Kirby's Super Star Stacker
Kirby's Super Star Stacker (known in Japanese as カービィのきらきらキッズ (Kābī no Kirakira Kizzu), "Kirby's Sparkling Kids") is a puzzle game of the Kirby series that was only released on the Super Famicom in Japan. It was first released in 1998 through the Nintendo Power flash service, but eventually saw a physical release a year later, in 1999. It is an enhanced remake of Kirby's Star Stacker. Kirby's Super Star Stacker was eventually ported to Virtual Console for both Wii and Wii U, and would still only be in Japan.
One starry night, an alien creature named Mr. Star was zooming past Dream Land. King Dedede spots him in the air and blasts him with a cannon, causing Mr. Star to split into several pieces and fall to the ground. The principal piece of Mr. Star falls on Kirby's head, as he was out stargazing from a teepee. After learning of his predicament, Kirby and his Animal Friends help Mr. Star find his pieces again, each of which are kept by a different denizen of Dream Land.
One-by-one, Kirby and his friends trounce the baddies who were holding Mr. Star's pieces, culminating with King Dedede himself. Once Mr. Star is whole again, he returns back out into space. Shortly after, a witch named Gryll appears from where Mr. Star left to present the final challenge to Kirby.
Gameplay is largely similar to the original Star Stacker in terms of mechanics. This version comes with a story mode (as mentioned above) along with playing in rounds.
In the Story Mode, Kirby faces off against an opponent, and they each get their own separate board to drop blocks in. The goal here is to prevent Kirby's board from filling up, while also causing the opponent's board to fill. To that end, the player will need to systematically remove blocks from the board as they fall down by lining them up correctly. This can be done by having an unbroken line of Star Blocks in-between two Animal Friend blocks of the same type, or by simply lining up two of the same type of Animal Friend together. If a large number of blocks are removed at once and/or a chain of block removals is caused, Kirby will be able to cause his opponent's board to start filling with blocks from the bottom-up, and vice/versa.
In the rounds, there are four difficulties - Normal, Hard, Very Hard and Insane. Unlike Story Mode (and like the original Star Stacker) there is only one board to deal with. Here, a pre-determined set of blocks and drops are given to Kirby, who must then make a certain number of blocks disappear before moving on to the next round.
Story Mode Opponents
Opponents in the main story mode are fought in the following order - each one being more difficult than the previous. Additionally, after the main credits roll, and if Kirby cleared every prior match undefeated, he will compete against an additional opponent, Gryll.
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- When Kirby thwacks his opponents, he does so with the Love-Love Stick.
- A good deal of the music in this game was re-used in the extra stages of Kirby: Planet Robobot, while Gryll's theme reappears in Kirby Star Allies.
- Masked Dedede's theme from Kirby Super Star Ultra is a remix of King Dedede's battle theme from this game.
- In 1998, Kirby's Super Star Stacker was listed on a page of upcoming SNES releases on Nintendo's American website, suggesting that an international release may have been planned. It is worth noting that post-release English sources, such as Kirby: Planet Robobot and Kirby Art & Style Collection, refer to the game simply as Kirby's Star Stacker. This is because both versions of the game have the same name in Japanese.