Helper to Hero
|Kirby's not the only hero! Helpers can be heroes, too! We'll prove it in an all-star battle!|
— Menu caption from Kirby Super Star Ultra
In this game, the player does not control Kirby, but may instead choose from one of his numerous helpers or play as a Sword Knight. These differently colored helpers take on the bosses, much like The Arena, the final boss being Wham Bam Jewel. Unlike the Arena, however, the bosses in Helper to Hero are fought in a set order. Another difference is that the player's character is only provided with three Maxim Tomatoes and three tomatoes. There is also a mode in Helper to Hero in which a CPU-controlled version of the same helper aids the player's character. If Helper to Hero is completed by all of the helpers, a secret movie is unlocked; however, it only needs to be finished with one helper in order to achieve 100% completion on a save file.
The player can choose between the following Helpers to play as. Each is based off a different Copy Ability, though some are differentiated further:
- Knuckle Joe (Fighter)
- Parasol Waddle Dee (Parasol)
- Chilly (Ice)
- Blade Knight (Sword)
- Simirror (Mirror)
- Sir Kibble (Cutter)
- Plasma Wisp (Plasma)
- Waddle Doo (Beam)
- Poppy Bros. Jr. (Bomb)
- Gim (Yo-Yo)
- Birdon (Wing)
- Bio Spark (Ninja)
- Bonkers (Hammer)
- Burning Leo (Fire)
- Capsule J2 (Jet)
- Bugzzy (Suplex)
- Tac (Copy)
- Wheelie (Wheel)
- Rocky (Stone)
- Sword Knight (Sword)
Each Helper has a different color scheme to the standard enemies they are based off. Each one also has separate records.
Helpers have more health in Helper to Hero than other modes. A tomato restores 12 HP. The first time 2P is defeated, they are revived with half HP in the rest area; from the second time onward, they are revived with quarter HP (rounded down to zero decimal places).
|Helper HP in Kirby Super Star Ultra|
(Reference: Kirby=76, Meta Knight=50)
|Rank||Helper||Helper to Hero||Others|
|Helper to Hero - boss HP|
|Order||Boss||1-Player||2-Player||Helper in icon|
|1||Whispy Woods||190||247||Parasol Waddle Dee|
|Chef Kawasaki||100||100||Burning Leo|
|3||Kracko (alt.)||195||253||Capsule J2|
|6||Fatty Whale (alt.)||264||343||Wheelie|
|7||Chameleo Arm (alt.)||241||313||Tac|
|Poppy Bros. Sr.||80||80||Waddle Doo|
|9||Twin Woods (alt.)||147 each||191 each||Sir Kibble|
|10||Heavy Lobster (alt.)||316||410||Gim|
Computer Virus (alt.)
|12||Meta Knight||270||351||Blade Knight|
|13||Wham Bam Rock (alt.)||258||335||Knuckle Joe|
|Wham Bam Jewel||337||438|
- Knuckle Joe stars in the title animation of Helper to Hero, like Fighter Kirby in The Arena.
- The following helpers don't appear in boss icons: Bio Spark, Bugzzy, Chilly, Plasma Wisp, Poppy Bros. Jr., Rocky, Sword Knight.
- The rest area music ("Helper's Rest") is a remix of the Ripple Star: Stage Select theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- The alternative color version of Computer Virus is exclusive to Helper to Hero and not fought in other modes.
- Interestingly, as per with the other new modes in Kirby Super Star Ultra, the copyright year also reads "1996-2008", despite this mode being exclusive to the remake.
Names in other languages
Herupā Masutā he no Michi
|The Way to Become a Helper Master|
|French||L'Heure de Gloire||Hour of Glory|
|German||Helfer als Helden||Helper to Hero|
|Italian||Da Aiutante a Eroe||Helper to Hero|
|Spanish||De Ayudante a Héroe||Helper to Hero|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra Menu|
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