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Kirby's Air Grind

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Kirby's Air Grind
KNiDL Kirby's Air Grind screenshot.png
In-game screenshot of Kirby's Air Grind.
Type(s) Drag Racing
Levels 3
Players 1-4
Appears in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Comparable to Gourmet Race
Kirby Wave Ride
Theme music

Clip of the Kirby's Air Grind theme.

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This article is about the Sub-Game in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, and should not be confused with Kirby Air Ride.
Join the rail battle in the skies!
— caption from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

Kirby's Air Grind is one of the three main Sub-Games in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Like the other Sub-Games, Kirby's Air Grind has multiplayer support for up to four players. A similar Sub-Game appears in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, named Kirby Wave Ride.


Kirby approaching a rigged segment.

The sub-game involves Kirby and three others riding Warp Stars in the skies, each on their own curved, striped rails, in a race to the finish line. The Kirbys accelerate by grinding on the rails, and the player can move Kirby by holding down the A button. They must release the button when Kirby approaches the rigged, black segments, which slow him down. If timed properly, Kirby receives a speed boost. A rainbow represents the start and end of the race, and the first Kirby to cross the finish line wins. The sub-game duration usually occurs up to 30 seconds.

After the player crosses their Kirby over the finish line, the text "GOAL!" appears on-screen. The results screen then displays, showing each Kirby's rank, their completion time (in seconds), and rate.

This game has three difficulty levels, with each increment reducing the CPU's propensity toward mistakes.

In the adventure mode, Kirby can enter a door from a few levels to partake in a Kirby's Air Grind challenge for additional 1-Ups: Ice Cream Island, Butter Building, Yogurt Yard, and Orange Ocean. Kirby receives three lives for first place, two lives for second place, or one life for third place. If he finishes last, Kirby does not win any extra lives.


  • This sub-game is very similar in concept to Kirby Air Ride (if not its earlier incarnations), and may have been inspired by it, as both were in development simultaneously, and share a similar concept of Kirbys riding Warp Stars in a horizontal manner while grinding on rails. The most notable shared trait is the arrangement of "Green Greens" that plays in this sub-game, since a very similar-sounding arrangement would later be used in City Trial for the Rowdy Charge Tank event.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カービィのエアグラインド
Kābyi no Ea Guraindo
Kirby's Air Grind
French Surf Racleur de Kirby Kirby's Scraper Surf
German Kirbys Kufen-Grind Kirby's Skid Grind
Italian Corsabaleno Racing Whale
Spanish Kirby's Skate Kirby's Skate