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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 Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023, reference)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Planet Robobot (reference)
Super Kirby Clash (reference)
Related Dakuga, Pata, Bolum
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, specifically featured in Milky Way Wishes and Meta Knightmare Ultra. Nova is said to be capable of granting one wish to whoever summons it, though Kirby is ultimately tasked with destroying it when it attempts to aid Marx in the domination of Pop Star.


Nova resembles a giant golden pocket watch, with a watch's bow and crown at the top and a wide variety of other implements and crude modifications attached to it. The "face" of the watch resembles a stylized cat's face, with large indigo eyes and no nose. Nova's back side is flat and features four large cylinders protruding from it.

There are several objects around the circumference of Nova, including (in clockwise order):

Although these components are never used by Nova itself, Star Dream from Kirby: Planet Robobot does utilize many of them as attacks in its boss battle when it enters phase 3 (at which point it greatly resembles Nova).

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 make a wish, Marx appears, knocking Kirby away and wishing to rule Pop Star. Nova flies away to grant 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 defeat Marx, Marx is shown flying into Nova, causing it to explode with its various components seen flying away while its wide open eyes disintegrate.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Nova prepares to grant Kirby a wish in Kirby Super Star Ultra.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Nova is also known as Galactic Nova and retains its role in Milky Way Wishes. It also appears at the end of Meta Knightmare Ultra. After Meta Knight gathers the stars, Nova appears to him by reassembling itself, though it retains visible damage from its earlier appearance. Meta Knight then wishes 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. After Galacta Knight is defeated, he is seen exploding in the final cutscene as a parallel to Nova's explosion in Milky Way Wishes, using the same music, "Kirby's Triumphant Return". Additionally, at the end of The True Arena, it is shown that after Nova exploded in Milky Way Wishes, the remaining power from Nova began to build up and was absorbed by Marx, who was thus able to return as Marx Soul.

Notably, Marx Soul's pause screen description refers to Galactic Nova as "a nova". This may suggest that there are more than one of Nova's kind, an idea which is further alluded to in other installments of the series.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Although Galactic Nova does not appear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Magolor alludes to it in his dialogue after the player has collected all 120 Energy Spheres, with him listing "clockwork stars that soar the cosmos" among the artifacts built by the ancients. This dialogue reappears in the game's remake Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Galactic Nova appears as a Dress-Up Mask, which is unlocked by completing Stamp Rally card #40. When wearing the mask, the wearer's voice is replaced with sounds taken from Galactic Nova and Star Dream.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Kirby spots 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.

Although Star Dream, the game's final boss, is a separate character from Nova, its form when it fuses with the Access Ark greatly resembles it, sharing the same face and exploding in a similar manner after defeat (with its eyes seen disintegrating while wide open in the same way). Although it lacks the components seen attached to Nova, it summons several of them from portals as attacks during its boss fight. Star Dream Soul OS furthers this resemblance, being gold like Nova is rather than silver, and the final phase of its battle, set inside its body, resembles the battle against the Galactic Nova Nucleus in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Although Galactic Nova is not seen in Kirby Star Allies, its pocket watch can be seen floating around in 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.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Hugo activates the ancient machine.

In the Kirby novel series, Nova appears in Kirby and the Search for the Dreamy Gears!. In this volume, Nova is never referred by name, only as the "ancient machine". A long time before the events of the story, the machine had the power to grant wishes. The people of Diamond Town wanted to eat a lot of chocolate, so the wish came true by turning all the rough diamonds into chocolate. The aristocrats of the town became very rich by selling the chocolate, and the chocolate's sweet scent spread around the town. But one day, a wizard who hated chocolate pulled the gears of the machine and sealed them away to stop the scent. He wrote a warning on it to never activate it again.

The ancient machine is found by Hugo in the diamond mines of Diamond Town. On the ancient machine, he finds a silver plate with ancient writing written on it. Magolor deciphers for him the characters on the ancient machine and reveals the warning on it. He reads to him that the machine can turn stones into priceless materials to make tremendous amounts of money, but at the cost of the town residences, since it also omits a terrible stench that will make the town miserable. Hugo, who only cares about profiting, wants to find all the gears of the ancient machine, and put a prize money for anyone who can find them. Later, Meta Knight finds a photo with the ancient warning on it and deciphers it too. Upon learning the warning, he tries to stop Hugo from activating the machine.

After getting the gears, Hugo activates the machine, which turns all the rough diamonds into chocolate again. Distraught, he jumps into the machine, only for the ancient machine to spew chocolate at him. The ancient machine continue to produce chocolate once again, making everybody in the town happy.


  • Galactic Nova's official artwork for Kirby Super Star Ultra reflects its damaged state in Meta Knightmare Ultra rather than its usual look. This can be seen by how its right eye is open wider than its left, and how the gear near the top of its head is fully exposed.
  • In Kirby Mass Attack, there is an unused stage splash screen with Galactic Nova from a Kirby Super Star Ultra cutscene and the Japanese caption 「画像がありませぬ」 ("No image found").[2] Strangely, Nova uses a pre-rendered 3D model in this screen, even though the game has no other graphics like this.



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
Galaxy Nova
Simplified Chinese 银河·新星
Dutch Galactic Nova -
French Comète Nova Comet Nova
German Komet NOVA Comet NOVA
Italian Nova Galattica Galactic Nova
Korean 갤럭틱 노바
gaelleogtig noba
Galactic Nova
Portuguese Cometa Nova Comet Nova
Spanish 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.
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