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Samurai Kirby

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Samurai Kirby
KRtDLD Samurai Kirby preview.png
Preview image for Samurai Kirby from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Details
Type(s) Reflex
Levels 3 (each with five opponents)
Players 1-2 (Kirby Super Star)
1 (Kirby Super Star Ultra)
1-4 (Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe)
Appears in Kirby's Toy Box
Kirby Super Star
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Comparable to Quick Draw
Speed Eaters
Speedy Teatime
Kirby Card Swipe
Flash Fishing
Samurai Kirby 100
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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. There is also a new variant of the game called Samurai Kirby 100, where the player faces off against 99 other players (though not in real time) to see how their reaction time compares.

A demo of Samurai Kirby was also broadcast in the Japan-exclusive Kirby's Toy Box.

In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, the sub-game Quick Draw had its western theme replaced with a Samurai Kirby style, and is known by a matching name in the Japanese version.

Gameplay[edit]

Kirby facing off against King Dedede; his fourth opponent in Samurai Kirby, in Kirby Super Star

Samurai Kirby shows Kirby standing and facing his opponent in a grassy field at sunset. 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.

When playing with a second player in Kirby Super Star, the player 1 character is always Kirby and the player 2 character is randomly picked among Kirby's five opponents. When playing multiplayer in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, player 1 is always Kirby while players 2, 3 and 4 can pick between King Dedede, Meta Knight, Bandana Waddle Dee, or another Kirby. If played with two players, it uses the sideways perspective from the original; if played with three or four, it uses the angled perspective of Quick Draw. If a retry is deemed between 2 or 3 players in a 3-4 player match, the players not included in the retry will sit out until a win is given. In 3-4 player matches, faulting twice will make the player sit out as well. Players sitting out will depict their character sitting facing away, looking sad and are unable to act until next match.

Opponents[edit]

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

The alternate sprites are used in the Korean version of Kirby Super Star Ultra.

Foe CPU reaction frames Kirby's weapon and effect Opponent's attack
All versions Kirby Super Star Ultra Korean release only
Waddle Doo
わどるどぅ
  • Easy: 82
  • Normal: 63
  • Hard: 18
A fan, which knocks down Waddle Doo Smacking Kirby with a fan
All versions Kirby Super Star Ultra Korean release only
Wheelie
ういりぃ
  • Easy: 50
  • Normal: 41
  • Hard: 14
A toy hammer, which knocks down Wheelie Running over Kirby, with a tire mark on his face
All versions Kirby Super Star Ultra Korean release only
Chef Kawasaki
こっくかわさき
  • Easy: 21
  • Normal: 17
  • Hard: 12
A pie, which hits Kawasaki's face Whacking a frying pan onto Kirby's head
All versions Kirby Super Star Ultra Korean release only
King Dedede
ででで大王だいおう
  • Easy: 16
  • Normal: 13
  • Hard: 10
A party popper, which stuns Dedede Whacking Kirby flat with a hammer (known as in Chinese and Japanese) for making mochi
All versions Kirby Super Star Ultra Korean release only
Meta Knight
めたないと
  • Easy: 11
  • Normal: 10
  • Hard: 08
A blade, which cuts off Meta Knight's mask Cutting Kirby's face with a blade

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Foe CPU reaction frames Kirby's weapon and effect Opponent's attack
KRtDLD Samurai Kirby vs Bandana Waddle Dee screenshot.png
Bandana Waddle Dee
ばんだなわどるでぃ
Easy: ~90
Normal: ~60
Hard: ~30
A fan, which knocks down Bandana Waddle Dee Smacking Kirby with a fan
KRtDLD Samurai Kirby vs Chef Kawasaki screenshot.png
Chef Kawasaki
こっくかわさき
Easy: ~75
Normal: ~50
Hard: ~27
A pie, which hits Kawasaki's face Whacking a frying pan onto Kirby's head
KRtDLD Samurai Kirby vs King Dedede screenshot.png
King Dedede
ででで大王だいおう
Easy: ~60
Normal: ~40
Hard: ~23
A party popper, which stuns Dedede Whacking Kirby flat with a hammer (known as in Chinese and Japanese) for making mochi
KRtDLD Samurai Kirby vs Magolor screenshot.png
Magolor
まほろあ
Easy: ~45
Normal: ~30
Hard: ~20
The Ultra Sword, which causes Magolor to double over Dropping a miniature version of the Lor Starcutter onto Kirby while laughing
KRtDLD Samurai Kirby vs Meta Knight screenshot.png
Meta Knight
めたないと
Easy: ~35
Normal: ~25
Hard: ~16
A blade, which cuts off Meta Knight's mask Cutting Kirby's face with a blade

CPU reaction frames are taken from the official Japanese guidebook. Unlike in previous versions of Samurai Kirby, if the player keeps retrying the game after Kirby is defeated, the CPU opponents will gradually get slower, in a similar mercy mechanic to bosses in the Main Mode becoming slower and having less health if refought.

Missions[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, there are seven Missions for this Sub-Game. They are as follows:

  • Apprentice Samurai - Play Samurai Kirby for the first time.
  • 10 in a Row without Faulting - Defeat 10 rivals in a row without faulting.
  • Dueling Samur-eye - Play while wearing the Waddle Doo dress-up mask.
  • 5 in a Row without Faulting on HARD - While playing solo, defeat 5 rivals on HARD without faulting.
  • 30 Total Rivals Defeated - Defeat a grand total of 30 rivals.
  • Clear All Difficulties - While playing solo, defeat 5 rivals on each difficulty setting. (EASY / NORMAL / HARD)
  • Blade-Master Samurai - Complete all other missions for Samurai Kirby.

Once all 100 regular missions are completed, one final mission related to this Sub-Game is unlocked, as part of the "True Extra Missions" category:

  • Victories without Faulting (HARD) - While playing solo, defeat five rivals 2 times in a row without faulting on HARD difficulty in Samurai Kirby.

Trivia[edit]

  • The title logo calligraphy for the Japanese version was written by Masahiro Sakurai himself with a brush pen.[1]
  • In the Japanese version, the character names are written using hiragana instead of katakana. In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the text is written vertically right-to-left, like a traditional scroll.
    • In the international versions of Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the Japanese scrolls seen during gameplay are kept, with a translation running across the bottom of the screen. This resulted in the removal of the animated grass at the bottom of the screen in Kirby Super Star, which was restored in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
    • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the text is fully translated in all languages and written horizontally left-to-right, even in the Japanese version.
  • 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.
KSSU Kirby SK alt sprite.png
  • In the Korean release of Kirby Super Star Ultra, most of the game's sprites are altered to remove references to Japanese culture. Namely, the Japanese text scrolls are translated into Korean rather than being subtitled, Kirby and Meta Knight's topknots are removed, the scar on Meta Knight's face is absent, and all other characters use their regular in-game sprites. This is due to South Korea's restrictions on Japanese cultural imports, which were implemented in response to Japan's occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945; most of these restrictions were gradually lifted from 1998 to 2004, but some still remain in place.
    • In all versions of Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the unique Japanese outfits in the original were replaced with topknots for every character, which may be related to this.

Gallery[edit]

Kirby Super Star[edit]

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Other[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 刹那せつな見斬みき
Setsuna no Mikiri
Slash in a Flash
  • 刹那せつな (setsuna) means "in a flash".
  • 見斬みきり is a pun on 見切り (mikiri, "prediction in fighting") and 斬り (kiri, "slash").
  • Quick Draw (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land version) is known as 刹那せつな見斬みきかい (Slash in a Flash - Modified) in Japanese.
Traditional Chinese 刹那間一斬
chà nà jiān yī zhǎn
A Split-Second Flash
Simplified Chinese 刹那间一斩
chà nà jiān yī zhǎn
Dutch Samoerai-Kirby Samurai Kirby
French Kirby samouraï Samurai Kirby
German Samurai-Kirby Samurai-Kirby
Italian Kirby Samurai Samurai Kirby
Korean 대결! 한판 승부
daegyeol! hanpan seungbu
Battle! One-Round Contest
Portuguese Kirby Samurai Samurai Kirby
Spanish Samurái Kirby Samurai Kirby

References

Kirby Super Star Ultra Menu
Spring BreezeDyna BladeThe Great Cave OffensiveMegaton PunchSamurai KirbyKirby Card SwipeGourmet RaceRevenge of Meta KnightMilky Way WishesKirby on the DrawRevenge of the KingThe True ArenaThe ArenaSnack TracksMeta Knightmare UltraHelper to HeroTheaterSound TestBackKSSU Corkboard.png
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