- This article is about retracting springs that bounce users. For the game named after the season, see Spring Breeze.
A Spring is an object that first appeared in Kirby Super Star, and has made only a few appearances since. Its appearance varies by game, but generally, it consists of a coiled metal spring with a pad on top that is used to bounce to higher areas, typically with greater force than a regular Jump could provide. While these are typically placed in stages to help the user move about more freely, springs can sometimes serve as obstacles to be avoided as well, as they may be placed in a way that causes the user to lose progress should they accidentally step on them.
Springs are similar in function to Trampolines, but are usually distinct in appearance and not directly part of the stage geometry, unlike trampolines.
Kirby's Pinball Land
- Main article: Springboard
In Kirby's Pinball Land, if Kirby falls into the gutter at the bottom of any given course, he will have an opportunity to bounce back up using a springboard, similar to the Goal Game from Kirby's Adventure. Each time he has to use this, the springboard becomes smaller and weaker, until it can no longer bounce Kirby back up, and he loses a life.
Kirby's Toy Box
In the "Ball Rally" mini-game for Kirby's Toy Box, a spring is used to launch balls through the board.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Springs make their first appearance as a regular obstacle in Kirby Super Star. Here, they are compact yellow-padded objects about the size of Kirby which can be found resting on floors in various places. If Kirby or another playable character touches a spring, they will be launched upward very quickly and very high. Springs cannot be inhaled, or otherwise destroyed. They also cannot be activated by enemies or other objects.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
A bumper attached to a spring from Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, hanging over a bottomless pit
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, springs can appear in stages as regular obstacles to be utilized and/or contended with. Here, they have a more compact structure at first, though they expand to noticeable length when activated. These can be useful for giving Kirby the extra lift he needs, as he cannot naturally jump in this game (due to having no limbs).
Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
- Main article: Boinger
In Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, there is a type of enemy that resides exclusively in the Cloud Palace stage called Boinger, which Kirby can bounce off of to gain additional height. Kirby's feet also turn into a spring momentarily when performing his regular jump.
Other stages, such as Mushroom Run, feature course obstacles that behave like springs, namely the eponymous mushrooms in that stage.
Kirby Mass Attack
There are several objects in Kirby Mass Attack which resemble springs and/or act like springs when used. Often, a certain number of Kirbys will be needed to utilize these objects, which can help break through barriers to obtain things like Medals.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
While springs do not exist as regular stage elements in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is a giant spring that can be found in Stage 4 of Nutty Noon with the Grand Hammer ability. Smashing this spring down with the hammer causes it to contract, then unwind, launching Kirby in a manner similar to a Cannon.
Kirby standing next to the giant spring in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, which can only be activated using the Grand Hammer ability
The giant spring in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Main article: Springy Hand
While not existing as course elements on their own, Springy Hands appear in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as hazards. These same hands would also make an appearance in Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Kirby Fighters 2.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Springs make an appearance in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse as normal course elements. They behave similarly to they way they do in Kirby: Canvas Curse, though they are generally smaller with a red base instead of the jack-in-the-box like design in the aforementioned title.
Notably, when bouncing off of these, Kirby smiles and waves his arms, indicating he is having fun.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Main article: Spring Note
Kirby Star Allies
- Main article: Goal Game
Kirby's Dream Buffet
In Kirby's Dream Buffet, springs take the form of giant sunny-side up fried eggs, which act similarly to Super Jump Ramps in Kirby Air Ride. They can be found in the Hamburgers and Sandwiches courses.