Colors 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.
Colors 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 Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, red, yellow and green Kirbys can be seen in the Sub-Games. These could be controlled by other players.
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.
Helpers also have different color schemes than their enemy counterparts. These helpers also have different color schemes depending on the subgame.
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, should multiple players pick the same character, the players using a higher port (closer to P4) will use alternate colors of the character. Kirby can turn into yellow, blue or green, King Dedede, Adeleine and Waddle Dee can turn into other colors. 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 (in the order of selection, with the last four in each gallery being unlockable):
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 / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
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. In Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, secondary players can exclusively play as a yellow, blue, or green Magolor alongside the main Magolor.
Four Kirbys piggybacking in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Four Kirbys playing Magolor's Tome Trackers in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Kirby: Triple Deluxe / Kirby Fighters Deluxe
In the Sub-Game Kirby Fighters (and in the expanded spin-off Kirby Fighters Deluxe), the player has a choice between many different colors for Kirby. These include the following:
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 and void-like with a swirling black hole in his body.
Oddly enough, the indigo-colored Kirby is a dark blue color in promotional renders for the game, making it look closer to Meta Knight's coloration, despite being a much darker purplish color in-game.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Using amiibo, Kirby can be given a number of different colors in addition to Copy Abilities. As an example, the Smash Bros. series King Dedede amiibo gives Kirby the Hammer ability, and also turns him yellow.
In the Sub-Game Team Kirby Clash (and in the expanded spin-off Team Kirby Clash Deluxe), four Kirbys make up a team of role-playing heroes. They come in pink, yellow, blue and green.
Kirby Battle Royale
In Dedede's Cake Royale, a device called the Kirby Printer exists, capable of creating clones of Kirby, though all of these clones come in shades other than pink.
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.
Shadow Kirby from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror also makes a cameo appearance in the skies of Jambastion, carrying over his original dark, monochromatic appearance from the original game.
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.
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Kirby's Dream Buffet contains an extensive selection of unlockable colors for Kirby, which can be chosen from the Costumes and Colors menu and are unlocked via the Gourmet Rank menu. At 40 total colors, there are more available here than in any prior Kirby game. Unlike past games, Kirby's eyes and cheeks may also change color, independently on the colors of his body and feet.
|Colors in Kirby's Dream Buffet|
|Kirby Pink||Rank 1||The default color, based on Kirby's own pink color.|
|Keeby Yellow||Rank 1||Based on Keeby.|
|Ice Blue||Rank 1||Based on the Ice Copy Ability.|
|Tea Green||Rank 1||Called "Kusamochi Green" in the Japanese version.|
|Fire Red||Rank 3||Based on the Fire Copy Ability.|
|Dee Orange||Rank 6||Based on Waddle Dees.|
|Burger Brown||Rank 9||Based on the Kirby Burger from the real-life Kirby Café and the Waddle Dee Café in Kirby and the Forgotten Land.|
|Driving Sky||Rank 13||Based on the car used for the Car Mouth Mouthful Mode from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.|
|Dedede Blue||Rank 22||Based on King Dedede.|
|Meta Navy||Rank 25||Based on Meta Knight.|
|Chocolate||Rank 27||One of the Spray Paint colors in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Elfilin Peacock||Rank 31||Based on Elfilin.|
|Rick Cream||Rank 36||Based on Rick.|
|Kine Aqua||Rank 38||Based on Kine.|
|Coo Purple||Rank 40||Based on Coo.|
|Mint Chocolate||Rank 43|
|Doo Ketchup||Rank 46||Based on Waddle Doos.|
|Kawasaki Sunset||Rank 54||Based on Chef Kawasaki.|
|Marx Lilac||Rank 58||Based on Marx.|
|Adeleine Peach||Rank 63||Based on Adeleine. Resembles the "Ivory" Spray Paint from Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Grape||Rank 65||One of the Spray Paint colors in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Gooey Cobalt||Rank 69||Based on Gooey.|
|Chuchu Rosy||Rank 72||Based on Chuchu.|
|Daroach Gray||Rank 76||Based on Daroach.|
|Magolor Umber||Rank 80||Based on Magolor.|
|Taranza Chestnut||Rank 84||Based on Taranza.|
|Susie White||Rank 89||Based on Susie.|
|Francisca Frost||Rank 92||Based on Francisca.|
|Flamberge Scarlet||Rank 94||Based on Flamberge.|
|Zan Lightning||Rank 96||Based on Zan Partizanne.|
|Morpho Midnight||Rank 100||Based on Morpho Knight. Also resembles the "Carbon" Spray Paint from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Custard Pudding||Rank 112|
|Cherry||Rank 116||One of the Spray Paint colors in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Citrus||Rank 120||One of the Spray Paint colors in Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Orange||Rank 124||One of the Spray Paint colors in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Shadow||Rank 128||Based on Shadow Kirby. Also one of the Spray Paint colors in Kirby: Squeak Squad.|
|Retro Tone||Rank 133||Resembles Kirby's in-game color palette in Kirby's Dream Land.|
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.
- From Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land to Kirby Super Star Ultra, four-player multiplayer consistently used Kirbys colored in pink, yellow, red, and green. Starting in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, however, blue has been the consistent third color instead of red. This is likely because red is closer in shade to Kirby's default pink, while blue is more identifiable. Kirby Battle Royale notably lacks a red Kirby altogether, opting to use orange instead. Kirby's Dream Buffet keeps the same pink-yellow-blue-green layout, but red is the first color to be unlocked, likely referencing its previous role.
- Interestingly, in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Blue Kirby's HUD icons are called "KirbyRFace," while the other two are properly called "KirbyYFace" and "KirbyGFace," indicating that red was originally planned as the third color.
- While several colors of Kirby are consistent throughout the series, the color of the cheek blushes and feet 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.
- As another example, Kirby games during the 2000s used a green Kirby with orange feet, while later Kirby games show green Kirby with darker green feet. The red Kirby also originally had pink feet, which were changed to darker red. Super Smash Bros. used the darker green and red feet until Super Smash Bros. Brawl, at which point they changed to orange and pink, which have been kept in that series despite the change in the main series.
- Two alternate colors of Kirby have official nicknames: Keeby is the yellow Kirby from Kirby's Dream Course (a pun on the Japanese word for "yellow"), and くさもちカービィ (Kusa mochi Kirby) is the green Kirby from the Super Smash Bros. series. Kusa mochi (literally "grass mochi") is a green Japanese sweet. Both of these names are used as the colors for the default yellow and green Kirbys in Kirby's Dream Buffet, though "Kusa mochi Green" is translated into English as "Tea Green".
- In Kirby and the Forgotten Land's internal files, unused data exists for a yellow recolor of Kirby, titled "Body_2P".
- Kirby's Adventure
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
- Kirby's Dream Course
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- Kirby Air Ride
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Kirby Mass Attack
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Kirby Battle Royale
- Kirby Star Allies
- Kirby Fighters Deluxe
- Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
- Super Kirby Clash
- Kirby Fighters 2
- Kirby's Dream Buffet