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Kirby's Block Ball

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Title Screen

Kirby's Block Ball

Developers: HAL Laboratory, TOSE
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Game Boy, Super Game Boy
Released in JP: December 14, 1995
Released in US: May 1996
Released in EU: August 29, 1996


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Kirby + Breakout = Kirby's Block Ball

Debug Menu

Hey, where is the sound test? :(

The GameShark code 010B53C1 will enable a debug menu. After enabling the code, you need to reset the game, then disable the code. Alternatively, use the Game Genie code 0B1-E7F-D52 to start in the debug menu.

  • BOSS is a boss "viewer". It will show the boss appearance demo, but you can't actually fight him. The value is selectable from 01-12, but selecting 12 will crash the game.
  • DANCE is a stage-completed demo viewer. Your score is always set to 0. The value is selectable from 01-12, but selecting 12 will freeze the game.
  • DEMO is a pre-stage demo viewer, and can be used as a stage selector too. But unfortunately, you can't select an individual level. The value is selectable from 01-12. 12 is the "Border line cleared" screen.
  • The lives icon will modify your amount of lives. Pressing the A button on this option will start the boss viewer.
  • The star icon will modify your amount of stars. Pressing the A button on this option will start the boss viewer.
  • BONUS is a bonus game selector. 01 is air hockey game, 02 is cloud game, 03 is Up Down game, and 04 is star catcher game. For some reason, only air hockey and star catcher games are playable; all other games will stop working when Kirby lands on a paddle.
  • LEVEL is bonus game difficulty. The value is selectable from 00-04. 00 is easiest, 04 is hardest. Pressing the A button on this option will start the currently selected bonus game.
  • ENDING is an ending viewer. 00 is Good Ending, 01 is Bad Ending, 02 is Hi-Score Present/Award.
  • TITLE freezes the game.
(Source: Someone at http://www.kodewerx.org/ (I can't remember anymore...))

Unused Areas

Stages

0x11D15 0x11E69 0x11FBD 0x12111
Bumpers and bonuses Bumpers and bonuses Bumpers and bonuses Bumpers and bonuses
0x12265 0x123B9 0x1250D
Bumpers and bonuses Bumpers and bonuses Bumpers? Bumpers?! BUMPERRRRRRRRRRRRS

A few early maps are still in the ROM, stored before the rest of the stages used in the game. They're not designed for any particular tileset; The Stage 1 tileset has been used for illustrative purposes.

Boss Arenas

0x25E8A + 0x25FF2 0x262C2 0x2642A
Nothing interesting here. Corners?! ¡¿sɹǝuɹoƆ

Four (technically five) early boss areas are in the game as well, well before the final boss areas. They're pretty spartan and don't actually support any tileset in the game -- A modified Stage 4 tileset has been used to demonstrate how they would have looked.

The early boss areas are actually 8 pixels taller than they should be, leaving no room for the HUD at the top of the screen.

Unused (0x2615A) Final (0x6F9C5)
Faceless Spotless

One of the five boss rooms is almost identical to the final Whispy Woods arena. Again, the placement of certain tiles in the tileset no longer match up properly, so a modified Whispy Woods tileset has been used here.

In addition to the taller arena, the blocks in the corners of the screen appear to extend past the "camera" in the early layout. Strangely, Whispy Woods' familiar white spots aren't part of the final layout!

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Enemies

Two enemies with artwork in the instruction booklet are unused in the game, but are fully coded.

Hmmm...
To do:
Detail how to get them into the game.

Pengy

No relation to Pengo. Let's kick some ICE.

Everyone's favorite Kirby related penguin appears in the ROM, but is never used. Its graphics are loaded in Stage 7-2, so that's probably where it was supposed to be used.

Waddle Doo

Oh come on, he appears in every other game. Eye-popping action.

Waddle Doo is never loaded in any level, but maybe that's for the best, given the death animation. Yikes.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Enemy Animations

Several enemies have unused animations indicative of different movement patterns.

Brobo

Looking for a fight, punk7890?

Unused animations: Moving left to right.
Actual movement in-game: Up and down.

Kaboola

Blimp goes up. Blimp goes down.

Unused animations: Moving up and down.
Actual movement in-game: Left to right.

Kracko Jr.

It sees you. Waiting. Watching.

Unused animations: Moving left to right.
Actual movement in-game: Up and down.

Poppy Bros. Jr.

Opium brothers.

Unused animations: Moving left to right.
Actual movement in-game: Up and down.

Slippy

Dawww

Unused animations: Stationary.
Actual movement in-game: Left to right.

Whispy Shrub

Even the trees ignore you.

Unused animations: Moving up and down.
Actual movement in-game: None. It's a tree.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Music

One track is unused; a short but sinister piece with an unknown purpose.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Tiles

All of the level tilesets follow a template: Stage borders, thin horizontal and vertical borders, slopes, and a 2x2 block. Each tile is present, even if it isn't used in the level, which leads to a lot of unused tiles.

General

What's inside???

This question block is found with the standard breakable block graphics. This question block is used to generate Chuckies in Kirby's Dream Land. Its purpose here on the other hand is unknown.

Stage 1

A lot is here.

Thin horizontal and vertical borders, slopes, and a 2x2 block.

Stage 2

Tropical getaway.

Hey, it's the same as Stage 1! The stage designs haven't become complicated yet.

Stage 3

Stone times.

The thin vertical borders get used here, everything else is still unused.

Stage 3 Boss

Kabu! Scared you?

A few of the boss tilesets follow the standard template, but most don't. This one does. Thin horizontal borders are used, but only in 2x1 segments.

Stage 4

The Kirby series love checkerboard.

Stage designs finally get complicated. Long thin horizontal and vertical borders aren't used, neither is the 2x2 block.

Stage 5

Crags, man.

Bottom slopes aren't used, nor are long thin vertical borders.

Notice a pattern yet? Yeah, those 2x2 blocks are never going to get used in a level.

Stage 6

Let's kick some...oh wait, used that already.

Ceiling slopes? Nope. 2x2 block? Still nope.

Stage 6 Boss

Nothing here either.

There's nothing interesting to say about this.

Stage 7

Puffy puffy.

Ceiling slopes, long horizontal borders, and that darn 2x2 block.

Stage 8

Lost Woods.

Thin vertical borders and long thin horizontal borders. And that 2x2 block again.

Stage 9

Stoneriffic.

Oh come on! It's not like there weren't any opportunities to use the 2x2 block graphics. Why?

Stage 9 Boss

Technological.

Really now.

Stage 10

Not really sure what that surface is supposed to be.

Vertical borders are unused, along with that other thing.

Stage 10 Boss

X stands for awesome.

In a shocking display, the designers decided to actually include the 2x2 blocks the artists have been drawing for the past 10 levels! This time the normal stage borders are unused.

Stage 11

Two steps back.

Then they forgot about it again. Oh well.

Stage 12?

They went and cut it off just as-

This tileset is completely unused. Unfortunately half of it is missing, having been overwritten by the Stage 1 Boss tileset.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Miscellaneous Unused Graphics

Other unused graphics unrelated to the above categories.

Early Hi-Score Graphics

And So Many Players.
A tilemap for an early Hi-Score header is still in the game ROM at 0x51DDB. There's no room for a stage number here, which is probably why it was changed.

I made a split.
At 0x520A1 is a tilemap for a third version of the Hi-Score message (See the Regional Differences for the other two). The bottom half of the text has been deleted.

That's not my name.
This probably would have been used to give the player their Hi-Score position or some kind of custom rank. There's no tilemap for this left in the game.

Flag

Aww, sad flag. :( Wave your fluff flag high.

This flag is found with the rest of the Up Down bonus game graphics.

Scratch Area

Fully formed and everything.

There's an area in the ROM used as a scratch pad by the artists. This is found in the middle of the enemy graphic blocks.

Reflective.

This scratch area also has an alternate version of the Power Block's reflection.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

More graphical alterations and text touch-ups.

Title Screen

Japan International
Fancy stuff. Jumping into frame, as it were.

The game intro and title screen were completely redone. In the Japanese version, Kirby comes in from the background and bounces onto the game title. Once he lands, he starts spinning around and showing various facial expressions, while shooting stars fall from top-right.

In the international release, Kirby floats in on a cloud, then jumps down onto the title (and gets angry, of course). The title is surrounded by five revolving and spinning stars.

In addition to the more obvious graphical changes, the copyright text was also updated. It's also worth noting that the Japanese game does not have any gameplay demos; as such, the background music comes to a stop in the international version right before it would loop in the Japanese game.

Air Hockey

Japan This game's winner is...
International They came from the stars...to play air hockey.

"Game Set" changed to "Game Score". The point total was pluralized, and the exclamation point removed.

Stage Intros

Japan Get shine!
International Powah.

Text from the stage intros were rewritten to sound less like Engrish. "Burning" was changed to "Flame", contradicting the earlier localization of "Fireball" from Kirby's Adventure.

Hi Score Table

Japan International
You did good at score make. Heh, the last name initials spell SMUT.

Another instance of text polishing. There's no space between the stage text and stage number in the Japanese version, and there's some additional Engrish in there as well.

Hi Score Bonus

Japan International
Aww, you shouldn't have. What the heck did you do with my present?

One version's present is another version's award.

SGB Border

Japan International
This is what you're playing. ...or is it?!

In the Japanese version, the game's title appears at the bottom of the Super Game Boy border. The title was removed completely in the international version.

(Source: Original TCRF research)