- This article is about the original game. For its remake, see here.
Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak in PAL regions) is a collection of nine small games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in 1996 and for Virtual Console in 2010. Kirby Super Star is one of the most popular games in the series. The game featured a system where Kirby can turn his enemies into allies (sort of). The ally can be controlled by a computer or a second player. This feature may return in a non-remake.
This game was the debut of Kirby's 'hats', different headgear and appearances that come with copy abilities. In previous games, Kirby would only change color or wield a weapon, but now the Fire ability grants a crown of flames, while the Yo-yo ability grants him a backwards baseball cap. The Ability Caps returned in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & the Amazing Mirror and Kirby Squeak Squad to differentiate his abilities and better symbolize them.
Kirby Super Star has a remake for the Nintendo DS, entitled Kirby Super Star Ultra.
Game Play and Features
One of Kirby Super Star's core features is Two Player Cooperative Gameplay - making the entire game multiplayer material. If Kirby has a copy ability, simply pressing the X button triggers a second player "Helper" character to appear in exchange of current ability.
If a second player is not present, the Helper Character is controlled by AI until a second controller is activated by pressing any button. The AI is of a high quality, as even the computer controlled characters can both protect the first player (Kirby) and also venture into area where the first player might not want to go.
Kirby Super Star was the first Kirby game to feature a continuous HP measurement system, instead of having a discrete number of 'health bars' as seen in earlier games and used in newer titles such as Kirby Squeak Squad, but this is the only time the HP system was used on such an in-depth scale.
The meters don't give the exact number HP Kirby and the second player have. However, it seems Helpers have less default HP than Kirby, which might be characteristic of their disposable nature. Another effect is that most enemies usually require more than one hit to defeat, depending on what ability is used.
The only time attack power can be measured is when fighting the Computer Virus boss, as the message system displays how much damage was dealt to a Computer Virus minion. Based on its measurements, Kirby's most powerful normal ability is Hammer, as it can deal damage of up to 80 HP. Other powerful abilities include Stone, Wheelie Rider (when controlled by a second player), abilities that allow for grabbing enemies (instant defeat), and no ability at all. His most powerful is Crash, doing 160 points of damage.
If the player times Suplex right, and use a Fury Stomp right after that, the player could deal 174 damage.
Spring Breeze is a smaller, updated version of the original Kirby's Dream Land. King Dedede has stolen the people's food, and four sparkling stars from the people of Dream Land. Kirby must follow the wind of the Spring Breeze to locate the four stars and make his way to Mt. Dedede.
Dyna Blade is ruining Dream Land's crops. Kirby must travel to the mountain where she lives and investigate.
Kirby journeys through a long, winding system of levels and gathers valuable treasure while seeking the way out.
Race against King Dedede to the finish line in three different levels, while trying to eat more food than him.
The sun and moon are fighting, and it's up to Kirby to awake NOVA to stop the fight.
Kirby battles all of the game's Bosses in a continuous streak.
The player takes on five opponents in a samurai showdown in this reaction timing mini-game.