- This article is about the stage in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. For the Battle Stage in the Kirby Fighters games, see Factory Tour (Battle Stage).
The stage begins in the snow, outside a large manhole with a factory in the background. Kirby can move on by entering the manhole.
The next area is a winding hallway, which starts from the top with a ladder section, and leads downward, past lots of dangerous obstacles. A conveyor belt leads to the next area.
With Kirby back on his own, he'll have to traverse another series of conveyors, in front of some very odd tubes containing various animal subjects.
The following room is a magma chamber with a giant Burnis to fight. When it is defeated, a crystal shard appears inside a cage, but how will Kirby break it open?
The next room consists of a long trot across crushing areas. Kirby will have to be nimble to not get flattened in this hall.
The last room is a series of hallways stacked atop each-other. Kirby will have to ascend them whilst avoiding bulldozing robots. The stage exit at the top is guarded by two Zoos.
Crystal Shard guide
- The first shard can be obtained in the first factory area. Kirby needs to use the Stone-Needle ability to break a series of boxes, allowing him to climb up a ladder to get it.
- The second shard can be found in a cage in the room where the Mid-Boss Burnis is fought. To break this cage, Kirby has to use the Spark-Cutter ability.
- The third shard can be found down at the end of one of the halls with the bulldozers. Kirby will have to be quick to get it and not get crushed.
Enemies, mid-bosses and abilities
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- Main article: Studying the Factory
The musical piece used for the majority of this stage has become a reoccurring staple track in the Kirby series. It appears unaltered in Kirby Fighters, Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2, and has had rearrangements in Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Kirby Fighters 2.
- This stage is the only one in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards which has its own distinct name.
- "We resurrected the hammer machines from the Factory Tour stage of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and turned them into the Squeaky Hammer Machines in Kirby Fighters. I thought that the designer was just going to enhance the appearance of the ones from the Nintendo 64 version, so when I saw that they now opened their mouths and let out a belch of steam as they attacked, I was really surprised! I'd say they are even more "striking" than the ones in the N64 game." --Tadashi Kamitake, in a Miiverse post regarding Kirby Fighters (archived link to post)