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Bounder

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Bounder
KA Bounder artwork.png
Artwork of Bounder from Kirby's Adventure.
Details
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008, cameo)
Other game(s) Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby's Block Ball
Kirby's Toy Box
Kirby Super Star
Copy Ability None
Similar entities Gip
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Bounder[1] is a relatively uncommon enemy which first appeared in Kirby's Adventure and most notably reappeared in Kirby Super Star. Its method of attacking is by grappling on to walls and throwing stars at Kirby.

Characteristics[edit]

Bounder's first appearance is in a black jumpsuit and its face has only two black eyes. In Kirby Super Star, it is now pale white instead of tan and it has a backpack, a blue suit, and red shoes; its eyes are now blue and it has a tuft of hair on it.

Bounder is commonly seen climbing up and down walls slowly, stopping for a moment in order to attack Kirby by throwing a star at him in an arc. Bounder can also be seen walking along the ground, though this is more often an occurrence in Kirby Super Star than anywhere else.

Replacement[edit]

In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Bounder was replaced by Gip, a flying pig head. It was one of four characters to be replaced (the others being Togezo, who was replaced by Needlous in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Rolling Turtle, who was replaced by Phan Phan in the same game, and Capsule J, who became Capsule J2 in Kirby Super Star Ultra), and the only enemy to be replaced in two remakes. Like with the other replacements, it is not clear why Bounder was replaced in this manner.

Game appearances[edit]

Bounder’s video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby's Adventure Enemy Bounder is replaced by Gip in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
Kirby's Pinball Land Hazard
Kirby's Block Ball Enemy
Kirby's Toy Box Hazard
Kirby Super Star Enemy Bounder is once again replaced by Gip in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Cameo Bounder appears in the background of the Sub-Game Megaton Punch.

Kirby's Adventure[edit]

Some Bounders trapped in side pockets in Kirby's Adventure

Bounder made its debut appearance in this title. Unlike most of the other enemies in this game, Bounder does not appear in the remake, being replaced in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land by Gip wherever Bounder was originally found.

Locations[edit]

Bounder can be found in the following levels and stages:

Bounder locations in Kirby's Adventure  
Stage Vegetable Valley Ice Cream Island Butter Building Grape Garden Yogurt Yard Orange Ocean Rainbow Resort
Stage 1 No No No No No Yes No
Stage 2 No Yes Yes No Yes No No
Stage 3 No No No Yes Yes No No
Stage 4 No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Stage 5 N/A No No Yes Yes No Yes
Stage 6 N/A N/A No No No No No

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

Bounder appears as a bumper on the uppermost standard floor in Wispy-Woods Land, and can be seen crawling up and down the walls on each side. Bounder cannot be defeated in this game, but is worth 480 points when bumped into.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Bounder appears as a common enemy in this game, though it is considerably tougher than usual, requiring three hits to defeat. Bounder is worth 600 points on defeat and drops the Crash item.

Kirby's Toy Box[edit]

Bounder appears in the Pinball mini-game, where it climbs up and down on one of the walls and halts Kirby's movement if hit, which adds 30 points to the score. It does not attack by throwing stars at Kirby but simply serves as one of the targets.

Kirby Super Star[edit]

Kirby about to run over a Bounder in The Great Cave Offensive, in Kirby Super Star

Bounder makes its fifth appearance in the series here, though it is not present in very many locations. Much like before, it is also replaced by Gip in the remake of Kirby Super Star Ultra, with one notable exception mentioned in the next section.

Locations[edit]

Bounder can be found in the following places in Kirby Super Star:

Bounder locations in Kirby Super Star  
Stage Appearance? Stage Appearance?
Green Greens No RoMK Chapter 4 Yes
Float Islands No RoMK Chapter 5 No
Bubbly Clouds No RoMK Chapter 6 No
Mt. Dedede No RoMK Chapter 7 No
Peanut Plains No Floria No
Mallow Castle No Aquarius No
Cocoa Cave No Skyhigh No
Candy Mountain No Hotbeat No
Trial Room 1 No Cavius No
Trial Room 2 No Mekkai No
Sub-Tree No Halfmoon No
Crystal Yes ??? No
Old Tower Yes
Garden No
RoMK Chapter 1 No
RoMK Chapter 2 No
RoMK Chapter 3 No

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Despite being replaced by Gip everywhere else, Bounder can still be seen in the background of the Sub-Game Megaton Punch. This cameo appearance can be considered Bounder's most recent appearance in any official capacity in the series.

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Sprites[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バウンダー
Baundā
Bounder


References

  1. Name taken from Kirby's Pinball Land instruction manual (page 9, American release)