- This article is about Kirby's cat Animal Friend. For the chicken of the same name who voiced Star Dream's weathervane, see its owner, Hirokazu Ando.
|“||I can perform a triple jump. Hop on me!||”|
— Nago in the Kirby's Dream Land 3 Instructional Booklet
Nago is one of Kirby's Animal Friends, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land 3, which remains his only major game appearance to date. He is a large cat-like creature with a similar body shape as Rick, but with a pair of short legs instead of the hamster's big, round feet. His feet are not normally visible unless he is moving. Although his fur is mostly white, he possesses orange and brown markings on the top of his head and on his back, as well as brown ears and a stubby, orange tail. This gives him a resemblance to a Japanese Bobtail with a calico coat, though calicos are primarily female.
|Nago's video game appearances|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3||Supporting playable character|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Reference||Depicted as one of Stone-Cutter Kirby's transformations.|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||Sticker|
|Kirby Star Allies||Cameo||Appears in one of the Clean ability's attacks.|
|Kirby's Dream Buffet||Reference||Appears on a Character Treat.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||Reference||Appears as a Dress-Up Mask.|
|Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Spirit||Appears as a primary spirit.|
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Nago is one of the first Animal Friends to be seen, appearing in the first stage of Grass Land next to Rick. He is also seen in the Cloudy Park intro, where he plays with Kirby until leaving him behind in favor of Pitch, and the Iceberg intro, where he assists Kirby and ChuChu in building a snowman.
When Kirby and Nago are traveling together, the pink hero assumes the shape of a ball while the cat holds him in his paws, rolling him around. Apart from being able to defeat most enemies by jumping on them, he may perform double or even triple jumps if the B button is pressed while he is falling, allowing him to make higher and longer leaps.
As with the other Animal Friends in the game, teaming up with Nago transforms Kirby's current Copy Ability into a new one, combining the animal's skills with the the ability's attributes.
His girlfriend Shiro, also a cat, appears in Stage 5 of Iceberg, and bringing Nago to his girlfriend rewards Kirby a Heart Star. Note that Nago cannot be found in this stage so Kirby has to bring Nago from another stage.
|Burning||Kirby spits out a thin, tall flame that travels along the ground in a straight line, growing and then shrinking again until it disappears. Touching an enemy extinguishes it, but destroys the foe.|
|Clean||Nago charges forwards while the Y button is held, sweeping the floor with Kirby and eliminating opponents in his path.|
|Cutter||Nago swings Kirby upwards very quickly, creating a crescent-shaped blast of energy that flies diagonally into the sky, defeating enemies in it path.|
|Ice||While the Y button is held, Kirby breathes snowballs that may freeze enemies downwards, slowly propelling Nago and himself into the air in the process.|
|Needle||Kirby rapidly launches harmful pink spikes forward from his face as long as the Y button is held, but cannot move while doing so.|
|Parasol||Kirby and Nago use a parasol as a pogo stick, bouncing around on it and defeated adversaries while the Y button is held.|
|Spark||Nago rubs Kirby as long as the Y button is held, creating static electricity around him. Every enemy he touches while charged up is destroyed, but neutralizes some electricity. The longer Kirby is rubbed, the more foes he can defeat before returning to normal, up to a maximum of eight.|
|Stone||Pressing and holding the Y button causes Kirby to change into his stone form while Nago pounds the ground with him, harming opponents in front of him. Nago cannot move while using this ability.|
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Nago can be found in the following levels and stages:
|Nago locations in Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Stage||Grass Land||Ripple Field||Sand Canyon||Cloudy Park||Iceberg|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Nago makes a cameo appearance The Crystal Shards, although he himself is never seen. Instead, by using the Stone-Cutter ability combo, Kirby may transform into a moving statue of any of his Animal Friends from Kirby's Dream Land 3, including Nago. While in this form, he is very slow, but may execute double and triple jumps like Nago does in his original appearance, as well as crush most enemies he touches as with the regular Stone ability.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Nago's likeness appears as a Dress-Up Mask, unlocked by completing card #12 in the Stamp Rally. When wearing said mask, the wearer's voice is replaced with Nago's meowing sounds from Kirby Star Allies.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nago appears as a ★ primary grab-type spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His level 1 stats are 499 attack and 451 defense, while his level 99 stats are 2,495 attack and 2,257 defense. He possesses 2 support slots. He can be obtained either by battling him in World of Light, Spirit Board, or by purchasing him from the shop.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
According to an unused animator sheet, Nago was originally gonna appear in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, but the idea ended up being scrapped. Though the character of Chef Nagoya bears some resemblance to Nago.
- Nago is the only one of the six Animal Friends who does not appear in the Celebration Picture "A Dream Above The Clouds".
- Nago’s voice in Kirby Star Allies and onward is sampled from Tom, Shinya Kumazaki’s deceased pet cat, who also voiced Star Dream.
Burning + Nago from Kirby's Dream Land 3
Sticker from Kirby: Planet Robobot
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring a Nago cake topper
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Shiro holding a cookie based on Nago
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter commemorating Cat Day
Magnet of Nago made for Kirby's 30th Anniversary, from the "PITATTO" merchandise line
Glasses and plates from Lawson's Kirby's 30th Anniversary Campaign
Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
Names in other languages