|“||Press + to open the pause menu, where there's lots of info about various techniques.”|
|— Learn how to use techniques! • Kirby Star Allies loading screen|
The Pause Screen, also called the Instruction Screen, Subscreen, or the pause menu, is a screen that appears in almost every video game, the Kirby series included. The screen often pauses the game and gives the player the options such as to exit the level, exit to the main menu, or save their progress thus far.
In the Kirby series, the pause screen also provides a small description of Kirby's current Copy Ability- these descriptions are called flavor texts. In some games the player can also scroll around through a few pages of the pause screen. Each of the pages often include in-depth details of Kirby's abilities and sometimes even info on the boss Kirby is currently fighting.
They also may show the player's current score and Kirby's remaining health. Many subscreens also range in their contents, while some simply provide the option to quit the game, others such as the one in The Great Cave Offensive shows Kirby's inventory.
Also, in Kirby Super Star Ultra, when fighting Marx, Kabula, Masked Dedede, Wham Bam Jewel, Galacta Knight, or Marx Soul, there will be a short description for each of these villains. The same thing happens in most games directed by Shinya Kumazaki, specifically Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot and Kirby Star Allies.
Kirby: Planet Robobot is the first game to give the pause screen distinct music. The music is called “Mother’s Intuition.”
|“||If you press that START Button while you are on a game play screen, the game will pause and you will see an explanation of the special ability currently owned by Kirby. If you press the START Button again, you will return to the game. If you are in a stage you have already cleared, you must select either CONTINUE or EXIT STAGE. If you select CONTINUE, you will return to the game play screen where you left off. If you select EXIT STAGE, you will return to the Level map screen.”|
|— Instruction Screen • Kirby's Adventure Instruction Booklet|
|“||Press + to pause while riding piggyback on a CPU to view its technique commands.”|
|— View techniques of CPU friends! • Kirby Star Allies loading screen|