- 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 Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Springs make their first appearance 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: 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 Return to Dream Land
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 one of the stages 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 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.