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A new festival of battle is about to begin! Test your limits with...The Ultimate Choice! Kirby and friends will face off against a gaggle of super-spicy bosses in their unending quest to gobble up everything in sight!
— The Ultimate Choice Pause Screen Description • Kirby Star Allies

The Ultimate Choice is a sub-game in Kirby Star Allies similar in concept to The Arena sub-games from previous games in the Kirby series. This one is different from The Arena sub-games, as the player can select the difficulty. Although five difficulties are available by default, there are four extra difficulties that can be unlocked. Completing Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! once and completing The Ultimate Choice once unlocks Fiery Showdown and Infernal Crisis difficulties, and completing The Ultimate Choice once on Fiery Showdown or Infernal Crisis unlocks the Soul Melter difficulty. Completing The Ultimate Choice once on Soul Melter, as well as completing Heroes in Another Dimension once, unlocks the Soul Melter EX difficulty.

Gameplay

The player can select Kirby without an ability, a Copy Ability, or a Dream Friend; pressing X when selecting a Copy Ability will allow the player to become the Friend instead. The player can also add up to three more friends, which can be controlled by other players or CPUs. Before starting and after every round, Kirby and his friends will be taken to the rest area, with six Maxim Tomatoes that get replaced by regular tomatoes when used. On higher difficulties, some of the Maxim Tomatoes get replaced with Pep Brews, one for each extra difficulty level, culminating in six Pep Brews at Infernal Crisis. Treasure chests containing Picture Pieces appear after defeating a boss.

If playing on the Soul Melter difficulty, all healing items will be replaced by regular tomatoes, and if playing on any of the last three difficulties, maximum stamina is reduced, even more so at the Soul Melter difficulty. The player can still use amiibo to get picture pieces and food items in the rest area or during battles (except when they are on the Star Allies Sparkler). However, like in Kirby: Planet Robobot, using amiibo functionality even once will put the amiibo insignia next to the player's clear score after completing The Ultimate Choice.

If playing on Soul Melter EX, maximum stamina is the same as in the first four levels of difficulty, unlike the previous high difficulties, and healing items will be two of each three foods: Maxim Tomatoes, regular tomatoes and Pep Brews.

The higher the difficulty level, the more points are awarded for clearing The Ultimate Choice. Completing Soul Melter EX unlocks the option to change Kirby's appearance to his original design (used from Kirby's Dream Land to Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble).

Difficulty level

Level Name Clear bonus Healing items Number of battles Picture Pieces reward
1 Sweet Breeze 10000 KSA Maxim Tomato artwork×6 4 3
2 Mild Stroll 15000 KSA Maxim Tomato artwork×5 + KSA Pep brew artwork×1 6 4
3 Zesty Expedition 20000 KSA Maxim Tomato artwork×4 + KSA Pep brew artwork×2 7 5
4 Spicy Adventure 25000 KSA Maxim Tomato artwork×3 + KSA Pep brew artwork×3 8 6
5 Sizzling Threat 30000 KSA Maxim Tomato artwork×2 + KSA Pep brew artwork×4 9 7
6 Fiery Showdown 40000 KSA Maxim Tomato artwork×1 + KSA Pep brew artwork×5 10 9
7 Infernal Crisis 45000 KSA Pep brew artwork×6 13 11
S Soul Melter 50000 Tomato KRtDL×6 13 + Void Soul 15
SE Soul Melter EX 99999 KSA Maxim Tomato artwork×2 KSA Pep brew artwork×2 Tomato KRtDL×2 14 + Void 25


Battles

Depending on the difficulty, what bosses will be faced and how many bosses are fought will vary. All bosses are fought in the same order on each difficulty setting and each difficulty adds more bosses onto the order. This linear concept carried over from Kirby: Planet Robobot. The rest area starts out in a beige room similar to the Dream Palace, but as the difficulty rises it can eventually transition into a fiery, darker setpiece. If playing on Soul Melter EX, the rest area is first shown as the dark variation seen on the last four difficulties, but as the fights progress, it transitions to an even darker, decrepit scenery, with a visible hole in the wall showcasing red, black and green skies. 

Sweet Breeze

  1. Whispy Woods
  2. Mid-Boss All Stars #1 (Bonkers, Puppet Dee, Mr. Frosty)
  3. King Dedede
  4. Meta Knight

Mild Stroll

  1. Whispy Woods
  2. King Dedede
  3. Mid-Boss All Stars #2 (Chef Kawasaki, 2 Anger Maskers, Bugzzy)
  4. Pon & Con
  5. Kracko and Twin Kracko
  6. Meta Knight

Zesty Expedition

  1. Whispy Woods
  2. King Dedede
  3. Mid-Boss All Stars #2 (Chef Kawasaki, 2 Anger Maskers, Vividria, Bugzzy)
  4. Meta Knight
  5. Pon & Con
  6. Kracko and Twin Kracko
  7. Francisca

Spicy Adventure

  1. Whispy Woods
  2. Mid-Boss All Stars #1 (Bonkers, Puppet Dee, Mr. Frosty)
  3. King Dedede
  4. Mid-Boss All Stars #2 (Chef Kawasaki, 2 Anger Maskers, Vividria, Bugzzy)
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Pon & Con
  7. Kracko and Twin Kracko
  8. Flamberge

Sizzling Threat

  1. Whispy Woods
  2. Mid-Boss All Stars #1 (Bonkers, Puppet Dee, Mr. Frosty)
  3. King Dedede
  4. Mid-Boss All Stars #2 (Chef Kawasaki, 2 Anger Maskers, Vividria, Bugzzy)
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Pon & Con
  7. Kracko and Twin Kracko
  8. Zan Partizanne
  9. Hyness

Fiery Showdown

  1. Yggy Woods
  2. Mid-Boss All Stars #1 (Bonkers, Sizzle Guard and Blizzard Guard, Twin Frosty)
  3. King Dedede
  4. Mid-Boss All Stars #2 (Bugzzy, Chef Kawasaki, 2 Floaty the Cell Cores, Twin Vividria)
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Goldon & Silvox 
  7. Kracko and Twin Kracko
  8. Francisca
  9. Hyness
  10. Morpho Knight

Infernal Crisis

  1. Yggy Woods
  2. Mid-Boss All Stars #1 (Bonkers, Sizzle Guard and Blizzard Guard, Twin Frosty)
  3. King Dedede
  4. Mid-Boss All Stars #2 (Bugzzy, Chef Kawasaki, 2 Floaty the Cell Cores, Twin Vividria)
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Goldon & Silvox 
  7. Kracko and Twin Kracko
  8. Francisca
  9. Flamberge
  10. Zan Partizanne
  11. Hyness
  12. Morpho Knight
  13. Void Termina

Soul Melter

  1. Yggy Woods
  2. Mid-Boss All Stars #1 (Bonkers, Sizzle Guard and Blizzard Guard, Twin Frosty)
  3. King Dedede
  4. Mid-Boss All Stars #2 (Bugzzy, Chef Kawasaki, 2 Floaty the Cell Cores, Twin Vividria)
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Goldon & Silvox 
  7. Kracko and Twin Kracko
  8. Francisca
  9. Flamberge
  10. Zan Partizanne
  11. Hyness
  12. Morpho Knight
  13. Void Termina and Void Soul

Soul Melter EX

  1. Parallel Woods
  2. Mid-Boss All-Stars #1 (Mr. Frosty, 2 Anger Maskers, 2 Floaty the Cell Cores, Twin Bonkers)
  3. Goldon & Silvox
  4. Parallel Twin Kracko and Parallel Big Kracko
  5. Mid-Boss All-Stars #2 (Chef Kawasaki, 4 Two Faces, Vividria, Sizzle Guard and Blizzard Guard, Twin Bugzzy)
  6. Francisca
  7. Flamberge
  8. Zan Partizanne
  9. Parallel Meta Knight
  10. Parallel Dedede
  11. Corrupt Hyness
  12. The Three Mage-Sisters
  13. Morpho Knight EX
  14. Void Termina and Void

Related Quotes

How much can you take? Find out in The Ultimate Choice. It's now unlocked!
— The Ultimate Choice unlocked • Kirby Star Allies
Choose an ability and take on a hoard of bosses in a variety of spicy levels.
— Official Kirby Star Allies website
Consume all in Sweet Breeze/Mild Stroll! Bon appétit!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
Power up and polish off Zesty Expedition/Spicy Adventure/Sizzling Threat!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
Give it your all! Challenge yourself with Fiery Showdown/Infernal Crisis!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
It's the super-ultra-final-omega battle! Make the ultimate choice with Soul Melter!!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
It's the TRUE Mega-Final-Ultra-Omega Battle! No regrets! Make the ultimate choice with Soul Melter EX!
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
You've selected all characters and grasped victory in the ultimate battle![1]
— Announcement • Kirby Star Allies

Trivia

KSA Ultimate Choice Bottle

The hot sauce bottle

  • The hot sauce bottle used to increase the sub-game's difficulty has the Jambastion insignia on it.
  • Before unlocking Fiery Showdown/Infernal Crisis, the color scheme of the sub-game's logo is primarily orange. Before unlocking Soul Melter, it becomes primarily red. After unlocking both, it changes to primarily black.
  • On Soul Melter difficulty, certain boss themes are replaced by other themes from the series:
    • King Dedede's theme becomes "History of Dedede" from Kirby Fighters Deluxe.
    • Meta Knight's theme becomes "Inner Struggle" from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
    • Goldon and Silvox's theme becomes "Decisive Battlefield" from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
    • Kracko and Twin Kracko's themes become "Ordeal! (Orchestral)" and "Ordeal! (Electric)" from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, respectively.
  • In the rest areas, various music tracks from Kirby Star Allies and other games in the Kirby series are played rather than an original theme.
  • After clearing The Ultimate Choice, a message, which varies depending on the difficulty chosen, will appear proclaiming the player's victory:
    • Sweet Breeze through Sizzling Threat: Victory!
    • Fiery Showdown through Infernal Crisis: Huge Victory!!
    • Soul Melter: Incredible Victory!!!
    • Soul Melter EX: Truly Incredible Victory!!!
  • Through Sweet Breeze to Infernal Crisis, the fanfare that plays in the victory screen is a snippet of Friendly Field's background music. On Soul Melter EX, this fanfare is replaced with the Title Theme from Kirby's Dream Land.
  • The "intensity gauge" setup of The Ultimate Choice is very similar to the custom difficulty modifier systems in Kid Icarus: Uprising and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It further mimics these games by showing increasingly infernal and more threatening visuals on the difficulty selection menu as the level is increased, with the hardest options appearing completely demonic. In this way, Kirby Star Allies can be considered the first Kirby series game to show distinct influence from games directed by Masahiro Sakurai that were made after his departure from HAL Laboratory.
  • Kirby is only allowed to throw Friend Hearts in this sub-game during the battles against Morpho Knight, Void Termina's heart, Void Soul, and Void as they can be used to recover friends who are bewitched by these bosses' powers.
  • The code used to unlock Soul Melter EX is the same one that was used in Kirby's Dream Land to unlock Extra Mode.
  • On the Soul Melter difficulty, when Kirby's health is depleted and no one revives him in time (multiplayer only), the jingle from Kirby's Dream Land will play instead of the usual jingle.
  • Upon clearing Soul Melter EX, a "Dream Button" is added to the main menu. When activated, Kirby's appearance changes to that of his original Kirby's Dream Land appearance.

See Also

Gallery

References

  1. Clear The Ultimate Choice on any difficulty with all characters