Extra Game

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Extra Game (also known as Extra Mode) is an additional version of some games amongst the Kirby series, sometimes unlocked by a code, or beating the game. First appearing in Kirby's Dream Land, the Extra Game is meant to give the player a challenge.

Unless otherwise specified by HAL Laboratory, the events of Extra Games are not part of the main series canon.

Game Changes

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Kirby's Dream Land

By pressing ↑, A, and Select on the title screen, the player can access a harder Dream Land with new enemies and better AI, such as Waddle Dees moving faster and jumping at Kirby and Parasols going after Kirby. The changes in enemies include:

Kirby's Adventure

By activating all the Big Switches located in certain levels and then beating the game, Extra Game is unlocked, which does not allow saving and allots Kirby only three pieces of health, as opposed to the usual six. There are no major changes made in the game, the enemies' AI isn't changed, the enemies all look the same, and all the places Kirby visits look exactly the same. Due to the reduced health bar, however, Energy Drinks only restore 1 hit point now. Upon completing this mode with all the switches pressed, the Sound Test is unlocked.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Much like in the original version, to unlock this mode, complete the game and press all the Big Switches. This time, however, the player can save in this game, but Kirby still has 3 hit points to deal with. When this mode is completed 100%, the second Extra Game, Meta Knightmare, is unlocked from the Sub-Games menu.

Meta Knightmare

Main article: Meta Knightmare
The title for Meta Knightmare.

In this Sub-Game, the player plays as Meta Knight and traverses all the levels in the game as fast as possible. The game keeps track of and saves the time taken, to be displayed at the end of the run. Like in the normal Extra Game, Meta Knight only has 3 hit points. It is also not possible to save the game, and Meta Knight obviously cannot utilize any Copy Abilities. To compensate for this, however, Meta Knight is given his sword and his wings to traverse the land.

The game is complete once Meta Knight defeats King Dedede at the end of Rainbow Resort, as Nightmare is not fought at all.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Extra Game here is essentially the same as Story Mode, but the game challenges the player to clear the stages and collect all 120 Treasure Chests as fast as possible. It keeps individual time for each stage, rather than the game as a whole.

Kirby Super Star Ultra

Main article: Meta Knightmare Ultra

The Extra Game in this mode is known as Meta Knightmare Ultra, and has Meta Knight playing through the events of every main game mode (except Gourmet Race) in one long time attack run. At the end of the game, instead of fighting Marx, Meta Knight fights an ancient warrior called Galacta Knight, who up to that point had been sealed away for fear of him being too powerful.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

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Once the Normal Game is completed, the Extra Game opens up, which plays like the Normal Game, but with the following changes:

  • Stamina of all characters is cut in half. The bar only reaches half-way across the portrait to illustrate this.
  • Many items, including Point Stars and 1Ups have a different design.
  • There are more enemies, and they move and attack faster, with some being different sizes and/or having increased vitality.
  • Super Ability timer runs out faster.
  • Alternate Dimension rift walls are red, and move faster.
  • All bosses and mid-bosses possess different color schemes (with some having additional visual changes), and are generally tougher with new and different attack patterns.
    • Additionally, all bosses and mid-bosses have "EX" add-ended to their names. (Except for Magolor Soul and HR-D3)
  • A completely new boss, HR-D3 is added after defeating Metal General EX.
  • All Challenge Stages are tougher.
  • The cinematic leading up to the final fight with Magolor features an additional scene where he changes to the color scheme used in the EX fight.
  • The game's credit sequence has different gameplay snapshots, adorned with golden frames, and credit sections feature little Kirby portraits like the ones seen in the credits for Kirby Super Star.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Main article: DededeTour!

The Extra Game is distinct in this iteration, in that it is played with King Dedede instead of Kirby. Officially known as Dededetour!, and serving as the spiritual successor to Meta Knightmare, Dedede plays through the stages in one long time attack run, (modified to accommodate his move-set) he battles harder versions of all the bosses and mid-bosses up to the end of Royal Road, and fights a different set of bosses at the end of the game.

Unlike the Main Game, there are no Sun Stones to collect and very few Food items. Dedede must simply try to finish his run as quickly as he can. If he enters certain side chambers where the Sun Stones would be in Kirby's playthrough, he can either obtain some collectibles (usually food and 1Ups) or find a warp shortcut to reach the end faster.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Main article: Meta Knightmare Returns
Official Logo.

The extra game in this title is known officially as Meta Knightmare Returns, and, obviously, stars Meta Knight. It plays similarly to DededeTour!, though it also takes cues from Meta Knightmare Ultra and has Meta Knight take on the game in a long time attack run, fighting stronger versions of the bosses in the process. Some bosses from Story Mode are omitted, with Meta Knight instead fighting a trio of different bosses in sequence after defeating President Haltmann 2.0.

Kirby Star Allies

Main article: Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!

The extra game in this title is called Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!. It is a time attack game featuring one of the Friends, who makes their way through the stages and recruits allies without Kirby's help. At the end, the allies fight a new warrior named Morpho Knight.