Float Islands (also once referred to as Floating Islands) is an area and stage which appears in Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby Super Star Ultra. It is a tropical locale which features beaches with palm trees and falling coconuts, underground passages with spike pits, and a large wooden ship to explore. Float Islands has a distinctive musical theme which has been frequently homaged by other tropical or water-based areas in subsequent Kirby games.
On the shore of a small island, Kirby tries his hand at fishing. He pulls out a Blipper (or a generic fish in the original cutscene), then inhales it, getting the remaining fishing hook stuck decidedly in his mouth.
Kirby's Dream Land
Float Islands is the third stage of Kirby's Dream Land, and takes place in a series of tropical islands in Dream Land. The stage is fairly straightforward, similar to Green Greens, but features a lot more water along with trickier terrain. There are a total of seven rooms to traverse here, with two of them being optional side areas. The boss at the end of the stage is Kaboola, who Kirby battles using the Mint Leaf item.
The first room consists of a handful of islands of various size protruding from a bottomless body of water. Kirby will need to hop along each island while avoiding coconuts from the palm trees above and Blippers and Squishys from the water below. A bomb and a microphone can be found here which Kirby can suck up and use against his enemies. After crossing several wide bodies of water, Kirby will find the way forward through a door embedded in the side of a cliff.
The second room takes place in an underground area, featuring a long and winding path compressed into a rectangular area. In here, Kirby will need to mind more falling coconuts, vanishing Kabu, and beds of spikes along with patrolling Gordos. A number of side paths can be taken to reach food items, including a hidden door leading to a side room featuring a deep-dive. The main door forward can be found in the lower-right corner.
The third room is dominated by a large wooden ship which Kirby can infiltrate using a dish of Spicy Food to deal with the crew. Along the way, Kirby can access a cabin through a round-trip door to acquire a few more items. Further along, past a number of Shotzos, the door to the next room can be reached on the right.
The fourth room is a small one, where Kirby can access a Warp Star which will take him out of the ship and into the background toward a large black whale. Kirby then gets stuck inside its blowhole, and the whale shoots him out, which sends him flying high into the sky and to the next room.
The last room has Kirby briefly walking along a cloud platform until he reaches a Mint Leaf. Once Kirby picks up this item, he is taken to an aerial battle with with Kaboola, the boss of the stage. Using the Mint Leaf, Kirby can defeat Kaboola and collect the third Sparkling Star to complete the stage.
Enemies and Boss
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Float Islands appears as the second stage of Spring Breeze. However, this version of Float Islands is greatly truncated, merged with portions of Castle Lololo from the original game, and features Lololo & Lalala as the boss of the stage instead of Kaboola, who does not appear at all. This version features different enemies as well, replacing the Kirby's Dream Land exclusive foes with some that provide Copy Abilities.
Float Islands in Spring Breeze has many of the same elements as its equivalent stage in Kirby's Dream Land, but due to having been merged with Castle Lololo, the second half is almost completely different. The main differences by room are as follows:
- The first room is much shorter and contains fewer enemies, with Knuckle Joe greeting Kirby at the start.
- The second room is greatly simplified, and now contains ladders. The side area accessible from here is just a room filled with water, coconuts, and a 1-Up.
- The third room replaces the wooden ship with an entryway to a castle. Here, Kirby is given some Invincible Candy to power through the enemies in the way.
- The fourth room takes place inside the castle, and tasks Kirby with defeating the Mid-Boss Mr. Frosty before taking the Warp Star. Instead of flying to a whale, Kirby flies to Castle Lololo in the background.
- The last room takes place outside a smaller version of Castle Lololo instead of up in the clouds, and there is no Mint Leaf to collect. Instead, Kirby makes his way past a couple ability-providing enemies to get to the door that takes him to the fight with Lololo & Lalala.
Enemies, Mid-Boss, and Boss
Kirby Super Star gallery
Kirby Super Star Ultra gallery
References in later games
The following are direct references to Float Islands in later Kirby games:
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby Fighters series
- Main article: Castle Lololo (Battle Stage)
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Kirby's Dream Land Instruction Booklet (NA Print)
This is Definitely not a Resort Paradise
This may look like an island paradise lined with palm trees, but don't expect to have a relaxing time here! You'll have to watch your step as you island hop here or you could end up falling into the ocean. Kaboola will have you scrambling to dodge her constant attack of cannon balls.
Super Game Boy Nintendo Player's Guide
The Floating Islands were once a delightful tropical paradise, but since King Dedede's tribe took them over, there aren't many tourists.
- This is the only stage in Kirby's Dream Land which does not feature a Mid-Boss.
Names in other languages
|French||Iles[sic] flottantes||Floating islands|
|Italian||Isole galleggianti||Floating islands|
|Spanish||Islas flotantes||Floating islands|