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Press the A Button to clear a path of blocks for your rivals to fall through. The last cute video-game character standing is the winner.[1]
— Official website description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Checkerboard Chase is a sub-game in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.


The objective of the game is to be the last player standing. There are four difficulty levels: "Easy," "Medium," "Hard," and "Intense!" The player has to press A to turn the blocks in front of them from their default color into their own color (P1 pink, P2 yellow, P3 green, P4 blue), and they fall sequentially, away from the player. Any player standing on a falling block falls off with it. Falling off the fifth time means that player is out of the game. The size of the board decreases with the number of remaining players—from 8x8 to 6x6 to 4x4, when there are only two players remaining.

The game takes place on an 8x8 checkerboard above a rocky island with a volcano that features a star-shaped caldera. On "Intense!" difficulty, the stage is in space above Planet Popstar. The player can be Kirby, Waddle Dee, King Dedede or Adeleine - Having the same character picked more than once results in a palette swap for players who picked later.