- This article is about the Nintendo Entertainment System game. For the Wii game known as Kirby's Adventure Wii in some versions, see Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Kirby's Adventure is the second title of the Kirby series and the first and only Nintendo Entertainment System game in the series. Kirby's Adventure features a greater visual style and a more extensive gameplay than Kirby's Dream Land. The game marks the introduction of Kirby's trademark Copy Abilities.
A demo of Kirby's Adventure later appeared as one of the Masterpieces in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The original game was ported as a Virtual Console game for Wii and Wii U, a 3D Classic on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, and a playable game for NES Classic Edition and the Nintendo Switch Online service.
- 1 Story
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 Levels
- 4 Enemies
- 5 Mid-Bosses
- 6 Bosses
- 7 Abilities
- 8 Sub-Games
- 9 100% Completion
- 10 Port Versions
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Names in other languages
- 13 Trivia
- 14 External links
- 15 References
Kirby wakes up from a nap, realizing he has not had a pleasant dream all night. He heads to the Fountain of Dreams to figure what went wrong. Once there, he finds out that King Dedede has stolen the Star Rod, the source of the Fountain of Dreams' power. Dedede has broken the Rod into seven pieces, giving one to each of his six assistants, and keeping the seventh for himself (his assistants being the six world bosses plus himself). Kirby adventures through Dream Land to retrieve the seven Star Rod pieces and return it to the Fountain of Dreams.
After Kirby retrieves all seven Star Rod pieces and unites them, he tosses the Star Rod into the Fountain of Dreams. Suddenly, a mysterious being named Nightmare emerges from the fountain and flies into the starry space, shrouding Dream Land in darkness. King Dedede evidently had known that Nightmare infected the Fountain of Dreams, and had hidden the Star Rod with good intentions. The King then launches Kirby in the sky, ready to defeat Nightmare with the completed Star Rod. Once he is defeated, good dreams return to the people of Dream Land.
The gameplay of Kirby's Adventure builds upon the concepts introduced in Kirby's Dream Land. As well as being able to Hover, Inhale and swallow enemies, and use the Air Bullet, this title sees the debut of Kirby's Copy Ability. When Kirby inhales certain enemy types that have particular abilities, and swallows them, Kirby will gain the use of that ability himself. However, if he takes damage, he will lose the ability, and will quickly need to swallow the Ability Star that appears to regain it before the star shatters or is otherwise lost.
There are eight levels in Kirby's Adventure. Excepting the first, each level is accessed by defeating the Boss of the prior level. Level stages are visited sequentially, with other doors leading to bonus areas such as Museums, Arenas, Sub-Games and other utility rooms.
The following table lists each level in Kirby's Adventure. Note that the stage count does not include boss stages:
|Vegetable Valley||5||Whispy Woods||No Big Switches are present in this level.|
|Ice Cream Island||6||Paint Roller||No Big Switches are present in this level.|
|Butter Building||7||Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright|
|Grape Garden||7||Kracko Jr. & Kracko|
|Yogurt Yard||7||Heavy Mole|
|Orange Ocean||7||Meta Knight||Every regular stage has a Big Switch.|
|Rainbow Resort||7||King Dedede|
|The Fountain of Dreams||1||Nightmare||This level has no hub, instead being accessed by defeating King Dedede. It consists only of the final boss fight with Nightmare.|
These enemies provide nothing if Kirby swallows them. Most enemies can be defeated upon contact with water, but some can survive in water (and may be more suited to it).
|Blipper||Blippers are common underwater enemies. They may swim freely or pursue Kirby. They can also jump out the water. If they are on land, they flop.|
|Bounder||Bounders, are usually seen clinging on walls, but they can be on the ground as well. They can climb walls and drop stars that can hurt Kirby.|
|Bronto Burt||Bronto Burts are flying enemies. They can fly in a wave-like motion or attempt to fly into Kirby. Sometimes, they appear by flying into the screen and performing a few loops.|
|Broom Hatter||Broom Hatters move by sweeping the ground, making swaying motions. Their motion can periodically change between fast and slow due to their sweeping motions.|
|Cappy||Cappys move slowly from left to right. If Kirby attempts to inhale one, Kirby swallows the Cappy's mushroom cap, revealing the Cappy's face, but not defeating the Cappy. If Kirby uses any other attack, however, Cappys can be defeated in one blow.|
|Coconut||Coconuts are stationary objects situated on palm trees. If Kirby gets too close, they may fall and explode. The Mid-Boss Bonkers uses Coconuts as projectiles.|
|Coner||Coners are enemies found both in land and underwater. They make scuttling movements on land, but they sink when they are underwater. If they tuck inside their shell, Kirby cannot inhale them.|
|Glunk||Glunks are stationary enemies found usually underwater. Glunks periodically shoot three air projectiles up to hit Kirby.|
|Gordo||Gordos are indestructible enemies. They are found usually stationary or moving in a straight line.|
|Kabu||Kabus are constantly spinning. They can be stationary or moving rapidly across the ground. Some can hover while others can teleport. Usually after they teleport, however, they may self-destruct.|
|Poppy Bros. Jr.||Poppy Bros. Jr. can be found moving slowly. They can also be seen strolling on apples and Maxim Tomatoes. If Kirby attempts to inhale them, they leave behind the fruit. If they leave behind the Maxim Tomato, the Maxim Tomato can be taken. If Kirby uses any other attack, the fruit is destroyed and Kirby must attack the Poppy Bros. Jr. to defeat it.|
|Scarfy||If Kirby attempts to inhale these hovering enemies, Scarfys transform into monster-like forms and attempt to pursue Kirby. If they run into Kirby or Kirby's attacks, they explode. Once transformed, Scarfys explode after a few seconds if they do not catch Kirby first.|
|Shotzo||Shotzos are stationary indestructible enemies that shoot cannon balls. They can aim at Kirby, shooting one cannon ball at a time, or aim in one direction, shooting multiple cannon balls periodically.|
|Slippy||This enemy can be found both land and underwater. In the land, it hops around, attempting to hit Kirby. Underwater, it swims in a bobbing motion.|
|Squishy||These enemies can be found in both land and underwater. In the land, they move slowly. In the water, they move up after sinking. They can also jump out the water.|
|Twizzy||These enemies act similarly to Bronto Burts. They fly in wave-like motions or pursue Kirby.|
|Waddle Dee||Waddle Dees are the basic enemies of the Kirby games. They simply walk, but sometimes, they can run and jump. Waddle Dees can either turn around at a ledge or walk off it.|
With a Copy Ability
These enemies provide Kirby with a Copy Ability if he swallows them. Unlike normal enemies, these enemies can appear in different colors. None of these enemies can survive in water.
|Blade Knight||Sword||Blade Knights move back and forth. They can do a single or double slash at Kirby.|
|Bomber||Crash||These enemies usually move slowly. If they fall off a ledge and land, they can create a large blast radius that can hurt Kirby.|
|Bubbles||Ball||This enemy move primarily by bouncing off walls.|
|Chilly||Freeze||Chillys are mostly stationary enemies. If Kirby gets close, they may use a freezing attack on him.|
|Cool Spook||Light||Cool Spooks are relatively rare enemies that appear usually in dark rooms. The only action they do is hovering and glowing.|
|Flamer||Fireball||These enemies move along a wall. If Kirby gets close, they jump and go on fire. Soon, they may charge, engulfed in flames, into Kirby.|
|Hot Head||Fire||Hot Heads can attack Kirby by breathing flying fire balls or breathing a stream of fire.|
|Laser Ball||Laser||Laser Balls are floating enemies. When they spot Kirby, they can shoot one or several laser beams. After that, they retreat.|
|Noddy||Sleep||These enemies normally walk, but they may sleep, making them stationary.|
|Parasol||Parasol||This enemy is often attached to Waddle Dees or Waddle Doos. If detached, they may fly away or home on Kirby.|
|Parasol Waddle Dee||Parasol||This is a Waddle Dee with a parasol. If Kirby destroys the parasol, it becomes a regular Waddle Dee.|
|Parasol Waddle Doo||Parasol||Waddle Doos equipped with a parasol act in a similar manner to Parasol Waddle Dees. If the parasol is destroyed, it becomes a regular Waddle Doo.|
|Pengy||Ice||Pengys move by sliding. They attack by emitting an ice breath, similar to how Hot Heads breathe a stream of fire.|
|Rocky||Stone||These slow-moving enemies attack primarily by leaping and slamming down into Kirby. If they are midair, they can fall quickly.|
|Sir Kibble||Cutter||These enemies throw blades at Kirby. They can attack Kirby if they are facing away from him by jumping over their blades.|
|Sparky||Spark||Sparkys move by hopping. If Kirby gets close, Sparkys create an electrical force field that can harm Kirby if Kirby gets too close.|
|Starman||Hi-Jump||These enemies can walk, but they can also perform jumps. They can also be found flying.|
|Sword Knight||Sword||These enemies act in a similar manner to Blade Knights. They can do a single or double slash at Kirby while moving back and forth.|
|Togezo||Needle||Togezos can attack Kirby by rolling into a ball and dashing.|
|Twister||Tornado||Twisters are stationary enemies. If Kirby is close, though, they can attack by spinning and transforming into a nearly-invincible tornado.|
|UFO||U.F.O.||UFOs are rare flying enemies. They can fly erratically, ramming into Kirby, or they can shoot a few laser beams at him. If Kirby leaves them alone long enough, they may fly away.|
|Waddle Doo||Beam||Waddle Doos can walk and jump. They can emit a beam, but they must stop and charge first.|
|Wheelie||Wheel||Wheelies are fast-moving enemies. If they crash into a wall, they bounce up.|
Meta-Knights are different from normal enemies. They appear in groups at Meta Knight's command and ambush Kirby in designated areas. Unlike normal enemies, they can take more than one hit to defeat. If one is defeated, part of a total health bar is depleted and another Meta-Knight is spawned. Meta-Knights do not give any copy abilities when swallowed.
|Axe Knight||This skull-headed foe can attack either by swiping its axe forward or by tossing it like a Cutter.|
|Javelin Knight||This robot-like enemy sweeps the arena, and can either toss its javelin or spin it around itself. This is the only one of the knights that can jump.|
|Mace Knight||This burly knight wields a giant flail that it can spin around its head or toss forward a good distance.|
|Trident Knight||This crescent-tipped knight wields a trident that it can toss in an arc, zapping Kirby if it connects.|
These enemies appear at various points in stages and can also be fought repeatedly in arenas. They cannot be inhaled for an ability until their stamina is depleted and they are knocked down. They are also immune to Air Bullets and Slide attacks. Like standard enemies, these guys can appear in different colors.
|Bonkers||Hammer||This armored simian attacks Kirby by swinging his giant hammer, which resembles Dedede's hammer. He can also toss Coconuts for added spiciness.|
|Bugzzy||Backdrop||A large bipedal beetle that can grab Kirby and slam him into the ground. He sends out smaller bugs at Kirby which can be inhaled.|
|Fire Lion||Fireball||This sleek cat can attack Kirby by pouncing or by using a fireball tackle. If Kirby is grabbed, he will be held in place and scratched before being released.|
|Grand Wheelie||Wheel||A big version of Wheelie that rolls around and shoots small Wheelies.|
|Mr. Frosty||Freeze||A bipedal walrus that wears overalls. He throws blocks of ice and tackles.|
|Mr. Tick-Tock||Mike||A walking alarm clock that uses musical notes and sound waves to attack.|
|Poppy Bros. Sr.||Crash||A large version of Poppy Bros. Jr. that hops around and throws bombs.|
|Rolling Turtle||Throw||A bipedal round turtle with buck teeth that rolls about and tries to grab Kirby. It occasionally tosses out shells.|
These enemies are fought at the end of levels in their own special stages. They are all considerably more durable than standard enemies and mid-bosses, and take several hits to defeat. Some can only be harmed by striking specific weak points. Defeating these bosses clears the levels they appear in.
|Whispy Woods||Vegetable Valley||This sentient tree attacks by dropping Apples and shooting Air Bullets from his mouth. He cannot move, making him very weak against most Copy Abilities.|
|Paint Roller||Ice Cream Island||This rotund fellow skates around the arena on roller skates between four different canvases and paints objects that come to life and attack Kirby. These objects can be inhaled and spat back to defeat this boss.|
|Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright||Butter Building||This tag-team duo of Sun and Moon take turns attacking Kirby, with only the one on the ground being vulnerable. Kirby can use the attacks of the one in the sky to attack the one on the ground. Each has their own separate stamina, and defeating one prevents that one from touching down, but he can still attack from the sky until the other is defeated.|
|Kracko Jr.||Grape Garden||The initial form of Kracko. Cannot be harmed, so Kirby instead has to avoid him while climbing up a series of cloud platforms.|
|Kracko||Grape Garden||Once at the top of the arena, Kracko Jr. transforms into Kracko proper, and can be attacked as normal. He attempts to strike Kirby with lightning and beam whips, and will occasionally drop a Starman which can be used against him.|
|Heavy Mole||Yogurt Yard||This robotic contraption continually moves away from Kirby, digging a tunnel while it goes. It can hurt Kirby using its digger arms, but mainly attacks by shooting out Dygclops from behind. These cycloptic missiles can be used as ammunition or can grant Copy Abilities, but the red one will put Kirby to Sleep if he swallows it.|
|Meta Knight||Orange Ocean||This honorable warrior provides Kirby with a Sword, which he must equip before they may fight, and cannot drop during the fight. Meta Knight attacks with various jumps and sword moves, including his famous Down Thrust from the air. He cannot be harmed unless he drops his guard or is hit from behind. Defeating him causes his mask to break, and he is forced to flee out of shame.|
|King Dedede||Rainbow Resort||Kirby's eternal rival faces down with his eternal rival at the Fountain of Dreams. He fights much like he did in Kirby's Dream Land, with head slides, hammer swipes, inhales, and his famous Super Dedede Jump. He has one new ability, allowing him to puff up and hover like Kirby, which he apparently taught himself to do after his first defeat.|
|Nightmare's Power Orb||The Fountain of Dreams||This orb fires volleys of stars and shockwaves continually at Kirby, and will also attempt to charge. Kirby must fight back using the Star Rod, but if he takes too long, he will crash into the ground and lose.|
|Nightmare||The Fountain of Dreams||Nightmare's true form can only be harmed by strikes to his vulnerable chest beneath his cape. He will do his best to hide this weakness as he teleports around the stage and weaves in and out, firing projectiles at Kirby whenever he can.|
Introduced in this title are 24 different Copy Abilities, as well as an additional special ability at the end of the game. Kirby can inhale certain foes to get these abilities, making him extremely versatile. If Kirby swallows two or more ability-yielding enemies at the same time, he can get a Mix, which will start a roulette and give him any one of the standard abilities:
|Backdrop||Bugzzy||Allows Kirby to grab standard foes and objects, and then slam them into the ground in four different ways to defeat them.|
|Ball||Bubbles||When activated, turns Kirby into a ball, allowing him to bounce very high and defeat foes by collision.|
|Beam||Waddle Doo||Kirby can fire a beam whip from his hand which covers a decent area in front of him.|
|Cutter||Sir Kibble||Kirby can throw sharp blades which will return to him after being thrown.|
|Crash||Bomber, Poppy Bros. Sr.||When activated, Kirby explodes in a fury, defeating all foes on screen. This can only be done once.|
|Fire||Hot Head||Kirby can breathe fire which can be used to light Fuses and defeat enemies.|
|Fireball||Flamer, Fire Lion||Kirby combusts and flies forward, harming enemies and breaking through metal blocks. He rebounds if he hits a wall. Can light fuses.|
|Freeze||Chilly, Mr. Frosty||Kirby can freeze foes all around himself, and then kick them into other enemies.|
|Hammer||Bonkers, yellow Dygclops||Kirby swings a powerful mallet, which deals a lot of damage and can pound Posts and break metal blocks. Can be used underwater.|
|Hi-Jump||Starman||Kirby can leap a great distance from the ground, damaging enemies during his ascent.|
|Ice||Pengy||Kirby breathes a cone of frost which freezes enemies on contact.|
|Laser||Laser Ball||Kirby fires a laser beam from his hand which can bounce off of slopes and light Fuses.|
|Light||Cool Spook||When activated, Kirby sends out a spark which can light up dark rooms. Can only be used once in dark areas.|
|Mike||Walky, Mr. Tick-Tock||Kirby can shout at opponents to defeat them. Very powerful, but can only be used three times.|
|Needle||Togezo||Kirby flares up with spikes and stays in place. Enemies who get close will be defeated.|
|Parasol||Parasol||Kirby gains a parasol, which he can swing at enemies or use to gently glide down from high places. Can also be used to defend from hazards above Kirby's head.|
|Sleep||Noddy, red Dygclops||Kirby immediately falls asleep and cannot do anything for a few moments until he wakes up or is attacked.|
|Spark||Sparky||Kirby emits a continuous electric field around himself which defeats enemies on contact.|
|Stone||Rocky||When activated, turns Kirby into a heavy stone which immediately falls to the ground and cannot move. Defeats enemies it falls on, and renders Kirby impervious to attack until he reverts. Can be used to pound Posts.|
|Sword||Blade Knight, Sword Knight, Meta Knight||Kirby gains a sword which he can swing to defeat foes. He can also do a spinning strike in mid-air. Can be used underwater.|
|Throw||Rolling Turtle||Kirby can grab foes and objects, and then toss them straight or at an angle. The thrown object passes through enemies and can break metal blocks.|
|Tornado||Twister||Kirby can turn into a whirlwind, moving very quickly and haphazardly and defeating any foe he touches. He can rise a little while spinning if the player mashes B.|
|U.F.O.||UFO||Kirby becomes a flying saucer and can shoot four different kinds of projectiles. Once he finishes the stage, he loses this ability. Can be used underwater and can break metal blocks.|
|Wheel||Wheelie, Grand Wheelie||Kirby can transform into a wheel and move very quickly, defeating any foes he comes into contact with, but will still take damage from hazards and will rebound if he hits a wall.|
|Star Rod||King Dedede||Kirby uses this powerful rod to battle Nightmare at the end of the game. He can fire star bullets and can also attack with a spinning jump.|
Additional Status Effects
Sharing the Copy Ability portrait area are the following additional statuses and notices:
|Normal||Kirby has no ability.||Kirby in his default condition. When in this form, he can inhale objects and enemies and spit them out or swallow them.|
|Nothing||Kirby does not gain an ability.||This displays when Kirby swallows something that does not grant him a Copy Ability.|
|Damage||Kirby is hit non-lethally.||This briefly displays when Kirby takes damage that is not fatal. He will drop whatever ability he may have on him.|
|Defeated||Kirby runs out of stamina||This displays when Kirby is defeated. The game freezes and Kirby spins off of the screen with his iconic defeat jingle.|
|Hyper||Kirby picks up an Invincible Candy.||Kirby is invincible while this displays, and can defeat enemies by touching them. He can still be defeated by Voids and crushing hazards though.|
|Mix||Kirby is about to start an Ability Mix.||This displays when Kirby inhales two ability-yielding enemies. Swallowing them enables Kirby to pick a random ability from the Mix roulette.|
|Cannon||Appears randomly during a Mix roulette.||This icon was meant to appear when Kirby hops into a Fuse Cannon, but went unused for most versions of the game. It can only be seen very briefly during a Mix roulette.|
|Warp Star||Kirby touches a Warp Star.||This displays while Kirby is riding a Warp Star. He is taken to a new area in a flashy cut-scene.|
|Goal||Kirby reaches the end of a normal stage.||This displays while Kirby is playing the Goal Game at the end of regular stages.|
|Clear||Kirby gets a piece of the Star Rod.||This displays after Kirby picks up a piece of the Star Rod from a boss and finishes a level.|
|Bye-Bye||The game is completed.||This displays in the final screen of the game after the credits have rolled.|
Kirby's Adventure is the first game in the series to feature Sub-Games, small minigames that are separate from the main story. In the Story Mode, the player may earn points or 1-Ups for completing the sub-games, depending how well they do, and the door to a sub-game is boarded up and becomes inaccessible after playing.
There are three sub-games in Kirby's Adventure:
Kirby's Adventure is the first game in the series to feature 100% completion. the player earns different titles as the percentage goes higher. For the 100% completion requirements and the list of all titles, see 100% Completion#Kirby's Adventure.
- In Extra Game, Kirby revisits the Story Mode with only 3 stamina bars and cannot save the game. Clearing the Extra Game is required to unlock Sound Test.
- In Boss Endurance, Kirby fights all bosses with no Copy Ability at start and no recovery provided (except after defeating Heavy Mole, which fully restores Kirby's stamina).
- Main article: 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure
3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure was released on the Nintendo 3DS. This version adds 3D visual effects to the original game and has minor improvement in framerate (e.g. The Spark ability doesn't cause frame drops in the 3D Classics version).
Nintendo Switch Online
Kirby's Adventure: Now with Extra Game! was added to Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online in Version 2.3.0. This special version starts with a perfect "Kirby 1" save file, which is already 100% completed with both Extra Game and Sound Test unlocked.
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Names in other languages
Hoshi no Kābii: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari
|Kirby of the Stars: The Tale of the Fountain of Dreams|
|Traditional Chinese||星之卡比 夢之泉物語
xīng zhī kǎ bǐ: mèng zhī quán wù yǔ
|Kirby of the Stars: The Tale of the Fountain of Dreams
|Simplified Chinese||星之卡比 梦之泉物语|
xīng zhī kǎ bǐ: mèng zhī quán wù yǔ
- The "How to draw Kirby" opening song originated from the Japanese commercial for Kirby's Dream Land.
- The first letters of all levels in Kirby's Adventure and the remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land spell out "ROYGBIV" in reverse order, which is the abbreviation of the rainbow's seven colors.
- The level cutscenes (both the original and the remake) and the Warp Star Stations (Kirby's Adventure only) have the color of the respetive letter:
- Several later titles in the series can also spell out a specific word with their levels' first letters.
- Vegetable Valley - Stage 2 introduced the first HAL Room in the series.
- In the English manual of Kirby's Adventure, the last panel of "A CRISIS IN THE DREAM LAND!" the prologue depicts Kirby without his sack unlike the game's actual prologue or the Japanese manual. (See Kirby's Adventure#External links for the manuals.)
- Several unused elements were in the game rom, including:
- Sprites of the Mini ability, which was intended to be a playable Copy Ability, but didn't make its debut until Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
- Music 10 in the Sound Test is a remix of "Welcome to Dream Land", the title theme of Kirby's Dream Land. This remix is never used in actual gameplay.
- The Cannon icon for the dashboard does not display in the original game (except the French version), except during the Ability Mix and in the 3D Classics version.
- Kirby's Adventure on nintendo.co.uk
- Kirby's Adventure on Kirby Informer
- Japanese manual (official digital reproduction of the original printed manual)
- English manual (official digital reproduction of the original printed manual)