Shiver Star is the fifth planet out of seven visited by Kirby and Ribbon in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. This world appears to be locked in perpetual winter, as all the surface areas Kirby can visit are utterly covered in layers of snow and ice. Despite this, there is a lot of activity on this planet, both in terms of enemy inhabitants and whirring machinery.
Shiver Star is the final of the four "intermediate" worlds of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, meaning that it consists of four standard stages, a fifth boss stage, and only has one cut-scene which plays at the end of the level. Very little in the way of vegetation grows on this world due to the cold, but the arctic conditions are nonetheless brimming with native inhabitants of all sorts, many of which are endemic to the vast works of architecture laden on the planet. As Kirby makes his way through this world, he will traverse snowy hillsides, walk across solid cloud layers, enter a vibrant shopping mall full of traps, and delve into a deep underground factory to study it.
Like in all intermediate worlds of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the first four stages within the Shiver Star hide three Crystal Shards, while the final stage rewards only one after the defeat of the boss. Nevertheless, all shards within one level need not to be collected before Kirby is granted access to the next; Kirby must simply complete the level.
Each stage is unlocked in succession after clearing the previous one. Defeating HR-H and HR-E is necessary to move on to Ripple Star. For more information about a particular stage, click on the link to the stage's page in the table. For a full guide on how to obtain the Crystal Shards, see the Crystal Shard page.
|Stage 1||Big Chilly|
|Stage 2||Big Mopoo|
|Stage 3||Big Pupa|
|Stage 4||Big Burnis|
|Stage 5||N/A||Completing this stage unlocks Ripple Star.|
Out in the snow, the crystal opens up to reveal the last world - Ribbon's home of Ripple Star. Seeing the sorry state it is in causes Ribbon to despair, but she is reassured by the rest of the party. Kirby calls for everyone to go in, and runs forward, but trips and falls to the floor. Everyone else tramples him in the process. Ribbon then has to carry the battered Kirby through the portal.
- The connection between the Shiver Star and Earth in terms of appearance has been quite the popular topic of conversation within the Kirby fandom, and rightly so, as one can see from the image apparent outlines of Earth's continents in white upon the face of the Shiver Star. However, it is unclear what the developers of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards had in mind when creating such a star in Earth's likeness.
- The stage select theme for Shiver Star would later be reused in the Last Land hub in New Challenge Stages.