Samurai Kirby

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Samurai Kirby
KSS Samurai Kirby gameplay.png
Kirby facing off against his fourth opponent, King Dedede.
Type(s) Reflex
Levels 3 (each with five opponents)
Players 1-2 (original)
1 (remake)
Appears in Kirby Super Star
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Toy Box
Comparable to Quick Draw
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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.
Quote1.png Push any button immediately when you see "!". Quote2.png
— Instruction - Kirby Super Star

Samurai Kirby is a sub-game appearing in Kirby Super Star, and later in its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra, as one of the two unlockable Nostalgic sub-games, the other being Megaton Punch.[1] In both versions, Samurai Kirby can be played by pressing any button.[2] It features three different difficulty levels.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, Samurai Kirby can be unlocked after completing the Meta Knightmare 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.

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.


Samurai Kirby shows Kirby standing against 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.[3] 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.


Foe CPU reaction frames Kirby's weapon and effect Opponent's attack
  • Easy: 82
  • Normal: 63
  • Hard: 18
A fan, which knocks down Waddle Doo Smacking Kirby with a fan
  • Easy: 50
  • Normal: 41
  • Hard: 14
A toy hammer, which knocks down Wheelie Running over Kirby, with a tire mark on his face
  • Easy: 21
  • Normal: 17
  • Hard: 12
A pie, which hits into Kawasaki's face Whacking a frying pan onto Kirby's head
  • Easy: 16
  • Normal: 13
  • Hard: 10
A megaphone, which stuns Dedede Whacking Kirby flat with a hammer (known as in Chinese and Japanese) for making mochi
  • Easy: 11
  • Normal: 10
  • Hard: 08
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.[4]
  • 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.


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 (setsuna) means "in a flash".
  • 見斬り 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.


  1. "Those nostalgic sub-games are back, ready for you to play here!" —Kirby Super Star Ultra (in-game instructions)
  2. "You can play with one button." —Kirby Super Star Ultra (in-game instructions)
  3. "Press any button immediately when you see "!"" —Kirby Super Star Ultra (in-game instructions)
  4. Kirby Super Star Developer Interview - Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition -
Kirby Super Star Ultra Menu
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