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Crane Fever - one of the first Sub-Games seen in a Kirby title.

A Sub-Game (otherwise known as a Mini Game) is a smaller separate game or activity contained within a game in the Kirby series. It typically has rules and gameplay completely different to the larger game it features in, and completing the Sub-Game typically isn't required to complete the main game, but may offer bonuses like score, 1-Ups, or contribute to 100% Completion. They may be accessed as bonus content within the main game itself, or be completely separate, and accessible from the main menu. Some Sub-Games have also been the source for larger standalone spin-off titles, particularly in later installments of the series.

Most games in the Kirby series have at least a couple of Sub-Games contained within. There are few if any Sub-Games that are considered to be part of the official Kirby canon, however.

Sub-Games by Title[edit]

Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

The first game to feature distinct Sub-Games with completely different rules to the main game, these side activities could be found within the stage select area in the main game. Completing them rewarded Kirby with either points or 1-Ups, depending on how well he did in the game.

There are three different Sub-Games in Kirby's Adventure. They are:

In Nightmare in Dream Land, the Sub-Games are almost entirely different, and can be played with up to 4 players. They are:

Kirby's Pinball Land[edit]

Each main course has a bonus game inset which can be accessed via Warp Star. There are three in all, which award extra points when played, and are as follows:

  • The first stage with Whispy Woods features a Breakout-style mini-game where enemies and items move along the top of a series of breakable blocks. This would appear to serve as a precursor to Kirby's Block Ball.
  • The second stage with Poppy Bros. Sr. features a game where Kirby has to punt himself into a goal on a soccer-themed course with a Squishy acting as the goalie.
  • The third stage with Kracko features a game where Kirby has to bounce food items up to a copy of himself on a cloud deck who will eat them for points.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Main article: Bonus Chance

Kirby's Dream Land 2, in addition to its Goal Game, also has extra Sub-Games that can be played once by re-visiting the Bosses of each level, referred to as a Bonus Chance. Instead of fighting the boss as usual, Kirby and/or his animal friends will instead play a bonus game with them, the rules of which vary with each boss.

Kirby's Block Ball[edit]

Kirby can play one of these if he touches a Warp Star found in the stages. The games are as follows:

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)[edit]

This game could be considered to be entirely made up of Sub-Games, as the main story is split into several distinct installments, individually selectable on the main menu. There are a number of other smaller games, however, which do not appear to be in the same continuity, and are largely for fun. These games are as follows:

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

Main article: MG-5

Each third stage in the main levels of Kirby's Dream Land 3 have a mini-game which involves guessing between various objects/sounds. Completing these is necessary to obtain the Heart Stars in the stages they appear in.

Once the game is complete, these minigames can be played in sequence in the menu - collectively called MG5. Completing this with a perfect score unlocks another game called Jumping, which is a challenge based on the Goal Game, having Kirby try to land as many times as possible without getting hit by a Tick.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

There are three Sub-Games in this title, which are played completely separate to the main game, and support up to 4 players. They are:

Players in each of these games could choose between playing as Kirby, Adeleine, King Dedede, or Waddle Dee.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble[edit]

Kirby can play one of these if he collects a blue star in a stage, then clears said stage. They are as follows:

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror[edit]

Like with Kirby 64, the Sub-Games present in this title are completely separate from the main game. They are:

These are also multiplayer-supported, with each player taking on a different color of Kirby.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

Main article: Boss Game

The Sub-Games in this title are unlocked by completing the second level of each in the Boss fights in the main game, and are similar to the Boss fights in question. Unlike in most games, Kirby will get a Game Over if he fails these Sub-Games. They are as follows:

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

The Sub-Games are separate form the main game, and accessible from the main menu. They are:

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

The Sub-Games in this title are unlocked in a separate menu by collecting medals and earning achievements. There are several, though some are smaller than others:

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

There are two primary Sub-Games in this title, which can be played either from the main menu or from inside the Lor Starcutter. To unlock them from either location, Kirby and his friends must collect enough Energy Spheres to unlock each door.

These games are as follows, and can be played with up to 4 players:

In addition, there are a number of single-player Challenge Stages that are also unlocked using Energy Spheres, accessible only from inside the Lor, which task Kirby with using a certain Copy Ability (or items) to complete an obstacle course with as high a score as possible.

Completing these Sub-Games is a requirement for 100% Completion, but not to complete the main game.

Kirby's Dream Collection[edit]

Main article: New Challenge Stages

The New Challenge Stages Sub-Game can be considered to be an expansion of the concept from Return to Dream Land, and comes with its own little side-story and credits roll. In addition to the usual stages, Kirby can also race Magolor at the end of each world.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

There are two primary Sub-Games featured in this title, and completely separate from the main game. They are as follows:

Both of these titles must be completed to a certain satisfaction in order to achieve 100% completion of the game. These two Sub-Games were also used as the base to create the standalone spin-off titles, Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, and Kirby Fighters Deluxe.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

This title, in addition to its main game, has 48 separate challenge stages, that task Kirby with completing an area in under 1 minute.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

Like Triple Deluxe, there are two primary Sub-Games featured in this title, and are completely separate from the main game. They are as follows:

Both of these titles must be completed to a certain satisfaction in order to achieve 100% completion of the game. These two Sub-Games were also used as the base to create the standalone spin-off titles, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, and Kirby's Blowout Blast.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

This title features two very small Sub-Games, unlike its 3DS predecessors. They are as follows:

Both of these need to have all three difficulty levels unlocked to earn 100% Completion in Star Allies.

In addition, Version 4.0.0 of the game adds a new more challenging adventure called Heroes in Another Dimension. This plays much like an Extra Game, but features totally unique stages to the main story mode.

Recurring Modes not considered to be Sub-Games[edit]

Extra Game[edit]

Main article: Extra Game

An Extra Game may be considered to be a Sub-Game by some standards, but is effectively a re-playing of the main game with new rules and/or challenges. The first game to employ an Extra Game was Kirby's Dream Land, which added more enemies to the game, reduced Kirby's maximum stamina, and gave the Bosses new attack patterns to increase the challenge.

Other forms of Extra Game include time trials of the main story, most notably the series of Meta Knightmare modes that appear in three distinct Kirby titles, where the objective is to play through the main game as Meta Knight and win as quickly as possible.

Goal Game[edit]

Main article: Goal Game

The Goal Game is a Sub-Game of sorts that appears in numerous Kirby titles, starting with Kirby's Adventure. The Goal Game is effectively a mini game that is played at the end of each stage, where bonus points, 1-Ups, or other items can be earned. This typically involves having Kirby use a trampoline, cannon, or simply a jump and timing to land on the best space possible.

The Arena & other Boss Endurance Modes[edit]

Main article: Boss Endurance
Main article: The Arena
Main article: The True Arena
Main article: Helper to Hero
Main article: Survival Rush
Main article: The Ultimate Choice

While technically Sub-Games, these modes are typically treated with more importance than typical Sub-Games are in the series. Each of these modes pit Kirby or another character against all of the Bosses in the game in question, one after another, with various restrictions usually involving limited-to-no recovery items in-between.


  • The only main series Kirby game which does not contain some sort of Sub-Game is Kirby's Dream Land (unless the Extra Game is counted).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Juego secundario Secondary game