Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards box art.
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Shinichi Shimomura
Release date(s) Nintendo 64
Japan March 24, 2000
NA June 26, 2000
Europe June 22, 2001
Australia June 22, 2001

Virtual Console (Wii)
NA February 25, 2008
Europe March 7, 2008
Australia March 7, 2008
Japan April 15, 2008

Virtual Console (Wii U)
Europe June 25, 2015
Australia June 26, 2015
NA July 30, 2015
Japan August 19, 2015
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Wii (Dream Collection), Wii Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is a platformer featuring Kirby and some of his friends, produced by HAL Laboratory and released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64. It is notable for being the first installment in the Kirby series to depict Kirby and his surroundings in full 3D, although only for visual effects. As the last part of the Dark Matter Trilogy, Kirby 64 was not directed by Masahiro Sakurai, but instead by Shinichi Shimomura.


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Ribbon's escape.

The story of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards begins on a far away planet called Ripple Star, which is inhabited by fairy-like beings. The inhabitants of Ripple Star are also the guardians of a powerful crystal. Shortly before the game begins, an ill-willed creature called Dark Matter attacks Ripple Star. Concerned with the crystal's safety, the Fairy Queen asks Ribbon, a young fairy, to take the crystal and escape to a safe place with it. Ribbon obeys her ruler, but as she flies off, she is pursued by Dark Matter. Eventually, the powerful being is able to assault Ribbon, which destroys the crystal and splits it into several Crystal Shards. Meanwhile, Ribbon crash-lands on Pop Star, Kirby's home planet.

Ribbon, explaining her trouble to Kirby.

It is not long before Ribbon meets Kirby, as she unintentionally uses him to break her fall. After both of them find and merge two of the Crystal Shards, Ribbon explains her misery to Kirby, who instantly agrees to help out. While they search for the missing shards on Pop Star, they manage to add a Waddle Dee, an artist girl called Adeleine, and even Kirby's arch rival King Dedede to their cause. The group then travels to several planets to look for shards, using the crystal's transportation powers.

After traveling through several regions on numerous planets, the group finally gets the chance to travel to Ripple Star. The planet has become covered in thick, black clouds and is generally in a bad state. The Fairy Queen herself has been possessed by Dark Matter, which the group remains unaware of. Ribbon is visibly shocked to see her home planet in such a condition, but the rest of the group quickly comforts her. They then journey to Ripple Star together, where they battle their way into the palace and confront Miracle Matter, the apparent master of the Dark Matter. Kirby finally manages to defeat the foe and restore peace to the fairy planet. The Fairy Queen remains influenced by the Dark Matter, however, and after Kirby and his friends leave the planet to return home in a spaceship, the queen can be seen giving Ribbon a malicious glare.

The ending changes if Kirby and his friends manage to collect all of the Crystal Shards. If they do this successfully, the restored crystal reveals the possession of the Fairy Queen, and expels the Dark Matter from her body. The remaining Dark Matter then flies off into space, where it forms a new world called Dark Star. Intending to destroy the dark threat, the group travels into the heart of Dark Star with Kirby's Warp Star. Inside the black cloud, Kirby uses the abilities of his friends for one last time. Eventually, Kirby and Ribbon engage , the master of Dark Matter and an angelic version of Kirby's old enemy Zero, in a fierce battle. The two of them manage to defeat the creature with the help of the Crystal Shards, though, and Dark Matter is eliminated. To thank the heroes for their efforts, the Fairy Queen awards each of them with a piece of the crystal. In the end, Kirby receives a kiss from Ribbon.


Kirby, creating a Power Combo.

Despite the fact that Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards features full 3D graphics for the first time, the game itself still plays like a 2D sidescroller. The players control Kirby's movements with the Directional Pad. This way he is able to walk, run, and crouch. Pressing the A button causes Kirby to jump, and another press of the button lets him inflate himself, making him able to fly. However, unlike in the previous games where Kirby was granted to fly for an infinite amount of time, this game limits his potential. After a set amount of time, he will automatically deflate himself and has to touch the ground first to be able to fly again. Pressing the B button makes Kirby use his signature inhaling attack, which lets him defeat enemies, destroy blocks, and copy abilities (given that the inhaled enemy possesses one). The game makes another distinction from its predecessors here, giving Kirby only seven different abilities to copy, as opposed to the vast ability pool of other games. However, by inhaling enemies, Kirby can create ability stars, which he can spit at other enemies. If an ability star connects to another enemy with an ability, the two abilities will merge and form a Power Combo. By combining abilities, Kirby can master 28 different abilities, plus the seven base abilities, making a total of 35 abilities. If the player wants Kirby to discard his ability, this can be done by pressing the L or R button or any of the C buttons.

The game features six worlds, or planets, with respectively four levels and one boss fight. From the beginning, only the first level of Pop Star is available. In every level, there are three Crystal Shards to be found. The Crystal Shards are often hidden in remote places or behind obstacles that can be destroyed only by a certain ability (usually indicated by the obstacle's color). Finding all the Crystal Shards isn't necessary to complete the game, but it is essentially in getting a 100% complete, and finding all 80 Crystal Shards (72 from every level, six from every boss, and two during the intro) unlocks the true ending of the game.


The hero party.

Enemies, Bosses & Base Abilities

Regular Enemies Bosses
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K64 Bivolt Sprite.png
K64 Blowfish Sprite.png
K64 Bo Sprite.png
K64 Bobo Sprite.png
K64 Bonehead Sprite.png
K64 Bouncy Sprite.png
K64 Bronto Burt Sprite.png
K64 Bumber Sprite.png
K64 Burnis Sprite.png
K64 Cairn Sprite.png

K64 Chacha Sprite.png
K64 Chilly Sprite.png
K64 Drop Sprite.png
K64 Emp Sprite.png
K64 Fishbone Sprite.png
K64 Flopper Sprite.png
K64 Flora Sprite.png
K64 Flutter Sprite.png
K64 Frigis Sprite.png

K64 Gabon Sprite.png
K64 Galbo Sprite.png
K64 Ghost Knight Sprite.png
K64 Glom Sprite.png
K64 Glunk Sprite.png
K64 Gobblin Sprite.png
K64 Gordo Sprite.png
K64 Hack Sprite.png
K64 I3 Sprite.png

K64 Ignus Sprite.png
K64 Kacti Sprite.png
K64 Kany Sprite.png
K64 Kapar Sprite.png
K64 Keke Sprite.png
K64 Magoo Sprite.png
K64 Mahall Sprite.png
K64 Mariel Sprite.png
K64 Maw Sprite.png

K64 Mite Sprite.png
K64 Mopoo Sprite.png
K64 Mumbies Sprite.png
K64 N-Z Sprite.png
K64 Noo Sprite.png
K64 Nruff Sprite.png
K64 Pedo Sprite.png
K64 Plugg Sprite.png
K64 Pompey Sprite.png

K64 Poppy Bros. Jr. Sprite.png
K64 Propeller Sprite.png
K64 Pteran Sprite.png
K64 Punc Sprite.png
K64 Pupa Sprite.png
K64 Putt Sprite.png
K64 Rockn Sprite.png
K64 Rocky Sprite.png
K64 Sandman Sprite.png

K64 Sawyer Sprite.png
K64 Scarfy Sprite.png
K64 Shotzo Sprite.png
K64 Sir Kibble Sprite.png
K64 Skud Sprite.png
K64 Slushy Sprite.png
K64 Snipper Sprite.png
K64 Spark-i Sprite.png
K64 Sparky Sprite.png

K64 Splinter Sprite.png
K64 Squibby Sprite.png
K64 Tick Sprite.png
K64 Turbite Sprite.png
K64 Wall Shotzo Sprite.png
K64 Whispy Jr. Sprite.png
K64 Yariko Sprite.png
K64 Zebon Sprite.png
K64 Zoos Sprite.png


Planet Bosses
K64 Whispy Sprite.png
K64 Pix Sprite.png
K64 Acro Sprite.png
K64 Magman Sprite.png
K64 HR-H Sprite.png & K64 HR-E Sprite.png
K64 Miracle Matter Sprite.png
K64 02 Sprite.png

Base Abilities

K64 Bomb Sprite.png K64 Burning Sprite.png K64 Cutter Sprite.png K64 Ice Sprite.png K64 Needle Sprite.png K64 Spark Sprite.png K64 Stone Sprite.png



Name Appearance Level Copy Abilities Description
Whispy Woods WhispyWoods.jpg Pop Star None. This fight with Whispy takes place on a looping circular stage, with the old tree occupying the middle. Kirby must first defeat his three children, called Whispy Woods Jr., by using the parent tree's Apples to hit them with. Once all three are gone, Whispy becomes furious, and attacks Kirby by shooting out his roots, and tossing out a lot of apples. Kirby must hit the roots to defeat the tree.
Pix Pix.jpg Rock Star None. The first phase of this fight has Kirby dodging the attacks of each Pix crystal as the platform rises into the sky. At the top, Kirby can attack Pix by spitting out constructs of similar color at the crystals to destroy them.
Acro Acro.jpg Aqua Star Cutter (Fishbone), Bomb (Torpedoes) This fight takes place entirely underwater, as Kirby has to inhale and return objects that Acro spits at him, while avoiding the killer whale's gymnastics. The fight takes place in two separate phases, with a separate Stamina bar for each one.
Magman Magman K64 screenshot.png Neo Star Burning (Magoo, Burnis) Magman is a giant Sandman, though made of magma. It fights in two phases, first with extending tendrils, then with its full body. It can cause tremors, breathe fire, and spit out smaller foes for Kirby to contend with.
HR-H and HR-E HR-H K64 screenshot.png Shiver Star Bomb (missiles) A giant robot that can shift form between a humanoid and a lobster shape. It attacks by shooting missiles and attacking with its arms.
Miracle Matter MiracleMatter.jpg Ripple Star All base abilities A polygonal foe with eyes on all 20 of its facets. It continually shifts forms, based on each of the base Copy Abilities that Kirby can use in the game. To defeat it, Kirby has to attack it with the matching ability or spit out an element that appears during the attack to disable that form. Unless all the Crystal Shards were collected, this is the last boss.
Zero Two K64 battle.png Dark Star Ribbon's Crystal A reincarnated version of Zero that Kirby and Ribbon must team up to defeat. They have to continually shoot crystals into its eye to stun it, then hit the halo to flip it, and attack the green underside to defeat it. Defeating this boss completes the game.

Copy Abilities

Regular Powers

Name Appearance Icon Function
Burn K64 A Burn.png K64 Base Burn.png Engulfs Kirby into a fireball and lets him fly a short distance.
Stone K64 A Stone.png K64 Base Stone.png Gives Kirby a hide of stone which lets him walk through enemies unharmed.
Ice K64 A Ice.png K64 Base Ice.png Makes Kirby exhale a cold breath which can freeze enemies solid.
Needle K64 A Needle.png K64 Base Needle.png Transforms Kirby into a spiky ball that can pierce enemies.
Bomb K64 A Bomb.png K64 Base Bomb.png Gives Kirby an arsenal of explosives to throw at enemies.
Spark K64 A Spark.png K64 Base Spark.png Lets Kirby generate a small force field of electricity around him.
Cutter K64 A Cutter.png K64 Base Cutter.png Gives Kirby a boomerang to throw at his foes. Since the boomerang is a part of him, he can throw only one at a time.

Power Combos

Name Appearance Icon Function
Burn-Burn K64 A DoubleBurn.png K64 PC DoubleBurn.png Transforms Kirby into a large fireball and lets him fly over a long distance.
Burn-Stone K64 A BurnStone.png K64 PC BurnStone.png Lets Kirby shoot burning rocks at enemies like a volcano. The direction can be altered with the Directional Pad.
Burn-Ice K64 A BurnIce.png K64 PC BurnIce.png Changes Kirby into a burning ice cube that instantly melts.
Burn-Needle K64 A BurnNeedle.png K64 PC BurnNeedle.png Transforms Kirby into a bow that shoots flaming arrows at enemies. The angle can be altered by holding down the B Button.
Burn-Bomb K64 A BurnBomb.png K64 PC BurnBomb.png Lets Kirby summon three fireworks explosions that defeat enemies and have a great range.
Burn-Spark K64 A BurnStpark.png K64 PC BurnSpark.png Kirby rubs his head with a tinder sheet and lights it on fire, running about and damaging any enemies he makes contact with.
Burn-Cutter K64 BurnCutter.png K64 PC BurnCutter.png Gives Kirby a flaming sword to wield against enemies. The sword can be swung, hold over the head, and thrown at enemies.
Stone-Stone K64 A DoubleStone.png K64 PC DoubleStone.png Transforms Kirby into a giant version of himself, made of rocks. Can pass most enemies unharmed.
Stone-Ice K64 A StoneIce.png K64 PC StoneIce.png Transforms Kirby into a curling stone that slides through enemies.
Stone-Needle K64 A StoneNeedle.png K64 PC StoneNeedle.png Gives Kirby a giant drill that can be used against enemies. The drill head can also be launched forward.
Stone-Bomb K64 A StoneBomb.png K64 PC StoneBomb.png Lets Kirby use dynamite that defeats all enemies on screen. When the dynamite explodes, Kirby needs to protect himself or he gets hurt as well.
Stone-Spark K64 A StoneSpark.png K64 PC StoneSpark.png Lets Kirby summon a giant rock which he controls with a leash of electricity. The Rock soars through the air and bounces off of walls and floors.
Stone-Cutter K64 A StoneCutter.png K64 PC StoneCutter.png Transforms Kirby into stone figurines of his friends from Kirby's Dream Land 3. The various animals possess different abilities.
Ice-Ice K64 A DoubleIce.png K64 PC DoubleIce.png Transforms Kirby into a rolling snow ball that grows in size and runs over any enemy on its way. The direction cannot be changed.
Ice-Needle K64 A IceNeedle.png K64 PC IceNeedle.png Lets Kirby hide inside a giant snowflake made of ice. Possesses great range, but is slow and makes Kirby unable to move.
Ice-Bomb K64 A IceBomb.png K64 PC IceBomb.png Transforms Kirby into a walking snowman. The snowman eventually explodes, taking out enemies nearby.
Ice-Spark K64 A IceSpark.png K64 PC IceSpark.png Changes Kirby into a refrigerator that generates healing food. The thrown food can also damage enemies.
Ice-Cutter K64 A IceCutter.png K64 PC IceCutter.png Gives Kirby a pair of skates and lets him ice-skate through levels. He can also twist jump when the A Button is pressed.
Needle-Needle K64 A DoubleNeedle.png K64 PC DoubleNeedle.png Gives Kirby the ability to use various pointy objects against enemies.
Needle-Bomb K64 A NeedleBomb.png K64 PC NeedleBomb.png Transforms Kirby into a Gordo that can float through the air. After a short time the Gordo will explode and launch its spikes across the screen.
Needle-Spark K64 A NeedleSpark.png K64 PC NeedleSpark.png Lets Kirby change into a lightning conductor and summon a bolt that fries enemies.
Needle-Cutter K64 A NeedleCutter.png K64 PC NeedleCutter.png Transforms Kirby into a giant bear trap with two big spiky arms. The arms snap together once the B Button is released.
Bomb-Bomb K64 A DoubleBomb.png K64 PC DoubleBomb.png Changes Kirby into a rocket launcher that shoots three missiles. The missiles home in on enemies.
Bomb-Spark K64 A BombSpark.png K64 PC BombSpark.png Lets Kirby transform into a light bulb. The bulb can attack enemies, as well as lighten up dark rooms.
Bomb-Cutter K64 A BombCutter.png K64 PC BombCutter.png Gives Kirby an arsenal of shuriken that can be thrown at enemies. The projectiles explode when they make contact with something.
Spark-Spark K64 A DoubleSpark.png K64 PC DoubleSpark.png Lets Kirby generate a giant electrical force field around himself that calls lightning down upon enemies. The force field shrinks if Kirby moves around while using it.
Spark-Cutter K64 A SparkCutter.png K64 PC SparkCutter.png Gives Kirby a double-bladed lightsaber which he can wield against enemies. Crouching will discard the lightsaber.
Cutter-Cutter K64 A DoubleCutter.png K64 PC DoubleCutter.png Gives Kirby a greater boomerang to throw at his enemies. Only one boomerang can be thrown at a time.
Ribbon's Crystal K64 A WingCrystal.png K64 PC WingCrystal.png An ability that is usable only during the final battle against . It lets Kirby and Ribbon fly around while shooting crystal projectiles at the enemy.

Kanji Display

In the Japanese version, a selectable display uses kanji instead of symbols.

Kirby 64 kanji display  
Display Kanji Meaning
Remaining Stamina bar Energy
Depleted Stamina bar Depression
No Copy Ability Nothing
Burn Fire
Stone Stone
Ice Ice
Needle Needle
Bomb Burst
Spark Electric
Cutter Cut
Ribbon's Crystal Fairy-Crystal


Kirby 64 also features three Mini-Games that can be played with up to four players. The games are as follows:

  • 100-Yard Hop: A game where players hop over obstacles in a race to the finish.
  • Bumper Crop Bump: A game where players shove each-other to catch falling fruit.
  • Checkerboard Chase: A game where players try to make the stage crumble under their opponents' feet.


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  • Although this was the first Kirby game with 3-D graphics, Kirby's actual first 3-D appearance was in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. His appearance in that game served as direct inspiration for the way he looked and sounded in this game.
  • Kirby visits many worlds throughout the course of this game's storyline. One in particular, Shiver Star, bears an uncanny resemblance to the real-world planet Earth, albeit frozen over.
    • Each world that is visited contains the word 'Star' at the end of its name. Two in particular, Pop Star and Rock Star, are likely puns referring to celebrities in music.
  • While ability combinations have existed to a degree in prior titles, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is the first and so far only game in the series where every copy ability can be mixed with every other ability (excluding Ribbon's Crystal).

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