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Mini

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Mini
KatAMArtMini.png
Artwork of Mini Kirby with Yellow Kirby from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Details
First game Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (2004)
Latest game Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014, as a keychain)
Other game(s) Kirby's Adventure (unused)
Usage type Unlimited use, limited to current room
Obtained from Minny
Power(s) Kirby shrinks.
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Shrink down to tiny size so you can fit through tight passageways.
— Kirby & The Amazing Mirror flavor text

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.

Characteristics[edit]

Mini Kirby in action in Mustard Mountain.

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.

In the Kirby novel series[edit]

Kirby accidentally copies the Mini ability in Kirby's Labyrinth Rescue!.

In the Kirby novel series, the Mini ability appears in Kirby's Labyrinth Rescue!, where Kirby accidentally inhales a Minny while eating an apple, causing him to mistakenly copy the Mini ability from it. Due to Kirby's small size, he gets picked up by King Dedede who blows Mini Kirby away with his nose. After being blown away into a tree, Mini Kirby finds a small hole in the roots of the tree. He is easily able to fit inside the hole because of his miniature size which helps him find a Mirror Door inside of a cave. Once Kirby enters the Mirror Door, he loses the ability and returns to normal.

Near the end of the novel, during the battle against Magolor, Waddle Dee gives Kirby a Minny so he can get the Mini ability once more. This time, Kirby uses his small size to avoid detection from the manipulative mage and put himself in a position so he can easily deal the finishing blow with a different copy ability also provided by Waddle Dee.

Trivia[edit]

Magic's idle animation in Kirby: Squeak Squad
  • Mini was originally intended to be a Copy Ability for Kirby's Adventure,[1] 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.[2]
  • 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.
  • While Mini does not appear in Kirby: Squeak Squad as a Copy Ability, Magic Kirby's idle animation features a miniature Kirby popping out of Kirby's top hat, which uses the same sprites as the Mini ability.

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Videos[edit]

Official Kirby Portal video showcasing Mini

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ミニマム
Minimamu
Minimum
French Minus Short for minuscule (tiny).
German Minimum -
Italian Minimo Minimum
Korean 미니 (Kirby: Triple Deluxe Keychain)
Mini
Mini
Russian Мини[3]
Mini
Mini
Spanish Mini Kirby -


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