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KRtDLD Mike.png
Artwork of Mike Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
First game Kirby's Adventure (1993)
Latest game Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other game(s) Kirby Super Star
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (cameo)
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale (cameo)
Kirby Star Allies
Usage type Limited use (3 uses)
Obtained from Walky, Mr. Tick-Tock
amiibo (Kirby: Planet Robobot): Jigglypuff
Obtained by projectiles from Paint Roller
Power(s) Kirby performs a destructive yell in a microphone that clears all enemies off the screen.
Similar to Crash, Cook, Paint
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This article is about the Copy Ability. For the item, see Mike (item).

Mike is a Copy Ability that allows Kirby to defeat his opponent by shouting at them through a microphone (early games suggest that Kirby is just trying to sing when he uses the ability, but his singing is so poor that enemies are defeated through irritation or laughter). When obtaining this ability, Kirby gains a pair of red and yellow headphones with star insignia, though his hat changes while using each shout (a white baseball cap for the first, the headphones for the second, and a green spiky mohawk for the last). Typically, Kirby is allowed to use this ability up to three times, with each shout being different in character and dealing a different amount of damage (though for the vast majority of normal enemies, each shout may as well defeat them in one hit). After Kirby uses the last shout, he loses the ability. Mike can typically be obtained by swallowing Walky or Mr. Tick-Tock, though a few more obscure sources for the ability exist.

In Kirby's Dream Land and some other games, the microphone is an item that Kirby can inhale. When he spits the mike out, Kirby will shout into the microphone and defeat all enemies within range.

Game appearances[edit]

Mike Kirby's video game appearances  
Game Role Notes
Kirby series
Kirby's Adventure Copy Ability Obtainable from Mr. Tick-Tock and Paint Roller's mike.
Kirby Super Star Copy Ability Obtainable from Walky.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Copy Ability Obtainable from Mr. Tick-Tock and Paint Roller's mike.
Kirby Air Ride Copy Ability Obtainable from Walky.
Can only be used once in this game.
Kirby Super Star Ultra Copy Ability Obtainable from Walky and Mr. Tick-Tock.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Copy Ability Obtainable from Walky.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe Copy Ability Obtainable from Walky.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Cameo Appears in the Jukebox.
Kirby: Planet Robobot Copy Ability Obtainable from Walky.
Has an equivalent mode for the Robobot Armor.
Kirby Battle Royale Cameo Appears in the Jukebox.
Kirby Star Allies Copy Ability Obtainable from Walky.
Can be used to perform Fatal Chorus.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Copy Ability Has the same properties and sources as in the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Reference Mike Kirby appears as a trophy.

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

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Kirby using Mike to defeat a group of Scarfies in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Mike is obtained primarily from Mr. Tick-Tock, but can also be obtained by inhaling Paint Roller's painted microphone in his boss battle. It can be used three times, and each time it is used is visually different, but the effect is the same, defeating all common enemies on screen and dealing large damage to bosses and mid-bosses. In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby gains three distinct voice clips, as with Kirby Super Star onward.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

In Kirby Super Star and the game's remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Mike is now obtained from Walky. There is no helper for the Mike ability, nor can it be obtained via a Copy Essence Deluxe. Kirby Super Star was the first game to introduce different shouts for each use of Mike.

Mike moveset in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra
Skill Button Execution Damage
Desk Mike
Microphone (on stand)
*Noise defeats foes. 3 uses.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

Kirby using Mike in Kirby Air Ride.

In Kirby Air Ride, Kirby can obtain the Mike ability from Walky, by collecting the Copy Panel in City Trial, or by using a Copy Chance Wheel or Mix. When he gets the ability, he automatically uses it, shouting once loudly into the desk mike to defeat nearby enemies and heavily damage and launch other racers. This is the only appearance of Mike in the games where it can only be used once.

In Top Ride, the Mike appears in item form and has the effect of stunning all racers on the track for a moment.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Mike Kirby using his power to attack Gigant Edge in Kirby's Return to Dream Land

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Mike returns as a limited-use ability, now gaining a regular hat that resembles the one used during the Desk Mike shout. It is once again provided by Walky. A notable difference from earlier games is that the shout now has a fixed radius — a cone in front of Kirby for the first two shouts, and a sphere surrounding him for the third — rather than covering the whole screen. In addition, Mike gains a new and more powerful variant on the third shout called "Encore", which can be activated by charging up the last shout by shaking the Wii Remote or mashing the Control Pad before releasing it.

Mike's moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Skill Button Execution (KRtDL) Button Execution (KRtDLD) Damage
B/Y (first press)
Desk Mike
B/Y (second press)
Stand Mike
Release 1
B/Y (third press)
Hold 1 + Shake Wii Remote (or mash Control Pad), then release 1
B/Y + move L-stick rapidly (or shake controller or mash Control Pad), then release B/Y (third press only)
*Noise defeats foes. 3 uses.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Mike returns in Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, functioning nearly identically to the way it does in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, with the only difference being Kirby's new voice clips for the ability's attacks. It is still provided solely by Walky.

Mike moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe & Kirby: Planet Robobot
Skill Image Button Execution Damage
KPR Megaphone clip.png
Desk Mike
KPR Desk Mike clip.png
Stand Mike
KPR Stand Mike clip.png
Release B
KPR Encore clip.png
Hold B + mash Control Pad, then release B
*Noise defeats foes. 3 uses.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Mike can be combined with the Robobot Armor to create Mike Mode. Unlike the base ability, Mike Mode is not limited-use, and involves shooting out powerful sound waves from giant boom boxes to defeat enemies.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mike Kirby cameos in the Music Room, but Mike is not a usable ability in the game itself.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

While Mike isn't a playable Copy Ability in Kirby Battle Royale, Mike Kirby makes a cameo in Music Collection menu.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Kirby using Mike on Bonkers in Kirby Star Allies.

In Kirby Star Allies, Mike retains its moveset from the previous three main-series games. It also has a new Friend Ability called Fatal Chorus where Kirby and his friends join in chorus to shout a loud chord, dealing even more damage than Stand Mike & Encore.

Mike moveset in Kirby Star Allies
Skill Button Execution Damage
Desk Mike
Stand Mike
Release B
Hold B + Shake controller (or mash directions), then release B
*Noise defeats foes. 3 uses.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mike Kirby appears as a randomly-obtained trophy.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Anime Mike Kirby Art.png
First episode Abusement Park
Last episode Fitness Fiend
Obtained from Walky, Max Flexer's headset
Power(s) Singing, which causes mass destruction
Comparable to Crash
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I forgot how terrible Mike Kirby's singing is!
— Tiff, from Fitness Fiend

Mike (also referred to as "Microphone" by Meta Knight) appears in two (technically three) episodes of the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. The first appearance is in Abusement Park, when Kirby inadvertently eats Walky while trying to inhale a picture of a watermelon on a television screen. When Kirby has the Mike ability, he is filled with the urge to sing, which is so loud and destructive that it can destroy buildings and defeat monsters. In Abusement Park, Mike Kirby is sent through the Monster Delivery System in order to be ganged up by monsters in eNeMeE's Fortress, but his singing is so powerful that each monster is destroyed, and the N.M.E. Sales Guy is forced to send him back, where his singing then destroys Castle Dedede.

In Fitness Fiend, Kirby inhales Max Flexer's headset after enduring his dangerous fitness routine. When he gains the Mike ability, he starts to sing again, destroying Castle Dedede for a second time and defeating Max Flexer in the process.

Mike Kirby also appears (albeit as a recording) in The Kirby Quiz, making this the last time Mike Kirby is mentioned in the anime series.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

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Mike Kirby sings an ear-splitting song in Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?!
First volume Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?!
Last volume Kirby: Having a Blast at the Music Festival!
Other volume(s) Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land!
Kirby: The Mysterious Incident on the Pupupu Train?!
Obtained from Walky
Power(s) Singing loudly, which can cause destruction and pain
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In the Kirby novel series, the Mike ability appears in Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?! and Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land!, where Kirby obtains it from Walky. With this Copy Ability, Kirby can sing loud and destructive songs, capable of destroying caves and making others faint.

In Kirby and the Dangerous Gourmet Mansion?!, Sir Kibble, Wheelie, and Walky lead Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight into the cave they held Mrs. Parfaitski hostage in after explaining why they had done so. She is found tied to a thick post deep in the cave. When Meta Knight questions Mrs. Parfaitski about the chefs she locked away, she refuses to release them. Before the group leaves to search her mansion, Kirby comes up with an idea. Kirby inhales Walky to gain the Mike ability. He then sings his own loud, ear-splitting song about foods he likes, much to everyone's dismay. Kirby thinks they are emotionally moved by it, and continues, until he notices that the cave is collapsing. The group rushes out of the cave before it falls into a complete ruin. A tearful Mrs. Parfaitski finally gives in and agrees to free her chefs, after experiencing Kirby's horrible singing without even being able to cover her ears. Kirby does a somersault in satisfaction, dropping his Mike ability. A confused Walky is freed, and Sir Kibble remarks that Walky was lucky to miss out on Kirby's song.

In Kirby: Big Race in Pupupu Land!, when Kirby learns that the third checkpoint of the race is a singing competition to see who can sing the loudest, he decides to inhale Walky to get the Mike ability and win, and he does as such. When he sings, his song is so loud that it causes everyone around him to faint. When Kirby finishes the song, he notices everyone lost their consciousness, and tries to wake them up, to no avail. He decides to simply hop back on his Warp Star and continue the race. Not soon after, everyone ends up waking up and going back to the race. Kirby, having an easy time on the lead, ends up getting attacked by Mr. Frosty, who is angry at him for having inhaled him not long before that. Mr. Frosty attacks Kirby throwing lumps of ice, one of which hits Kirby and makes him lose his Mike ability. Walky, now freed, is angry that Kirby inhaled him, much like Mr. Frosty.

In Kirby: The Mysterious Incident on the Pupupu Train?!, Kirby obtains the Mike ability from Walky to try to wake up those under the effect of the slumbercumbers they accidentally ate. It ends up working, although York, one of those that were awake and hadn't fallen under the effect of the cucumbers, ends up not covering his ears and faints due to Kirby's extremely loud singing.


Flavor text[edit]

Image Game Flavor text
KA Box.jpg Kirby's Adventure Kirby can sing his favorite song three times! I wonder why that song hurts enemies...
KSS Box NA.jpg Kirby Super Star When Kirby sings, everybody plugs their ears! You're able to use the Mike three times.
KNiDL box artwork.jpg Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Uwaaahhh! Oooooh yeahhhh! Un-hunhhh! Baaaaby! Rock on!! *Can only be used three times.
KSS Ultra box art.png Kirby Super Star Ultra Owowow! Ooh, yeah-ah! Yabba jabba yeah yeah yeah! Sing 3 times to silence all...
KRtDL Boxart L.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Whoa oh oh ahee ahee! Dur dur yeah yeah yeah! Charge up for more power! If you sing three times, you'll be super happy!
KTD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby: Triple Deluxe American English:

Whumwhuummm screeeeeee! Microphone check, one two. Build up your power to crank up the volume. Kirby's three-song set list is more than enough to rock the house!

British English:
Whumwhuummm screeeeeee! Microphone check, one two. Build up your power to crank up the volume. Kirby's three-song set list is enough to rock the house!

KPR Box.png Kirby: Planet Robobot Music usually has a comforting effect, but that depends on who's singing. Luckily, Kirby only has enough energy to sing three songs.
KSA Boxart NA.jpg Kirby Star Allies Yeah! Yeah! Whooooa-oh-oh-oh! There are three songs to sing with resounding enthusiasm! Store up power to pump up the volume. Sing with friends for explosive harmony. Gather multiple singers for a glorious chorus.
KRtDLD Boxart NA.jpg Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe ♪ Whoa oh oh, hey hey hey! Da da da, yeah yeah yeah! ♪ Charge up for more power! If you sing 3 times, you'll really feel the rhythm!

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Trophy American English description British English description Appears In/Related Games
SSBWU Mike Kirby Trophy.png Curious what Kirby's singing voice sounds like? Then track down and inhale Mr. Tick-Tock or a Walky! Kirby can copy the Mike ability and then use a mike or megaphone to really let 'er rip. Sometimes he sounds as cute as he looks, but he can also hit those low notes when he wants to rock. Kirby isn't much of a talker, but if you ever do want to hear his voice, here's a simple solution: swallow a Walky or Mr. Tick-Tock, and you'll be rewarded with an ability called Mike! Watch in awe as Kirby pulls out a microphone (or a megaphone) and shakes your soul with his dulcet tones. For some reason, his enemies can't stand the sound! NES: Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
Wii: Kirby's Return to Dream Land (10/2011)


  • Mike Kirby in Kirby's Adventure uses the same sound effect King Dedede makes when he is defeated in Kirby's Dream Land, which is the same sound effect used for the Mike item. The sound returns in Kirby Super Star, albeit only for the Megaphone.
  • In Kirby Super Star, the scream Kirby makes with the Stand Microphone was voiced by Masahiro Sakurai. According to him, he says "Chesto!", which is a Japanese battle cry originating from the Satsuma province (now Kagoshima).[1]
    • Additionally, the scream Kirby makes with the Desk Mike in that game was a recording done by one of the clerks at HAL Laboratory at the time.[2]
  • When Kirby sings his reprise of Kihon wa Maru in the Japanese version of Abusement Park, it is possible to hear a sad horn in the background to reflect his sub-optimal performance. His singing even warps the wormhole as he travels through it.
  • Several official Japanese sources state that Kirby is tone deaf.[3][4] This is the apparent reason why his singing harms enemies, though the description of the Mike item from Kirby's Dream Land also suggests that his singing is so bad that enemies explode with laughter.[5]


Main article: Mike/gallery

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マイク
Traditional Chinese 麥克風
mài kè fēng
Simplified Chinese 麦克风
mài kè fēng
Dutch Microfoon Microphone
French Micro Mike
German Popstar Popstar
Italian Urla Scream
Korean 마이크
Portuguese Microfone Microphone
Russian Микрофон
Spanish Micro Mike


  1. Super NES Classic interview about Kirby Super Star
  2. Twitter link @Sora_Sakurai Twitter favicon.png (Wayback Machine snapshot); Twitter link for the question Twitter favicon.png (Wayback Machine snapshot)
  3. "歌好きだが、音痴。("Likes singing, despite being tone deaf.")" –"Get to know the charms of the popular character, Kirby!" (Nintendo Online Magazine)
  4. "歌は好きだが音痴 ("Likes singing despite being tone deaf.")" –20th Anniversary Kirby Pupupu Encyclopedia (Shogakukan), pg. 15
  5. "I'm not a very good singer and I sometimes sing off key, but King Dedede's bullies can't stand to hear me sing and will just explode with laughter when I puff out the microphone." –Kirby's Dream Land instruction manual (page 14)