|“||In this game, players didn't have to defeat stages in a specific, preset order. Instead, they were able to freely explore the game's vast new world and choose their own paths to victory. Along the way, Kirby could call his yellow, red, and green Kirby buddies for help by using his trusty cell phone. Kirby could also use new powers. One of them, Smash, was an incredible combat ability that let Kirby unleash his Super Smash Bros. moves.”|
|— Summary • Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition|
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror is a platformer Kirby game developed by HAL Laboratory, Flagship, and Dimps and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. It was first released in Japan on April 15, 2004, in Europe on July 2, 2004, and in North America on October 18, 2004. It was the last Kirby game released for the Game Boy Advance.
In the summer of 2011, this game was re-released during the Ambassador program promotion, and was given to certain people for free in the Nintendo 3DS online shop. This game has also been re-released in Europe for Club Nintendo members only. Kirby & The Amazing Mirror has also been re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console in April 2014.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror is notable for being the last Kirby title with the credited involvement of the series' creator Masahiro Sakurai.
The four Kirbys are being chased by every single enemy and mid-boss in the game except for Glunk, Blipper, Foley, Jack, Snapper, Gordo, Mirra, Noddy, Shotzo, Sir Kibble, Sparky, and Shadow Kirby. Pink Kirby trips and gets trampled by all the enemies (although a Giant Rocky slammed down on him purposely). When all the enemies run by, Kirby crouches down. He peeks up to make sure everyone is gone and he runs after them.
|“||High in the skies above Dream Land floats the Mirror World. In this strange and beautiful land, mirrors have the power to make any wishes reflected in them come true. One day, a sinister presence invaded the Mirror World, and its mirrors could only reflect bad things. When Meta Knight discovered what was happening, he set off to save the Mirror World.
Meanwhile, down in the peaceful Dream Land, Kirby was enjoying a leisurely walk. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a familiar shadow appeared! It looked like Meta Knight, but something seemed different. Without warning, the shadowy Meta Knight lunged at the daydreaming Kirby!
|— The Adventure Begins • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Instruction Booklet|
There is a land called the Mirror World that exists high in the skies of Dream Land. It is a world where any wish reflected in the mirror will come true. One day, however, it only copies negative thoughts, and rapidly changes the world into a cesspool of evil as a result. Meta Knight notices this and recognizes this as a threat to not only the Mirror World itself, but also to his native Dream Land, and visits the Mirror World to save the two worlds.
Meanwhile, Kirby is taking a walk, when Dark Meta Knight—an evil Mirror World version of Meta Knight—appears. Before Kirby can react, Dark Meta Knight slices Kirby into four differently-colored Kirbys. At this point, the Kirbys have to share the same Warp Star. The four Kirbys chase after Dark Meta Knight and enter the Mirror World.
The two Meta Knights fight each other, but the real Meta Knight is defeated. He is knocked into the Dimension Mirror, which is then cut into eight fragments by Dark Meta Knight. Those fragments are then scattered across the Mirror World. It's up to Kirby and his new friends to save Meta Knight, the Mirror World, and Dream Land.
The Kirbys decide to venture through the Mirror World, and they collect and reunite the Mirror Shards, so that they can gain access to the area where Meta Knight is being held and defeat Dark Meta Knight (as well as the mastermind behind the events of the game, Dark Mind). At the end, all the Kirbys have their own Warp Stars, showing that they are each heroes in their own right.
Unlike other Kirby games, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror features a metroidvania-esque open world to explore. The game map branches out in several directions, similar to certain areas of The Great Cave Offensive, and, providing Kirby has the proper power at his disposal, he is able to go anywhere in almost any order, excluding the final level. If the player gains access to all mirrors (excluding the Dimension Mirror), they will be able to access a mirror to the Copy Ability Room.
One of the game's core mechanics is the implementation of Treasure Chests spread out across the world, allowing Kirby to unlock Music Notes, Spray Paint, and the World Map and Area Maps, as well as healing items and batteries for the Kirbys' cell phones. Opening all treasure chests, regardless of their contents, is required for 100%.
There are several new Copy Abilities in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, such as Cupid, which allows Kirby to fly around with wings and fire arrows, Missile, which turns Kirby into a missile that can be guided in any direction and will explode on contact with a wall or an enemy as well as on command, and Smash, which gives Kirby the moveset he had in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
The game also features up to four-player multiplayer; in it, one Kirby can call the others to their location with an in-game Cell Phone. The Cell Phone also has the function of allowing one player to ask to borrow a life from another Kirby when they are KO'd with no lives left. This will allow that Kirby to respawn in the room in which they were KO'd. If no players have lives to give, that Kirby will be forced to respawn in Central Circle with two lives.
- Story Mode
- Crackity Hack
- Speed Eaters
- Kirby's Wave Ride
- Boss Endurance - Unlocked when the game file played is 100%
Kirby flies through an area on the Warp Star filled with 1UPs, batteries, and various types of food. The goal is to collect what is desired while avoiding obstructions in the form of concrete blocks before time runs out. If one of the blocks is hit, control will be lost for about a second, although Kirby takes no damage.
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The game supports multiplayer, with up to four players. Each player plays as a member of Kirby's species. Player 1 is Kirby, Player 2 is a Yellow Kirby, Player 3 is a Red Kirby, and Player 4 is a Green Kirby. If other players have obtained Spray Paints before starting the game, colors can be switched beforehand.
Story Mode and Boss Endurance are cooperative modes; the remaining three sub-games are competitive modes. No player characters have any differentiation in their abilities, nor do their Copy Abilities.
Before starting the game, each player chooses a file on their respective Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Game Paks. After each player selects the multiplayer option (assuming all systems are connected accordingly), players will then choose to which Game Pak the data will be saved to.
When pressing the R button to call other players with the Cell Phone, the other players have the option to respond to that call by pressing R, warping them to the location of the Kirby that called. Bosses and mid-bosses have more health when playing with multiple players, encouraging players to call and work together to take them down. If a player loses all of their lives, they have the option to borrow one life from another player to continue with their current progress, or can opt not to borrow lives and return to the Central Circle with the default number of lives remaining.
Bang-Bang | Batty | Big Waddle Dee | Blipper | Blockin | Bomber | Boxin | Bronto Burt | Chip | Cookin | Cupie | Droppy | Flamer | Foley | Giant Rocky | Glunk | Golem | Gordo | Haley | Heavy Knight | Hot Head | Jack | Laser Ball | Leap | Metal Guardian | Minny | Mirra | Noddy | Parasol | Parasol Waddle Dee | Pengy | Prank | Rocky | Roly-Poly | Scarfy | Shadow Kirby | Shooty | Shotzo | Sir Kibble | Snapper | Snooter | Soarar | Sparky | Squishy | Sword Knight | Twister | UFO | Waddle Dee | Waddle Doo | Wheelie
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror features 26 Copy Abilities, 6 of which are new.
Items and Objects
|Rainbow Route||Moonlight Mansion||Cabbage Cavern|
|Mustard Mountain||Carrot Castle||Olive Ocean|
|Peppermint Palace||Radish Ruins||Candy Constellation|
|Main article: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror/Music|
At the time of its release, Club Nintendo Japan members could apply for a copy of the limited-production Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Sound Plus, a "best of" audio compilation.
|Main article: Glitch#Kirby & The Amazing Mirror|
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror was generally met with good reviews, receiving an average of 80/100 on Metacritic.com.
- Game Rankings - 77.54%
- IGN - 8/10 (Impressive)
- GameSpot - 8.2/10 (Great)
- GameSpy - 4/5
- Nintendo Power - 4/5 (Great)
- 1UP.com - 8/10
- X-Play - 3/5 (Good)
|Main article: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror/Transcript|
|Main article: List of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Staff|
|“||Kirby when he is skilled in martial arts, especially close-quarters combat. Inhaling brawny challengers like Knuckle Joe will transform Kirby, allowing him to use a bunch of fight moves like Rising Break, the heroic uppercut. His Mega Power Shot in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, which used charged energy to take out faraway enemies, is another Fighter Kirby highlight.”|
|— Fighter Kirby trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|“||Kirby when he inhales an enemy who uses fire. Shooting fire from his mouth, Fire Kirby can cook enemies from afar. This ability also allows Kirby to light explosive blocks, fuses, and so on. In Kirby Super Star and Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Fire Kirby can roll his burning body into enemies as an attack move.”|
|— Fire Kirby trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
In Other Languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Japanese||Translates to Kirby of the Stars: The Great Labyrinth of the Mirror|
|English||Kirby & The Amazing Mirror|
|German||Kirby & die wundersame Spiegelwelt||Translates to Kirby & the wondrous Mirror world|
|French||Kirby et le Labyrinthe des Miroirs||Translates to Kirby and the Labyrinth of Mirrors|
|Italian||Kirby e il Labirinto degli Specchi||Translates to Kirby and the Labyrinth of Mirrors|
|Spanish||Kirby y el Laberinto de los Espejos||Translates to Kirby and the Labyrinth of the Mirrors|
- As with numerous Kirby games, the Japanese box art depicts Kirby as happy and the American box art as "angry." However, the Kirby on the American box art is identical to the Red Kirby on the Japanese box art, albeit with the color change; likewise, the Red Kirby on the American box art is the same as normal Kirby on the Japanese box art, color aside.
- This is the first time that the appearance of the European box art is completely different from the American box art.
- This game's engine was built upon Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land’s engine. Some differences include the 4-player co-op mode being greatly expanded and some abilities being fixed and no longer giving the remake's lag time.
- This game is very similar to The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, as in that game Link has three clones that have appeared because of a sword (each with a unique color). Also, four Kirbys have to work together to overcome obstacles, as with Links.
- This is the first game in which Kirby has to save Meta Knight; the second game which Kirby has to save Meta Knight is Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- This is the only game to feature a boss (also a mid-boss in this game) from the Super Smash Bros. series.
- This is the first game in which King Dedede does not make an appearance; the second game in which King Dedede does not appear is Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, though he does appear as a figurine in the latter.
- This consequently makes this the only game to lack any sign of King Dedede whatsoever.
- Ironically, the Mirror ability is not in the game.
- Most of the time, the other Kirbys may get a random ability when the main Kirby is in another place.
- This game was available for Nintendo 3DS owners in North America who purchased their 3DSs before the price dropped as one of the several games in the Ambassador program.
- Strangely, Meta Knight can instantly be called in by the Magic ability to attack for each Kirby, even though he is supposed to be trapped in the Dimension Mirror.
- Burning, Mini, Missile, Smash, and Stone are the only non-limited use abilities to not reappear in Kirby: Squeak Squad.
- The mid-boss theme of this game is a remix of the music used for the Egg Catcher sub-game, the Arena, and the mini-boss theme from Kirby's Adventure.
- In the Music Room in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror is represented by an image of the Dimension Mirror.
- Kirby's phone sound is the extra life sound effect/Adventures of Lolo’s power-up.
- The main game lacks a "Game Over" screen for when the player runs out of lives, instead taking the player back to Central Circle with two lives remaining. The Game Over screen can only be seen in Boss Endurance.
- Official Nintendo Japan site for Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Instruction Booklet (USA)
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Instruction Booklet (EU): contains English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Instruction Booklet (JP)