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Winged Star

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Winged Star
KAR Winged Star Small.png
Artwork of the Winged Star from Kirby Air Ride
Details
Flavor text "Slow on the ground, but a great glider."
Unlock for Air Ride Finish in 1st on any course while airborne
Emphasis Gliding
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This machine has excellent flight ability, allowing you to glide through the air with the greatest of ease! Mastering this ability will be key if you want to win on this machine!
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 33

Winged Star is a rideable machine in Kirby Air Ride. As its name implies, it is known for being one of the fundamentally best gliders available. This machine is one of the most emblematic of its game, next to the Warp Star. It is easy to unlock early-on, and is featured to a comparatively great extent in various official artwork, trailers, and other media.

Appearance[edit]

This vehicle is on the smaller side. Its design resembles a pale-blue bird, with Kirby's seat, and the rear end, with darker-blue accents. It has a narrow front end tip, and wings spread out to each side. Its rear is composed of three outspread jets, which expel a white jet-like propulsion while the machine is moving. While it charges in flight, it glows white, and glows brighter the longer it flies, prior to landing.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

Mechanics[edit]

The Winged Star's greatest attribute is its ability to glide across vast distances at high speed, emphasized further by the machine's lightweight nature. Its light composition occasionally allows it to bounce up from one glide and chain several landings at once, giving its rider several consecutive glide-landing boosts. These advantages make Winged Star a viable Air Ride Machine for use in Stadium modes Air Glider and High Jump.

The Winged Star turns and charges fairly well, but most of its other attributes are poor. It has low stats for offense, defense and HP, in addition to a somewhat lackluster land top speed of 14.47 mph (23.29 km/h). The Winged Star's great gliding distance is only exceeded by the legendary machine Dragoon.

How to unlock[edit]

To unlock this machine for use in Air Ride mode, the player must enter any standard race, using any machine, and finish first while in the middle of a glide, or otherwise airborne.

In City Trial, the Winged Star can occasionally be found randomly throughout the city and be mounted like most other air ride machines. It is always available in Free Run as well.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

This machine makes a cameo in the Paint Panic Sub-Game of Kirby: Canvas Curse, as one of the various pictures that Paint Roller creates, which the player must mimic.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya![edit]

Artwork of the Winged Star from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Now, meet and greet the Winged Star! It's slow when it's low, but when the Winged Star's in the sky, it flies high!
— N.M.E. Sales Guy, in Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I

The Winged Star appears in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, specifically the episodes Air-Ride-in-Style - Part I and Part II, and Fright to the Finish. It is the most common Air Ride Machine used by the Air Riders, and Kirby learns to fly the Winged Star while battling these foes. He later ends up using one to pursue eNeMeE into his inner sanctum, and uses it again to ferry himself and Tiff away after eNeMeE is defeated.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウィングスター
Wingu Sutā
Wing Star
Brazilian Portuguese Estrela Alada (Kirby: Right Back at Ya!) Winged Star