Kirby's Adventure

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Kirby's Adventure

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Boxart of Kirby's Adventure in various regions.
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Masahiro Sakurai
Release date(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Japan March 23, 1993
NA May 1, 1993
Europe December 1, 1993
Australia December 1, 1993

Virtual Console (Wii)
NA February 12, 2007
Europe February 16, 2007
Australia February 16, 2007
Japan February 27, 2007

Nintendo 3DS (3D Classics)
NA November 17, 2011
Europe November 17, 2011
Australia November 17, 2011
Japan April 25, 2012

Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan April 17, 2013
Europe April 18, 2013
Australia April 18, 2013
NA April 26, 2013

Nintendo Switch Online
Japan February 13, 2019
NA February 13, 2019
Europe February 13, 2019
Australia February 13, 2019
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Wii (Virtual Console)
Wii (Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition)
Nintendo 3DS (3D Classics)
Wii U (Virtual Console)
NES Classic Edition
Nintendo Switch Online
Rating(s) ESRB: ESRB E.png - Everyone
PEGI: PEGI 3+.png - 3+
CERO: CERO A.png - All ages
Game chronology
Kirby's Dream Land Kirby's Pinball Land
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This article is about the Nintendo Entertainment System game. For the Wii game known as Kirby's Adventure Wii in some regions, see Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Kirby's Adventure is a video game serving as the second title of the Kirby series and the first and only Nintendo Entertainment System game in the series. The game expands greatly on concepts developed in Kirby's Dream Land, as it features a broader visual style (including color) and more extensive gameplay than its predecessor. The game marks the introduction of Kirby's trademark Copy Abilities and introduces many characters which are now standard to the series, including enemies like Hot Head, Sparky, and UFO, mid-bosses like Bonkers, Mr. Frosty, and Bugzzy, and bosses like Paint Roller, Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright, and Meta Knight. This game was also the first to establish the notion of having levels broken up into distinct stages, finding Big Switches to unlock extra content, playing Sub-Games and Goal Games, using a special weapon to fight the final boss, and having progress tracked toward 100% completion.

A remake of the game, known as Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2002. 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, featured as part of Kirby's Dream Collection, released as a 3D Classic on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, and included as a playable game for NES Classic Edition and the Nintendo Switch Online service.


Tutorial screen introducing Kirby.
One day, the peaceful life of Dream Land was shattered by a mysterious crisis! The inhabitants didn't dream!
— In-game backstory text from Kirby's Adventure

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 first six level bosses). 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, an eerie malevolent 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. With his efforts undone by Kirby, the King then launches the pink puffball into the sky, ready to defeat Nightmare with the completed Star Rod. Once he is defeated, good dreams return to the people of Dream Land, and Kirby and King Dedede reconcile.


Kirby's Adventure features a much larger world to explore than its predecessor, and also allows for full-color details, in addition to the numerous Copy Abilities that Kirby can now use.

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. In addition, this title introduces Kirby's ability to Dash, Slide, and use the Water Gun.

Kirby's Adventure also introduces many new gameplay mechanics and level structure that would carry through to much of the future games in the Kirby series. For instance, this was the first title to feature stage devices like the cannon and fuse, poundable stakes, Bomb Blocks, and Big Switches. It also introduces the concept of Sub-Games and the Goal Game, the ability to unlock extra content on the level hub, and the ability to return to previously-completed stages to stock up on 1-Ups or grab a desired ability, among other things.


There are eight levels in Kirby's Adventure, played in sequence. Each one has an opening cut-scene featuring Kirby in various situations.

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. The stage count also includes boss stages:

Level Stage count Boss Details
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, it is accessed by defeating King Dedede. It consists only of the final boss fight with Nightmare.

Kirby's Adventure features a distinct color code regarding its main seven levels. The first letters of each level's name spell out "ROYGBIV" in reverse order when combined sequentially into a single word, which is the abbreviation of the rainbow's seven primary colors. Additionally, the opening cut-scenes for each level and their Warp Star Stations showcase the color of the respective letter:

Several later titles in the series also spell out a specific word with their levels' first letters, though these seldom have anything to do with color.


Normal enemies[edit]

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).

Sprite Name Aquatic Description
KA Blipper sprite.png Blipper Yes Blippers are common underwater enemies. They may swim freely or pursue Kirby. They can also jump out of the water. If they are on land, they flop.
KA Bounder sprite.png Bounder No 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.
KA Bronto Burt sprite.png Bronto Burt No 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.
KA Broom Hatter sprite.png Broom Hatter No Broom Hatters move by sweeping the ground, making swaying motions. Their motion can periodically change between fast and slow due to their sweeping motions.
KA Cappy sprite.png Cappy No 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.
KA Coconut sprite.png Coconut No 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.
KA Coner sprite.png Coner Yes Coners are enemies found both on 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.
KA Glunk sprite.png Glunk Yes Glunks are stationary enemies found usually underwater. Glunks periodically shoot three air projectiles up to hit Kirby.
KA Gordo sprite.png Gordo Yes Gordos are indestructible enemies. They are found usually stationary or moving in a straight line.
KA Kabu sprite.png Kabu No 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.
KA Poppy Bros Jr sprite.png Poppy Bros. Jr. No 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.
KA Scarfy sprite.png Scarfy No 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.
KA Shotzo sprite.png Shotzo No Shotzos are stationary indestructible enemies that shoot cannonballs. They can aim at Kirby, shooting one cannonball at a time, or aim in one direction, shooting multiple cannonballs periodically.
KA Sir Slippy sprite.png Slippy Yes 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.
KA Squishy sprite.png Squishy Yes 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 of the water.
KA Twizzy sprite.png Twizzy No These enemies act similarly to Bronto Burts. They fly in wave-like motions or pursue Kirby.
KA Waddle Dee sprite.png Waddle Dee No 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[edit]

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.

Sprite Name Copy Ability Description
KA Blade Knight sprite.png Blade Knight Sword Blade Knights move back and forth. They can do a single or double slash at Kirby.
KA Bomber sprite.png 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.
KA Bubbles sprite.png Bubbles Ball This enemy moves primarily by bouncing off walls.
KA Chilly sprite.png Chilly Freeze Chillys are mostly stationary enemies. If Kirby gets close, they may use a freezing attack on him.
KA Cool Spook sprite.png Cool Spook Light Cool Spooks are relatively rare enemies that appear usually in dark rooms. The only action they do is hovering and glowing.
KA Flamer sprite.png 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.
KA Hot Head sprite.png Hot Head Fire Hot Heads can attack Kirby by breathing flying fireballs or breathing a stream of fire.
KA Laser Ball sprite.png Laser Ball Laser Laser Balls are floating enemies. When they spot Kirby, they can shoot one or several laser beams. After that, they retreat.
KA Noddy sprite.png Noddy Sleep These enemies normally walk, but they may sleep, making them stationary.
KA Parasol sprite.png Parasol Parasol This enemy is often attached to Waddle Dees or Waddle Doos. If detached, they may fly away or home on Kirby.
KA Parasol Waddle Dee sprite.png Parasol Waddle Dee Parasol This is a Waddle Dee with a parasol. If Kirby destroys the parasol, it becomes a regular Waddle Dee.
KA Parasol Waddle Doo sprite.png 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.
KA Pengi sprite.png Pengy Ice Pengys move by sliding. They attack by emitting an ice breath, similar to how Hot Heads breathe a stream of fire.
KA Rocky sprite.png Rocky Stone These slow-moving enemies attack primarily by leaping and slamming down into Kirby. If they are midair, they can fall quickly.
KA Sir Kibble sprite.png 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.
KA Sparky sprite.png 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.
KA Starman sprite.png Starman Hi-Jump These enemies can walk, but they can also perform jumps. They can also be found flying.
KA Sword Knight sprite.png 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.
KA Togezo sprite.png Togezo Needle Togezos can attack Kirby by rolling into a ball and dashing.
KA Twister sprite.png Twister Tornado Twisters are stationary enemies. If Kirby is close, though, they can attack by spinning and transforming into a nearly-invincible tornado.
KA UFO sprite.png UFO UFO 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.
KA Waddle Doo sprite.png Waddle Doo Beam Waddle Doos can walk and jump. They can emit a beam, but they must stop and charge first.
KA Wheelie sprite.png 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.

Name Appearance Description
Axe Knight KA Axe Knight sprite.png This skull-headed foe can attack either by swiping its ax forward or by tossing it like a Cutter.
Javelin Knight KA Javelin Knight sprite.png 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 KA Mace Knight sprite.png This burly knight wields a giant flail that it can spin around its head or toss forward a good distance.
Trident Knight KA Trident Knight sprite.png 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.

Name Appearance Copy Ability Description
Bonkers KA Bonkers sprite.png Hammer This armored simian attacks Kirby by swinging his giant hammer, which resembles King Dedede's hammer. He can also toss Coconuts for added spiciness.
Bugzzy KA Bugzzy Sprite.png 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 KA Fire Lion sprite.png 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 KA Grand Wheelie sprite.png Wheel A big version of Wheelie that rolls around and shoots small Wheelies.
Mr. Frosty KA Frosty sprite.png Freeze A bipedal walrus that wears overalls. He throws blocks of ice and tackles.
Mr. Tick-Tock KA Tick Tock sprite.png Mike A walking alarm clock that uses musical notes and sound waves to attack.
Poppy Bros. Sr. KA Poppy Bros Sr sprite.png Crash A large version of Poppy Bros. Jr. that hops around and throws bombs.
Rolling Turtle KA Rolling Turtle sprite.png 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.

Name Appearance Level Description
Whispy Woods KA Whispy Woods sprite.png 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 KA Paint Roller sprite.png 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 KA Mr Shine sprite.png KA Mr Bright sprite.png 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. KA Kracko Jr sprite.png 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 KA Kracko sprite.png 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 KA Heavy Mole sprite.png 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 cycloptic missiles from behind. These 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 KA Meta Knight sprite.png 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 KA King Dedede sprite.png Rainbow Resort Kirby's eternal rival faces down with his eternal rival at the Fountain of Dreams. He fights much as 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 KA Nightmare Orb sprite.png 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 KA Nightmare sprite.png 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:

Name Icon Obtained from Description
Backdrop KA Backdrop icon.png Bugzzy Allows Kirby to grab standard foes and objects, and then slam them into the ground in four different ways to defeat them.
Ball KA Ball icon.png Bubbles When activated, turns Kirby into a ball, allowing him to bounce very high and defeat foes by collision.
Beam KA Beam icon.png Waddle Doo Kirby can fire a beam whip from his hand which covers a decent area in front of him.
Crash KA Crash icon.png Bomber, Poppy Bros. Sr. When activated, Kirby explodes in a fury, defeating all foes on-screen. This can only be done once.
Cutter KA Cutter icon.png Sir Kibble Kirby can throw sharp blades that will return to him after being thrown.
Fire KA Fire icon.png Hot Head Kirby can breathe fire which can be used to light Fuses and defeat enemies.
Fireball KA Fireball icon.png 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 KA Freeze icon.png Chilly, Mr. Frosty Kirby can freeze foes all around himself, and then kick them into other enemies.
Hammer KA Hammer icon.png Bonkers, Heavy Mole's yellow missiles 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 KA Hi-Jump icon.png Starman Kirby can leap a great distance from the ground, damaging enemies during his ascent.
Ice KA Ice icon.png Pengy Kirby breathes a cone of frost which freezes enemies on contact.
Laser KA Laser icon.png Laser Ball Kirby fires a laser beam from his hand which can bounce off of slopes and light Fuses.
Light KA Light icon.png Cool Spook When activated, Kirby sends out a spark that can light up dark rooms. Can only be used once in dark areas.
Mike KA Mike icon.png Walky, Mr. Tick-Tock Kirby can shout at opponents to defeat them. Very powerful, but can only be used three times.
Needle KA Needle icon.png Togezo Kirby flares up with spikes and stays in place. Enemies who get close will be defeated.
Parasol KA Parasol icon.png 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 KA Sleep icon.png Noddy, Heavy Mole's red missiles Kirby immediately falls asleep and cannot do anything for a few moments until he wakes up or is attacked.
Spark KA Spark icon.png Sparky Kirby emits a continuous electric field around himself which defeats enemies on contact.
Stone KA Stone icon.png 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 KA Sword icon.png 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 KA Throw icon.png 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 KA Tornado icon.png 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.
UFO KA UFO icon.png 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 KA Wheel icon.png 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 KA Star Rod icon.png 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[edit]

Sharing the Copy Ability portrait area are the following additional statuses and notices:

Status Icon Conditions Description
Normal KA Normal icon.png 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 KA Nothing icon.png Kirby does not gain an ability. This displays when Kirby swallows something that does not grant him a Copy Ability.
Damage KA Ouch icon.png 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 KA Miss icon.png 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 KA Hyper icon.png 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 bottomless pits and crushing hazards though.
Mix KA Mix icon.png 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 KA Cannon icon.png 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 (for 1 frame, to be exact) during a Mix roulette. If the player manages to press A while this icon is showing (easier on emulators due to their frame advance feature), the game skips to the next ability and grants Kirby that instead.
Warp Star KA Warp Star icon.png 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 KA Goal icon.png Kirby reaches the end of a normal stage. This displays while Kirby is playing the Goal Game at the end of regular stages.
Clear KA Clear icon.png 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 KA Bye-Bye icon.png The game is completed. This displays in the final screen of the game after the credits have rolled.


Crane Fever is one of the three main sub-games available to play in Kirby's Adventure. These can be accessed through optional doorways in the main game, or from the main menu.

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 on 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:

These sub-games are unlocked for individual play on the main menu if 100% completion is achieved. In Extra Game, the sub-games have increased difficulty.

100% completion[edit]

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.

100% completion unlocks Extra Game and V.S. BOSS!.

  • 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 V.S. BOSS!, Kirby fights all bosses with no Copy Ability at the start and no recovery provided (except after defeating Heavy Mole, which fully restores Kirby's stamina).

Port versions[edit]

Virtual Console[edit]

Kirby's Adventure has seen individual release on Virtual Console for the Wii and for the Wii U.

3D Classics[edit]

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Logo for 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure is a port of Kirby's Adventure on the Nintendo 3DS and a part of the 3D Classics series. It was released in North America, Europe and Australia on November 11, 2011 and in Japan on April 25, 2012. This version adds 3D visual effects to the original game and has minor improvements in frame rate (e.g. the Spark ability no longer causes frame drops in the 3D Classics version). This is because it is a complete recreation of the game, rather than the original game running on an emulator[1].

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

Kirby's Adventure is the second of the six games which can be played in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition on the Wii. It is a faithful recreation, preserving the original rendering issues and frame rate loss of the NES version, though the player has the ability to suspend the game at any point and return to it later.

NES Classic Edition[edit]

Kirby's Adventure is one of the games available on the NES Classic Edition.

Nintendo Switch Online[edit]

Kirby's Adventure was added to Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online in Version 2.2.0. This version functions similarly to the Virtual Console ports.

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.

Unused content[edit]

The unused remix of "Welcome to Dream Land".

Sprites of the Mini ability has been found the game's ROM, 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.


The following is a list of staff who have worked on Kirby's Adventure:

Staff of Kirby's Adventure
Position Developer(s)
Executive Producer Hiroshi Yamauchi
Producer Satoru Iwata
Shigeru Miyamoto
Takao Shimizu
Director and Game Designer Masahiro Sakurai
Character Designer Takashi Saito
Shigeru Hashiguchi
Tadashi Hashikura
Kazu Ozawa
Kazuya Miura
Map Designer Shinichi Shimomura
Tsuyoshi Wakayama
Chief Programer Hiroaki Suga
Programmer Akio Hanyu
Shigenobu Kasai
Tetsuya Abe
Teruyuki Gunji
Seiji Otoguro
Yoshimi Takahashi
Yoshiki Suzuki
Music Composer Hirokazu Ando
Jun Ishikawa
Tool Programmer Satoshi Mitsuhara
Hidetoshi Seki
Seika Abe
Special Thanks Atsushi Kakuta
Yasuhiro Sakai
Hideki Fujii
HALKEN debuggers
Nintendo debuggers
Dan Owsen
HAL Laboratory


Kirby's Adventure has had a vast influence on the rest of the series, having defined many of its standards which persist even to the latest main-series titles. The following lists some of the more major influences:

  • Copy Abilities debuted in this title; an aspect of Kirby which would become iconic to his character and would be the main focus of several subsequent games.
  • Meta Knight was introduced in this game, and he would later become one of the most iconic characters in the series.
  • Many other important characters and enemies were introduced in this game, with some of the more noteworthy ones including the following:
  • King Dedede's ability to Hover can be traced back to this game.
  • Sub-Games and Goal Games were introduced in this title, which would persist as a concept in every subsequent main-series game, along with several of the spin-offs. This also marks the first appearance of an unlockable Boss Endurance mode.
  • Kirby's Adventure was the first game to split its levels into distinct stages with a hub area to visit them sequentially, as well as optional side content to unlock using Big Switches. This formula would persist in various forms throughout the remainder of the main series and in several spin-offs.
  • Kirby's Adventure introduced the concept of having a separate final level which consists only of the fight with the final boss using a special weapon not seen elsewhere in the game. Most subsequent main-series games would use this idea in various forms. Additionally, this fight established the idea of fighting the final boss in more than one phase or form.
  • This game introduced Kirby's pink coloration in international releases. In Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby was shown as pink only in the Japanese release, and as white elsewhere.
  • Kirby's Adventure marks the first appearance of the Star Rod and the Fountain of Dreams; both of which are important subjects within the series at large.
  • Vegetable Valley - Stage 2 introduced the first HAL Room in the series.
  • This title was the first to feature a "twist" near the end of the story, where Kirby defeats the supposed main villain only to realize that the real villain was waiting somewhere beyond. Many subsequent games would feature similar twists in their stories.
  • Kirby's Adventure was the first game to use the concept of 100% completion; each save file shows its individual completion percentage and a corresponding title.
  • Many musical themes from this game would be reused and modified in subsequent titles.
  • Lastly, the game Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is a remake of Kirby's Adventure.


  • The "How to draw Kirby" opening song originated from the Japanese commercial for Kirby's Dream Land.
  • 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 #External links for the manuals.)


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 星のカービィ 夢の泉の物語
Hoshi no Kābii: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari
Kirby of the Stars: The Story of the Fountain of Dreams
Traditional Chinese 星之卡比 夢之泉物語[2]
xīng zhī kǎ bǐ: mèng zhī quán wù yǔ
Kirby of the Stars: The Story of the Fountain of Dreams
Directly localized from the Japanese title.
Simplified Chinese 星之卡比 梦之泉物语[3]
xīng zhī kǎ bǐ: mèng zhī quán wù yǔ
French Kirby's Adventure -
German Kirby's Adventure -
Italian Kirby's Adventure -
Spanish Kirby's Adventure -

External links[edit]


  1. SimonTime on Twitter
  2. "自「夢之泉物語」英勇登場!" —Meta Knight - Dream Friend pause flavor text (Kirby Star Allies, Traditional Chinese)
  3. "在《梦之泉物语》中初次登场!" —Meta Knight - Dream Friend pause flavor text (Kirby Star Allies, Simplified Chinese)