Color changes[conjectural title] refers to the different colors, color schemes and palettes that can be applied to Kirby and other characters, enemies, or objects. Most commonly, it refers to alternate colors that the player can choose for Kirby to be. While Kirby is most well recognized in his native pink, he has been seen in a great many different shades and hues throughout the Kirby series, especially in multiplayer games and Sub-Games.
Color changes by title
The following will go over other colors of Kirby (and others where applicable) in each game in the Kirby series. Games that do not offer color changes will not be listed:
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Before the introduction of Copy Ability hats, several abilities distinguished themselves in Kirby by changing his color. Many abilities, such as Needle, Wheel and Stone change Kirby to a more orange hue, while Ice and Freeze change him to a light blue.
In both versions, enemies and Mid-Bosses can also come in several different colors. Waddle Dees for instance, could be orange, blue, green, yellow, red, purple, or even monochrome. In Kirby's Adventure, these different enemy and Mid-Boss colorations are a result of palette limitations, but this is not the case for Nightmare in Dream Land.
Kirby's Dream Course
In this title, a yellow Kirby (officially known as Keeby) is controlled by the second player. This is the first instance in the series of multiple Kirbys in a game, distinguished by color.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Although Copy Ability hats were introduced in Kirby Super Star, additional color changes to Kirby were still present on many abilities. Examples include yellow for the Beam ability, green for the Plasma ability, blue for the Ice ability, and purple for the Ninja ability, among others.
Enemies, Mid-Bosses, and even Bosses could also come in different shades and hues. A prime example of this is the Boss Chameleo Arm, whose color is random each time Kirby encounters it. Kirby can also use the Paint ability to change Chameleo Arm's color mid-fight.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the green, red and yellow Kirbys can be seen and played as again in the Sub-Games.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Like in Kirby's Adventure, some abilities, like the Ice ability, will change Kirby's color when equipped.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In the Sub-Games, picking multiple Kirbys will cause the others to be assigned a different color. These could be pink, yellow, blue, or green. This could also be done for the other playable characters in the group; King Dedede, Adeleine and Waddle Dee. This was the first game in the series to introduce Blue and Green Kirby as selectable colors.
Kirby Air Ride
In this title, the player has the option of choosing between several different colors for Kirby, some of which need to be unlocked by completing objectives in the Checklist. Different colors can also be chosen for Meta Knight and King Dedede. They are as follows:
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Although they were first seen in Nightmare in Dream Land, the red, green and yellow Kirbys feature prominently in this title, and are given a role in the main story mode. These can be controlled by the CPU, or by other players. In addition to these, a fifth Kirby can be found in the game, with a very dark gray hue.
In addition, the player has the option to change Kirby's color using Spray Paint.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Like in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the player has the option of changing Kirby's color using Spray Paint, though this time there are some new colors to choose from, and the colors will also apply to Kirby's abilities in various ways, as well as the Copy Palette. Gold Waddle Dee also appears as a different color of a Waddle Dee in this game as well.
The red, green and yellow Kirbys also appear again in the Sub-Games.
Kirby Mass Attack
In this title, the color of a Mini-Kirby indicates their state of health. Pink indicates full health, blue indicates low health, and white indicates no health.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
In addition to Meta Knight, King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee, secondary players can choose between a yellow, blue or green Kirby to accompany the standard pink Kirby, both in the main game and in Sub-Games.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Shadow Kirby also appears as a boss in Kirby Fighters and as an unlockable alternate color in Kirby Fighters Deluxe. In this iteration, Shadow Kirby appears purple & void-like with a swirling black hole in his body.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
In multiplayer modes, the player has the option of changing Kirby's color, as well as the colors of other characters. Options include the following:
Kirby Star Allies
The standard yellow, blue, and green Kirbys can be seen in the Sub-Games. While the alternate-color Kirbys don't appear elsewhere in Story Mode, The Ultimate Choice and Heroes in Another Dimension, yellow, blue and green palettes of every friend and Dream Friend are available too.
Super Kirby Clash
The four Kirbys return in this game with their colorations carried over from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe - pink, yellow, blue, and green.
Kirby Fighters 2
The standard yellow, blue, and green alternate colors for every Kirby and buddy are available once again in Kirby Fighters 2. Unlike in Kirby Fighters Deluxe, the player cannot change their colors and are locked into pink as P1, yellow as P2, blue as P3 and green as P4. Alternate colors for buddies are based on their appearances in Kirby Star Allies.
Shadow Kirby once again appears in this game as a boss, but his color is completely void-like black with white swirls and outlines, resembling his appearance from the previous Kirby Fighters entries. He cannot be unlocked as an alternate color unlike in Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
Super Smash Bros. series
Each game in the Super Smash Bros. series has provided alternate choices for color for Kirby and other playable fighters. Different choices are available in each title:
Super Smash Bros.
(Note that the green Kirby was only available during Team Battles.)
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Although Kirby has always been pink in Japanese box arts, there was a little bit of confusion abroad at first, resulting in Kirby being portrayed as white on international box arts of Kirby's Dream Land.
- While several colors of Kirby are consistent throughout the series, the color of the cheek blushes can change on the other palettes. Some games change the cheek blush to match the color, while others keep the blush a dark pink on all colors.
- Oddly enough, the Indigo colored Kirby in Kirby Fighters and its expanded version Kirby Fighters Deluxe is shown being a dark blue color in promotional renders for the game, making it look closer to Meta Knight's coloration, despite being a much darker more purplish color in-game.