Waddle Dee (Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards)
- This article is about the Waddle Dee from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. For Waddle Dees in a more general context, see Waddle Dee.
Waddle Dee is one of Kirby's friends and companions in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. He is a Waddle Dee, with no distinguishing features, headgear, or other visual cues to differentiate him from the other members of his species (other than his differently colored feet). However, he is the only Waddle Dee who appears in the game he is featured in. While not directly playable in the story mode, Waddle Dee appears in some of the stages to help Kirby, usually by giving him something to ride in, or busting holes in walls and ceilings.
Barring some unconfirmed theories, Waddle Dee has not physically appeared in any game since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Waddle Dee first appears in Stage 1 of Pop Star. Here, he is shown finding one of the Crystal Shards, when Dark Matter attacks and possesses him. Kirby and Ribbon find him shortly after, where he has been turned into Waddle Doo and forced to attack them. After being freed from Dark Matter's influence, Waddle Dee joins Kirby, and remains with him for the rest of their adventure.
Waddle Dee subsequently appears in every cutscene, usually depicted as mild and cautious. In the stages, Waddle Dee appears at a few key moments to help Kirby get past a certain obstacle. More often than not, this includes providing a boat, sled, or mine cart to ride through a given area. Waddle Dee can also bust holes in certain walls and ceilings, providing Kirby a way forward.
As a playable character
In the Sub-Games (100-Yard Hop, Bumper Crop Bump and Checkerboard Chase), players can select Waddle Dee to play as. They can also select one of four different colors for him to be. Despite the selection, he has no distinct gameplay differences from the other characters.
He was originally going to be fully playable in the main story, being able to pick up items or enemies and then throw them. However, in the final product, his playable role was greatly reduced, and he is only able to drive carts in certain stage segments.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Waddle Dee appears as a sticker, using artwork from the Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards instruction booklet.
Kirby Star Allies
In Kirby Star Allies, Waddle Dee makes an appearance in the Celebration Pictures "A Delicious Picnic" and "Chasing Our Dreams," along with the rest of Kirby's team from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Notably, in both of these pictures, Waddle Dee's feet are the same flesh tone they were in Kirby 64, as opposed to being standardized to yellow like other Waddle Dees.
Kirby's Dream Buffet
- Some have speculated that this Waddle Dee and Bandana Waddle Dee are the same character, given that both have a strong bond with Kirby and with King Dedede. However, there is no official material that can confirm this connection.
- Waddle Dee is alluded to in a menu skit from Kirby Star Allies. Sometimes a Parasol Waddle Dee appears alongside Kirby, King Dedede, and Adeleine & Ribbon, referencing the original team from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. The same thing happens in one of Heroes in Another Dimension's credits pictures, but with Bandana Waddle Dee filling the role instead.
- The character bios that can be found on the official Japanese website for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards are written from the personal perspective of said character. Waddle Dee's bio is the only one written inside the parentheses. The only line that is not put into brackets translates to "...And, that's what he seems to be saying", implying that he is unintelligible.
Artwork of Waddle Dee riding with Kirby
Waddle Dee with an Onigiri in his head in the "A Delicious Picnic" Celebration Picture from Kirby Star Allies
Waddle Dee grabbing Kirby and being grabbed by King Dedede in the "Chasing Our Dreams" Celebration Picture from Kirby Star Allies
Kirby and Waddle Dee Character Treat from Kirby's Dream Buffet
Names in other languages