I wrote up a basic thingy to be posted on the Air Ride section. It's basically a summary of City Trial mode.
City Trial mode is probably the most unique mode in Kirby Air Ride. In it, players, rather than race, roam around a city collecting powerups and new vehicles in preparation for a randomly chosen challenge at the very end. It also inspired a new mode in the 3DS version of Smash Bros called Smash Run, so this may seem familiar if you played that.
To begin with, you always start with a vehicle found only in City Trial, the Trial Star. It's actually pretty bad, being all around terrible. Don't worry, though, because other vehicles are scattered around the city (this is the only mode you don't need to unlock them). In this mode, you can jump off your vehicle by charging and tilting the controller stick down, causing you to jump off your ride. Hop on the new ride, and you're all set! Some vehicles will come with lower health, making those more of a risk (you can recognize these by their red flashing.)
Around the City, you can find various multicolored power-ups. Drive into these and your vehicle is upgraded, boosting a stat such as health or turning. Beware, as there are also grey-colored variants that reduce a stat instead of boosting it! Both of these, as well as food (Which restores health) in blue boxes.
In contrast to it's spiritual successor, Smash Run, in City Trial, you can attack your opponents! Crashing into them can be a bit risky, but you can find pickups to help you out. There are pickups that give you a copy ability, like freeze or sword, as well as more unique powerups, like a giant gordo you toss down to create a massive roadblock. These can be found in green boxes, with the exception of copy abilities, which are found in red boxes. If you lose all your health, your vehicle explodes, and you have to look for a new one, which can take a while on foot, so don't let that happen!
Randomly (around once a match), a special event will occur, disrupting the gameplay. There are many different events, including shrouding the city in fog, a meteor shower, or even a surprise appearance from TAC, Dyna Blade, or even a flying saucer! If you don't like these, you can turn them off in settings.
Most red boxes contain copy abilities. However, a few boxes contain a part of a legendary vehicle! These vehicles require three different unlocks to obtain in the regular racing mode, and they're similarly hard to obtain here; you have to break open red boxes until you obtain all three parts. The two vehicles are the Dragoon and the Hydra. The Dragoon is all around good with a focus on flight, and the Hydra needs to charge up, but goes amazingly fast when fully charged. If you can obtain one, it'll be a great help, but that's a big "if"!
Once time is up, all players are sent to a scenario, where they compete to be the victor! There are many different events; drag races, a lap around one of the race courses, an enemy killing competition, and more! In general, you won't know what kind of scenario you'll do, but sometimes you'll receive a scenario prediction, hinting at what it will be. In settings, you can set it to a specific type of scenario instead of it being picked randomly.
There's also a separate mode called free run, where there's no time limit, and you can pick any vehicle (Although the legendary vehicles and non-Kirby characters need to be unlocked.) There's no computer, but you can still play with more than one human player. This mode is good if you want to practice using different vehicles or navigating the city, or if you just want to mess around with friends. There's also a vehicle that's exclusive to Free Run; a red Warp Star that has a ridiculously good glide stat. Helpful if you want to practice flying! There are also a few easter eggs hidden in the city, so if you want to look at those, this is the mode.
Of course, the best way to get good at City Trial is to practice! Luck also has a factor, as well; no two runs are exactly alike! So best of luck to you, and have fun!
It's still a work in progress; I still need to talk about Free Run, the scenarios at the end, and the legendary machines, as well as maybe a few more touchups. I also wanted to put it in spoilers, but I can't get those to work for some reason.
EDIT: Done! It's not perfect, but it's a decent explanation of City Trial. Can this be posted on the site?
Last edited by Irritated Fern on April 23rd, 2016, 11:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.