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Pop the balloons with your arrows. Quickly tilt your Game Boy Color system down to reload.
— Instruction manual description • Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Kirby's Burst-a-Balloon is a sub-game from Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble.


This is an archery game. Kirby's goal is to pop as many balloons as he can by shooting arrows at them. The player must tilt the Game Boy to aim and press A to fire. When all six arrows have been used, shaking the Game Boy reloads them.

While the sun rises over the hills and fluffy clouds drift by, Kirby has fifty seconds to rack up points by hitting balloons. Blue balloons are worth ten points and red balloons are worth twenty points. Every once in a while, a balloon fashioned after King Dedede's head will float through the air in a zigzag motion. It is harder to hit than the other balloons, but Kirby's reward for popping it will be eight hundred points and 30 seconds added to the clock.

A good strategy for earning points is to never miss. The more balloons Kirby hits without missing, the greater his combo will become, and the more points he'll earn.

Once the fifty seconds (100 in Extra Mode) are up, the game will end.

Like all the sub-games in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby's Burst-a-Balloon can only be played if Kirby obtains the Bonus Star and clears the stage in which he found it. It becomes available to play anytime if Kirby collects every Red Star in Extra Mode.


  • Even though green and yellow balloons appear on the title screen, they are never seen in the sub-game.