Kirby Air Ride artwork
|“||Let the karaoke contest begin!”|
|— King Dedede • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!|
Walky is a regular enemy in Kirby's game series. It is a living, sentient, dangerous microphone that can't carry a tune for its life. It is designed to look like a traditional stage microphone. Because it is hinged between its two halves, it is able to fire out amplified sound waves. It commonly attacks by shouting a terrible cacophony as it trudges along. Walky, despite its name, is actually unable to walk in earlier games, nor is it even truly personified in some games.
Walky also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
According to Walky's Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land. In this game, Walky is nothing than a mere item (and not a true creature). In fact, this item does no harm to Kirby-- it's actually a big help. If Kirby spits it out after inhaling it, Walky emits a booming blast of sound KOing all enemies on screen.
This is perhaps the basis for the real Mike ability that would appear in following games. This is also the only game Walky is immobile in. The first game to feature Walky moving around would be Kirby's Adventure.
Paint Roller draws Walky as one of his drawings. It simply trots along until it walks right off screen. Rather than emitting a tasteless tune like it usually does, the drawn Walky just walks away quietly, hinting that this version of Walky is actually incapable of making any sounds. When inhaled though, it gives the Mike ability. Because the Mike ability can defeat Paint Roller almost instantly, it rarely gets drawn.
Kirby Super Star was first to use a truly-personified microphone for Walky's design (one that wasn't an enchanted drawing). It is also the first game to use Walky's current design and name.
Walky will rarely show up on levels, strolling about. Occasionally, it stops to cry out a terrible tune. This sends forth three bad notes, one straight forth and the others diagonally forward. On rare occasions, Walky will yell out the tune, but will fail to spit out note projectiles, causing it to nervously run back and forth, jumping around. It gives the Mike ability when eaten again.
Walky appears as an obstacle in this game. It is seen singing quietly to itself on the track, doing nothing to harm Kirby. When inhaled, it gives the Mike ability just like in the other games. In Top Ride, Walky is used on pickup rather than using suction to get him.
Walky makes its most recent appearance in this game. Walky behaves identically to his Kirby Super Star counterpart (except the aforementioned occasional attack failure). It uses its model from Kirby Air Ride.
Just like before, Walky will keep to itself and walk around peacefully until approached. It will fire out three multicolored note projectiles when Kirby draws near. Once eaten Kirby can get the Mike ability from it.
In the Anime
|“||What's this dopey little doohickey do?!”|
|— King Dedede • Kirby: Right Back At Ya!|
Walky appears as a Demon Beast sent by Nightmare Enterprises to King Dedede in the episode Abusement Park. Customer Service suggests (somewhat jokingly) to hold a Karaoke contest with it, the grand prize being Kirby's favorite food, Watermelons. Kirby would stand on the "stage" (actually the NME Teleporter) and be sent to NME to be destroyed by the overwhelming numbers of Demon Beasts there. Engrossed in the idea, King Dedede also invites the rest of Cappy Town to participate, promising the second-place winner millions of Dedede Dollars.
The town is ecstatic and rushes off to compete. After several attempts to get on to the "stage" and sing (his attempts denied by Mayor Blustergas, Chef Kawasaki, and Sir Ebrum to name a few) Kirby inhaled Walky and becomes Mike Kirby. Kirby then proceeds to sing badly, and Customer Service (unaware of Mike Kirby's powers) sends him straight to NME. Kirby's bad singing destroys all the Demon Beasts and Customer Service is forced to send him back to Dream Land. By the time Kirby finishes singing and forfeits his ability (just like in the games), he has destroyed all of Castle Dedede. In the end, Kirby wants to sing again, but Walky, who apparently survived the inhalation, has had enough and runs away.
Walky has no attack of his own and simply acts like a regular microphone. As Customer Service explains to Dedede, Walky is a Demon Beast who simply amplifies the voice of the person talking into it.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Walky appears as an unlockable trophy. The player can acquire it randomly through the Coin Launcher sub-game.
A microphone who trudges along and enjoys himself as he sings. By inhaling Walky, Kirby gains the ability to shout, allowing him to clear all enemies off the screen with a high-volume blast. This is a powerful ability that can only be used up to three times. In Kirby Air Ride, this ability sends every racer within range into a spin.
- Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
- Kirby Super Star (1996)