N-Z is an enemy character debuting and so far only appearing in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It appears to be a black spherical creature similar in size to Kirby with pointy cat-like ears, white feet and small black eyes, vaguely resembling a Scarfy, though with no mouth. N-Z does not give any Copy Abilities to Kirby when inhaled and swallowed. There is a Mid-Boss variant of N-Z in the first stage of Pop Star which sits in place as smaller N-Zs spawn around it. N-Z also appears on the 10th Enemy Info Card.
N-Z can be found in the following levels and stages:
|N-Z locations in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
|Stage||Pop Star||Rock Star||Aqua Star||Neo Star||Shiver Star||Ripple Star||Dark Star|
Connection to Dark Matter
Despite its unassuming appearance and relatively non-threatening presence, N-Z appears in peculiar locations in the game which imply that it is related to the main villain of the story; Dark Matter. Firstly, N-Z appears on every planet which Dark Matter has visited, but is absent from the four intermediate worlds which Dark Matter does not visit. Additionally, in stage 3 of Ripple Star, N-Z appears continuously from a dark vortex in the uppermost room, just before Kirby proceeds to the next stage to battle Miracle Matter. Lastly, in the final level Dark Star - a world composed entirely of Dark Matter - N-Z is the only common enemy that appears there.
Battle with Big N-Z in Pop Star - Stage 1
N-Zs in Ripple Star - Stage 3
N-Z is the only common enemy type found in Dark Star