Mini is a Copy Ability only available in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror which causes Kirby to shrink down to a smaller size, allowing him to fit through tight passageways. It is among the rarest abilities in the game, only being obtainable from Minny, an enemy primarily found in Mustard Mountain in very small numbers. Unlike most other abilities, it is not part of the ability roulette triggered by swallowing two ability-yielding enemies at once and cannot be found as a Copy Essence in the ability room unlocked after pressing every Big Switch.
So far, Mini has only appeared as a proper Copy Ability in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (though an unused version can be found in the data of Kirby's Adventure). Mini Kirby's last appearance was in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, where a keychain of his sprite could be collected. Appropriately, this is the smallest keychain in that game.
Mini is a unique ability in that it does not grant Kirby any new ways of attacking, but instead causes him to shrink to roughly 1/4 his normal size for as long as he possesses it, enabling him to walk through passages that were previously inaccessible. However, it also disables all of Kirby's powers, other than walking, jumping, dashing and crouching, while it lasts; this means that Kirby cannot hover, slide, inhale or use his Cell Phone while in Mini form. As such, Mini cannot be used to effectively battle enemies.
Like other Copy Abilities, Mini is lost when Kirby is hurt or drops it with the Select button; as soon as he loses the ability, he grows back to his normal size, and regains his basic powers, but may shrink once more by inhaling and swallowing the bouncing Ability Star. If Kirby is in a space that he would not fit into at his usual size, however, he cannot willfully drop the ability, and getting hit in such a position causes him to get crushed. The ability also disappears entirely if Kirby leaves the room in which he acquired it, leaving not even an Ability Star behind.
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Shrink down to tiny size so you can fit through tight passageways.|
- Mini was originally intended to be a Copy Ability for Kirby's Adventure, and the full sprites of this unused ability can be found in the game ROM. Unlike in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Mini Kirby was supposed to be able to slide in Kirby's Adventure.
- Mini is one of the few copy abilities which does not give Kirby a hat or costume of any kind when acquired. In this case however, the drastic change in Kirby's size is more than enough to distinguish it from other abilities.
Mini Kirby in action in Mustard Mountain
Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Mini
Names in other languages
|French||Minus||Short for minuscule (tiny).|
From "미니 커비"(Mini Kirby) Keychain