- This article is about the collectible item. For the musical theme, see Sparkling Stars (theme).
A Sparkling Star, also known as a Twinkle Star, is a magical item that is collected at the end of each level in Kirby's Dream Land. There are five of them in total — one held by each Boss — and they hold the power to distribute food among the people of Dream Land.
Kirby's Dream Land
In Kirby's debut title, King Dedede and his goons come down to Dream Land from Mt. Dedede and steal the Sparkling Stars from the sky — robbing its denizens of their power source — as well as all of their food. Without them, the Dream Landers are unable to collect more food, and begin to starve, prompting Kirby to go and get them back.
At the end of each level, Kirby battles a Boss, who drops one of the stars upon defeat. After besting King Dedede, Kirby is able to collect the last one, and he uses them to turn himself into a giant hot air balloon, and carry Dedede's castle — along with the food inside — back to Dream Land. From there, it can be presumed that the stars were returned to their rightful position.
Kirby's Block Ball
Once again, King Dedede stole the five Sparkling Stars and hid them in his castle. After defeating King Dedede, Kirby collects the Sparkling Stars and uses them to break the castle down to uncover the fountain that it had been built over.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby collects four of the Sparkling Stars in Spring Breeze, which serve the same function that they did in Kirby's Dream Land. The Sparkling Stars' role is notably deemphasized in Spring Breeze, to the extent that the game no longer directly mentions their presence.
The stars that Kirby collects in Milky Way Wishes are reminiscent of the Sparkling Stars, though it is not clear if they are the same objects or not.
In Revenge of the King, Kirby collects three Sparkling Stars from the bosses in the first three stages. When he faces off against Kabula in Mt. Dedede Sky, she shoots down his Warp Star. At this point, the three stars Kirby collected coalesce into the Starship, which Kirby can then use to battle the menacing blimp. After this, the Sparkling Stars are not seen in again in this mode.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Much like in Kirby's Dream Land, the goal in this adventure is to retrieve the Sparkling Stars, which King Dedede has once again stolen. This time, there are eight to collect, one from each area.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
A Sparkling Star makes an appearance after King Dedede is defeated. It flies down toward where he landed, and causes him to grow giant, then start attacking Kirby again. The star's effect wears off when Dedede is defeated again. To distinguish it from a Warp Star, the Sparkling Star in this game is rainbow-colored rather than pure yellow, though yellow and pink are its most predominant colors.
- The Sparkling Star's use in Kirby's Blowout Blast is similar to the Grand Stars from Super Mario Galaxy 2, as both cause the villains who use them to grow large in size.
The Sparkling Star peach biscuits in Kirby: The Strange Sweets Island
Names in other languages
- "If you defeat the boss at the end of each stage, the boss will release its Sparkling Star. Touch the Sparkling Star to move on to the next stage." –Kirby's Dream Land digital manual (from Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition)
- "Dream Land is in peril! An evil king has stolen the magic Twinkle Stars." –Kirby's Dream Land (back cover description)
- "The Dream Landers are very happy people who use their magical Sparkling Stars to play and work among the heavens." –Kirby's Dream Land manual (p. 3)
- "Because the Dream Landers didn't have the Sparkling Stars to gather food anymore, they began to get very hungry." –Kirby's Dream Land manual (p. 4)