- 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. To make this task easier, Kirby is given five Maxim Tomatoes and five regular tomatoes to replenish his health, but he can only do so between boss battles. He is also given his pick of every normal ability in the game at the beginning, and may choose between two Copy Essences in between fights. Beating The Arena once is necessary to unlock the Sound Test in the original and The True Arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
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 the last boss fought.
- 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. The 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
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, The Arena is unlocked after completing the main Story Mode. Like the previous Arena, all of the bosses are encountered in a random order, except the Lor Starcutter, Magolor, and Magolor's 2nd 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.
First Ten (random order)
- Mid-bosses 1:
- Mid-bosses 2:
- Sphere Doomer (x4)
- Whispy Woods
- Mr. Dooter
- Fatty Puffer
- Grand Doomer
- Metal General
Last Three (in order)
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)
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
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.|
- 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 Boxing Ring. 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.
1st place trophy from Kirby: Triple 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 Endurance (Kirby: Planet Robobot)
|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)
|Spanish||El Coliseo||The Coliseum|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra Menu|
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