Maxim Tomato

From WiKirby, your independent source of Kirby knowledge.
Jump to navigationJump to search
Maxim Tomato
KF2 Maxim Tomato icon.png
Artwork of a Maxim Tomato from Kirby Fighters 2
Details
Use Recovering all stamina
Game(s) All main series titles, many spin-offs
Comparable to Food, Metamato, Reviving Tomato
 This box: view  talk  edit 
This article is about a healing item found in most Kirby games, and should not be confused with the Metamato from Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn.

A Maxim Tomato is a recurring recovery item found throughout the Kirby series, although rather uncommonly found in individual games. It is a big red juicy tomato with the letter "M" stamped on the front which serves as a source of food that restores Kirby's health meter entirely or, in Kirby Mass Attack, grants a full 100 fruit points. This item is usually found in easily-overlooked hiding places, areas that are difficult to traverse to, or areas that can only be reached with certain Copy Abilities; much more so in difficult levels. They are also often featured growing in trees or otherwise made available in the rest areas of The Arena and other Boss Endurance modes.

Maxim Tomatoes are often cited as Kirby's favorite food[1], though this is conflicted by other official material. In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, for instance, Kirby's favorite food is watermelons, and in Kirby: Squeak Squad, his favorite food is Strawberry Shortcake.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

Kirby finding a Maxim Tomato in Green Greens, in Kirby's Dream Land.

Maxim Tomatoes (here referred to as Bag of Magic Food[2]) make their first appearance in Kirby's Dream Land as a very uncommon food item.

Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes return in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, being finally given its proper name in the manual. Here, in addition to being found in certain places, Poppy Bros. Jr. can be seen riding them. To get the tomato, Kirby has to inhale the enemy. Attacking any other way will destroy the tomato first. Maxim Tomatoes are also rewarded for defeating the opponent in an Arena.

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

In Kirby's Pinball Land, Maxim Tomatoes are not used to recover health (as health does not exist in this game). Instead, they appear to temporarily block the central drain when the right conditions are met on the pinball land being played on.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Maxim Tomatoes return and serve their usual function. Here they are simply referred to in the manual as Tomato[1]. In addition to being found in regular stages, tomatoes can also be obtained by playing the Goal Game.

Kirby's Toy Box[edit]

Maxim Tomato along with two Energy Drinks in Kirby's Toy Box - Pinball is a helpful item rewarded for lighting up certain targets on the field. It is temporarily placed directly between the flippers and protects pinballs from draining.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. They can be found in stages and in the Goal Game in Dyna Blade. In Gourmet Race, they are worth 3 points as opposed to 1 point for other food items. In The Arena, five Maxim Tomatoes are available from a tree in the rest area. In Helper to Hero, there are three tomatoes.

In the Sub-Game Snack Tracks, Maxim Tomatoes appear along the conveyor belts and are worth 6 points. However, there could be a bug inside the tomato, which will make it worthless.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby's Dream Land 3, serving their usual purpose. They can also be collected during the Goal Game.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, serving their usual purpose (here they are just called "Tomatoes" by the instruction booklet). They can also be collected during the Bonus Game and can be painted for Kirby by Adeleine. When re-matching a boss, it will drop a Maxim Tomato for Kirby when it is defeated.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Maxim Tomatoes (referred to in the manual as just "Tomatoes") can be found in stages, either out in the open, hidden behind blocks, or inside Treasure Chests. They can also be obtained from roulettes triggered by ? Holes and from Gordos when they are flipped. Notably, there are some food items in this game that are more valuable than Maxim Tomatoes (hamburgers and cake) which can only be obtained from the treasure chest opened prior to a boss fight, as these items will overfill Kirby's health beyond its normal maximum.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

In Kirby Air Ride, Maxim Tomatoes can appear alongside other food items in the City Trial game mode. They can appear in blue boxes, from the Star Pole, in the Castle Hall secret chamber, in the volcano grottos, from Tac, or out in the open.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. They can be found out in the open, in Treasure Chests, or as a gift from CPU Kirbys when they are called using the Cell Phone.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby: Canvas Curse, and can be found at various points in stages. They can also be found in Paint Panic and Cart Run.

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby: Squeak Squad. They can be found out in the open or during the Goal Game. They can also be created using the Copy Palette by combining other bubbled food items together.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

In Kirby Mass Attack, Maxim Tomatoes have a different function, due to the different health system in the game. Instead of healing the Kirbys, collecting a Maxim Tomato will add 100 points to the Fruit gauge, which is enough to completely fill it and either add an extra Kirby or award 10000 points if there are already ten Kirbys.

In the Sub-Game Kirby Quest, Maxim Tomatoes are provided by the opponents Chef Kawasaki, Chef Shiitake, and Max Flexer, assuming they are defeated properly. These tomatoes do heal the Kirbys.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Here, they can be found out in the open or inside Maxim Tomato boxes.

In The Arena, five Maxim Tomatoes are available in the rest area, one of which is inside a box. In The True Arena, only three tomatoes are available.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Here, they can be found out in the open, during the Goal Game, or from Assist Stars tossed to Kirby by Bandana Waddle Dee. There is also a special variety of Maxim Tomato called a Reviving Tomato which can be used to revive Kirby if he is K.O.'d, but this tomato is only given out if Kirby repeatedly fails a boss fight.

In The Arena, five Maxim Tomatoes are available in the rest area, one of which is inside an Assist Star. In The True Arena, only the Assist Star tomato is available, along with some smaller tomatoes.

Additionally, the Maxim Tomato appears as a keychain, depicted as its sprite from Kirby's Adventure.

Kirby Fighters series[edit]

In the Kirby Fighters games, Maxim Tomatoes restore 120 HP in standard battles. They also appear as distinct story items in Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, where they restore 80% health to Kirby and his buddy.

In the Story Mode of Kirby Fighters 2, a Maxim Tomato is used in the second battle against King Dedede & Meta Knight to restore their health, the first time a Boss has done so. Since the Tomato is split in half, the insides are seen for the first time; the inner veins are shaped like a star.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes can be found in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse at various points in stages. Like other items, they are worth 500 points when collected in addition to restoring health.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby: Planet Robobot. Much like in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, they can be found out in the open, during the Goal Game, or from Assist Stars tossed to Kirby by Bandana Waddle Dee. Reviving Tomatoes return in this game as well.

In The Arena, Maxim Tomatoes can appear inside Assist Stars in the rest areas. Maxim Tomatoes do not appear in The True Arena.

Additionally, the Maxim Tomato appears as a sticker, depicted as its artwork from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

In Kirby Battle Royale, the Maxim Tomato appears not as a regular item, but instead as a Boost Orb that can be used during battles.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Maxim Tomatoes appear in Kirby Star Allies. They can be found out in the open, inside Treasure Chests and other containers, painted from blank signs, obtained during the Goal Game, or obtained from amiibo. They also appear in the rest area of The Ultimate Choice, though the number available depends on the difficulty selected.

Maxim Tomatoes also feature in the Celebration Picture titled "A Delicious Picnic".

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Maxim Tomato is a recovery item, healing fifty points of damage. Despite its name and function in the Kirby games, it is never the most potent recovery item in any particular Super Smash Bros. game, always in the very least surpassed by the Heart Container.

Games in which Maxim Tomatoes do not appear[edit]

The following are Kirby games which do not feature the Maxim Tomato:

Profiles[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 14): "This bag contains some pretty special food. I can't tell you exactly what's inside, but if I pick one up, it will completely restore all my vitality."

Kirby's Adventure[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 26): "Kirby just loves to eat these bright red tomatoes! They restore his vitality completely!"

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 10): "Tomato, Tomato, Tomato: A Maxim Tomato will appear which can activate the Drain Stopper."

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 21): "Kirby's favorite food. His life meter will be completely restored."
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual bio: "Completely restores your life meter."

Kirby Super Star[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 33): "Life meter will be completely recovered."
  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Fully recovers health."

Kirby's Dream Land 3'[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 32): "Vitality is fully recovered."

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 19): "This is Kirby's favorite snack. Eat this miracle fruit to regain all your strength!"

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 19): "Completely restores Kirby's vitality."

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 22): "Kirby loves tomatoes—and not just because they're round and colorful like him! Eating one of these fills Kirby's vitality meter to the max!"

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

  • North American instruction booklet bio (page 27): "Restores Damage[sic] to 100%."

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet (North American print, page 27): "Restores all of Kirby's vitality."

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 17): "Get this to replenish all of Kirby's vitality."

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 23): "This restores Kirby’s life gauge to full."

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 21): "Recovers all health."

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

  • North American manual bio (page 15): "Fills your gauge to 100."
  • European manual bio (page 15): "Adds 100 points to your fruit gauge."

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

  • 3DS manual bio: "Fully replenishes your health meter."

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio: "Restores a character to full health."

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio (page 16): "Fully replenishes your health."

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

  • Boost Orb description: "Recovers all health."

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Maxim Tomato Maxim Tomato Melee Trophy.png GB Kirby's Dream Land Maxim Tomatoes cure 50 percentage points of your accumulated damage. Once you eat one, after a brief moment, your damage meter slowly drains the appropriate amount, regardless of whether or not you pick up another item right afterward. In the Kirby series, these juicy, health-restoring items were a favorite of the pink hero.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Maxim Tomato Maxim Tomato Brawl Trophy.png GB Kirby's Dream Land

SNES Kirby Super Star

A juicy tomato that heals 50 percentage points of the damage you've accumulated. When one of these appears in combat, rest assured there will be a race to see who can reach it first. It's a race of desperation between players who want to heal their damage and those who want to stop them from doing so. In the Kirby series, Maxim Tomatoes healed all damage.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image (Wii U) Image (3DS) Appears In Description
Maxim Tomato SSBWU Maxim Tomato Trophy.png MaximTomatoTrophy3DS.png GB Kirby's Dream Land (08/1992)

SNES Kirby Super Star (09/1996)

American English: A tomato marked with a large, black M. This is Kirby's favorite snack, and in the past it has fully restored Kirby's health. The ones that show up in Smash Bros. aren't from the same crop, though, and only heal 50 points of damage. That'll still help you in a fight—unless an enemy eats it first.

British English: A big, juicy tomato with the letter M on it. In the Kirby series, it's Kirby's favourite treat, and it heals damage completely. Sadly, in this game, it only takes 50 off your damage, but it's still a hot item among badly hurt players...and players who just want to stop others from getting it!

Trivia[edit]

  • The term maxim appears to be a shortened form of maximum, even though there are other uses of the word, such as a synonym for the word axiom, both of which are loosely defined as "statements which are obviously true".
  • In Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, the Metamato is a type of tomato made of yarn which looks similar to a Maxim Tomato, but has different properties.
  • According to Shinya Kumazaki, Daroach dislikes tomatoes, but he eats Maxim Tomatoes without complaining.[3] Daroach also mentions this in his dialogue from Kirby Mass Attack, but only in the Japanese version of the game.[4]

Gallery[edit]

Artwork / Screenshots[edit]

Sprites[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マキシムトマト
Makishimutomato
Maxim Tomato
Chinese M番茄[5]
M fān qié
M Tomato
Dutch Maxim-tomaat Maxim Tomato
French Maxi-tomate Maxim Tomato
German Maxi-Tomate Maxim Tomato
Italian Pomodoro Maxim Maxim Tomato
Korean 맥시멈 토마토
maegsimeom tomato
Maxim Tomato
European Portuguese Maxitomate[6] Maxitomato
Russian Максим-томат
Maksim-tomat
Maxim Tomato
Spanish Maxi Tomate Maxim Tomato


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kirby's Dream Land 2 manual (page 21)
  2. Kirby's Dream Land manual (page 14)
  3. Nintendo Switch News Channel - Kirby Star Allies Channel #11
  4. In the Japanese version, Daroach says: 「リンゴよりバナナ バナナよりメロン メロンよりトマト… オレはトマトは好きではないがマキシムトマトはさぞかしうまいんだろうな」, which translates to, "Bananas are better than apples. Melons are better than bananas. Tomatoes are better than melons... I don't like tomatoes, myself, but I bet Maxim Tomatoes are real good." The English equivalent of that dialogue is, "Bananas are better than apples. And melons? Better yet. Maxim Tomatoes produce the juiciest results of all."
  5. From Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not mentioned in Kirby Star Allies. Was translated as 大番茄 (dà fān qié, "Big Tomato") in the iQue version of Super Smash Bros.
  6. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U