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Name (JP) スイッチ (Suitchi)
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PropertiesUnlock Sub-game in Level Map, activate nearby mechanism, create mirrors leading to Central Circle, unlock Ability Testing Area, destroy Action Blocks, activate Bastron's self-destruct sequence, unlock Dream Palace or Extra Stage
Seems like you can count on a switch to stay switched. But some switches switch back. Really, you can't rely on a switch that clicks like it's counting down after you hit it.
— Daroach • Kirby Mass Attack

In the Kirby series, the player must activate switches for various functions. To activate a switch, Kirby must step on it or attack it.

Games

Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

In these games, switches were big buttons used to unlock secret areas in the level they were found in. Once Kirby activates a switch, they vanish for the remainder of the game. In Kirby's Adventure, the switches are color-coded: Red Switches unlock Arenas, Green Switches unlock Sub-games, Blue Switches unlock Museums, and Yellow Switches unlock Warp Star Stations.

Butter Building

Stage Switch Unlocks
1 A couple of rooms after Mr. Tick-Tock, it should be in plain sight. Head down the pit to the right and destroy the Star Blocks obscuring a door. Activate the Bomb Block chain, revealing another door. Arena (Vs. Grand Wheelie)
6 Outside of the tower, there are many platforms (clouds in Kirby's Adventure). Climb up until a cluster of Star Blocks on the tower is visible. Break them to reveal a door. Activate the Bomb Block chain, but act quickly in order to reach the door. Egg Catcher/Kirby's Air Grind

Grape Garden

Stage Switch Unlocks
1 After the room with UFOs, there are many Star Blocks. In a section of this room, the Star Blocks alternate in a checkered pattern. One of them is out of place. Destroy the Star Block and press up to go into a hidden door (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land has a red marking where the hidden door is). Crane Fever/Bomb Rally
3 In the airship section, navigate to the bottom right area of the room. There is a door on the last airship. Museum (Sleep & Ball)
6 In the dark room, obtain Light. Use it, then backtrack. A door should be revealed. The door can still be entered without Light, but Light makes it easier. Warp Star Station

Yogurt Yard

Stage Switch Unlocks
1 In the room where Kirby is falling, there is a door on the bottom on top of a Star Block platform. Destroy the platform to gain access to a lower area. Near the left side of the room, the Star Blocks are obscuring a door. Destroy them to reveal it. Crane Fever/Bomb Rally
4 After defeating the Meta-Knights, Kirby will enter a room with many waterfalls. One of them will have an arch, as it is partially obscuring a door (this is made more obvious in the remake). Enter the door to enter yet another room. Enter the first door to the right. Arena (Vs. Bonkers)
5 In the first room, fall down the gap nearby the first Sir Kibble. Below him is a door. Inside there is a cannon, a Hot Head, and a Starman. There are two ways to do this: 1. Inhale the Hot Head, light the fuse, get rid of Fire, inhale the Starman, use Hi-Jump to break through the Star Blocks and enter the cannon before the fuse burns out. 2. Wait for the Starman to come nearby, inhale it, jump over the Hothead, destroy the blocks with Hi-Jump, get rid of Hi-Jump, inhale the Hothead, light the fuse, and run for the cannon. Upon being blasted, Kirby will land on the switch (has to be pressed manually in the remake). Quick Draw
6 Before going to this stage, go to the Arena to obtain Hammer. After getting Hammer, trek through the level until Kirby reaches the third room. Go into the door on the island. Destroy the coral blocks (Metal Blocks in the remake) and Star Blocks, revealing a door. Warp Star Station

Orange Ocean

Stage Switch Unlocks
1 If Kirby still has Hammer (required to get the switch in Stage 6 of Yogurt Yard or can be obtained from the Heavy Mole fight), keep it. If not, it can be obtained in-stage. In the second room (ignoring the Rolling Turtle/Phan Phan room), there are Flamers and Sparkys. If Kirby has Hammer, enter the door midway through the room; if not, inhale both the Flamer and the Sparky at the same time. If done correctly, the Mix roulette will end on Hammer (the Flamer needs to be inhaled just before the Sparky; the opposite is true in the remake, however). In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, however, there are two Sparkys conveniently "caged" nearby the midway door. These can be easily inhaled for Hammer if done correctly. Enter the door. Destroy the hollow block (Metal Block in the remake) in the way of a door. Enter the door. Museum (Wheel)
2 In the first room, destroy the Bomb Block and release the Pep Brew. Float up to where the Pep Brew was for a secret door (made more obvious in the remake). A Rocky will be present. Inhale him for Stone. In the following room, enter the door midway through the room. Pound the stake in the middle. Inhaling both Sparkys will result in Hammer from the mix. Arena (Vs. Fire Lion)
3 In the second room, defeat Bonkers for Hammer (or use Fireball/Burning from a Flamer or the Fire Lion in the Arena). Destroy the wooden crate (Metal Block in the remake) after climbing the ladder. Destroy the Bomb Block and water will flow into the ship. Stand in the place where the Bomb Block was and press up to enter a secret door. Float up to the surface and destroy the Sword Knight. In his place is a door marked by a different wood pattern (just a door in the remake). Quickly inhale the Laser Ball for Laser. Enter the door marked by a different water pattern (a hole in the wood in the remake). Enter the door to the left. Inside is a Hot Head and a cannon. Light the fuse with a laser by deflecting it on the diagonal surface. Hop in the cannon and get blasted into the sky. Crane Fever/Bomb Rally
4 In the second room, proceed through the room until reaching water. Nearby the ladders where Kirby can resurface, there is a Broom Hatter on a rock. This rock has an empty space on the right. Press up to enter a secret door (made more obvious in the remake). Egg Catcher/Kirby's Air Grind
5 In the last room, activate the Bomb Block chain revealing the fuse for a cannon. Light the fuse with Fire. Get out and run quickly and activate the second Bomb Block chain to get into the cannon. Quick players will succeed; if not, try again now that the second Bomb Block chain has been activated. Get blasted into the sky where the switch is located. Quick Draw
6 Before entering this stage, go to the Arena to get Fireball/Burning. In the first room, go down the pit and float to the left. There are ice blocks (Metal Blocks in the remake) that Kirby needs to break. Break them with Fireball/Burning. The switch is now accessible. There is an alternative way to do this: in the second room, there are UFOs. Get the UFO Copy Ability. Go back to the first room and destroy the aforementioned ice/metal blocks with a fully charged shot. Warp Star Station

Rainbow Resort

Stage Switch Unlocks
1 In the second room, get Spark. Notice a Waddle Doo is stuck. Use the Spark ability in the area where the Flamer spawns. This will destroy the blocks below (made more obvious in the remake), allowing the player access to the Waddle Doo. Inhale him for Beam. Notice an area with three Waddle Dees stuck together. Destroy them. Jump into the alcove they were in and use the beam attack. Some blocks should be destroyed above Kirby. Most of them can be destroyed, but the two blocks (Metal Blocks in the remake) in front of the door cannot. Get rid of Beam and get Fireball/Burning from the Flamer. Go back and destroy the blocks in front of the door. Kirby will fall onto the switch. Crane Fever/Bomb Rally
6 In the last room, enter the moon. Kirby will fall onto the last switch. This is a reference to Kirby's Dream Land, as Kirby can enter the moon near the end of Bubbly Clouds. Warp Star Station

Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra

In these games, there were more of the switches found in Kirby's Adventure. Also introduced were small switches that open mechanical doors that block Kirby's path. These small switches can only be pressed-on for a certain amount of time- so Kirby must move quickly- or in some cases, solve a puzzle that is even more complex. An example of a more complex switch puzzle is the one in The Great Cave Offensive, where the player must press a series of switches in the right order to get the treasure.

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

In this game, switches lose their distinctive, star look and now look more like buttons or toggles. They appear in some levels, where any number of them must be pressed down to open doors or move Blockbots. If the player takes too long trying to press all the switches, they will pop back up and will have to be pressed again.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

In this game, big switches are pressed to place a door; leading to the world they're pressed in at Rainbow Route. If the player hits every big switch, a golden door will appear in Central Circle. This door leads to a room containing almost every Copy Ability in the game.

Kirby: Canvas Curse

In addition to small switches, there are three big switches within the stages – an orange one in Rift Ruin, Iello Adventure; a green one in Cold Course, Bloo Hills; and a blue one in Frozen Fantasy, Wonder Lilane. There are also several blocks in the same three colors, that usually block Kirby off from medals. Pressing a switch flattens it for the rest of the game, and destroys all the aforementioned blocks of the corresponding color.

A switch is also drawn in Paint Panic.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

In this game, switches sometimes stay down after pressed and therefore leave any doors they trigger open. Some open doors to areas containing Treasure Chests and may keep them open for only a limited time, adding a challenge to obtaining the chest.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In this game, a big switch appears as a sticker using its artwork from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. The sticker can be applied to anyone and increases Launch Resistance by 18.

Kirby Mass Attack

In this game, switches are less common and look like pedestals; these switches require more work to push down. The player must make the Kirbys jump on it and push it into the ground. These switches do things like opening up blockades and releasing bomb bricks. The Kirbys also push these down in the intro to each level. Other switches called Melody Switches are seen in the game.

Additionally, there are three exclusive switches only found in Stage 10 of Dedede Resort. There's a red switch, a blue switch, and a green switch. The Kirbys must uncover the order to hit these switches in. When the player hits them in the correct order (which is red, green, blue, green), a blockade disappears, allowing the Kirbys to enter a secret room. This room contains a medal.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot

In these three games, switches' functions are differentiated by color; blue switches stay permanently pressed after Kirby touches them, while pink switches pop back up shortly after being pushed. The pink switches' effect on any given object is temporary, and they are reusable. Switches can trigger gateways to open, cause blocks to break and/or appear, and reveal doorways or collectibles that would have otherwise been hidden. Some switches come in the form of handles hanging from ceilings. In Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot, these handles greatly resemble ordinary switches.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Switches serve their typical purpose by opening gates when pressed. A big switch appears inside Bastron on both occasions when Kirby enters it. Pressing the big switch causes a self-destruct sequence to begin, which Kirby Rocket and Elline must quickly escape from.

Kirby Star Allies

Switches serve the same purpose as they do in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Big switches are used to unlock extra stages and Dream Palaces. Additionally, in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!, Big switches are used to spawn Power-Up Hearts, Point Stars and and some may contain a Dream Rod.

World of Peace - Dream Land

Stage Guide Extra Stage
Donut Dome Located in plain sight. Cannot be skipped. Dream Palace
Honey Hill Use Fire and Yo-Yo or Whip to create Sizzle Yo-Yo or Sizzle Whip and light the fuse for a cannon. Launching from the cannon will destroy Durable Blocks, allowing entry to a round-trip door. After entering the round-trip door, press the switch to prevent the ball of Waddle Dees from destroying the durable blocks, allowing access to the key. Bringing the key to the locked door grants access to the switch. Extra Eclair

World of Miracles - Planet Popstar

Stage Guide Extra Stage
Friendly Field In the room with the Bluster Cutter puzzles, at the top of the room, turn left and use Cutter Boomerang to blow away the Leaves, revealing a round-trip door and a couple of Red Point Stars. Dream Palace
Reef Resort Go to the room with the drain pipes. Have two characters with Parasol perform Chumbrella to block the water flow and have a character with Fire light the fuse to the dynamite; alternatively, one can use Ice or moves with the Blizzard element to freeze the water instead of using two parasol wielders. The explosion from the dynamite will reveal a round-trip door. Inside Islands
Nature's Navel Go to the room with the Chilly. Use Bluster Ninja to cut the flaming chain; alternatively, one can use Cutter with Splash or Blizzard to cut the flaming chain instead of just Ninja or just Bluster. This reveals a round-trip door to the left. After entering the round-trip door, climb down the right ladder and cut the flaming chain. Duplex Dream

Fortress of Shadows - Jambastion

Stage Guide Extra Stage
Eastern Wall Use Friend Bridge to bring the Key Dee to the locked door. Sector A
Longview Corridor Use the Geokinesis Friend Ability to destroy the Durable Blocks by guiding the stone through the spikes. The stone will slide down the slope after landing and pound an Electric Stake, opening a gate to a round-trip door. Dream Palace
Western Outer Wall In the second vertical segment, hit the Bomb Block on the right and enter the round-trip door. Obtain Artist from Vividria and paint the blank sign to create a key. Bring the key to a locked door near the end of the room, releasing a round-trip door. After entering the round-trip door, bring another key to another locked door. Sector B
Inner Sanctum In the room with the Electro Saws, use Zap Bomb to power a wire to open a gate in the ceiling. Sector C

Far-Flung - Starlight Heroes

Stage Guide Extra Stage
Planet Earthfall Obtain Suplex from Bugzzy or Fighter from Knuckle Joe. In the last room, use the Friend Throw Friend Ability to destroy the Durable Blocks. Dream Palace
Planet Misteen Pound the stake underwater with Hammer. Use Zap Hammer to then pound the Stake Battery; alternatively, Stone could be used to pound the normal stake and ESP from NESP could be used to perform Geokinesis on the Stake Battery. Extra Planet α
Planet Frostak In the room with the Floaty the Cell Cores, enter the round-trip door under one of them. Use Blizzard Cutter's Hyper Boomerang while standing by the Pop Flower, to cut the flaming chain. Extra Planet β
Star Lavadom Use Clean from Broom Hatter and Stone from Rocky to perform Clean or Splash Curling to pound the stake in the wall. Extra Planet γ

Related Quotes

Touch or attack switches to activate doors, gates and other gimmicks, allowing Kirby to move forward.
— Using Gimmicks • Kirby: Squeak Squad Instruction Booklet
Big switches are hidden in stages. Find them to open Extra Stages!
— Look for the big switch! • Kirby Star Allies loading screen
You pushed the big switch that opens an Extra Stage on the World Map!
— Extra Stage Open! • Kirby Star Allies

Trivia

  • An unused, purple switch exists in Kirby's Return to Dream Land’s files, which would have acted as a toggle switch. Whether or not a corresponding handle version also exists in the files is unknown.
  • The big switch sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl labeled its appearance in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror when the artwork comes from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

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