Representation of Kirby games with stages in Smash [Part 2]
Warning: While most of the content in this article is factual, there is some speculation towards the end of it.
Welcome back to the second half and final part of this analysis on the Kirby series stages in Super Smash Bros. In this article we will explore various interesting statistics and trivia related to the Kirby stages in the games, learn about some beta elements and planned stages, discuss some of the more notably absent Kirby games and conclude the analysis with some predictions of possible stages we might see in the future. If you missed Part 1 of this stage analysis, you can find a link to it below.
With all the Kirby stages in Super Smash Bros. now covered, we will now have a look at some statistics regarding them. The first table below lists all the Kirby stages and what games they originate from. Despite having six stages, there are very few games represented.
|Game||Year of Release||Stages||Smash game debuted in|
|Kirby’s Dream Land||1992||Dream Land
|Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
|Kirby’s Adventure||1993||Fountain of Dreams||Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Kirby Super Star||1996||Halberd
The Great Cave Offensive
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
This next table is about how many Kirby stages are present in each Super Smash Bros. game. For Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, I will not include stages that appear in both for their individual rows.
|Game||New Kirby Stages||Returning Kirby Stages||Total Stages|
|Super Smash Bros.||1||0||1|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||2||1||3|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||1||1||2|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS||1||0||1|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||1||1||2|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (combined)||2||2||4|
Grand total of Kirby stages in the Super Smash Bros. series: 6 stages
Lastly, this final table lists all the consoles these Kirby games with stages come from and how many times each console has had stages from their games appear.
|Console||Number of Stages|
– The oldest Kirby game represented is Kirby’s Dream Land (1992) and the most recent is Kirby Super Star (1996).
– Kirby is the only series from the original Super Smash Bros. where the oldest and most recent games represented with stages came from the same decade.
– Kirby’s Dream Land has the most stages of all Kirby games, featuring a grand total of three.
– Kirby’s Adventure is the only Kirby game represented with a stage to only have had one stage in Smash.
– Kirby’s Dream Land is the only Kirby game to have a stage in every Super Smash Bros. game, with Dream Land in Smash 64 and Melee, Green Greens in Melee and Brawl, Smash 3DS having the new Dream Land stage and both versions of Smash 3DS/Wii U having the original Dream Land stage as DLC.
– Kirby Super Star is the only game that had a stage in Brawl to be given another new stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
– Super Smash Bros. Melee is the only game to feature an unlockable Kirby stage (if one doesn’t count DLC in Smash 3DS/Wii U).
– Fountain of Dreams is the only Kirby stage that has yet to make a return in a later game.
– Dream Land (3DS) is the only stage in Smash with retro visuals that originates from a Game Boy game.
– Kirby is the only series in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U that didn’t receive a stage based on either a recent or previously unrepresented game.
Scrapped Stages and Beta Stage Content
In a game as big as Super Smash Bros., there’s bound to be plenty of ideas that did not come to fruition or elements that were altered radically or dropped completely. In this section we will have a look at some of the beta elements related to Kirby stages and also find out about a stage that was considered in development.
In the first Super Smash Bros. game, the Dream Land stage originally looked a little different, with the bushes and tree leaves being a much darker shade of green and tall grass in front of the pathway. There are also two unfinished stages that can be accessed through the Debug Menu called “Small” and “New”, which appeared to be earlier versions of the Dream Land stage. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Fountain of Dreams stage originally lacked the top platform, making its layout similar to Pokémon Stadium. Green Green’s differences were much more drastic; while the layout was similar, the appearance of the stage was very different, having a duller, less vibrant and more-realistic look, the two floating platforms were at uneven heights, and the Star Blocks appeared to be made of stone and were in rows of four rather than three. There isn’t much known at all about Brawl‘s beta stage elements regarding Kirby, although the Halberd stage was originally known as “Battleship Halberd” in earlier builds.
In Sakurai’s weekly Famitsu column, some interesting information regarding the two new Kirby stages in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U was divulged; that both stages were originally planned to be stages from entirely different games. In the 3DS version of the game, the new Dream Land stage was originally intended to be a Super Mario Land stage, but the idea was replaced with a Kirby stage for reasons unknown. The Wii U version was originally going to have a Kirby’s Epic Yarn stage, but this plan was dropped when Yoshi’s Woolly World was announced, as it was deemed too similar to how the Woolly World stage would turn out, and so the stage instead became The Great Cave Offensive.
Continue on Page 2 as we conclude with notable absences and future stage predictions!