The Kirby Quiz
The Kirby Quiz is the 64th episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, to commemorate the New Year, King Dedede and Escargoon set up a special quiz show based on Kirby and the events of previous episodes hosted by the N.M.E. Sales Guy. The quiz proceeds normally at first, but King Dedede and Escargoon attempt to sabotage it near the end. Despite initially appearing to win the event, Kirby and Tiff reveal their trick to the crowd, and the N.M.E. Sales Guy disqualifies them, allowing Tiff and Kirby to win the event instead. King Dedede and Escargoon then receive a "consolation prize" of being launched from a fireworks cone.
This episode serves as a way to recap the series up to this point, in a similar fashion to The Pillow Case. The way the episode proceeds makes it questionable whether or not it is part of the overall storyline of the show.
The following characters appear in this episode:
|Cast of "The Kirby Quiz"|
|"Suika!"||This is the Japanese word for "watermelon". Kirby says this word even in the 4Kids version.|
|"Hmm...Kirby's on my team. I dunno if that's good or bad."|
|"These questions is[sic] too hard, anyway!"|
|"A happy New Year to you, folks...and what better way to ring in the new year than with our newest program: The Kirby Quiz Challenge! If you think you got what it takes to win, then brush up on your Kirby Kirby Kirby trivia and sign up today! Five different teams will be chosen! So come on down, folks, you just might win first prize!"|
|"Greetings, and Happy New Year from all your friends at Night Mare Enterprises! I'll be hosting tonight's Kirby Quiz and I just know we're going to have a rockin' good time!"|
|"That wicked Holy NightMare Co. is the sponsor..."||Blade Knight has dialogue only in the Japanese version, so his line is translated from that version.|
|"Go Treasure Team! Go Treasure Team! Dedede go!"|
|(Both) "Go Star Team, go!"|
|"We made it!"|
|"We should let bygones be forgot!"|
|"I want to win so much I can taste it!"|
|"Such a fond memory, my dear."|
|"Well, it's the New Year. Maybe it'll be entertaining."||Meta Knight has dialogue only in the Japanese version, so his line is translated from that version.|
|"Easy, Kawasaki! Why couldn't I be paired with Mabel?"|
|"Go Star Team, go!"|
|"I'm simply shocked."||Sword Knight has dialogue only in the Japanese version, so his line is translated from that version.|
|"Alright, partner! Let's win this thing!"|
|"You bet, Tokkori! Let's do it!"|
The episode begins at Castle Dedede, where King Dedede and Escargoon are riding the throne as it travels along its automated rail system and they are talking about greeting the sunrise on a new year. Once they reach a certain balcony, King Dedede greets that sunrise, and then commences a celebration by having his Waddle Dees fire the castle's cannons to wake everyone else up. From there, a new show broadcasts on Channel DDD called "The Kirby Quiz Challenge", and invites five teams of contestants to win a grand prize. A special stage is set up which everybody in Cappy Town attends and Escargoon announces the teams of contestants (details in section below) and finishes by introducing the N.M.E. Sales Guy as the host. Once everyone is set up in their podiums, the quiz begins.
As the quiz progresses, the Star Team consisting of Tiff and Kirby gains a considerable lead over the other teams, with the Treasure Team of King Dedede and Escargoon falling steadily behind and getting frustrated. In order to boost their chances, they distract Kirby with a watermelon around Question 10 to force the Star Team to be absent for a moment. As the final question comes up, the N.M.E. Sales Guy reveals the grand prize to be a free trip to the tropical planet "Hawahu". For the last question, all contestants guess the right answer, but have their answers sabotaged excepting King Dedede and Escargoon, allowing the Treasure Team to claim the special 100 point question and win the event. As soon as Kirby returns from his snack, however, he accidentally bumps into the Waddle Dee who had done the sabotaging, revealing the trick to the crowd. Seeing this, the N.M.E. Sales Guy ends up disqualifying the Treasure Team, allowing the Star Team to take the win instead. For their efforts, the Treasure Team is given a "consolation prize" of being launched from the fireworks cannons that commemorate the end of the event and to celebrate the new year. The episode ends as the other characters watch the fireworks.
Kirby Quiz scoreboard
The following table tracks each of the questions posed in the Kirby Quiz and each of the five teams' answers along with the correct answers and the score:
|The Kirby Quiz Challenge scoreboard|
|Question / Property||Flower Team||Lightning Team||Star Team||Moon Team||Treasure Team||Correct answer||Episode being referenced||Notes|
|Team members||Mabel and Honey||Samo and Chef Kawasaki||Tiff and Kirby||Tokkori and Tuff||King Dedede and Escargoon||N/A||N/A|
|Question 1: "Into which of the following did Kirby first transform: Ice, Stone, Fire, or Needle Kirby?"||Stone Kirby||Needle Kirby||Fire Kirby||Fire Kirby||Fire Kirby (changed from Stone at the last second)||Fire Kirby, for 20 points||Kirby Comes to Cappy Town||Honey guessing Stone Kirby is a reference to the fact that it was the first Copy Ability she personally witnessed in A Blockbuster Battle.|
|Question 2: "Which of these monsters was Kirby sticking it to when he first turned into Cook Kirby?" (Popon, Blocky, or Bugzzy)||Bugzzy||Popon||Popon||Blocky||Bugzzy||Popon, for 20 points||The Big Taste Test||Tuff guessing Blocky is strange, since he was there to witness both battles with Blocky and Popon.|
|Question 3: "A while back, Dream Land found itself buried under a blanket of snow. Can you name the freezing freak who transformed this scene into a frost-bitten winter wonderland?" (Bugzzy, Blocky, Dyna Blade, or Ice Dragon)||Ice Dragon||Ice Dragon||Ice Dragon||Ice Dragon||Ice Dragon||Ice Dragon, for 20 points||Dedede's Snow Job|
|Bonus Question: "Can you remember what Kirby transformed into to fight that nice little Ice Dragon?" (Fire, Mike, Ice, Tornado)||Fire Kirby||Ice Kirby||Ice Kirby||Ice Kirby||Tornado Kirby||Ice Kirby, for 20 points||Dedede's Snow Job|
|Question 4: "When Princess Rona took a tour of Dream Land, Kirby defended her royal sweetness against which of these monsters: Noddy, Sasuke, Kracko, or Susshi?"||Sasuke||Susshi||Susshi||(no answer)||Noddy||Susshi, for 20 points||A Princess in Dis-Dress|
|Question 5: "When that hunk of burning fur-ning WolfWrath invaded the castle, what was he after?"||Kirby||King Dedede||Meta Knight||Meta Knight||Meta Knight||Meta Knight, for 20 points||Hour of the WolfWrath||This is the first question which does not provide possible choices.|
|Question 6: "Remember when Chef Kawasaki and Monsieur Goan had a contest to see which chef could make the spicier food? Well here's the question. Who showed up just in time to ruin dessert? Was it Fire Kirby, or was it Ice Kirby, or was it Stone Kirby?"||Fire Kirby||Fire Kirby||Fire Kirby||Fire Kirby||Fire Kirby||None of the above||A Spice Odyssey||This is the first question to present all incorrect answers. This is also the first question the Star Team gets wrong.|
|Question 7: "King Dedede once remade his castle into a fun-for-all-ages thrill-a-minute theme park! What unusual thing did Kirby do that day?"||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Abusement Park||This question is retracted after the clip of Mike Kirby singing disturbs everyone in the room.|
|Question 8: "Who could forget the day a heart-stopping action-packed Grand Prix came to Cappy Town! Sure was exciting, wasn't it? Now, who won the trophy that day?"||Mayor Len Blustergas||Mayor Len Blustergas||Mayor Len Blustergas||Mayor Len Blustergas||Mayor Len Blustergas||Mayor Len Blustergas and Hana||The Kirby Derby - Part II|
|Question 9: "This tough cookie fought against Kirby only to become a great hero! What was his name?"||Knuckle Joe||Knuckle Joe||Knuckle Joe||Knuckle Joe||King Dedede||Knuckle Joe, for 0 points||Monster Management||This is the only question which is not worth any points.|
|Bonus Question 2: "In this clip, what technique did Kirby and Knuckle Joe use to win the battle?"||Sumo Toss||Power Punch||Rising Break||Spin Kick||"Who cares, anyway?"||Rising Break, for 20 points||Monster Management||Treasure Team loses 10 points for "not trying".|
|Question 10: "In the face of certain disaster, King Dedede acted with great bravery for the good of Dream Land! Is this statement true, or false?"||False||False||(absent)||False||True||True, for 20 points||Prediction Predicament - Part II|
|Bonus Question 3: "Cappy Town was once taken over by some cuddlesome little creatures. Were they: owls, sunfish, hamsters, or sheep?"||Sunfish||Owls||Sunfish||Hamsters||Sheep||Sheep, for 100 points||Sheepwrecked||Everybody guessed sheep, but all teams besides the Treasure Team had their answers sabotaged. Tiff's answer being changed to sunfish is a reference to Kine's crush on her.|
|Final Scores||20||80||140||80||170 (but disqualified)||N/A||N/A|
Differences between versions
- In the Japanese version, there are a few extra minor shots of characters watching the Channel DDD broadcast.
- In the Japanese version, Samo and Chef Kawasaki are appointed to the Snow Team, not the Lightning Team.
- In the Japanese version, there is an extra scene where Meta Knight and his soldiers comment on the quiz show being run by Holy NightMare Co.
- In the Japanese version, an arrangement of A New Wind for Tomorrow plays during Question 8.
- In the Japanese version, the small signs that Customer Service holds up during the true/false question have the letters "T" and "L" on them, for "Truth" and "Lie". In the 4Kids version, the L sign is changed to an "F" for "False".
- In the Japanese version, the banner in the party ball that opens up for the Treasure Team after the final question has English text which reads "CONGRATULATIONS". In the 4Kids version, it is blank.
- In the Japanese version, Doctor Escargon points out that New Year's Day was "four days ago".
- In the Japanese version, Kirby repeats "Fire Kirby!" along with Fumu when answering Question 6.
- In the Japanese version, Customer Service explicitly breaks the fourth wall when he chides the teams for getting Question 6 wrong, saying (translated) "Now now, if you got up early every week to watch the show, you'd know these things!"
- In the Japanese version, Customer Service explicitly names the grand prize destination as "Planet Hawaii".
- The symbol of the Treasure Team resembles a blue Rupee from The Legend of Zelda franchise.
- The image of "Planet Hawahu" shown on the screen appears to be a representation of the coast of the real-world city Honolulu.
Kirby is distracted by a watermelon dragged by Waddle Dees.
Names in other languages
||New Year! Kirby Quiz Show|