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Kirby Air Ride ZG: Zero Gravity is the second Kirby Air Ride video game presented by Nintendo and developed by HAL Laboratory Inc. This video game is for the Nintendo Switch and it was released on March 6, 2020.

Gameplay

Kirby Air Ride ZG: Zero Gravity is played primarily through use of a vehicle, many of which are taken from previous Kirby games, such as the Warp Star. Players take control of Kirby and many other characters to compete in races or other mini-games. This game now features Zero Gravity controls such as the magnet which attracts the player to various places. Kirby, along with King Dedede and Meta Knight in the original Kirby Air Ride do not speak. But this game now enables Kirby and many others to speak in the game.

The simple controls are a defining feature of Kirby Air Ride. Unlike most racers, no input is necessary for the craft to move forward. Other than the use of the Control Stick to steer, the A button performs all other actions in the game, including braking, charging up for a boost, sucking in nearby enemies and thereafter using the powers absorbed from them. Some characters besides Kirby can use vacuums to absorb enemies. Gliding is also a definitive feature of the game, as the player can control the crafts' altitude when they go airborne.

Each of the three modes of the game has a "checklist" associated with it. These are 12x12 grids which contain 144 squares, all of which are initially blank. Each square has a hidden goal contained inside it, and certain goals also have unlockable content attached to them, such as alternate machines, new items and courses, new characters, and music tracks for the sound test. When a goal is completed, the squares fill to reveal completed goals. In practice, this system of discovering unknown goals is balanced out by several goals which are relatively easy to obtain, such as "finish a race three times" or "race on every course," and various other goals which only require the accrual of play time; these, in turn, make it easier to find out what other, more specific goals are, since each goal unlocked will open up the objective of the goals touching the goal completed.

Game Modes

Air Ride

Air Ride is a basic, back-view racing mode. The player chooses a racing machine and races against up to three other human or computer players via split-screen to get to the finish before anyone else. There are two ways to play a typical Air Ride race:

Laps
Laps is the default mode, where the player finishes the race by completing a set number of laps around the course. The number of laps can be custom set from 1 to 99, or kept at the track's default. The default number of laps may depend on the current course.
Time
In Time mode, players race for a set amount of time, and the player that goes the farthest down the track wins the match.

In both modes, Kirby and some other characters may suck up and acquire the abilities of enemies strewn along the track and use those powers against their rivals. Doing so will slow Kirby's enemies down and potentially do damage to them (if the Health Bar is activated for the race.)

In addition to the racing mode, Air Ride also has the option of Time Attack mode, where a single player races around a track for three laps. Lastly, a single player can also race Free Run mode, an endless race with the sole purpose of reaching the fastest possible Lap Time.

Top Ride

Top Ride is a racing mode on smaller, simpler tracks, and is viewed from above the track. Due to the decreased track size, the default number of laps is increased per track. Top Ride has only two vehicles to choose from; the red Free Star moves in the direction the Control Stick is tilted, while the blue Steer Star rotates clockwise or counterclockwise based on tilting the Control Stick right or left.

Like Air Ride, Top Ride also has Time Attack and Free Run modes. There are seven courses total, based on seven different themes: Grass, Sand, Sky, Fire, Light, Water and Metal. In this game, Ice, Poison, Darkness and Paint (from Splatoon) are added as new racing courses.

City Trial

City Trial is a larger mode where players must navigate a city, along with several more sections such as a forest, cave, and volcano, while grabbing Air Ride machine upgrade items, such as boosts, top speeds, charges, offense, defense, and more. Various Air Ride vehicles are randomly scattered throughout the city, allowing the player to switch vehicles at any time in the game. Players can even collect rare machine pieces to fuse together into "Legendary Machines". This mode also features random events such as falling meteors, UFOs, Dyna Blade, rail station fires, bouncing items, fake power-ups, a strange pillar, a thief, all boxes containing the same items, dense fog, and more. When time expires, players face off in a small competition that tests how well your machine ended up, which can vary between a drag race, a brawl, a contest to destroy the most enemies, a gliding game, and even a lap on one of the Air Ride courses.

Stadium Mini-Games

Returning Mini-Games

  • Air Glider
  • Destruction Derby
  • Drag Race
  • High Jump
  • Kirby Melee
  • Single Race (One-Lap Race in PAL version)
  • Target Flight
  • Vs. Boss

New Minigames

  • Bomb Blast
  • Egg Hunt
  • Insta-Carving
  • Space Ball
  • Star Thief
  • Stone Bowling

Story Mode

Kirby Air Ride ZG: Zero Gravity features a new mode where the player can complete missions and win cups to unlock new characters, courses and many more on the way.

Enemies

  • Balloon Bomber
  • Bronto Burt
  • Broom Hatter
  • Caller
  • Cappy
  • Chilly
  • Dale
  • Flappy
  • Gordo
  • Heat Phanphan
  • Noddy
  • Pichikuri
  • Plasma Wisp
  • Scarfy
  • Sword Knight
  • Waddle Dee
  • Walky
  • Wheelie

Bosses in Vs. Boss

NOTE: These bosses can also be fought in Story Mode.

  • Dyna Blade
  • Heavy Lobster
  • King Dedede
  • Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright
  • Nightmare (Final Boss)
  • Whispy Woods

Copy Abilities

  • Bomb
  • Fire
  • Freeze
  • Mike
  • Needle
  • Plasma
  • Sleep
  • Sword
  • Tornado
  • Wheel
  • Wing

Playable Characters

Returning Characters

Character Description
Kirby KST Artwork

Kirby

Everyone's favorite hero with lots and lots of abilities. He also comes in six colors.

Kirby's Stats:

Speed: ★★★
Weight: ★★★

KingDedede KST

King Dedede

A King who rules Dream Land and only rides a Wheelie during a race.

King Dedede's Stats:

Speed: ★
Weight: ★★★★★

Metaknight KSA

Meta Knight

A masked warrior with wings spread. Fear the Galaxia Sword!

Meta Knight's Stats:

Speed: ★★★
Weight: ★★★

New Characters

NOTE: Bold describes hidden characters.

Character Description
Waddle Dee Artwork
Waddle Dee
A minion of King Dedede. He's a little fast, but very easy to control.

Waddle Dee's Stats:

Speed: ★★★
Weight: ★★★

Adeleine KSA
Adeleine
A magical and gifted young artist with magical abilities.

Adeleine's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★
Weight: ★★

Ribbon KSA
Ribbon
A young fairy from Ripple Star. She has better racing skills than any other racer.

Ribbon's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★★
Weight: ★

KnuckleJoe SSBU
Knuckle Joe
An all-around humanoid fighter with normal racing stats.

Knuckle Joe's Stats:

Speed: ★★★
Weight: ★★★

SusiePlanetRobobot
Susie
An android who came all the way from Planet Robobot. She's a fast heroine!

Susie's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★
Weight: ★★

Blade Knight Render
Blade Knight
A tiny soldier in a suit of armor armed with a sword. He has better racing skills.

Blade Knight's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★
Weight: ★★

SirKibble Render
Sir Kibble
One of the minor enemies of King Dedede. His weapon, the cutter boomerang is his trademark.

Sir Kibble's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★
Weight: ★★

Galactaknight SSBB
Galacta Knight
One of the greatest warriors who ever lived! But a racer who isn't that fast.

Galacta Knight's Stats:

Speed: ★★★
Weight: ★★★

Daroach KSS
Daroach
A leader of the gang called the squeaks who isn't that fast but very easy to control.

Daroach's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★
Weight: ★★

Poppy Bros Senior Artwork
Poppy Bros. Sr.
A bomb-throwing racer who packs a punch against other racers.

Poppy Bros. Sr.'s Stats:

Speed: ★★★
Weight: ★★★

MrFrosty Artwork
Mr. Frosty
A polar bear who lacks speed, but has great power.

Mr. Frosty's Stats:

Speed: ★
Weight: ★★★★★

Swordknight Artwork
Sword Knight
A knight who wields a sword in any way. He can be found in a variety of different colors.

Sword Knight's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★
Weight: ★★

WaddleDoo Render
Waddle Doo
One of King Dedede's minions who holds the beam ability. He's a little fast though...

Waddle Doo's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★
Weight: ★★

Bugzzy Artwork
Bugzzy
A powerful and crazed insect who brings the pain to victory.

Bugzzy's Stats:

Speed: ★★
Weight: ★★★★

Bonkers Artwork
Bonkers
A powerful gorilla who wields a mallet. He has the highest weight ever!

Bonkers' Stats:

Speed: ★
Weight: ★★★★★

Shadowkirby
Shadow Kirby
A darker, mirror-image version of Kirby. He is an excellent skilled racer.

Shadow Kirby's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★★
Weight: ★

SSBURobot NES
R.O.B.
Nintendo's Robotic Operative Buddy who debuted in Stack-Up in the year 1985.

R.O.B.'s Stats:

Speed: ★★
Weight: ★★★★

Android Robot
Android Robot
An exclusive character who debuted on the android devices.

Android Robot's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★★
Weight: ★

Red AngryBirds Artwork
Red (DLC)
The leader of the Angry Birds. He's an all-around racer!

Red's Stats:

Speed: ★★★
Weight: ★★★

Chuck AngryBirds Artwork
Chuck (DLC)
One of the fictional characters from Angry Birds. Speed is his favorite.

Chuck's Stats:

Speed: ★★★★★
Weight: ★

Bomb AngryBirds Artwork
Bomb (DLC)
This exploding bird from Angry Birds will blow everyone away with moderate power!

Bomb's Stats:

Speed: ★★
Weight: ★★★★

Machines

Returning Machines

Machine Description
Warpstar KAR
Warp Star
Great for cruising and gliding. No real flaws.
Compact Star KAR
Compact Star
Good cornering, good acceleration, but a tad slow.
Formula Star KAR
Formula Star
The best top speed of all! Keep moving...
Rocket Star KAR
Rocket Star
Charge all the way, then get a super boost!
Winged Star KAR
Winged Star
Slow on the ground, but a great glider.
Shadow Star KAR
Shadow Star
One hit punishes all! Fly on evil wings!
Jet Star KAR
Jet Star
Speed increases while in the air.
Swerve Star KAR
Swerve Star
Cruise! Stop! Cruise! Stop!
Turbo Star KAR
Turbo Star
One speedy ride! But... steering can be tough.
Slick Star KAR
Slick Star
Slippery handling makes for tough control.
Wagon Star KAR
Wagon Star
Can't charge up but... it has good points.
Bulk Star KAR
Bulk Star
Charging gives it fuel! It can take a beating.
Wheelie Bike KAR
Wheelie Bike
Only has one wheel. Control is unorthodox.
Wheelie Scooter KAR
Wheelie Scooter
Jumps up very high. Charge up for quick rotation.
Rex Wheelie KAR
Rex Wheelie
A sturdy ride if you can handle the speed.
Flight Warp Star
Flight Warp Star
A prototype with upgraded gliding capabilities.
Hydra KAR
Hydra
A legendary machine with extra battle power.
Dragoon KAR
Dragoon
A legendary machine that cuts the sky!
Free Star KAR
Free Star
An Air Ride Machine from Top Ride mode. Normal stats are its specialty.
Steer Star KAR
Steer Star
An Air Ride Machine from Top Ride mode. Steering left and right can be tough.

New Machines

Machine Description
Crystal Star KARZG

Crystal Star

An Air Ride Machine made out of crystals from Ripple Star.
Cursed Warpstar KARZG
Cursed Warp Star
A machine that is infected by the darkness of its bearer.
Power Star
Power Star (DLC)
An exclusive machine from the Mario series based on the ones players collect from each game.
Triforce Star
Triforce Star (DLC)
An exclusive machine from the Legend of Zelda series based on its symbol.

Machines included in the Soda Brands Pack

Kirby Air Ride has a DLC pack in which several Air Ride Machines have color schemes based on Soda brands.

Courses

Air Ride Courses

Sword Cup

  • Greenyard Fields
  • Vegetable Valley
  • Sandy Pampas
  • Snowbound Mountain

Fire Cup

  • Twisted Volcano
  • Flower Forest
  • Windy Factory
  • Steel Hideout

Ice Cup

  • Distant Ruins
  • Twilight Mansion
  • Laser Island
  • Cake Canyon

Plasma Cup

  • Frosty Fortress
  • Yogurt Yard
  • Arrogant Tower
  • Poisonous Jungle

U.F.O. Cup

  • Ripple Star
  • Underground Dragon Road
  • Galactic City
  • Rainbow Resort

DLC Cup

  • Mario Circuit (DLC)
  • Hyrule Field (DLC)
  • Pokémon Raceway (DLC)
  • Angry Birds Stadium (DLC)

Top Ride

Returning Courses

  • Grass
  • Sand
  • Sky
  • Fire
  • Light
  • Water
  • Metal

New Courses

  • Ice
  • Poison
  • Darkness
  • Paint (DLC, inspired by Splatoon)

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