Wheelie Rider is a Copy Ability and special form of Piggyback primarily accessed by hopping on a friendly Wheelie. When paired up like this, Kirby and Wheelie can ride extremely quickly and turn on a dime, as well as perform an Infinity Jump, making the ability overall more advantageous to use than the Wheel ability on its own.
Wheelie Rider only appears as an ability in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. In addition to creating Wheelie from an ability found out in the open, Kirby can also obtain the Wheelie Rider ability through Copy Essences Deluxe; but he must first create the helper to ride. Kirby's visual appearance changes by the addition of a motorcycling hat and goggles. Using Wheelie Rider, Kirby can move very quickly, much more so than on the standard Wheel ability. This ability is given to Kirby by default in the very last section of Revenge of Meta Knight, when he is escaping the falling Halberd.
|Wheelie Rider skills|
Rider Dash + (opposite direction)
Dash + Repeatedly turn
(up) + A/X/Y
|*You can slide down or climb ladders while riding|
In co-op mode, player 1 controls Kirby while player 2 controls the Wheelie. This means that player 2 handles the steering, while player 1 gains a new move to compensate: the ability to fire Star Shots. These shots can be fired with the standard attack button and aimed in any of the eight cardinal directions. They are somewhat smaller than ordinary Star Bullets and fizzle out much more quickly, but they are a comparatively powerful weapon that become especially useful during Boss fights.
While Wheelie Rider only appears as an ability in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, it has been seen or referenced in the following games:
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe - Appears as a keychain, using the sprite from Kirby Super Star.
- Kirby's Dream Buffet - Appears as a Character Treat, using the sprite from Kirby Super Star.
- Kirby for Nintendo GameCube - Wheelie Rider was planned to be in this game before it was canceled. Kirby would also gain the helmet when riding on Flappy.
|Kirby Super Star||With a partner or alone, Wheelie Rider will be a great ride! When riding double, use teamwork to race past the bad guys!|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Hop on your bike, Wheelie Rider! Go for a drive with a friend. Use teamwork to roll ahead!|
- If Kirby is under the effect of Invincible Candy, he will automatically grant invincibility to his Wheelie Helper upon mounting it, without having to use a Face-to-Face.
Artwork from Kirby Super Star
Using Wheelie Rider in Revenge of Meta Knight - Chapter 7 to escape the ship
Artwork from Kirby Super Star Ultra
Screenshot of Kirby for Nintendo GameCube, featuring Kirby riding a Wheelie, gaining a hat similar to that of Wheelie Rider
Screenshot of Kirby for Nintendo GameCube, featuring Kirby riding a Flappy, gaining a hat similar to that of Wheelie Rider
Illustration from the Kirby JP Twitter featuring Wheelie Rider Kirby
Wheelie Rider in Find Kirby!!
Names in other languages
Tèjì lún qíshì
|Stunt Wheel Rider|
|French||Pilote Roulli||Wheelie Pilot|
"Roulli" is the French name of "Wheelie"
|Italian||Kirby Ruotaccio||Wheelie Kirby|
"Ruotaccio" is the Italian name of "Wheelie"
|Portuguese||Piloto Rodolho||Wheeleye Pilot|
"Rodolho" is the Portuguese name of "Wheelie"
|Spanish||Piloto de Wheelie||Wheelie Pilot|