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Crane Fever - one of the first Sub-Games seen in a Kirby title.

A Sub-Game (otherwise known as a Mini Game) is a smaller separate game or activity contained within a game in the Kirby series. It typically has rules and gameplay completely different to the larger game it features in, and completing the Sub-Game typically isn't required to complete the main game, but may offer bonuses like score, 1-Ups, or contribute to 100% Completion. They may be accessed as bonus content within the main game itself, or be completely separate, and accessible from the main menu. Some Sub-Games have also been the source for larger standalone spin-off titles, particularly in later installments of the series.

Most games in the Kirby series have at least a couple of Sub-Games contained within. There are few if any Sub-Games that are considered to be part of the official Kirby canon, however.

Sub-Games by Title

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

The first game to feature distinct Sub-Games with completely different rules to the main game, these side activities could be found within the stage select area in the main game. Completing them rewarded Kirby with either points or 1-Ups, depending on how well he did in the game.

There are three different Sub-Games in Kirby's Adventure. They are:

In Nightmare in Dream Land, the Sub-Games are almost entirely different, and can be played with up to 4 players. They are:

Kirby's Dream Land 2

Main article: Bonus Chance

Kirby's Dream Land 2, in addition to its Goal Game, also has extra Sub-Games that can be played once by re-visiting the Bosses of each level, referred to as a Bonus Chance. Instead of fighting the boss as usual, Kirby and/or his animal friends will instead play a bonus game with them, the rules of which vary with each boss.

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)

This game could be considered to be entirely made up of Sub-Games, as the main story is split into several distinct installments, individually selectable on the main menu. There are a number of other smaller games, however, which do not appear to be in the same continuity, and are largely for fun. These games are as follows:

Kirby's Dream Land 3

Main article: Heart Star

Instead of having separate and distinct Sub-Games, Kirby's Dream Land 3 has a number of smaller side-challenges included in the stages themselves which, once completed, reward Kirby with a Heart Star. Collecting every Heart Star is necessary to obtain the true ending of the game.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

There are three Sub-Games in this title, which are played completely separate to the main game, and support up to 4 players. They are:

Players in each of these games could choose between playing as Kirby, Adeleine, King Dedede, or Waddle Dee.

Kirby and the Amazing Mirror

Like with Kirby 64, the Sub-Games present in this title are completely separate from the main game. They are:

These are also multiplayer-supported, with each player taking on a different color of Kirby.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

The Sub-Games in this title are unlocked by completing the second level of each in the Boss fights in the main game, and are similar to the Boss fights in question. Unlike in most games, Kirby will get a Game Over if he fails these Sub-Games. They are as follows:

Kirby: Squeak Squad

The Sub-Games are separate form the main game, and accessible from the main menu. They are:

Kirby Mass Attack

The Sub-Games in this title are unlocked in a separate menu by collecting medals and earning achievements. There are several, though some are smaller than others:

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

There are two primary Sub-Games in this title, which can be played either from the main menu or from inside the Lor Starcutter. To unlock them from either location, Kirby and his friends must collect enough Energy Spheres to unlock each door.

These games are as folllows, and can be played with up to 4 players:

In addition, there are a number of single-player Challenge Stages that are also unlocked using Energy Spheres, accessible only from inside the Lor, which task Kirby with using a certain Copy Ability (or items) to complete an obstacle course with as high a score as possible.

Completing these Sub-Games is a requirement for 100% completion, but not to complete the main game.

Kirby's Dream Collection

Main article: New Challenge Stages

The New Challenge Stages Sub-Game can be considered to be an expansion of the concept from Return to Dream Land, and comes with its own little side-story and credits roll. In addition to the usual stages, Kirby can also race Magolor at the end of each world.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

There are two primary Sub-Games featured in this title, and completely separate from the main game. They are as follows:

Both of these titles must be completed to a certain satisfaction in order to achieve 100% completion of the game. These two Sub-Games were also used as the base to create the standalone spin-off titles, Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, and Kirby Fighters Deluxe.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

This title, in addition to its main game, has 48 separate challenge stages, that task Kirby with completing an area in under 1 minute.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Like Triple Deluxe, there are two primary Sub-Games featured in this title, and are completely separate from the main game. They are as follows:

Both of these titles must be completed to a certain satisfaction in order to achieve 100% completion of the game. These two Sub-Games were also used as the base to create the standalone spin-off titles, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and Kirby's Blowout Blast.

Recurring Modes not considered to be Sub-Games

Extra Game

Main article: Extra Game

An Extra Game may be considered to be a Sub-Game by some standards, but is effectively a re-playing of the main game with new rules and/or challenges. The first game to employ an Extra Game was Kirby's Dream Land, which added more enemies to the game, reduced Kirby's maximum Vitality, and gave the Bosses new attack patterns to increase the challenge.

Other forms of Extra Game include time trials of the main story, most notably the series of Meta Knightmare modes that appear in three distinct Kirby titles, where the objective is to play through the main game as Meta Knight and win as quickly as possible.

Goal Game

Main article: Goal Game

The Goal Game is a Sub-Game of sorts that appears in numerous Kirby titles, starting with Kirby's Adventure. The Goal Game is effectively a mini game that is played at the end of each stage, where bonus points, 1-Ups, or other items can be earned. This typically involves having Kirby use a trampoline, cannon, or simply a jump and timing to land on the best space possible.

The Arena & other Boss Endurance Modes

Main article: Boss Endurance
Main article: The Arena
Main article: The True Arena

While technically Sub-Games, these modes are typically treated with more importance than typical Sub-Games are in the series. Each of these modes pit Kirby or another character against all of the Bosses in the game in question, one after another, with various restrictions usually involving limited-to-no recovery items in-between.

Trivia

  • The only main series game in the Kirby series which does not contain some sort of Sub-Game is Kirby's Dream Land (unless the Extra Game is counted).