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This article is about references to the Kirby series from outside it. For the inverse list, see List of references in the Kirby series.

This is a list of Kirby references outside of the Kirby series. For the sake of simplicity, Kirby series material within the Super Smash Bros. series is not included here. Note that many of these references are not concretely confirmed, and that this list is not exhaustive.

A Hat in Time[edit]

First you draw a circle
Then you add some fluff
That will make him ruff
Add a great big smile
And presto, it's Porgy!

— An old TV set
  • The drawing song from Kirby's Adventure is parodied in Chapter 2 (Battle of the Birds): Act 4 (Train Rush) on a small TV inside the train's caboose.


In the episode Adventures in Catsitting, when the Plantars arrive to the vet, they perform a dance similar to the Kirby Dance, complete with similar sounding 8-bit music.

amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits[edit]

  • By scanning an amiibo figure, it is possible to unlock playable demos of certain NES and Super NES games. Among the selection of games that can be unlocked are Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Animal Crossing[edit]

  • In Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube, a number of custom designs are available by scanning e-cards with the e-Reader. One of these designs is based on Kirby.


Screenshot from the opening scene of Arcana showing two Kirbys.
  • In the intro cutscene, Kirby can be seen twice during Galneon's army showcase. This reference is particularly notable due to the fact that Arcana was released precisely one month before Kirby's Dream Land in Japan, thus technically making Kirby's cameo here his first appearance in a video game.

AR Games[edit]

The Kirby AR Card
  • Among the six AR Cards packed with any Nintendo 3DS system is one depicting Kirby. Scanning the card allows the player to take photos with Kirby. Additionally, the player can change Kirby's pose, with there being five poses in total: a default pose based on a render from Kirby Super Star Ultra, a pose depicting Kirby doodling himself, a pose depicting Kirby riding a Warp Star, a pose depicting Kirby with the Parasol ability and a running pose.

Bloons TD 6[edit]

  • The description for the "Mageical Journey ~By BF10" event in week 71 of Odyssey Mode references one of the lyrics featured in the "Song of Supplication" from Kirby Star Allies.
  • The "Land Of Forgotten Carmobiles ~By BF10" Odyssey in week 115 of the same mode references Kirby and the Forgotten Land with the name, in particular the car theme and the description referencing the first line of "Welcome to the New World!"

BoxBoy! series[edit]

Main article: Qbby


  • Score Attack, Stage 6 has Qbby collecting tokens arranged to resemble Kirby from Kirby's Adventure.


Bye-Bye BoxBoy![edit]

BoxBoy! + BoxGirl![edit]

  • The comic "How to make friends!" features Qbby tossing boxes in a similar fashion to Friend Hearts from Kirby Star Allies, but accidentally hitting Kirby at the end of the comic.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash[edit]

  • By scanning a Kirby, King Dedede or Meta Knight amiibo, a Chibi-Robo figure based off of them will become available through the Chibi-Capsule vending machine. The Kirby Pose appears to be based off of the render used for Kirby on the box art for Kirby: Triple Deluxe while the King Dedede Pose and Meta Knight Pose are based off of their renders from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs[edit]

At one point during the credits, a cheeseburger faces the screen and sprouts pickle slices for arms and tomato slices for feet, making it resemble Kirby. Afterwards, it begins dancing in a similar manner to the Kirby Dance.

Cookie Clicker[edit]

  • One of the randomly-chosen grandma names is Zan Tart-izanne.[1] This is one of the many names submitted by a supporter for the game on Patreon.

Dadish series[edit]

An example of a world intro from Dadish 2.
  • The world intro cutscenes for the first three Dadish games resemble those from Kirby's Dream Land 2, even having a near-identical typeface used for the names of the worlds.

Daigasso! Band-Brothers[edit]

Discord chat client[edit]

Historic tab for purchasing Nitro subscriptions in Discord.

Discord, a popular chat platform, used to feature numerous Kirby cameos before it rebranded to appear more inclusive to non-gaming communities. The client's mascot, Wumpus, could be seen riding a fast motorized unicycle of likeness to Wheelie Rider, and through a forest which included Whispy Woods, in Discord's Nitro subscription-related pages.[2] Features of the subscription such as custom emojis and extended upload limits were promoted with pictures of Wumpus riding a Warp Star and a chest containing a Maxim Tomato. The Mirror ability's magic rod was also used as a background placeholder in the client's Webhook tab, for when a Discord server does not yet have any webhooks. The client is known for having featured various references to Nintendo franchises. Wumpus riding a Warp Star and the Maxim Tomato in the chest are still visible on the Nitro pop-up feature list on the mobile app.

Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Konga[edit]

One of the songs that can be played is the 4Kids theme song for Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. The Japanese version of the game features the second theme from the Japanese version of the show instead.

Donkey Konga 2[edit]

One of the songs that can be played in the European/Australian version of the game is the Super Smash Bros. Melee arrangement of the Green Greens theme.

Video of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! theme song in Donkey Konga
Video of "Kirby!" in Donkey Konga


EarthBound Kirby sprite.png In the debug menu of EarthBound, a sprite of Kirby is used as the cursor. This is because the game was developed in part by HAL Laboratory. The sprite appears to be an early version of Kirby's sprite from Kirby's Dream Course, which was also in development at the time.

Face Raiders[edit]

  • One animation on the title screen shows three enemies from the game performing a dance similar to that of the Kirby Dance. There's another animation in the game that resembles the Kirby Dance to a lesser extent. It is worth noting that HAL Laboratory, the developers of the Kirby series, also developed this game.


General Knowledge Training[edit]

In this adult intelligence training game developed by HAL Laboratory, one quiz asks the player to identify the genre of a particular song. One possible song in this quiz is a tango remix of the Gourmet Race theme.

The tango remix of the Gourmet Race theme.

Geometry Dash[edit]

  • Added in Update 2.1 is the achievement "One for you, ten for me" (2000 diamonds), which rewards the player with a cube resembling Kirby when completed. Coincidentally, it also resembles Square Kirby, however the icon was introduced to the game two years before the latter debuted.
  • Added in Update 2.2 are two new icons referencing the Kirby series:
    • The achievement "But Wait, There's Even More!" (12,000 stars) rewards a new swing depicting a hovering Kirby.
    • The achievement "Just a coin toss away" (1,600 user coins) rewards a new cube depicting Meta Knight.

Google search engine[edit]

Google's corporate login page fetches a random image from a pool of many every time it is accessed. Among the many images is one depicting a Kirby plush wearing a pink Google hoodie.[3]

HappinessCharge PreCure! the Movie: The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls[edit]

In one scene, a tree bearing resemblance to Whispy Woods makes a cameo appearance.

The Henry Stickmin Collection[edit]

  • In the "Presumed Dead" ending of Fleeing the Complex, when Henry is surrounded by Wall prison guards on the edge of a cliff as Dmitri Johannes Petrov is about to send him to his doom, the Warp Star is the first of his available options to appear. The Warp Star sound effects from the original 8-bit Kirby games can also be heard.

Hobo Ka no Kenkō Techō[edit]

  • This Japanese only DSiWare game features a unique arrangement of the Grape Garden theme from Kirby's Adventure. Interestingly, another rearrangement of the Grape Garden theme from Kirby: Planet Robobot, "Pocket Diary", seems to have been modeled after the arrangement from this game.

Kirby's Selecta (Juice WRLD song)[edit]

This song by American rapper Juice WRLD, which notably went unreleased and was leaked on January 15th 2019, samples the File Select theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

MAD (TV series)[edit]

The Kirby series is referenced and parodied numerous times throughout the series. For instance, Kracko appears in the Koopa Troopa, Gutsman and Kracko sketch while Kirby himself stars in the Kirby's Star Tours sketch. Kirby also appears as a secondary character in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus sketch.

Mario series[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Kirby Mii racing suit, a Pink Biddybuggy, and the required amiibo figurine.
  • By scanning a Kirby amiibo, a special racing suit based on him can be unlocked for Mii characters. As of Version 3.0.0, any Kirby-series amiibo can be used to unlock this suit.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

The Kirby Story poster

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • There is an enemy called Milde which has a superficial resemblance to Kirby, being pink and spherical with red feet and cheek blush. They are most common in Marching Milde's Fort, fourth level of World 4.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

  • Three of the costumes Mario can wear using the Mystery Mushroom power-up are based off of Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight. Each of these costumes use sound effects from Kirby's Adventure, and are based on their sprites from that game. These costumes can be unlocked by scanning an amiibo of their respective character, or can be randomly obtained by clearing the 100 Mario Challenge. Kirby and Meta Knight can be unlocked by clearing the 100 Mario Challenge on Normal mode, while King Dedede is unlocked by clearing it on Expert mode.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Super Mario-Kun Kirby.png

Kirby makes a cameo in volume 5 of Super Mario-kun. When Mario and his friends are being chased by Boos, Kirby appears and helps Mario and his allies by swallowing the enemies. However, Kirby gets scared by a Boo with worms on its face shortly afterward and runs away.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (SNES)[edit]

  • The SNES version of this game has an unused sprite of Kirby left over in its code.[4]


  • Miitomo was a social networking app developed by Nintendo for various mobile devices, being active until its discontinuation on May 8th, 2018. Users could obtain various outfits for their Mii to wear, including some based off of the Kirby series.


A Mii in the Kirby Clothing
  • If the Kirby amiibo is scanned, a set of clothing usable by any Mii role is unlocked. The hat is based on Kirby, and the suit is blue and yellow with yellow stars on it.

NES Remix 2 / Ultimate NES Remix[edit]

Main article: NES Remix (series)
  • The NES Remix series consists of games featuring short challenges based on numerous titles released on the NES. Various challenges based on Kirby's Adventure can be found throughout NES Remix 2, and these challenges are also featured in Ultimate NES Remix.

Nintendo Badge Arcade[edit]

Main article: Nintendo Badge Arcade

Badges featuring graphics from many different Nintendo series can be collected by playing a rotating selection of free-to-start claw cranes. These badges can be used to decorate the Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu.

  • The "Kirby: Triple Deluxe" category contains 20 badge sets with 66 unique badges in total. These include 8 original "launcher" badges which act as special icons for launching the built-in 3DS apps.
  • The "Kirby Keychain Series" category contains 52 badge sets with 257 unique badges, all based on the many Keychain sprites.

Nintendo Monopoly[edit]

Nintendogs + Cats[edit]

  • By scanning the Kirby AR Card, the player's dog or cat will appear wearing a Kirby hat.


One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X[edit]

  • By scanning a Kirby amiibo, a special costume for Tony Tony Chopper can be unlocked.

One Way (Wiz Khalifa song)[edit]

This song, which comes from Wiz Khalifa's 2009 mix tape Burn After Rolling, samples a track from Kirby's Adventure, specifically Level 4 Map Select.

Part Time UFO (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Channel PPP post presenting the easter egg

Picross series[edit]

Club Nintendo Picross Plus[edit]

In this Japanese-exclusive Club Nintendo title for Nintendo 3DS, five of the standard Picross puzzles are based on the Kirby series.

Picross DS[edit]

Nine of the 12 Kirby-related puzzles from Picross NP Vol.3 were available as downloadable content.

Picross NP[edit]

Screenshot from Picross NP Vol.3.

Volume 3 of the Japanese-exclusive Super Famicom series Picross NP is based around the Kirby series. There are 12 total puzzles, based on the following characters/objects, in order:

  1. Rocky
  2. Walky
  3. Gordo
  4. Waddle Doo
  5. Sir Kibble
  6. Poppy Bros. Jr.
  7. Kirby
  8. Chilly
  9. Jukid
  10. Mr. Frosty
  11. King Dedede
  12. Meta Knight

Picross 3D: Round 2[edit]

  • In this Picross title developed by HAL Laboratory for Nintendo 3DS, scanning a Kirby, Meta Knight or King Dedede amiibo unlocks puzzles based on the character.

Pizza Tower[edit]

  • The character Gustavo rides a rat named Brick, who is inspired by and named after Rick.

Pokémon series[edit]

In Japanese, Snorlax is named カビゴン (Kabigon), which incorporates the Japanese writing of Kirby, カービィ (Kābyi). More specifically, Snorlax is based upon Kōji Nishino, a developer at Game Freak who was nicknamed "Kirby" due to both being known for their huge appetite.[5]

Pokémon Stadium 2[edit]

The "My Room" feature in Pokémon Stadium 2 lets the player display their bedroom from Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal, and decorate it with different kinds of furniture. Among the items that can be collected and displayed are NES, SNES and N64 game consoles, and different games will appear on the TV screen when they are displayed. Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Super Star are among the different games that appear on the screen. It is worth noting that Pokémon Stadium 2 was developed in part by HAL Laboratory, the creators of the Kirby series.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl[edit]

In Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, there is an NPC in the Lost Tower named Roughneck Kirby. His only Pokémon is a Cleffa, a small, round and pink Pokémon that vaguely resembles Kirby. Roughneck Kirby and his Cleffa reappear in Pokémon Platinum and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon[edit]

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon features an entity called "Dark Matter" as its main villain. This entity is somewhat similar in appearance and abilities to Dark Matter from the Kirby series, and even has the same name in English, French, Spanish and Japanese.

Pop Team Epic[edit]

The 0% 0% 0% glitch from Kirby Super Star is parodied in the second episode of the anime.

Protect Me, Shugomaru![edit]

The section from the manga warning of various dangers found in the forests.

In chapter 2 of the Weekly Shōnen Jump manga Protect Me, Shugomaru!, school students take a trip to a forest to go weeding. The main protagonist named Shugomaru Tekko swore to be a personal bodyguard to a friend when they were little. The manga revolves around his tendency to do exactly opposite and be the only danger around her due to having tunnel vision, a medical condition.

One of the motives Shugomaru gives for being overly protective are possible dangers that could happen in the forest, these being a mushroom assault, apples dropping from an apple tree, and Bomb Blocks hidden within a grid of normal blocks. The friend finds these very specific motives absurd, referencing Dream Land.

Robot Chicken[edit]

Kirby appears in a sketch titled Kirby's Secret Problem in Robot Chicken's sixth season. The sketch in question focused on Kirby's Inhale and his method of defeating enemies. He later appears in a sketch parodying both the Super Smash Bros. series and The Hunger Games.

Save me Mr Tako![edit]

The indie game Save me Mr Tako! bases its visuals on several Game Boy games, including Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Land 2. The game's titular protagonist greatly resembles Flotzo. The game also features level hubs similar to those from Kirby's Adventure, as well as many enemies that look similar to Kirby series characters and enemies.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game[edit]

Kim Pine exiting a level.

Each character has their own exit animation after beating a level, and each reference a different game. Kim Pine warps off the screen via a smiling star resembling a Warp Star.


  • Some of the monsters fought at the DOGMA HQ resemble warped, grotesque versions of Nintendo characters. Kirby is one of the characters parodied here.


  • One of the costumes for Big Band is based on King Dedede, called "Dream Band".
  • One of the costumes for Annie of the Stars is based on Meta Knight, with her Parasite Sagan using Kirby's colors.

Star Fox Zero[edit]

Milky Way Wishes Easter egg in Star Fox Zero promotional video.

StreetPass Mii Plaza[edit]

Main article: StreetPass

Stunt Race FX[edit]

  • In the Super NES game Stunt Race FX, a number of billboards can be found on some of the courses which depict Kirby, as he appears in artwork for Kirby's Adventure.

Style Savvy series[edit]

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward[edit]

  • Scanning a Kirby amiibo unlocks a Kirby-shaped purse accessory in four alternate colors (pink, yellow, blue and green).

Style Savvy: Styling Star[edit]

  • Scanning a Kirby series amiibo unlocks an Invincible Candy emblem, which can be applied to various designer items, shopping bags and three Kirby-themed t-shirt designs.

Super Cat Tales series[edit]

Super Cat Tales 2[edit]

World 4-4 (Into the Storm) shares similar aesthetics with that of Cloudy Park - Stage 3 from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
  • Some songs for the game, including the music for some of the stages in World 4, use a soundfont resembling that of the one used in Kirby Super Star.
  • World 4-4: Into the Storm is themed similarly to Stage 3 of Cloudy Park from Kirby's Dream Land 3. Both stages feature bodies of water situated in stormy clouds. The main developer of the game, Neutronized, confirmed that this stage was inspired by Kirby's Dream Land 3.

Super Cat Tales: PAWS[edit]

Super Cat Tales: PAWS is a game that is also inspired by Kirby's Dream Land 3, which in turn influences various design choices including aesthetics.
  • The background used in World 1-?: Pollen Panic somewhat resembles the backgrounds from various Grass Land stages in Kirby's Dream Land 3.
    • It should be noted that this game is mentioned by Neutronized to have also taken inspiration from said game[6], influencing some design choices in aesthetics.
  • Most of the game's soundtrack makes prominent usage of various instruments from Kirby's Dream Land 3, especially the Roland D-20 - I-A53: Pan Pipes preset and bell pad instrument.

Super Famicom Box system[edit]

Super Famicom Box was a special pay-per-play model of Super Famicom used in Japanese hotels.[7] While it contained no Kirby games, the start sequence of the console has a Kirby animation and a soundtrack from Kirby's Dream Course. It is believed that HAL Laboratory assisted in its development, and included Kirby as a signature of their work.

Super Meat Boy Forever[edit]

  • The Drawing Song from Kirby's Adventure is parodied in the introduction cutscene for Chapter 6. Different Meat Boy characters are partly drawn with saw blades, but glitched out halfway through, and variously captioned.[8]

Taiko no Tatsujin series[edit]

Taiko no Tatsujin: Dokodon! Mystery Adventure[edit]

  • Kirby and King Dedede make a guest appearance in this game, serving as the battle members. The "Kirby's Dream Land Medley", based on music from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, is also available to play. Both of these appearances return in the Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythmic Adventure Pack, the Nintendo Switch port of this game and its predecessor.

Taiko no Tatsujin (2011)[edit]

  • From Taiko no Tatsujin: Red Ver. onward, the "Kirby's Dream Land Medley" is playable on the arcade edition. Clearing this song unlocks a costume based upon Kirby. Starting in the Yellow Ver., the "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" is added, and clearing it unlocks a costume based upon Meta Knight.[9]

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun![edit]

  • Kirby himself appears as one of the unlockable performing characters. The Kirby costume reappears in this game, albeit available from the start. The "Kirby's Dream Land Medley" is also playable in this version.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival[edit]

Tetris 99[edit]

There are five Kirby-based themes in Tetris 99, each themed after a different game:

All of these themes premiered in special events called Maximus Cups.[10]


King Dedede's hammer appears in the shop as a hand item. There are also shaman items: Star Block small and large box skins, Kirby ball and anvil skins, and a Meta Knight cannonball skin.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth[edit]

Dream knight.png One of the many co-op babies in the Afterbirth DLC resembles Meta Knight, even being called "Dream Knight Baby."

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

The Legendary Starfy / Densetsu no Starfy (GBC)[edit]

Whipseey and the Lost Atlas[edit]

  • Whipseey and the Lost Atlas shares many similarities to the Kirby series gameplay-wise, particularly older titles such as Kirby's Adventure. Furthermore, the game's protagonist bears a striking resemblance to that of Kirby himself.

World War Blue[edit]

World War Blue is a fantasy manga series and anime adaptation about console wars between Nintendo and Sega. One of the characters in the Ninteldo Empire faction is Karvai (カーヴァイ), who is based on Kirby. The manga reveals Karvai's origins as an experiment in HAL Laboratory created by Rarara (Lalala), but eventually abandoned until further notice. Rarara felt guilty and sad about leaving her behind; Karvai is eventually found by Zelig (Link) who tests her strength and decides to take her in for the "Ninteldo Army". Karvai is capable of copying her opponents' powers and is usually equipped with a large hammer, like that of King Dedede.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

  • In both games, by scanning a corresponding amiibo, costumes based on Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight can be unlocked. Additionally, Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World features a Waddle Dee costume, also unlocked by scanning the corresponding amiibo.
  • The opening measure of the music that plays for the level Yoshi and Cookies is a rearrangement of the Flower Fields theme from Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, as both games (and their respective remakes) were developed by Good-Feel and composed by Tomoya Tomita.


In the eleventh episode of the anime's third season, titled YuruYuri San☆Hai!, a blue Kirby appears in a page of a gaming magazine next to a Sailor Moon-inspired character.