still be able to angle itself when doing a forward lunge, and be able to stop any of its jumps with a special shockwave, getting more powerful with more charge. Its grab will only be the Rocket Dive attack from Jet (only just found out they both had a Rocket Dive move) as a version of Jet Blow would be a little complex/awkward to add in. The Hover will also be omitted, as Hi-Jump does not have a thruster. The Somersault could perhaps be maintained. Hi-Jump's standard attacks don't require the up input, only directional input if doing a "jump" that isn't up, such as sideways or downward. Missile, which if it reappears may end up being renamed to Rocket (given Epic Yarn and Rainbow Curse both have rocket forms, but no missiles; same goes for a tank and a submarine), could probably take over. It could be chargeable like Jet and Hi-Jump, allowing for boosts before and during flight, still have its directional freedom, and have explosions on contact or upon transformation. It wouldn't have the Hover, but considering that the ability's main purpose is flying, I don't think that'll be a problem. Again, mergeable, not necessarily desirable. Probably worth having the variety.

Bubble and Water. With the likelihood of Bubble Items being Squeak Squad exclusive, it's likely Bubble can be merged with Water. The ability to blow bubbles can be done by holding the button instead of tapping, and they can be aimable as usual. The Big Bubble could be accomplished as a dash attack, but by tapping instead of holding. That, or just a forward attack.

Whip and Yo-yo. Both are rather similar, and for Pete's sake, they both have a special Yo-yo input attack involving a spinning leap into the air, with the most horizontal range at the top. Whip is the faster and weaker one, while Yo-yo is the stronger but slower one. Either could prevail. If Whip prevails, then nothing really changes. Not like Whip is going to do a breakdance. If Yo-yo prevails, the 100-Whip Dash can be a forward move, but with a Yo-yo. The vertical range of Ceiling Strike could be achieved by holding the button instead of tapping it, which does Yo-yo Up. Yo-yo down will be changed a bit on the ground due to the newer formula, but will be the same when used in the air. A Jump Strike could be done as a midair downward dash attack if it need be. I don't know of a Yo-yo move equivalent of the 100-Whip Slap, but considering how many different Yo-yo tricks there are (and that it has its own wiki), I'm sure something can be done. Break Spin and Gazer Spiral will stay, in which Gazer Spiral is the equivalent of Whip Tornado. Hammer Drop will act a bit like Whip Grab. It will still have the turnaround (backward), pulling it behind you and then slamming it (downward), and then also have a throw upward like High Lash and a throw forward like Front Lash/Yo-yo Throw

I think that's about everything I have. If you managed to read it to this far... you still have no life. Even less so, like that's possible. Though really, thank you for actually bothering to read this if you did. It took a lot of time and effort, especially with trying to figure out how to bypass moves with the same inputs and the like. (8244 words, excluding this excerpt. Thank goodness I actually saved this onto a Word Document; I just knew Safari would quit sometime, although this one was through my own means instead of it happening unexpectedly).

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