[[caption-width-right:350:[[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore There's]] [[AvertedTrope that]] [[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily smile]]!]]
''Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards'' (''Hoshi no Kirby 64'' in Japan) is the first game in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series to go in a 3D-ish environment, and the only ''Kirby'' game for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64.

One day, the fairy planet of [[SugarBowl Ripple Star]] is overshadowed by a great darkness--specifically, a mass 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 sends three small orbs of itself in space to chase and attack 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. These 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, meeting up with his friends along the way.

Directed by Shinichi Shimomura, most of the action is played on a 2D plane, with enemies occasionally flying at Kirby from the "background" to slow him down. One of the most noted gameplay mechanics is the expanding of Kirby's "copy" powers; Kirby is able to mix powers from different enemies to make new ones (for example, the combination of Burning + Stone turns Kirby into a living, aim-able volcano). Another mechanic is the Friends, Kirby's three allies of King Dedede, a Waddle Dee, and a human painter named Adeline that assist him in small scripted sequences within each level.

This game is the third and final part of Shimomura's "[[FanNickname 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. Along with its predecessors, it was included as part of ''[[CompilationRerelease Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition]]'', for Kirby's [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]].

!!This game has examples of:
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Ribbon + Crystal is the result of recombining all the Crystal Shards in order to defeat 0[[superscript:2]].]]
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: The only way to [[spoiler:fight 0[[superscript:2]]]] is to get all of the Crystal Shards in each level.
* TwoAndAHalfD: Most of the levels are on a 2D plane, with hazards and abilities that can attack you from the sides and background.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: One of the multi-player games, "Checkerboard Chase".
* AdvancingWallOfDoom:
** A section in Neo Star's 4th stage has a wave of lava chasing after Kirby. It later turns into RiseToTheChallenge.
** There's a part of the Shiver Star factory stage with some electric walls pushed by robots.
* AfterTheEnd: Shiver Star looks ''suspiciously'' like Earth. The [[https://www.nintendo.co.jp/n01/n64/software/nus_p_nk4j/buru_s/index.html Japanese website]] claims that all the inhabitants have packed up and abandoned the planet. Only their machines are left.
* 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: Burning + Needle has Kirby turn himself into a bow to fire flaming arrows.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Stone + Stone turns Kirby into an oversized stone golem that's even bigger than most mini-bosses.
* AutoScrollingLevel:
** A three different points, Kirby meets up with Waddle Dee and they ride down a hill on a vehicle. These segments progress automatically, with the only input being the ability to jump over obstacles.
** The boss of Aqua Star is Acro, the orca whale. The screen follows him while he moves all over the place spitting things at you. After you temporarily take him out, you must RiseToTheChallenge while he returns to spit things at you from below.
** HR-H, the boss of Shiver Star, transforms into a tank called HR-E to chase you over a crumbling bridge.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** There are quite a few, but special mention goes to Stone + Bomb, which lets you throw a bundle 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. The game forces you to use this to get one of the shards, with a not-insignificant distance between where you get it and where it's used.
** Stone + Cutter is one of the game's best combos, which turns Kirby into one of the six Animal Friends from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' or ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''. But only if you reroll until you get Pitch the bird. Kine the fish can't move an inch, while the others have abysmal speed and no advantage compared to Pitch's mobility. The only other Animal Friend you'll use besides Pitch is Rick the hamster, and he's only used for getting one shard.
* BackFromTheDead: Despite not explicitly stated as such, it's painfully obvious [[spoiler:0[[superscript:2]] is Zero reborn]].
* BarrierChangeBoss: Miracle Matter can mimic Kirby's abilities, but his weakness is the ability he's copying.
* BattleBoomerang: Both regular Cutter and Cutter + Cutter let Kirby throw boomerangs to attack.
* 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}}: Burning + Cutter = Giant FlamingSword you [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks can throw]].
* BigBad: Depending on how one views the term and the completion percentage, either Miracle Matter [[spoiler:or 0[[superscript:2]].]]
* BigBulkyBomb: Stone + 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.
* TheBigGuy: King Dedede shows up occasionally to assist Kirby with his strength and hammer. This typically involves you taking control of Dedede for a single room, though a couple times he'll just open up a blocked path.
* 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: After Kirby puffs up, he can exhale to attack enemies with a puff of smoke. Some of his ice powers also work this way.
* BookEnds: Ripple Star's first stage is designed similarly to Pop Star's first stage and has the same music.
* BossOnlyLevel: The last level of each Star contains nothing but a BossBattle.
* BossRush: Boss Battles, 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, so you're forced to fight as normal Kirby until the final boss. Even when you can transform against Miracle Matter, the fridge power (Ice + Spark) won't generate food.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Dark Matter is capable of possessing people and turning them evil.
* ButThouMust: Your pause screen has two choices, "Continue" or "Try again"; the latter takes you to the map and 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.
%%* ButtMonkey: Kirby in many of the cutscenes.
* TheCameo: Stone + Cutter turns Kirby into stone statues based on his animal friends from ''Dream Land 2'' and ''Dream Land 3''.
%%* 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 color to represent it, and obstacles that can be broken by that ability are in that colour. If they require two abilities, the two colors will be shown as a pattern.
* ContinuityNod:
** Kirby's various Stone + Cutter forms are his Animal Friends from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' and '''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''.
** Your fight with King Dedede early on screams the latter of those two games.
** [[spoiler:0[[superscript:2]] has a large bandage on the top of its head, which can be assumed to be where its eyeball popped out in ''Dream Land 3''...]]
* CowardlyMooks: The Emp enemies will comically run away at the first sign of Kirby.
%%* CrapsaccharineWorld: What Ripple Star is mostly turned into when Dark Matter takes it over, though it's undone by the end.
%%* CrashIntoHello: How Kirby meets Ribbon.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Waddle Dee, Adeleine, and Dedede become your allies after they are freed of the Dark Matter orbs that possessed them.
%%* DemonicPossession: Dark Matter can do this.
* {{Determinator}}: Ribbon doesn't let her planet's invasion slow her down.
%%* DirectionallySolidPlatforms: Here, Kirby can literally go through these.
* DishingOutDirt: Stone + Burning turns Kirby into a [[MagmaMan boulder-spewing volcano]].
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Bomb + Needle turns Kirby into the series' standard InvincibleMinorMinion, the Gordo, for a few seconds. He'll launch his spikes after a while.
* DualBoss: Pix is made up of three different eight-sided crystals: one red, one blue, and one green. Each crystal has its own health, and all three must be destroyed to win.
* 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: Outside of the occasional puzzle or obstacle, the levels are pretty easy to run through without dying. The game's difficulty is place squarely in the boss encounters, which are the only places where you have to watch your health.
* EdgeGravity: When balanced on an edge, Kirby will wheel his stubby little arms, teeter back and forth, and exclaim "Woah!".
* EdibleAmmunition: Ice + Spark turns Kirby into a refrigerator that throws food at the enemy, destroying them. Any food that doesn't hit enemies (or walls) can then be eaten to regain health.
* EldritchAbomination: Dark Matter, a one-eyed black mass that engulfs and possesses everything it touches. Even better, there's no explanation given as to why; it just seems to be its nature to absorb positive emotions.
* ElementalPowers: [[HavingABlast Bomb]], [[AnIcePerson Ice]], [[BattleBoomerang Cutter]], [[PlayingWithFire Burning]], [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Needle]], [[ElementalShapeshifter Stone]], and [[ShockAndAwe Spark]], and they can all be combined for varying levels of awesome.
* ElementalWeapon: Combining Cutter with Burning or Spark results respectively in a flame sword and a [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Maul-like]] double-bladed lightsaber. On top of [[RuleOfCool looking pretty damn cool]], they are also very effective.
* TheEndOrIsIt: Fail to get OneHundredPercentCompletion, and the ending cinematic reveals that [[spoiler:the Fairy Queen is still possessed]].
* EnemyMine: King Dedede hates Dark Matter more than he hates Kirby, so he reluctantly ends up joining the party after being defeated.
* EpicFlail: Sort of. Stone + Spark gives Kirby a boulder tetherball which he holds via electricity.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Several of the powers give Kirby a spinning animation. For instance, Ice + Cutter turns Kirby into an ice-skater who attacks via rapid spinning leaps.
* {{Expy}}: Both the Dark Star and Dark Matter's appearance in this game is reminiscent of the Hyper Zone of the previous game. [[ArcVillain This isn't a coincidence]].
* EyesAlwaysShut: Subverted. Fail to get OneHundredPercentCompletion, and in the ending cinematic, the Fairy Queen has her eyes shut during the entire scene. [[spoiler:She only opens them at the very end, revealing she's still possessed]].
* EyeScream: Like its previous incarnation, 0[[superscript:2]] can be attacked through the eye, though it's not strictly required to win this time.
%%* FairyCompanion: Ribbon.
%%* FinalBoss: Miracle Matter. [[spoiler:0[[superscript:2]] acts as the TrueFinalBoss.]]
* FinalBossNewDimension: Miracle Matter's battle zone doesn't look like anything seen in the game before. [[spoiler:For that matter, neither does the arena of the true final boss, 0[[superscript:2]]]].
* 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, which is the only way to damage him in [[BossRush Boss Battles]] mode.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Kirby, natch.
** 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 with his trusty hammer while Kirby rides on his back.
** TheChick: Ribbon the fairy, who helps collect the various Crystal Shards that Kirby finds throughout his adventure.
* FlamingSword: Burning + Cutter creates a fire sword for Kirby. He can either swing it normally or throw it to attack.
* FlunkyBoss: Adeleine's boss battle mostly consists of fighting her [[ArtInitiatesLife art come to life]]. She eventually gets tired of her creations getting destroyed and engages Kirby herself, but ends up being pitifully weak.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Kanys are crab {{mooks}} the size of Kirby. A giant one shows up as the miniboss of Aqua Star's second stage.
* GiantMook: All of the regular minibosses (minus the "Special" minibosses of Waddle Dee ([[spoiler:who turns into a Waddle Doo]]), Adeleine, and King Dedede) are large versions of regular enemies.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Miracle Matter is unique in being one of the few major ''Kirby'' antagonists with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Ribbon, despite being something of a love interest, only appears in this game. She recently received cameos in the Kirby 20th Anniversary art book and ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot''.
* GottaCatchThemAll: One of Kirby's main objectives is to collect all of the titular Crystal Shards, which is necessary for unlocking the TrueFinalBoss.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: The Cutter ability involves Kirby throwing his face at enemies.
* GuideDangIt: In general, most of the hidden Crystal Shards do have clues on how to find them, but some of them will still make you go running for [=GameFAQs=] (or in the 90's, a copy of Magazine/NintendoPower magazines).
** The worst is probably the level 3-3 Crystal Shard in Aqua Star, where it was placed far above Kirby's maximum flight cap, (even with powers). In order to get it, you need to realize that Rick's form from the Stone + Cutter power can WallJump. The number of times this ability is mentioned in the game, manual, or anything besides a guide or walkthrough? Precisely never. It's an ability from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'' and ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'', 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 Burning 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 Shard beforehand]].
** Then there's the rug hiding the second Crystal Shard in level 6-3. While it actually is red-and-orange, it only breaks to reveal the Crystal Shard if shot in the center with Burning + Needle. It's made of concentric rings. Good luck figuring that out if you're a 10-year-old whose automatic response to facing a gauntlet of enemies is to go for the refrigerator.
* HarderThanHard: The minigames feature Easy, Medium, Hard, and Intense as difficulty settings.
%%* TheHeartless: Dark Matter and the various bits of fuzzy dark things spawned from it.
%%* HeroicMime: Everyone, discounting Kirby's usual cries when taking damage, and the iconic "haiiii!".
* HomingProjectile: Bomb + Bomb allows Kirby to shoot homing missiles from his mouth.
%%* HumanSnowball: The Ice + Ice power.
* IKnowMaddenKombat:
** Ice + Stone turns Kirby into a curling rock.
** Cutter + Ice has Kirby donning a pair of ice skates. He attacks with them by doing airborne twirls.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Needle + Needle turns Kirby into a giant Swiss Army Knife full of diverse painful objects.
%%* IncendiaryExponent: ''Weaponized'' in the Spark + Burning power.
* InterfaceSpoiler: The enemy info cards you can get at the end of each stage are entirely randomized, so you're likely to see cards of enemies or even ''bosses'' you haven't encountered yet. It's entirely possible to get card of the ''TrueFinalBoss'' early on in the game, leaving you wondering "Wait, what the hell is ''that'' thing!?" for most of the run. ([[TheUnreveal Or all of the run, if you don't get]] OneHundredPercentCompletion.)
* InvincibilityPowerUp: Invincible Candy, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPDGVKO3OYc now with a unique theme tune.]]
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: If you lose the [[BossRush Boss Battles]] mode, 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 + Burning. Some combinations might be underpowered or unimpressive, but this one's nothing short of useless.
** Also, while Stone + 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]].]]
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: This game notably gives the formula of Shimomura-directed titles a complete overhaul. The Animal Friends are dropped in favor of the ability to combine Copy Abilities, the visual presentation switches from a [=2D=] format to a [=2.5D=] one, the setting covers multiple planets rather than being limited to one, and the game's cast is much more diverse and sees more elaborate characterizations, due to the game putting a greater focus on storytelling. This game is also the only Shimomura title where Dark Matter is explicitly shown to be the main villain from the beginning; Dark Matter was discussed in the ''Dream Land 2'' [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] and mentioned in the ''Dream Land 3'' [[AllThereInTheManual manual]], but didn't show up in-person until the very end of those games, and when Dark Matter ''did'' appear in ''Dream Land 3''[='s=] opening, the fact that it ''was'' Dark Matter was only implied and not outright shown or stated.
** The game differentiates itself from virtually every other Kirby platformer with the absence of a signature mechanic: Doors. Instead, all rooms transition into another by going offscreen at certain points, lending the game a more straightforward feel than other Kirby titles.
* LethalJokeItem: Ice + Spark gives Kirby the ability to turn into a mini-fridge. Sounds useless, right? Well, that is until he starts throwing out food, meaning that Kirby can effectively ''heal himself indefinitely.''
* LethalLavaLand: The last two stages of Neo Star take place around and within a volcano. Lava, flaming boulders, and fire enemies abound, with the boss being a lava monster.
* MacGuffin: The Crystal Shards, not the complete 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 Adeleine can paint objects to life!
* TheMedic: Adeleine appears once per star to paint Kirby a healing item/powerup or help him solve a Crystal Shard puzzle.
* MinecartMadness: In the second level of Neo Star, Kirby meets up with Waddle Dee and they ride a minecart through part of the stage. While Kirby is invincible during the ride, there are still {{Bottomless Pit}}s that you need to jump over and a side path leading to a Crystal Shard to look out for.
* MiniGame: The game features three multiplayer mini-games entirely unrelated to anything, accessible mostly from the "options" menu.
* 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]] (though there's a bit of humor to be found in this, as the fact that the card you get is randomized means that it's possible for to get [[spoiler: 0[[superscript:2]]]] as your first card).
* 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. Additionally, King Dedede's battle is directly carried over from ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'', meaning that his toothy belly-mouth makes a reappearance.
* MultiMookMelee: The last true level of the game, (6-3) is composed mostly of attacks from groups of smaller enemies, punctuated by short hallways.
* {{Ninja}}: Cutter + Bomb gives Kirby invisible, exploding shurikens that hit almost instantly.
* NintendoHard: Just like ''[[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 Kirby's Dream Land 3]]'', continuing in this title is impossible; losing all lives at any point will cause your game to be over for real!
* NoArcInArchery: Averted with Needle + Burning, which takes the form of flaming arrows with a significant arc in their flight path.
* NoticeThis: You'll occasionally come across patches of the environment that are oddly colored. These either contain Crystal Shards or unlock paths to them, with the color of the patch being a hint as to which Copy Ability will let you through.
* OneHitKill: Getting crushed between two surfaces kills Kirby instantly.
* PalmtreePanic: The first level of Aqua Star has Kirby traveling through a cluster of small tropical islands.
* PermanentlyMissableContent: You're allowed to fight the Waddle Doo, the possessed Adeleine, and the possessed King Dedede only once. After you beat them, these battles do not reappear when revisiting their levels. The only way to fight them again is to start a new file. Thankfully, it's subverted in another case. You can miss collecting the bad ending cutscene in the theater by collecting all the Crystal Shards before fighting the first final boss, but the cutscene will be added to the theater anyway after beating the True Final Boss.
* ThePhoenix: Burning + Burning upgrades Kirby's standard attack into a wide-ranged winged inferno.
* {{Pixellation}}: A pixelated mess is one of the things Adeleine sends after you when she's possessed.
* PlotCoupon: The Crystal Shards.
* PowerCopying: This time around, Kirby can combine any two Copy Abilities for extra firepower.
* PsychoStrings: Stage 6-3, named "Ripple Star Catacombs" on the soundtrack, features almost exclusively a minimalist string pattern that gives the stage a frantic, claustrophobic atmosphere.
* PuzzleBoss:
** Rock Star's boss, Pix, takes more damage if you shoot each crystal with a bullet of the same color.
** Miracle Matter seems invincible at first, but [[spoiler:it can 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. The 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.]]
* RedHerring: In the [[http://www.kirbysrainbowresort.net/games/kirby64/instruction/page22and23.jpg instruction manual for this game]], King Dedede's cast description says the following: "''Long-time rival King Dedede finds one of the missing Crystal Shards on his castle grounds. Whatever will he do with it?''" If it weren't for Dedede's [[EnemyMine willingness to work with Kirby this time around]], this lore could make some people believe that Dedede is still an antagonist in Kirby's adventure that must be stopped, despite being on the side of good for a change. Dedede's refusal to give Kirby the aforementioned shard he found somewhat helps support this red herring, as does some Japanese commercials not showing his presence, instead showing Kirby's team up to Adeleine.
* RibcageRidge: There's a giant skeleton of some creature in a stage on Rock Star that "hides" a Crystal Shard in its mouth.
%%* ScaryShinyGlasses: [[spoiler:The fairy ruler in the bad ending.]]
* ShipTease: [[spoiler:Ribbon kisses Kirby in the true ending, causing a LuminescentBlush. Nobody else in the ''Kirby'' games, or even the ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars anime]]'', has ever done this - [[IntimateHealing or at least romantically.]]]]
* ShoutOut:
** Spark + Cutter looks like a double-bladed lightsaber taken out of ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** [[spoiler:The true ending]] also looks quite a bit like the destruction of the Death Star and the awards ceremony at the end of ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]''.
** The file select music is very similar to that of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'''s.
** A DummiedOut example: The Needle + Needle ability uses a cactus among the other items in the final, but in the prerelease version it used to be a black double fork which bears a striking resemblance to the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Longinus Spear.]]
** [[spoiler: 0[[superscript:2]]]]'s appearance also bears a striking resemblance to Rei Lilith from [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion]].
* SimpleYetAwesome: Bombs. They can be used both up close and from a distance, have fast animations that make it easy to spam, and deal a hefty amount of damage.
* 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]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: There have been many inconsistent translations and spellings of the TrueFinalBoss's name, including [[spoiler:Zero Two, [=Zero2=], and 0[[superscript:2]]]].
* SphereOfDestruction: Spark + Spark creates a giant orb of electrical rings that destroy any enemies they touch with a loud, satisfying shocking noise. It slows you to a crawl while active, though.
* TheSpiny:
** Just like before, Gordo is one of the few monsters that Kirby can't eat; it simply won't budge no matter what.
** The Scarfies, which look cute at first, turn monstrous and eventually explode if Kirby attempts to inhale them.
** The Spider-like Mariels damage Kirby [[IAteWhat if he digests them]].
* SugarApocalypse: The game opens with Dark Matter taking over Ripple Star.
* SuperTitle64Advance: The game's named after the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64, of course. The original Japanese release was simply called ''Hoshi no Kirby 64'', while the English release added a subtitle.
* TakenForGranite: Most of the Stone powers turn Kirby into stone. Stone + Cutter goes a step further and turns Kirby into a random stone statue of one of his animal buddies from ''Kirby's Dream Land 3''.
* TakesOneToKillOne:
** Rock's Star's boss takes more damage if its parts are hit with like-colored projectiles.
** The final boss, Miracle Matter, is a BarrierChangeBoss that can only be hurt by the power he's currently using.
* TakingYouWithMe:
** Stone + 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).
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Unlike ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', Dedede was REALLY hesitant to join Kirby's adventure.
* ThisIsADrill: Stone + Needle gives Kirby a drill. It's self-propelling and can also be used as a projectile.
* TimedMission: Though it's not outright stated, taking too long to fight HR-E from Shiver Star will result in Kirby dying.
* TreeTrunkTour: The latter half of Pop Star's second level is the inside of a gigantic tree.
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:0[[superscript:2]]]], unlocked after defeating Miracle Matter with all of the Crystal Shards.
* UnderTheSea: The latter half of Aqua Star takes place in underwater caves and canyons.
* 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".)
* TheUnfought: Dark Matter is not fought in its base form -- it either flees or attempts to flee.
* 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.
%%* VileVillainSaccharineShow: [[spoiler:0[[superscript:2]]]] even provided the former page image.
* ViolationOfCommonSense:
** Several of the Crystal Shards require 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 Burning + Bomb! No? How about Burning + Stone? That doesn't work either? How about Bomb + Bomb? Burning + Burning? Stone + Stone? 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 + Burning. [[JokeWeapon What did you think would happen?]]
* WallJump: Stone + Cutter has a one-in-six chance of turning you into a statue of Rick the hamster, who can can ascend walls by jumping off of them repeatedly.
* WhenTreesAttack: The first boss of the game, recurring boss character Whispy Woods.
* WorldShapes: 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.
%%* WreathedInFlames: Burning, both normal and double.