- This article is about the character as it is portrayed in the story. For the boss, see Galactic Nova Nucleus.
The Galactic Nova (referred to as the Comet NOVA in Kirby Super Star or just Nova for short) is a character and ancient relic that appears in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, being found in the Milky Way Wishes stage and in Meta Knightmare Ultra. The Galactic Nova can be described as a giant golden pocket watch with all manner of other implements and crude modifications attached to it. The 'face' of the watch resembles a stylized cat's face with no nose. The Galactic Nova is said to be capable of granting wishes, though Kirby is ultimately tasked with destroying it when it attempts to aid Marx in the domination of Planet Popstar.
There are several objects around the surface of Galactic Nova, in clockwise order:
- Drafting compasses
- Halogen lamps
- Pocket watch
- Set square
- Piano keys
- Measuring instrument
- Light bulb
Although these components were not used by Galactic Nova itself during the story of Kirby Super Star (Ultra), its counterpart, Star Dream from Kirby: Planet Robobot does utilize many of them as attacks in its boss battle when it enters phase 3.
Kirby Super Star
The Galactic Nova first appears in Kirby Super Star, playing a major role in the Milky Way Wishes game. During Milky Way Wishes, the sun and moon are fighting each other. Kirby is told by Marx that he must find the Galactic Nova and wish on it to end the conflict.
When Kirby finds the stars on each of the planets, he summons the Galactic Nova. However, before he can grant a wish, Marx appears, knocking Kirby away and wishing to rule Popstar. NOVA flies away to grants his request, while Kirby, who is given the Starship, attempts to stop the great comet. Kirby flies into Nova's core and destroys it, halting the entity and preventing it from granting Marx's wish.
After Kirby manages to beat Marx, Marx is shown flying into the Galactic Nova, causing it to explode.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the enhanced remake of Kirby Super Star, it is revealed in The True Arena that after the Nova (and Marx) explode, the remaining power from the NOVA begins to build up and is absorbed by Marx, who is brought back to life as a mutated, zombie-like form known as Marx Soul.
Nova also appears near the end of Meta Knightmare Ultra. After Meta Knight gathers the stars, the Galactic Nova appears to him, by reassembling himself; his appearance shows him to have sustained damage. Meta Knight's wish is to fight the greatest warrior in the galaxy. In compliance, Nova summons Galacta Knight, a warrior so powerful he was sealed away due to his immense power being a threat.
As neither of these modes are main games, it is likely that none of these events are canon with the main series.
Kirby 3D Rumble
In Kirby 3D Rumble the sub-game from Kirby: Planet Robobot, Galactic Nova makes a cameo appearance in the background of Level 3-4, which requires toggling the C-Stick (exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS models) and waiting for a certain amount of time to see.
- Galactic Nova's official artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra does not depict the globe at its bottom for some reason.
- In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Marx Soul's necklace appears to be made of parts of the Galactic Nova.
- In Kirby Mass Attack, there is an unused stage splash screen with Galactic Nova and the Japanese caption 画像がありませぬ ("No image found"). (See: https://www.spriters-resource.com/ds_dsi/kirbymassatk/sheet/75680/)
- The Galactic Nova shares commonalities with the Lor Starcutter from Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Star Dream from Kirby: Planet Robobot. All three were supposedly built by the Ancients.
- In the game Cuphead, the pillars that the boss Djimmi summons in his second phase resemble the Galactic Nova Nucleus's pillars, and their weakness is similar.
|The Milky Way in Kirby Super Star (Ultra)|
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|Kirby Super Star (Ultra)|
|Characters||Bandana Waddle Dee ・ Captain Vul ・ Dyna Blade ・ Galactic Nova ・ King Dedede ・ Kirby ・ Marx ・ Meta Knight ・ Sailor Waddle Dee|
|Games||Original game||Spring Breeze ・ Dyna Blade ・ Gourmet Race ・ The Great Cave Offensive ・ Revenge of Meta Knight ・ Milky Way Wishes ・ Samurai Kirby ・ Megaton Punch ・ The Arena|
|Ultra only||Revenge of the King ・ Kirby Card Swipe ・ Kirby on the Draw ・ Snack Tracks ・ Meta Knightmare Ultra ・ Helper to Hero ・ The True Arena|
|Regular Enemies||Original game||Apple ・ Bio Spark ・Birdon ・Blade Knight ・Blipper ・Bomber ・Bounder ・Bronto Burt ・Broom Hatter ・Burning Leo ・Cappy ・Capsule J ・Chilly ・Coconut ・Gator ・Gim ・Glunk ・Gordo ・Grizzo ・Jungle Bomb ・Knuckle Joe ・Kabu ・Laser Ball ・Lovely ・Magical Sweeper ・Moto Shotzo ・Noddy ・Parasol ・Plasma Wisp ・Poppy Bros. Jr. ・Rocky ・Scarfy ・Shotzo ・Simirror ・Sir Kibble ・Sir Slippy ・Squishy ・Tac ・Tookey ・Twizzy ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Walky ・Wheelie |
|Ultra only||Anglep ・ Blatzy ・ Capsule J2 ・ Cawcun ・ Croucars ・ Flotzo ・ Galbel ・ Gip ・ Grumples ・ Koozer ・ Perot ・ Poison Apple ・ Poison Mash ・ Rosely ・ Spear Waddle Dee ・ Sword Knight|
|Mid-Bosses||Original game||Bonkers ・Bugzzy ・Chef Kawasaki ・Iron Mam ・Jukid ・Kracko Jr. ・Meta-Knights (Axe Knight ・Javelin Knight ・Mace Knight ・Trident Knight) ・Mr. Frosty ・Poppy Bros. Sr. ・Waddle Dee|
|Ultra only||Fire Lion ・ Grand Wheelie ・ Kracko Jr.'s Revenge ・ Mr. Tick Tock ・ Phan Phan|
|Bosses||Original game||Chameleo Arm ・ Combo Cannon ・ Computer Virus ・ Dyna Blade ・ Fatty Whale ・ Galactic Nova Nucleus ・ Heavy Lobster ・ King Dedede ・Kracko ・ Lololo & Lalala ・ Marx ・ Meta Knight ・ Reactor ・ Twin Woods ・ Wham Bam Rock ・ Whispy Woods|
|Ultra only||Galacta Knight ・ Kabula ・ Kracko's Revenge ・ Lololo & Lalala's Revenge ・ Marx Soul ・ Masked Dedede ・ Wham Bam Jewel ・ Whispy's Revenge|
|Copy Abilities||Beam ・Bomb ・Cook ・Copy ・Crash ・Cutter ・Fighter ・Fire ・Hammer ・Ice ・Jet ・Mike ・Mirror ・Ninja ・Paint ・Parasol ・Plasma ・Sleep ・Stone ・Suplex ・Sword ・Wheel ・Wing ・Yo-yo|
Starship ・Wheelie Rider