|“||This remake of the beloved Kirby title Kirby Super Star included the original games with updated graphics, a new storyline, and several new games. Among these new games were stylus-controlled minigames. Many of this title's games allowed several players to play together. Beating certain games unlocked special bonus content, including a hilarious blooper reel!”|
|— Summary • Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition|
Kirby Super Star Ultra is a platformer Kirby game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. It was released in North America on September 22, 2008, in Japan on November 6, 2008, in South Korea on November 13, 2008, in Australia on November 27, 2008 and in Europe on September 18, 2009. A remake of the 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) platform game Kirby Super Star, it includes all sub-games found in the original and adds several new ones.
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Characters
- 3 Copy Abilities
- 4 Items and Objects
- 5 List of Differences from Kirby Super Star
- 6 Music
- 7 Glitches
- 8 Reception
- 9 Staff
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Artwork
- 12 Video
- 13 Magazine Scans
- 14 External links
- 15 References
Kirby Super Star Ultra is an enhanced remake of Kirby Super Star, and features revamped content from the original game. 3D FMV cutscenes appear in all sub-games, visuals from Kirby Super Star are improved, more bosses are added, and the gameplay is added to or modified in some ways.
All of the main games from Kirby Super Star (Spring Breeze, Dyna Blade, Gourmet Race, The Great Cave Offensive, Revenge of Meta Knight, Milky Way Wishes, and The Arena) have returned (although the player is initially restricted to playing Spring Breeze in order to unlock the next three games). Gourmet Race can now be played with two players (the second player is Yellow Kirby). Conversely, Megaton Punch can no longer be played in 2P mode.
In most cases, two copies of the game are required for two systems to be able to play together, making this version less convenient for multiplayer than the SNES original. While Kirby Super Star Ultra does offer single-card Download Play support, it is restricted to Spring Breeze. Furthermore, the player who does not have a copy of the game will only receive an application that allows their Nintendo DS to be used as a second controller on the other player's system; it will not display the game screen. Thus, in this arrangement, the second player is required to look over the shoulder of the first player at their own Nintendo DS screen.
New Main Games
King Dedede wants revenge on Kirby for beating him back in Spring Breeze. The game is a recreation of the Extra Mode in the original Kirby's Dream Land, although abbreviated (similar to the Spring Breeze sub-game), a new stage (Mt. Dedede Sky), with a different final stage (ending with a fight against King Dedede with a mask and a metal hammer).
Play all of the Main Games in Kirby Super Star as Meta Knight (excluding Gourmet Race and The Arena). Meta Knight behaves as a modified version of the Sword ability, with notable differences being his Down Thrust making him fall straight down at increased speed and not rebounding, having an Up Trust, having wings that behave like Hover Flap, and having minor changes that allow him to solve all of the game's puzzles; he also possesses special moves that the player can use by tapping them on the touch screen. The game records the player's best time for the run of each game in Meta Knightmare Ultra. The game has various changes to some modes, such as blocking access to some rooms, collectibles being replaced with food, and a different plot. At the end, Meta Knight wishes to Nova to fight the greatest warrior in the galaxy.
An endurance challenge where the player can play as any and every helper, and the final boss is a pair of Wham Bam Rock, and the Wham Bam King, Wham Bam Jewel. Beating it with all helpers will unlock a cutscene showing the original cutscenes from Kirby Super Star.
A harder endurance challenge that has all the bosses from Revenge of the King (except Bandana Waddle Dee, who was fought in The Arena), and the four new bosses as the Final Four, Masked Dedede, Wham Bam Jewel, Galacta Knight, and the revenge of Marx—as the dreadful, evil, and incredibly deadly Marx Soul. Beating The True Arena unlocks the Movie #34: Special Edition Blooper Reel in the theater, which twists and makes fun of previously-seen cutscenes before The True Arena is unlocked.
Based on games played with Japanese playing cards, this reaction-testing sub-game resembles a more complex four-player version of Samurai Kirby. On the touch screen, several cards will be revealed to the player and the goal is to be the first one to tap the matching card that shows up on the top screen. A player will get disqualified if they tap before the card is shown.
A cowboy-themed, fast-paced shooter sub-game where Kirbys need to take out as many targets as they can for points. Each player has eight rounds of ammo before running out, but the players can reload by tapping the bottom of the screen. Bombers will appear, which players need to avoid because they give negative points when shot.
A frantic sub-game where Kirbys sit at the bottom of a conveyor belt and try to eat as many food items as they can. The items will start moving down from the top screen, so players can look ahead to see what's coming next. Bombs can be tossed around, as tapping them will knock them into another Kirby's lane. Capillers and rocks will also come up, but because Kirby doesn't seem to digest those very well, the players need to quickly tap them to get them out of the way before they reach Kirby's mouth. Halfway through the game, the lanes will also change to keep Kirbys on their toes.
- Bio Spark
- Blade Knight
- Burning Leo
- Capsule J2
- Knuckle Joe
- Parasol Waddle Dee
- Plasma Wisp
- Poppy Bros. Jr.
- Sir Kibble
- Starship (Helper)
- Sword Knight
- Waddle Doo
Axe Knight | Bandana Waddle Dee | Bio Spark | Birdon | Blade Knight | Blatzy | Blipper | Bomber | Bounder | Bronto Burt | Broom Hatter | Bugzzy Jr. | Burning Leo | Capiller | Cappy | Capsule J2 | Cawcun | Chilly | Croucars | Dacooga | Flotzo | Galbel | Gator | Gim | Gip | Glunk | Gordo | Grizzo | Grumples | Javelin Knight | Jungle Bomb | Kabu | Knuckle Joe | Koozer | Laser Ball | Lovely | Mace Knight | Magical Sweeper | Mini Lobster | Moto Shotzo | Mr. Anglep | Noddy | Paint Slime | Parasol | Parasol Waddle Dee | Pata | Perot | Plasma Wisp | Poison Mash | Poppy Bros. Jr. | Rocky | Rosely | Scarfy | Shotzo | Simirror | Sir Kibble | Slippy | Squishy | Sword Knight | Tac | Tookey | Trident Knight | Twizzy | Volm | Waddle Dee | Waddle Doo | Walky | Wheelie
Chameleo Arm | Computer Virus | Dyna Blade | Fatty Whale | Galacta Knight | Galactic Nova Nucleus | Heavy Lobster | Kabula | King Dedede | Kracko (Revenge) | Lololo and Lalala (Revenge) | Main Cannon No. 2 | Marx | Marx Soul | Masked Dedede | Meta Knight | Reactor | Twin Woods | Wham Bam Jewel | Wham Bam Rock | Whispy Woods (Revenge)
Items and Objects
List of Differences from Kirby Super Star
- Capsule J is replaced by Capsule J2.
- Bounder is replaced by Gip.
- Kirby wears a headband with a Hammer Ability.
- The cutscenes are changed from using sprites to FMV.
- Samurai Kirby and Megaton Punch must be unlocked, and cannot be played in two player mode.
- Wham Bam Rock's design is changed to be more stone-like, as his original design resembled a racial caricature.
- During the boss fight with Dyna Blade & Wham Bam Rock, the boss music is replaced with a remix version of Castle Lololo.
|Main article: Kirby Super Star Ultra/Music|
|Main article: Glitch#Kirby Super Star Ultra|
Kirby Super Star Ultra has received mostly positive reviews, but many reviewers noted that the game wasn't very difficult. 1UP gave Kirby Super Star Ultra an A-, praising it for its multiplayer and describes it as "excellent", but notes that it is not very difficult, and the level design is not as intricate as in the Mario titles. IGN's Craig Harris gave it a 7.9, saying that while fun, the game is "a bit on the easy side". Popular Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu gave it a 32/40, meaning all four reviewers gave the game an average score of 8/10.
|Main article: List of Kirby Super Star Ultra Staff|
- In the opening FMV intro, there is a rare chance that Kirby will wink at the player as he flies by on his Warp Star, do a back flip on his star instead of a loop, and an island will appear in the water as Kirby flies past it. After beating Meta Knightmare Ultra, the Meta Knight version of the intro may play instead.
- Unlike in the original Kirby Super Star, Kirby does not fly though Dream Land but rather in space in the FMV intro.
- Occasionally, on the title screen, Kirby will make different faces.
- A lot of the music in this game are remixes (or were remixes before, if Kirby Super Star is counted) of themes from other Kirby games:
- The music for Snack Tracks is a remix of the music heard in Stage 4 of Shiver Star from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- Heavy Lobster's theme is the same, though it is remixed heavily, to the point of being treated like a different track in subsequent games.
- The music for the rest area in Helper To Hero is a slower, calmer remix of Ripple Star's level select theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- The music is also used in Super Smash Bros. Melee in the rest areas during Boss Battles mode.
- The theme of Dyna Blade and Wham Bam Rock/Jewel is a remix of Castle Lololo's theme from Kirby's Dream Land.
- The theme of Spring Breeze for this game is a remix of Kirby's Dream Land’s title theme.
- The music that plays in the blooper reel is a remix of the music that plays during the introduction to Gourmet Race.
- The music for Snack Tracks is a remix of the music heard in Stage 4 of Shiver Star from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- The pins on the game's cork board (where the player selects the sub-game to play) are color-coded:
- Yellow pins indicate that the sub-games were available by default in Kirby Super Star.
- Blue pins indicate sub-games that needed to be unlocked in Kirby Super Star.
- Red pins indicate new sub-games that were added in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- Depending on what Helper (or lack thereof) is helping Kirby, Kirby's victory dance will be altered.
- This is the second of six Kirby games in which the final boss comes back as an undead form in the same game (Marx comes back as Marx Soul in The True Arena as the true final boss); the others are Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Kirby Star Allies.
- Just like the original game, one can see more Nintendo characters such as Mario, Peach, and Wario while facing King Dedede in Spring Breeze. The original arrangement of such characters remains in Megaton Punch.
- The Meta Knight symbol was altered in the remake - it now resembles Galaxia in the shape of an "M." In addition, it is more prominently displayed on the Halberd.
- This Kirby game has been so far the only one with a blooper reel.
- Kirby Super Star Ultra is the only Kirby game to come with special reflective box art.
- On the North American and Australian box arts, the title "SUPER STAR ULTRA" appears in lights behind Kirby. Each word is the same size and length, despite the fact that the word "star" is shorter than "super" and "ultra." As such, there must be a space in the middle of the word, making the background text "SUPER ST AR ULTRA."
- As the Japanese version uses the words "ULTRA SUPER DELUXE," this spacing issue wouldn't be an issue, although the letters in "deluxe" are notably more tightly packed.
- Kirby Super Star Ultra is one of the five Kirby games that has never been released as a permanent digital download; the others are Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Slide, and Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition. This may be due to it being considered redundant on the Wii U eShop, where the original Kirby Super Star is already available.
- Kirby Super Star Ultra retained its American name in Europe and Australia, despite the original Kirby Super Star being renamed Kirby's Fun Pak for European and Australian countries. Otherwise, the game would have been called "Kirby's Fun Pak Ultra".
- Footage of Kirby Super Star Ultra was not shown in the "Kirby's 25th Anniversary Trailer" video, for unknown reasons.
- Kirby Super Star Ultra has the most boss fights out of any Kirby game.
- Despite being available from the beginning in Super Star, the Samurai Kirby and Megaton Punch sub-games must be unlocked in Super Star Ultra by beating Meta Knightmare Ultra and The Arena respectively.
- Kirby Super Star Ultra is the first Kirby game since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to display a happy-looking Kirby on its North American box art.
Official Miiverse Artwork
|Special-Edition Blooper Reel|
|Video #34, unlocked after beating The True Arena, which gives 100% game completion.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra Commercial - U.S.|
- Official site (Europe / PAL)
- Official Nintendo Japan site for Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star Ultra)
- Kirby Super Star Ultra Instruction Booklet: contains English and French