- This article is about the Sub-Game that has appeared in many games since Kirby Super Star. For rooms found in Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, see Arena (Kirby's Adventure).
The Arena is a Sub-Game debuting in Kirby Super Star, where the requirement is to the defeat the Main Game bosses and mid-bosses encountered in the title it appears in, with a single life, with limited health benefits. It is similar to Boss Endurance modes, but is generally given more importance, and is always required for 100% completion of the game.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the objective of the Arena is to defeat all the bosses from Spring Breeze, Dyna Blade, The Great Cave Offensive, Revenge of Meta Knight, and Milky Way Wishes. At the beginning of the mode Kirby starts in a special room which contains Copy Essences for every regular Copy Ability in the game, as well as a Warp Star to take him to the first battle. In between battles Kirby will be taken to a rest area that contains five Maxim Tomatoes for Kirby to replenish his health should it be depleted, two randomly-determined Copy Essences for Kirby to change his ability and a Warp Star to take him to the next battle.
When Kirby eats a Maxim Tomato in the original Super Star it will simply be gone, but in Super Star Ultra the Maxim Tomato will be replaced with a regular tomato (which does not heal as much health) the the next time Kirby visits the rest area.
The following is a list of the bosses encountered. The bosses are fought in a random order, with the exception of Marx, who is always last.
- Chameleo Arm
- Combo Cannon
- Computer Virus: Skips the ending sequence; the windows close out immediately after defeating the Great Dragon.
- Dyna Blade
- Fatty Whale
- Galactic Nova Nucleus: Skips the preceding side-scroller stage and goes directly into the boss.
- Heavy Lobster
- King Dedede
- Lololo & Lalala
- Mid-Boss All-Stars 1:
- Mid-Boss All Stars 2:
- Meta Knight: A Sword is still offered.
- Twin Woods
- Waddle Dee: A unique "joke" encounter to this mode. This Waddle Dee has an unusually high amount of HP, but does not move and can be defeated simply by inhaling. In Ultra, it is replaced with Bandana Waddle Dee, who can slowly walk and hop around, and is also fought in Revenge of the King.
- Wham Bam Rock
- Whispy Woods
- Marx (always last)
One of the Rest Areas
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
|“||The Arena is now available! Are you up to the challenge?||”|
— Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe unlock quote
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, The Arena is unlocked after completing Story Mode. Like the previous Arena, all of the bosses are encountered in a random order, except the Lor Starcutter, Magolor, and Magolor's second form are fought last in that order. Completing this mode the first time allows P1 to be King Dedede, Meta Knight or Bandana Waddle Dee in replays of The Arena.
The following bosses are encountered in The Arena in both Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe:
|List of bosses in The Arena in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe|
|First ten (random order)|
|Mid-Boss All-Stars 1:
|Mid-Boss All-Stars 2:
78 & 101
|Whispy Woods||255 (Wii)
|Mr. Dooter||315 (Wii)
|Fatty Puffer||420 (Wii)
|Grand Doomer||435 (Wii)
|Skips the phase where Ultra Sword is used.|
|Metal General||450 (Wii)
|Lor & Magolor||435 (Wii)
|Skips the preceding side-scroller stage and goes directly into the boss.|
|Skips the segment where the Super Abilities are used.|
|Final boss of Story Mode.|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
The Arena in Kirby: Triple Deluxe is largely the same as the previous two. This time however, treasure chests will appear sometimes between battles, containing keychains. Players can also receive one Maxim Tomato inside an Assist Star that can be used mid-battle. The first seven bosses are fought randomly, while the last three fights are in a set order, like in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
First Seven (in random order)
- Mid Bosses 1:
- Mid Bosses 2:
- Flowery Woods
- Coily Rattler
Last Three (in order)
- Masked Dedede/Masked Dedede's Revenge
- Queen Sectonia
- Flowered Sectonia (second phase only): Fought separately from Sectonia's first form, unlike in Story Mode. The cannon-shooting and Hypernova segments are skipped.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Unlike in previous installments, all the bosses and mid-bosses are fought in a set order. Rather than having a limited amount of healing items, an Assist Star is given after each round, with the contents being a Maxim Tomato after Clanky Woods, Mecha Knight, and President Haltmann, and a cherry after every other round.
The following bosses are fought in The Arena in this order:
- Clanky Woods
- Holo Defense API
- Mid-Boss All Stars 1: Kibble Blade, Blocky, King Doo, Dubior
- Mecha Knight
- Dedede Clone & Dedede Clones & D3
- Mid-Boss All Stars 2: Security Force, Miasmoros, Bonkers, Telepathos
- Mecha Knight+
- President Haltmann
- Star Dream: The final segment where Kirby drills through Star Dream is skipped.
This mode isn't actually called "The Arena" in the Japanese and Korean versions of the game - instead, it is named かちぬきボスバトル (Boss Battle Tournament) and 보스와 정면승부 (Head-to-Head Boss Battles), respectively. "Boss Battle Tournament" is the Japanese name for Boss Endurance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and Kirby: Squeak Squad. "Head-to-Head Boss Battles", likewise, is used to refer to Boss Endurance in the Korean version of Kirby: Squeak Squad. By extension, the same changes apply to The True Arena.
|Kirby Super Star||THE FINAL CHALLENGE! In his toughest battle yet, the Pink Wonder faces his strongest enemies.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Why can't people stop fighting? When the pink terror raises his fist, even the strong tremble in fear...
Every boss you've fought is here! Think you can take them all?
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||When the pink hero takes flight, when the blue knight slices, when the bandana-wearer kicks, when the king's hammer swings... lesser warriors become dust!|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||When the mighty pink puffball pounces, even the strongest bosses will fall. Will you stand victorious at the end of it all?|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||In The Arena, you've got to win to survive. These bosses are about to find out why they call Kirby the pink demon.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe||When the pink hero takes flight, when the blue knight slices, when the bandana wearer kicks, when the king's hammer swings... lesser warriors become dust!|
- In the Japanese version of the series, the descriptions for The Arena consistently give Kirby the alias of The Pink Demon (ピンクの悪魔). In English, this has been variously translated as "the Pink Wonder", "the pink terror", "the pink hero", and "the mighty pink puffball". Kirby: Planet Robobot is the first game where the title is translated directly from the original phrase.
- This is also seen in the Super Smash Bros. series as Kirby's title on the Boxing Ring stage. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it is translated as "The Pink Puffball" in North American English and "Gritty in Pink" in British English, but it is translated as "The Pink Demon" in both English versions of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Commentator Waddle Dee also refers to Kirby with the moniker "The Pink Demon" in the Colosseum of Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
- It has been a tradition in each game that features The Arena for the Maxim Tomatoes to be replaced with regular Tomatoes after being collected, and for The True Arena (or equivalent difficulty) to feature regular Tomatoes exclusively. In reference to this, Tomatoes only appear in the Colosseum in Kirby and the Forgotten Land — they don't appear in the regular stages.
- In Kirby Super Star, King Dedede can be seen sitting on a throne in the background of The Arena.
1st place trophy from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
2nd place trophy from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
3rd place trophy from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
English logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Japanese logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
French logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
German logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Italian logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Spanish logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Dutch logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Portuguese logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Traditional Chinese logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Simplified Chinese logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Korean logo from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Names in other languages
Kakutō-ō e no Michi
かちぬきボスバトル (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
Kachinuki Bosu Batoru
|The Road to Become a Fighting King|
Boss Battle Tournament (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
Tōng wǎng gé dòu wáng de dào lù
|The Road to Become a Fighting King|
Tōng wǎng gé dòu wáng de dào lù
|Dutch||De arena||The arena|
|German||Die Arena||The Arena|
보스와 정면승부 (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
|The Road of the Fighting King|
Face-to-face Matchup with the Bosses (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
|Portuguese||A arena||The Arena|
|Spanish||El coliseo||The coliseum|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra Menu|
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