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Kirby: Planet Robobot puts Kirby into a mech suit this June

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Nintendo toughens Kirby up with some useful armor

Kirby: Planet Robobot is the next entry in the Kirby franchise, and it will give the pink puffball a powerful metal suit when it launches on Nintendo 3DS on June 10, Nintendo announced today during a Nintendo Direct presentation.

As usual, Kirby will be running through levels of platforming in Planet Robobot, switching between the foreground and background and using more than 25 copy abilities. But when enemy invaders come in and mechanize Dreamland, Kirby decides to use their metal suits against them. Kirby can smash through obstacles with his Robobot armor, and the armor itself can take on enemy characteristics. The Robobot suit can be modified with more than 10 different "modes," which are versions of enemies.

Kirby: Planet Robobot also features a separate mode called Team Kirby Clash. In this side activity, a group of four players can team up for co-op quests. Everyone plays a different role and earns experience points by completing quests. As players rank up, they're able to take on tougher missions. The mode will be available through Download Play, so only one person in the group needs to own Planet Robobot.

In addition to those elements, Kirby: Planet Robobot will offer support for all amiibo. Many amiibo figures will give Kirby copy abilities in the game, and some will even provide character-specific traits. For example, putting Mario on your 3DS while playing Planet Robobot will give Kirby the "fire" ability, while Link will bring in the "sword" ability.

"If you tap any amiibo, something is sure to happen," said Nintendo's Bill Trinen.

Nintendo also announced that it will release four amiibo from the Kirby franchise alongside the launch of Kirby: Planet Robobot: Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight and Waddle Dee.