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Shrink down to slip through small spaces!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

Mini is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities that has only appeared to date in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

General Information

When Kirby inhales the miniature enemy, Minny, he too gets downsized to the size of a button. It is notable for being the only ability, besides Sleep (which actually stops his movement dead), which actually hinders Kirby's combat skills rather than improves it.

Mini is only truly useful in retrieving several of the game's Treasure Chests. This is because Mini has the ability to allow Kirby to enter small cracks and crevices. The downside of the ability is that Kirby is very vulnerable when he is such a small size, and has no way of defending himself against any foe or calling his friends with the cell phone. When Kirby goes through a door with this ability, he loses it. Even though this ability does not help with defense against enemies, it is a rare Copy Ability and is near-impossible to find.

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Shrink down to tiny size so you can fit through tight passageways.

Trivia

  • In Kirby: Squeak Squad, there are Kirby Bubbles that Kirby can find with a small Kirby-like figurine inside it. While it does not give him a power, he can get a 1-up if he mixes three of them together.
    • Additionally, in Kirby: Squeak Squad, a small Kirby appears in Magic Kirby's idle animation. This may be a reference to the Mini ability.
  • Although not an ability, Mini Kirby does make an appearance in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime in which Kirby is shrunken down by a newly purchased Microtizer from Nightmare Enterprises to fight off a virus inside King Dedede's body after the latter got sick.
  • In Kirby's Adventure, unused sprites for a smaller Kirby can be found. This set even comes with basic movement and an "ability presentation" sprite where Kirby shrinks. Masahiro Sakurai confirmed in a 1993 interview that an ability causing Kirby to shrink was indeed planned to appear in Kirby's Adventure.[1] It is possible that the developers of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror were aware of this scrapped ability from the interview in question, from reading old HAL Laboratory development notes, or from seeing the leftover sprites in Kirby's Adventure’s code.

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References

  1. shmuplations
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