|Meta Knight has set out to practice his sword play. Use his blade to clear the way!|
— Title screen for Meta Knightmare
Meta Knightmare is an Extra Game that appears exclusively in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. As the name implies, it stars the masked swordsman - Meta Knight, and has him race through all seven levels from the main game in one long time attack to defeat King Dedede at the end. To unlock this game, the player must complete both the Main Game and the Extra Game 100%.
Like in the Extra Game, Meta Knight only has three bars of stamina. His move-set is a modified version of the Sword move-set, with some unique attacks, and the ability to fly quickly using his wings. In addition, Meta Knight's sword is capable of breaking Metal Blocks, pounding Posts and lighting Fuses. Meta Knight does not battle Nightmare, so the game will be complete after beating King Dedede. It is not necessary to press any of the Big Switches along the way, as the Sub-Games they normally open access to are all locked, along with the ones out in the open.
The player is not able to save any progress made in Meta Knightmare, so to complete the game, it will need to be done in a single power session. Likewise, if Meta Knight runs out of lives, the game will be over, with no chance to continue. Once the game is complete, the time taken to complete it will be displayed to the player and placed in a top time scoreboard if it qualifies.
- Meta Knight fights himself at the end of Orange Ocean, which is amusing, to say the least.
Meta Knight spots a 1-Up styled after himself.