- This article is about standard switches seen throughout the Kirby series. For the big switches found in secret areas, see the Big Switch page. For the home console from Nintendo, see Nintendo Switch.
Although the larger Big Switch was introduced in Kirby's Adventure, standard switches were not present in the series until Kirby Super Star. The main distinction between the two is that Big Switches unlock things outside of the stages they are found in, while standard switches only trigger something in the same area they are found in.
A typical switch is a small round button about the size of Kirby, usually inset in a gold base and with a star insignia. It can be triggered by contact or by being struck with any form of attack or projectile, though it cannot be weighed down by an item in most cases. When triggered, a switch will flatten out (or may disappear entirely). From here, it will either remain triggered indefinitely or it will reset after a particular amount of time depending on the switch and its function.
The primary purpose of a switch is to trigger a gate to either open or close. However, there are other uses for switches, including the following:
- Creating/destroying a barricade or hazard, similar to a Bomb Block
- Triggering a floor or wall to move
- Causing an item or enemy to appear
- Causing a door or other object to appear
- Stopping or inverting water currents and wind gusts
Depending on the title, a switch may fall downward when its supporting floor is removed. If it falls into an irretrievable place, Kirby will need to leave the area and return to make it appear again.
A few entries in the Kirby series have featured variants of the standard switches. These include the following:
- Some switches are found on ceilings with levers hanging off the bottom. These switches are not pressed, but instead need to be pulled by latching onto them.
- Small rectangular switches can be found in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble which can be weighed down to cause Blockbots to move, along with other functions.
- In Kirby Air Ride, there are many panels on the ground which can be triggered by braking on them. These can be used to open up passageways, turn on/off hazards, or shift the course around.
- In Kirby: Canvas Curse, there are a special variety of switch used in Frozen Fantasy which cause green and purple blocks to appear or vanish based on the color of the switch. Some switches are colored both green and purple, meaning they activate both.
- In Kirby Mass Attack, switches take on a number of forms, but the most common ones require the Kirbys to slam into them repeatedly to trigger them. Some of these are labeled with the number '10', meaning that all 10 Kirbys are needed to activate them.
- In Kirby Mass Attack, there is a special variety of switch called a Melody Switch, which usually comes in multiples in a given area. The Kirbys have to hit them in sequence, similar to a Simon game.
Kirby Super Star
- Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Activate the switch by touching or attacking."
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Instruction manual bio (page 26): "You'll come across several different switches. If you press a big switch, a new mirror will appear. If you press a small switch, a nearby device will start moving, opening a new path for you!"
Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Instruction manual bio (page 22): "Touch or attack switches to activate doors, gates and other gimmicks, allowing Kirby to move forward."
Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Instruction manual bio (page 21): "Touch or attack this switch to activate it."
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Instruction manual bio (page 15): "Touch or hit these to activate them. Activating them can have various effects, such as opening Shutter Gates."
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