|“||It's a race to the finish! To win, give it your best hop!”|
|— Game Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
The player can choose to play as Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee, or Adeleine. They race by hopping 100-yards towards the finish line while avoiding obstacles such as puddles, pitfalls, banana peels and the occasional frog, which only appears on the track of the player currently in first place.
The controls are press A to hop forward two spaces, and press B to hop forward one space.
There are four difficulties in total, each unlocked by beating the sub-game on the previous difficulty; each featuring a slightly different background and an extra obstacle.
On 'Easy' difficulty, the course is what seems to be a muddy path in a field; the only obstacles here are the puddle, which hinders players and causes them to start back at the space they were previously on, and the frog (who stops the player farthest ahead for a moment then disappears, that player restarts on the space the frog was on. If he/she overtakes a frog, it can still trip him/her up from behind if he/she dawdles too long).
On 'Normal' difficulty, the course is the same as Easy except the path is completely grassy. Also banana peels appear, which function almost the same as the frogs except they do not move.
On 'Hard' difficulty, the path on the course is red, and covered pitfalls get in the way; these pretty much act the same way puddles do.
On 'Intense!' difficulty, the scene changes from a field to a river and the spaces are replaced by stones, turtle shells (which randomly rise and sink) and lily pads (that replace the pitfall traps). Also, Floppers appear on some stones, replacing the banana peels, and there are gaps in the track.
|“||Hop one space by pressing the B Button and two by pressing A. If you land on a boulder, though, you'll be sent back.”|
|— Official website description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards|
- The official website's description of 100-Yard Hop mentions a boulder that hinders Kirby's progress upon landing on it. This is not present in the finished sub-game. The website may be describing unused material for 100-Yard Hop.
- The music that plays during this sub-game is a remix of Gourmet Race's theme from Kirby Super Star.
- Dash Course, a sub-game in Kirby Mass Attack, features very similar gameplay.