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Galactic Nova

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Galactic Nova
KSSU Galactic Nova artwork.jpg
Artwork of Galactic Nova from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
First appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Latest appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022, reference)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Planet Robobot (reference)
Super Kirby Clash (reference)
Similar Star Dream
Star Dream Soul OS
Theme music

Clip of the theme that plays when battling Galactic Nova, from Kirby Super Star

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This article is about the character as it is portrayed in the story. For the boss, see Galactic Nova Nucleus. For the stage, see Galactic Nova (stage).
— Galactic Nova in Milky Way Wishes, Kirby Super Star Ultra

Galactic Nova (commonly referred to as Nova; also called Nova, the Galactic Comet[1]) 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 game and in Meta Knightmare Ultra. 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. 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 Pop Star.

External components[edit]

There are several objects around the surface of Nova, in clockwise order:

Although these components were not used by Nova itself during the story of Kirby Super Star or 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.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star[edit]

Galactic Nova appearing in Milky Way Wishes to grant Marx's wish in Kirby Super Star.

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 Nova and wish on it to end the conflict.

When Kirby finds the stars on each of the planets, he summons Nova. However, before he can grant a wish, Marx appears, knocking Kirby away and wishing to rule Pop Star. Nova flies away to grants his request, while Kirby, who is given the Starship, attempts to stop the giant comet. Kirby flies into Nova's heart 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 Nova, causing it to explode.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

"I WILL GRANT YOU ONE WISH... ->" says Nova.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Nova is also known as Galactic Nova and has an expanded role. Near the end of Meta Knightmare Ultra, after Meta Knight gathers the stars, 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. Additionally, at the end of The True Arena, it is revealed that after Nova (and Marx) explode, the remaining power from Nova began to build up and was absorbed by Marx, who brought back his evil soul as Marx Soul. It is worth noting that neither of these appearances are indicated to be canon.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Kirby spots a sticker of Nova in Kirby 3D Rumble.

In Kirby 3D Rumble, a sub-game from Kirby: Planet Robobot, 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.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Although Galactic Nova is not seen in Kirby Star Allies, its pocket watch can be seen floating around on the Level hub for Far-Flung Starlight Heroes.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In Super Kirby Clash, Galactic Nova appears as one of the stickers that can be purchased from Magolor's Shoppe, based on its artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra. It comes with the caption: OK: -> and a sound effect from the "First Cry of a Newborn Star" track in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, Galactic Nova appears on a Character Treat, using its artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra.


  • Marx Soul's necklace appears to be made of parts of Nova.
  • Nova's official artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra does not depict the globe at its bottom-right.
  • In Kirby Mass Attack, there is an unused stage splash screen with Nova from a Kirby Super Star Ultra cutscene and the Japanese caption 「画像がありませぬ」 ("No image found").[2]
  • Nova shares commonalities with Star Dream from Kirby: Planet Robobot. This may have been alluded to in Marx Soul's flavor text from Kirby Super Star Ultra referring to it as "a nova" and Magolor's dialogue from Kirby's Return to Dream Land mentioning "clockwork stars that soar the cosmos", hinting at more than one of them having been built by the ancients.


Quotes from Galactic Nova in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra  
  • "READY >"
  • "I will grant you one wish... >"
  • "OK > 3 , 2 , 1 , BLAST OFF!"

Milky Way Wishes[edit]

  • "READY. ->"
  • "OK. -> 3... 2... 1... GO! ->"

Meta Knightmare Ultra[edit]

  • "READY. ->"
  • "OK. ->"
  • "...3... 2... 1... GO! ->"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ギャラクティック・ノヴァ
Gyarakutikku Nova
Galactic Nova
Traditional Chinese 銀河·新星
Simplified Chinese 银河·新星
French Comète Nova Comet Nova
German Komet NOVA Comet NOVA
Korean 갤럭틱 노바
gaelleogtig noba
Galactic Nova
Portuguese Cometa Nova Comet Nova


  1. Nintendo Treehouse Log. "Kirby Star Allies Patch - Part III: Marx!". Tumblr. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. Jermungandr. "Stage Splash Screens". The Spriters Resource. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
The Milky Way in Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
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