Aqua Star is the oceanic third level encountered by Kirby and his sidekick, Ribbon, during their mission to dispel Dark Matter from their realm in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Physically, the planet is encompassed in water, even the small inner core, an appearance backed up by the five water-logged stages that make up the topography of Aqua Star. With regions ranging from beaches to raging rivers, and from subterranean caves to islands. Kirby must navigate the aqueous landscape in order to make it to the lair of Acro, the killer whale-like boss of the level at the last stage.
Aqua Star is the second of the four "intermediate" levels in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, wherein it has four standard stages, a boss stage, and a single cut-scene which plays after the boss is defeated. True to its name, the planet's environs all revolve around water in great quantities, though unlike what might be expected given the planet's external appearance, there are many patches of dry land on the surface as well. Included in the level topography are a series of tropical cliffs and shallow caves, a deep wooded area with a river running through it, a sandy beach front, and a series of deep sea tunnels with strong water currents sweeping through them. There is very little in terms of architecture aside from the occasional wooden deck or bridge, though native inhabitants are plentiful.
Like in all intermediate levels of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the first four stages within Aqua Star hide three Crystal Shards, while the final stage rewards only one after the defeat of the boss. Nevertheless, all shards within one level need not to be collected before Kirby is granted access to the next; Kirby must simply complete the level.
Each stage is unlocked in succession after clearing the previous one. Defeating Acro is necessary to move on to Neo Star. For more information about a particular stage, click on the link to the stage's page in the table. For a full guide on how to obtain the Crystal Shards, see the Crystal Shard page.
|Stage 1||Big Tick|
|Stage 2||Big Kany|
|Stage 3||Big Kapar|
|Stage 4||Big Blowfish|
|Stage 5||N/A||Completing this stage unlocks Neo Star.|
Kirby and the rest are sitting on a beach overlooking the ocean. Adeleine starts tossing stones out into the water, prompting the rest to do the same. Kirby picks up a stone and starts winding up his toss, with his eyes closed. As this happens the rest of the group spots a huge tidal wave coming and runs off. Kirby casts the stone just as the wave engulfs him. When Kirby comes to, he sees the rest of his party going through the portal to the next world - Neo Star. He rushes to join them and gets in just before the portal closes.