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[[caption-width-right:350:[[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore There's]] [[AvertedTrope that]] [[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily smile]]!]]
One day, the [[SugarBowl beautiful world of]] Ripple Star was overshadowed by a great darkness--specifically, a cloud of [[EldritchAbomination Dark Matter]]. To prevent Ripple Star's [[PowerCrystal crystal]] from falling into the wrong hands, the Queen launches it into outer space with one of her fairies, Ribbon. But Dark Matter attacks the crystal, causing it to shatter into several pieces.

...Meanwhile, {{Kirby}} is watching a meteor shower when Ribbon [[CrashIntoHello lands on him]] holding what's left of the Crystal. A second shard falls on Kirby shortly thereafter; when he offers it to Ribbon, the crystals recombine. Ribbon then explains to Kirby (via pantomime) that those shooting stars are the other crystal shards, which must be collected in order to save Ripple Star. Kirby is more than happy to help, so he sets off with Ribbon on a quest across several planets.

''Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards'' is the first game in the {{Kirby}} series to go 3D; while the action played on a 2D plane for the most part, enemies would occasionally fly at Kirby from the "background" to menace him. One of the most memorable gameplay mechanics from the game was the expanding of Kirby's "copy" powers; Kirby was able to mix powers from different enemies to make new ones (for example, the combination of Fire + Rock turns Kirby into a living, aimable volcano).

This game is the third and final part of [[FanNickname The Dark Matter Trilogy]], the previous entries being ''[[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2 Kirby's Dream Land 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 Kirby's Dream Land 3]]'', and thus inherits their more slow paced, simplistic gameplay and more whimsical, dream-like art direction and music.

Included as part of ''[[CompilationRerelease Kirby's Dream Collection]]'', for Kirby's [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]].
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!!This game has examples of:
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: The only way to [[spoiler: fight Zero Two.]]
* TwoAndAHalfD
* AdvancingWallOfDoom:
** The lava in Neo Star's 4th stage. It later turns into RiseToTheChallenge.
** There's also a part of the Shiver Star factory stage with some electric walls pushed by robots.
* AfterTheEnd: Shiver Star looks ''suspiciously'' like a post-apocalyptic Earth...
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: While fighting Miracle Matter.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The Holy Mother of all aversions.
** At least in terms of the box art, anyway. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9ViwgLYTCA Not so much the US commercial...]].
* AntlionMonster: Snipper, an enemy with comically oversized antlion pincers that hides at the bottom of sandy pits.
* ArrowsOnFire: Fire + Needle.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Rock + Rock turns Kirby into an oversized rock golem that's even bigger than most mini-bosses.
* AutoScrollingLevel: In the form of rapid currents on Aqua Star and conveyor belts on Shiver Star (though you could go against the "scrolling" if you were determined enough), as well as the MinecartMadness examples below.
* AwesomeButImpractical: There are quite a few, but special mention goes to Rock + Bomb, which lets you throw a stick of dynamite that pretty much kills anything. It also damages you unless you duck, which gives you a hard hat that blocks the damage. It's also on a timed fuse unless it makes contact with an enemy.
* BarrierChangeBoss: Miracle Matter.
* BattleBoomerang: Both regular Cutter and Cutter + Cutter.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: When Waddle Dee, Adeleine and Dedede are possessed by Dark Matter, Kirby has to beat the crap out of them to free them.
* {{BFS}}: Fire + Cutter = Giant FlamingSword you [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks can throw]].
* BigBad: Depending on how one views the term and the completion percentage, either Miracle Matter [[spoiler: or Zero Two.]]
* BigBulkyBomb: Rock + Bomb = roll of dynamite that kills everything on screen and hurts you if you don't use the helmet. It takes a while to detonate normally, but triggers instantly if it hits an enemy.
* BizarreWorldShapes: Pop Star is a five-pointed star, Rock Star is shattered into several pieces, Aqua Star is a drop of water with wave breaker shaped planet suspended in it, and Ripple Star is heart-shaped.
* BlackoutBasement: A few small rooms will contain a code you need to enter in the next room. These rooms are dark and the answer will only be revealed with the lightbulb-based Spark + Bomb power.
* BleakLevel: The cave stage in Ripple Star.
* BlowYouAway: When Kirby jumps after his initial jump, then you press the attack button, this happens. Also, some of his ice powers.
* BookEnds: Ripple Star's first stage is designed similarly to Pop Star's first stage and has the same music.
* BossRush: Available as a bonus mode. Also comes with a twist: even if you manage to swallow things that could give you powers, you won't get any.
* ButThouMust: Your pause screen has two choices, "Continue" or "Try again"; the latter lets you try on a different level. During [[spoiler: the battle with the TrueFinalBoss]] they become "Continue" and "Tough it out!". They both do the exact same thing.
* CartoonBomb: The regular bomb power is this in both its icon and the projectiles generated.
* CollisionDamage: Coming into contact with an enemy causes you to take damage, but usually the enemy is defeated as well by the collision.
* ColorCodedElements: Each ability has its own colour to represent it, and obstacles that can be broken by that ability are in that colour. If they require two abilities, they'll be both colours.
* ContinuityNod: Kirby's various Rock + Cutter forms are those of his animal companions from ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' and ''3''.
** Your fight with King Dedede early on screams the latter of those two games.
** [[spoiler: Zero Two has a large bandage on the top of his head. Considering his '''eyeball popped out in Dream Land 3'''...]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: Just look at the cover for this game - it's one of the few North American covers to ever show [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore Kirby smiling]]. And the TrueFinalBoss? [[spoiler: A giant bleeding eyeball that shoots its own blood at you (or at least it looks like blood...)]].
* CrapsaccharineWorld: What Ripple Star is mostly turned into when Dark Matter takes it over.
* CrashIntoHello: How Kirby meets Ribbon.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Waddle Dee, Adeleine and Dedede become your allies after they are freed of the dark matter that possessed them.
* DemonicPossession: Dark Matter can do this.
* DirectionallySolidPlatforms: Here, Kirby can literally go through these.
* DishingOutDirt: Rock + Fire turns Kirby into a [[MagmaMan boulder-spewing volcano]].
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Bomb + Needle turns Kirby into a the series' standard InvincibleMinorMinion, the Gordo for a few seconds, before launching its spikes.
* EasterEgg: If you inhale an enemy and push R to hold them above your head--without digesting them--many of them have unique effects. Bronto Burts, for example, will carry you into the air, and Glunks will shoot a steady stream of pellets into the air that will take out airborne enemies.
* EasyLevelsHardBosses: While typical of the Kirby series, Miracle Matter is infamously difficult--especially considering that Ripple Star is mostly a BreatherLevel.
* EdgeGravity: When balanced on an edge, Kirby will wheel his stubby little arms, teeter back and forth, and exclaim "Woah!".
* EdibleAmmunition: Ice + Spark power turns Kirby into a refrigerator that throws food at the enemy, destroying them. The food can then be eaten to regain health.
* EldritchAbomination: Dark Matter.
* ElementalPowers: [[HavingABlast Bomb]], [[AnIcePerson Ice]], [[BattleBoomerang Cutter]], [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Needle]], [[ElementalShapeshifter Rock]], [[ShockAndAwe Spark]], and they can all be combined for varying levels of awesome.
* ElementalWeapon: Combining Cutter with Fire or Spark results respectively in a Fire Sword and a [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Maul-like]] double-bladed lightsaber. On top of [[RuleOfCool looking pretty damn cool]], they are also very effective.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: Ribbon + Crystal]]
* TheEndOrIsIt: Fail to get OneHundredPercentCompletion and the ending cinematic suggests that [[spoiler: the ruler of Ripple Star is still possessed by Dark Matter]].
* EnemyMine: King Dedede hates Dark Matter more than he hates Kirby.
* EpicFlail: Sort of. Rock + Spark gives Kirby a giant rock tetherball which he holds via electricity.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Ice + Blade turns Kirby into an ice-skater who attacks via rapid spinning leaps.
* FairyCompanion: Ribbon
* FinalBoss: Miracle Matter. [[spoiler: Also see Post and True Final Boss below.]]
* FinalExamBoss: Miracle Matter, who has a different form for every base ability in the game, and the only way to harm him is to damage him with the same ability he's using. Usually it's better to just suck up the leftovers of his attack and spit them back at him.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Kirby
** TheLancer: Waddle Dee, although he's more-so played as a "companion-Kirby without the MegaManning" rather than a {{Foil}} to Kirby.
** TheSmartGuy: Adeleine, a [[NonActionGuy non-action girl]] who [[TheMedic paints helpful items]] and gives hints to solving Crystal Shard puzzles.
** TheBigGuy: [[EnemyMine King Dedede]], who helps plow through obstacles and gives Kirby rides.
** TheChick: Ribbon
* FlamingSword: Fire + Cutter, see BFS.
* GiantMook: All of the regular minibosses (minus the "Special" minibosses of Waddle Dee ([[spoiler:who turns into a Waddle Doo]]), Adeline, and King Dedede) are large versions of regular enemies. Which leads to one of them being a...
** GiantEnemyCrab: A miniboss in Stage 2 of Aqua Star, although if we're being completely honest it's more like Slightly Larger Than Average Enemy Crab.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Miracle Matter is unique in being of the few major Kirby antagonists with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Ribbon (for Kirby) is a variation, never appearing after this game, but never getting a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute. The closest thing to a ''cameo'' of her, let alone a reappearance, is appearing ''once'' in the character gallery in the 20th ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' anniversary artbook.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The titular Crystal Shards (for plot advancement and OneHundredPercentCompletion) and enemy data cards (just for the heck of it).
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Cutter ability consists of Kirby throwing his face at enemies.
* GuideDangIt: In general, most of the hidden Crystals do have clues on how to find them, but some of them will still make you go running for [=GameFaqs=] (or Magazine/NintendoPower magazines).
** One of the worst examples is a shard in level 3 of Aqua Star where the shard was far above Kirby's maximum flight height (even with powers). In order to get it, you need to realize that Rick's form from the Stone + Cutter power can climb walls. The number of times this ability is mentioned in the game, manual, or anything besides a guide or walkthrough: 0. It's an ability from ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' and ''3'', and if you've never played either, your only hint is the green-and-brown breakable terrain that stands in your way - and considering Stone + Cutter has six different forms that show up at random, good luck with trial and error.
** While on the topic of [[NoticeThis that breakable multicolored terrain]], there are notably a couple of these Crystal-concealing obstacles that do ''not'' follow the "use these ability colors" rule you've been following for most of the game. The first is a conspicuous rock in 4-4 that requires, of all things, [[spoiler:an Ice ability of any kind to break - this is despite that the rock in question is ''[[ViolationOfCommonSense inside of a volcano and can withstand high explosives]]]]''. The second is an ice stalactite in 5-1 that requires [[spoiler:any Fire ability to destroy; while this ''actually'' makes sense, it's still a sharp departure from the established formula, with your only other possible hint being if you somehow managed to get the 4-4 Crystal beforehand]].
* TheHeartless: Dark Matter and the various bits of fuzzy dark things spawned from it.
* HeroicMime: Everybody on the side of Good.
* HomingProjectile: Bomb + Bomb allows Kirby to shoot missiles from his mouth.
* HumanSnowball: The Ice + Ice power.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Ice + Rock turns Kirby into a curling puck.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Needle + Needle turns Kirby into a giant Swiss Army Knife full of diverse painful objects.
* IncendiaryExponent: ''Weaponized'' in the Spark + Fire power.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: If you lose the BossRush, you get a scene of Kirby looking sad as the Game Over jingle plays, his friends looking on with what can only be described as disdain on their faces, and the [[SarcasmMode "uplifting"]] message, '''"It's Hopeless..."'''
* JokeWeapon: Ice + Fire. Some combinations might be underpowered or unimpressive, but this one's nothing short of useless. Also, while Rock + Cutter is one of the best combos in the game, one possible outcome is Kine the fish, who literally can't do anything, even underwater.
* LaserBlade: Spark + Cutter gives Kirby a [[StarWars Double-Bladed Lightsaber]]. Cutest Sith Ever.
* LastNoteNightmare: The generally smooth factory level's music ends with creepy piano chords, [[spoiler:while the bad ending's otherwise cheery "We did it!" music gets extremely creepy at the end as the adorable Fairy Queen abruptly gains an evil look and glances [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou at the screen]].]]
* MacGuffin: The crystal shards, not the complete power crystal but the shards by themselves do nothing and could be replaced with credit cards.
* MeatOVision: After traversing through Rock Star's desert, Kirby starts seeing his companions as food. Good thing Adeline can paint objects to life!
* TheMedic: Adeleine, who appears once per World to paint Kirby a healing item/powerup or help him solve a Crystal Shard puzzle.
* MegaManning: It's a Kirby game, what do you expect?
* MightyGlacier: Most of the Rock-based powers turn Kirby into this, especially Rock + Rock, which makes Kirby into a giant boulder version of himself.
* MinecartMadness: First as a wooden box raft in Stage 3-2, then as an actual minecart in Stage 4-2, and then as a bobsled in Stage 5-1.
* MiniGame: The game features three multiplayer mini-games entirely unrelated to anything, accessible mostly from the "options" menu. They ''are'' a pretty good time, though.
* MonsterCompendium: In the form of enemy cards Kirby can earn only in the jump game after levels. They just show the enemies' names, their animated models, and which power (if any) they give Kirby, and there are eighty-one cards in all. Oh yeah, and the card that Kirby gets is random every time, meaning it's possible to get duplicates. [[FakeLongevity Good luck trying to]] [[GottaCatchEmAll get them all...]]
* MoodWhiplash: It's a Kirby game, what did you expect? Well, many didn't think anything of it. You go from fighting cute little animals with your adorable companions (stopping to have picnics along the way) to fighting [[spoiler: '''a giant bleeding eyeball who embodies all evil in the universe''']] to stop Dark Matter from taking over the rest of the universe as it did Ripple Star. Sleep tight!
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Cutter + Needle turns Kirby's arms into a giant set of jaws.
* MultiMookMelee: The last true level of the game (6-3) is composed mostly of attacks from groups of smaller enemies, punctuated by short hallways.
* MythologyGag: Waddle Dee possessed by Dark Matter turns into Waddle Doo, Adeleine looks strikingly similar to Ado from ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' (who was another MookMaker, to boot), and Rock + Cutter turns Kirby into a statue of one of his earlier animal companions!
* {{Ninja}}: Blade + Bomb gives Kirby exploding shurikens.
** That you can't see until they land.
* NoArcInArchery: Averted.
* OneHitKill: Getting crushed between two surfaces kills Kirby.
* ThePhoenix: Fire + Fire.
* {{Pixellation}}: A pixelated mess is one of the things Adeleine sends after you when she's possessed.
* PlotCoupon: The Crystal Shards
* PostFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Zero Two]], unlocked by achieving 100%, is one to Miracle Matter, being in the game to show how Dark Matter was still around after Zero's destruction in the previous game and also being universally seen as MUCH easier than Miracle Matter.
* PuzzleBoss: Rock Star's boss, which takes more damage [[spoiler: if you shoot each crystal with the same color bullet]].
** Also Miracle Matter. [[spoiler: It can only be hurt by the same power element as it's using at a given time. For example, it uses the Spark ability to fire lasers all over the area. Only way to hurt it is to use an electric based power (solo or mix, whichever works) or simply suck up the excess power and shoot it back at MM.]]
* RibcageRidge: Seen in a stage on Rock Star and [[spoiler: "hides" a Crystal Shard in its mouth]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: [[spoiler: The fairy ruler in the bad ending]].
* SceneryPorn
* ShipTease: [[spoiler: Ribbon kisses Kirby in the true ending, causing a LuminescentBlush. Nobody else in the Kirby games, or even the ''[[KirbyOfTheStars anime]]'', has ever done this - [[IntimateHealing or at least romantically.]]]]
* ShoutOut: Spark + Cutter looks like [[ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul's]] double-bladed lightsaber.
** [[spoiler: The true ending]] also looks quite a bit like the destruction of the Death Star and the awards ceremony at the end of ''ANewHope''.
** Some of the music is remixed from previous games, in typical Kirby fashion.
** The file select music is very similar to that of ''OcarinaOfTime'''s.
* SinisterGeometry: Rock Star's boss (8-sided) and Miracle Matter (20-sided).
* SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom: Seen occasionally on several stages (most obviously Shiver Star's toy factory).
* SmoochOfVictory: This is how [[spoiler: Ribbon's expresses her gratitude to Kirby for saving Ripple Star in the True Ending]].
* SphereOfDestruction: Spark + Spark creates a giant orb of electrical rings that destroy any enemies they touch with a loud, satisfying shocking noise.
* TheSpiny: Gordo; one of the few monsters that Kirby can't eat.
** Also the Scarfies, which explode if Kirby attempts to inhale them, and spider-like Mariels, which damage Kirby [[IAteWhat if he digests them.]]
* SugarApocalypse: The game opens with Dark Matter taking over Ripple Star.
* SuperTitle64Advance
* TakenForGranite: Most of the Rock powers turn Kirby into stone.
** An even straighter example: Rock + Cutter turns Kirby into a random rock statue of one of his animal buddies from Kirby's Dream Land.
* TakingYouWithMe: Rock + Bomb creates a [[BigBulkyBomb MASSIVE hunk of dynamite]] that will hurt Kirby if he doesn't hide beneath the helmet.
** Ice + Bomb turns Kirby into a walking snowman bomber (except the explosion doesn't hurt himself).
* ThisIsADrill: Rock + Needle--it's even self propelling!
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Zero-Two]], unlocked after defeating Miracle Matter with all of the Shards. Also a PostFinalBoss.
* UnexpectedShmupLevel: [[spoiler: The TrueFinalBoss plays rather like VideoGame/StarFox]]. Although considering [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand how many of]] [[VideoGame/KirbysAdventure these things we've]] [[VideoGame/KirbySuperStar been through already]], it's hardly 'unexpected'.
* UnfortunateNames: One of the enemies is actually called a "Pedo" (actually pronounced "PEE-doe", a pun on "torpedo".)
* UniqueEnemy: Noo in Stage 2-2, Wall Shotzo in Stage 2-4, and Rockn in Stage 5-4.
* VictoryCake: Each stage (excepting boss battles) ends with the characters having a nice picnic, and a little mini-game in which Kirby can earn some extra items, including a health-restoring slice of cake.
* VideogameSettings:
** Pop Star: GreenHillZone
** Rock Star: ShiftingSandLand
** Aqua Star: UnderTheSea + DownTheDrain
** Neo Star: JungleJapes + DeathMountain + LethalLavaLand
** Shiver Star: SlippySlideyIceWorld > BubblyClouds > ToyTime > EternalEngine
** Ripple Star: GreenHillZone[=/=]RemixedLevel > DownTheDrain > ToyTime.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: [[spoiler:02]] even provided the former page image.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Getting one of the crystal shards requires you to almost fall to your death down a BottomlessPit (though Kirby can float back up if he has enough breath).
** There's one Crystal Shard in Neo Star's own 4-4... Our hero finds himself in a room with a large rock in the center, with molten lava creating cracks in it. You see the red of the lava and the black of the stone, so surely this must call for Fire-Bomb! No? How about Fire-Rock? That doesn't work either? How about Bomb-Bomb? Fire-Fire? Rock-Rock? No, you destroy that seemingly impenetrable stone in front of you by using [[spoiler: Ice. Yes, your rock will practically shatter to pieces if Kirby either breathes some frosty gales in its direction or rolls himself a giant snowball into it. You scientifically inclined folks may try to use the fact that ice plays an integral part of rock decomposition as an explanation for this, but it can hardly stand to the fact that you just used every violent explosive Kirby has access to in this game...]]
** Ice + Fire. [[JokeWeapon What did you think would happen?]]
* WallJump: Rock + Cutter has a one-in-six chance of turning you into a statue of Rick the Hamster, who can can ascend walls in this manner (and doesn't even need to alternate walls to do it). [[spoiler: This is vital for getting one Crystal Shard in Stage 3-3.]]
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Ice + Fire. Kirby quickly freezes then melts himself, creating a shield effect too brief/short ranged to be useful. [[ViolationOfCommonSense Serves you right for mixing fire and ice]].
* WhenTreesAttack: The first boss of the game, recurring boss character Whispy Woods.
* WreathedInFlames: Fire, both normal and double.
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