|“||In order to defeat King Dedede and his three bosses, Kirby becomes a pinball. This allows him to fight effectively in the Pinball Lands -- each a magical land with all kinds of tricks and bonuses!”|
|— Instruction manual description • Kirby's Pinball Land|
Each Pinball Land is constructed of a bottom stage, a middle stage, and a top stage. A Warp Star in the middle stage can take Kirby to an optional sub-game. A Warp Star in the top stage can take him to the boss of the Pinball Land.
Every stage of every Pinball Land has a drain, two flippers, two slingshots, two outlanes, and two rollover switches. Rolling over a rollover switch causes an Outlane Stopper to appear on the other side of the stage (this Outlane Stopper disappears after one use or after a certain period of time). Hitting a Maxim Tomato somewhere on the stage or causing Kirby Triplets to line up correctly creates a Maxim Tomato, which blocks the drain. This too disappears after a certain amount of time or if Kirby falls to a lower stage.
When Kirby conquers a Pinball Land, the Warp Star leading to it disappears and is replaced with an orb. The orb constantly changes what letter is printed on it, from E, X, T, R, and A. If Kirby hits enough letter orbs to spell out the word "EXTRA," he is awarded a 1UP.