- This article is about the Sub-Game from Kirby Super Star and its remake. For the similar Sub-Game in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, see Quick Draw.
|“||Push any button immediately when you see "!".||”|
— Instruction - Kirby Super Star
Samurai Kirby is a sub-game appearing in several Kirby games, most notably in Kirby Super Star, where it serves as one of the two side games along with Megaton Punch. In both that game and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Samurai Kirby can be played by pressing any button, and features three different difficulty levels.
In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Samurai Kirby is unlocked after completing the Meta Knightmare Ultra main game. With the exception of the title screen, it was directly ported from the original version, with the only differences being that two-player support was dropped and the name of Cook Kawasaki was changed to Chef Kawasaki.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Samurai Kirby can be played with up to four players simultaneously, who can face off against each-other.
A demo of Samurai Kirby was also broadcast in the Japan-exclusive Kirby's Toy Box.
Samurai Kirby shows Kirby standing and facing his opponent in a scene lined with bricks and a horizon-level sun. The objective is to draw faster than the opponent, by pressing any button immediately after an exclamation mark signal appears. The round will restart if Kirby draws too early, which gives him a strike. The sub-game ends when Kirby loses to an opponent, or when Kirby gets three strikes in a row. A sign at the lower-right of the screen indicates the time from the signal to the reaction. Kirby uses a different weapon against every opponent, and likewise, every opponent uses their own.
In 2-player mode, the 1P character is always Kirby and the 2P character is randomly picked among Kirby's five opponents. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, players can pick between King Dedede, Meta Knight, Bandana Waddle Dee, or another Kirby.
|Foe||CPU reaction frames||Kirby's weapon and effect||Opponent's attack|
||A fan, which knocks down Waddle Doo||Smacking Kirby with a fan|
||A toy hammer, which knocks down Wheelie||Running over Kirby, with a tire mark on his face|
||A pie, which hits into Kawasaki's face||Whacking a frying pan onto Kirby's head|
||A megaphone, which stuns Dedede||Whacking Kirby flat with a hammer (known as 杵 in Chinese and Japanese) for making mochi|
||A blade, which cuts off Meta Knight's mask||Cutting Kirby's face with a blade|
- The title logo calligraphy for the Japanese version was written by Masahiro Sakurai himself with a brush pen.
- In the Japanese version, the character names are written in hiragana calligraphy instead of their regular katakana names. Additionally, there is grass blowing in the wind at the bottom of the screen, which was removed from the translated SNES version to make room for English text, but was restored in all versions of Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- The "sword master" Kirby in this sub-game is referenced by the Topknot Headgear for Ninja Kirby in Kirby Battle Royale.
- Meta Knight's sprite shows that his mask has a scar on his left eye; this corresponds to Dark Meta Knight's scar.
Names in other languages
Setsuna no Mikiri
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|European French||Kirby Samouraï||Samurai Kirby|
|Portuguese||Kirby Samurai||Samurai Kirby|
- Kirby Super Star Developer Interview - Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition - Nintendo.com
|Kirby Super Star Ultra Menu|
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