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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 December 18, 2009. A remake of the 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System platform game Kirby Super Star, it includes all main games and sub-games found in the original and adds several new ones.


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 every major sub-game, the visuals are upgraded, more bosses are added, and the gameplay is added to or modified in some ways.

Main Games[]

KSSU 100 Corkboard

The Corkboard, which includes every sub-game in Kirby Super Star Ultra, when complete.

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 to unlock the next three games). Gourmet Race can now be played with two players (the second player is Yellow Kirby).

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[]

Revenge of the King[]

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).

Meta Knightmare Ultra[]

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 Galactic Nova to fight the greatest warrior in the galaxy.

Helper to Hero[]

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.

The True Arena[]

A harder endurance challenge that has all of the new bosses introduced in Kirby Super Star Ultra (except Bandana Waddle Dee, who was fought in The Arena), including the Final Four: Masked Dedede, Wham Bam Jewel, Galacta Knight, and Marx Soul. Beating The True Arena unlocks the Special-Edition Blooper Reel in the theater, which alters several cutscenes from the game to make them more comedic.


Nostalgic Sub-games[]

The sub-games from Kirby Super Star (Megaton Punch and Samurai Kirby) have returned. Unlike in Kirby Super Star, they can no longer be played in 2P mode.

New Sub-games[]

Kirby Card Swipe[]

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.

Kirby on the Draw[]

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.

Snack Tracks[]

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.

Basic Actions[]

Action Controls Description[3]
Ground Actions
Walk Directional Pad Left Right N/A
Dash Tap Directional Pad Left Right twice quickly in intended direction
Guard L or R
Crouch Directional Pad Down
Slide Directional Pad Down + A or Y
Door and Ladder Actions
Enter a door Directional Pad Up N/A
Use a ladder Directional Pad Up Down
Midair Actions
Jump A or Y Jump into the air.
Hover A or Y (Repeatedly) Move through the air with multiple midair jumps.
Shoot air B Attack by exhaling air (Kirby will fall).
Water Actions
Swim Directional Pad + A or Y Swim through the water. Press the A or Y Button to float upward.
Shoot water B Attack foes with water shot from your mouth.
Attack Actions
Inhale B Inhale foes and blocks.
Spit Turn inhaled objects into stars and shoot them out.
Swallow X or Directional Pad Down Swallow things you’ve inhaled.
Copy Ability Actions
Use a Copy Ability B Swallow foes to copy them. You can get rid of a Copy Ability by pressing Select.
Create/Return a Helper X When you create a Helper, it will help you fight.


Playable Characters[]


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


Bonkers | Bugzzy | Chef Kawasaki | Fire Lion | Grand Wheelie | Iron Mam | Jukid | Meta-Knights | Mr. Frosty | Mr. Tick Tock | Phan Phan | Poppy Bros. Sr.


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)

Copy Abilities[]

KSSU Crash icon
Ninja icon
Yo-yo icon

Items and Objects[]

Copy Essence DeluxeSparkling StarTreasure ChestWarp Star

List of Differences from Kirby Super Star[]

EE Twin Woods KSSU Twin Woods
Comparison of Kirby fighting Twin Woods in Chapter 2 from the
original and the remake.
  • Capsule J is replaced by Capsule J2.
  • Bounder is replaced by Gip.
  • Kirby wears the headband with the Hammer ability that was added in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.
  • Cutscenes are changed from using sprites to being FMV.
  • King Dedede's voice when being defeated was changed from the Mike scream.
  • 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.
  • The Dyna Blade theme from Kirby Air Ride, which is a remix of the Castle Lololo theme from Kirby's Dream Land, plays when fighting Dyna Blade and Wham Bam Rock.
  • Dyna Blade now has a new defeat animation.
  • Heavy Lobster gains a completely new battle theme.
  • Fatty Whale has visible injuries when being defeated.
  • Mirror Kirby is now white, and Plasma is now green with orange feet.
  • The Halberd and Cook Kirby's cauldron use their designs from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with all subsequent Kirby titles using these designs.
  • The bosses in Milky Way Wishes now have alternate palettes.
  • Kirby can now collect treasure and get on a Warp Star when he is on top of a Wheelie Rider.
  • The dialogue in some cutscenes have been changed.
  • In The Arena, Kracko is now fought in the boss room of Bubbly Clouds instead of the Kracko Jr. room.
  • Chameleo Arm has a new boss intro.
  • Kirby now holds his sword when he has the Sword Ability.
  • Tac has a new attack, Cat Magnum, activated by holding and releasing the attack button.
  • Kirby can now get rid of his ability with the Select button without creating a Helper.
  • The Arena has a new intro.
  • The ability to skip ending cutscenes in sub-games has been removed.
  • The glitches from the SNES version have been removed.
  • Bonkers now uses his design from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land instead of Kirby's Adventure.
  • The first four sub-games cannot be played at first and must be unlocked after playing Spring Breeze.
  • Meta Knight now creates stars in his boss fight.
  • The boss battle with Computer Virus now has new animations.
  • Bandana Waddle Dee replaces Arena Waddle Dee in The Arena.
  • The cutscenes are now viewed when first playing a sub-game instead of pressing the X button or waiting on the title screen.
  • The demo gameplay has been removed from the title screen after the first cutscene of a sub-game.
  • The new sub-games now appear on the title screen while waiting.
  • After completing Spring Breeze, Kirby no longer holds a sign that says "NEXT". Instead, he performs a dance and the caption "to be continued..." appears on the bottom screen.
  • The Springtime, Summertime, Autummtime, and Wintertime treasures have now been combined into Seasons Heart, replacing the hearts with items from other Kirby games.
  • The Helper's dance has been changed from hopping around to doing different dance moves.
  • After beating King Dedede in Spring Breeze, the Helper now dances with Kirby in the dance cutscene.
  • Hammer's Giant Swing now swings vertically 360° in midair and Ultra-Giant Swing now swings vertically 720° in midair.
  • Sword's Drill Stab now piercing instead of stopping when hitting enemies.


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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.


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KSSU wink

Kirby winks

KSSU MK intro

Meta Knight intro

  • 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 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.
  • 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 would not be an issue, although the letters in "deluxe" are notably more tightly packed.
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra is one of the four Kirby games that has never been released as a permanent digital download; the others are Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Slide, and Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition.
  • 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 is the first Kirby game since Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble to display a happy-looking Kirby on its North American box art.



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