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Kirby & the Amazing Mirror

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Title Screen

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror/en

Also known as: Hoshi no Kirby Kagami no Daimeikyuu (JP)
Developers: Flagship[1], Dimps[1], HAL Laboratory[1]
Publisher: Nintendo[2]
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in JP: April 15, 2004[3]
Released in US: October 18, 2004[4]
Released in EU: July 7, 2004[2]


AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror is Kirby's second and final GBA adventure, taking on a Metroidvania type of gameplay similar to Kirby Super Star‍ '​s "Great Cave Offensive" mode and featuring three Kirby partners who aren't very helpful. Oh, did we mention Kirby has to save Meta Knight this time around? Aw YEAH!

It was released for the 3DS Virtual Console in December 2011 as part of the 3DS Ambassador Program and Wii U Virtual Console in April 2014 with no differences aside from a lack of multiplayer functionality. How boring.

Sub-Pages

Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
KatamProto UnusedQuestionMark.png
Unused Graphics
Do you like early localization leftovers? Because there's lots of them here.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Music.png
Unused Music and Sounds
I can still hear them echoing through my mind...
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Stoppy Sprite.png
Unused Objects
Why are there so many unused Golems in this game?
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Ouch JP.png
Regional Differences
"You are champion"

Unused Rooms

Debug Room

There was a room here.

This room uses a similar tileset to Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land's debug rooms. This was probably used as a debug room earlier in development, but it's empty now. Use code 02020FE6:03C9 and you'll be transported there after you lose a life.

It's gone now.

(Source: GoldS)

Unknown Room

Another unused room. Its header is missing.

The header data for this room is completely missing from the final game, but all the other data (tile map, solidity map and objects) is still there.

The only tileset that fits is the one used in Radish Ruins. The room contains four Maxim Tomatoes and two 1UPs. Their presence suggest this was some kind of test room.

(Source: UraYukimitsu)

Unused Copy Abilities

Hi-Jump

Hi-Jump, an ability from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, was apparently set to appear in this game. Developer text from a removed Debug Menu lists its attacking sound from the previous game, called SE KBY_HI_JUMP internally. The sound itself also remains, and can be heard in the Collection Room's Sound Player, grouped behind UFO's sound effects.

No other copy abilities from the previous game are listed, such as Ball, Light, and Freeze, which leads to the conclusion of Hi-Jump being considered for this game, before ultimately getting cut.

Unfortunately, the sound and its internal name are the only known remnants of this ability. Any graphics of Kirby or his hat are nowhere to be found, and it's unknown if there's code for it.

(Source: Vyroz)

Unused Enemy Properties

Chip

Any Chip enemy must be set to do something in-game. If one manages to add a Chip to a room but doesn't modify its behavior, it will default to just hopping in place.

Hop! And a hop! And a hop...!

(Source: Vyroz)

Gordo

Despite being indestructible, the Gordo enemy has a set HP value of 2. Nothing can reduce its HP.

(Source: Mugg1991's K&TAM Luascript Hitbox Viewer)

Soarar

The Soarar enemy has an unused idle animation which only consists of one still frame. Since Soarars are always in constant movement, this goes unused. Please note that the sideways movement is not part of it.

Yeah.

(Source: Vyroz)

Unused Palettes

Peppermint Palace

While not fully unused, the palette used for the windows outside the main building of Peppermint Palace has some unused shades of green and blue.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Peppermint Palace Palette.png

The game can apply this palette to the pine trees outside the building, however. It gives the trees the same colors from their used palette, but with a black shadow and a purple trunk.

Unused Used
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Unused Tree Palette.png Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Used Tree Palette.png
(Source: Vyroz)

Development Text

Strings relating to the development process.

Debug Text

A whole patch of devtext containing internal BGM and SFX names can be located at 00369A64 in the Japanese version, 0038F29C in the European version, and 003852F0 in the US version. The text was part of a Sound Test Debug Menu, which was removed from the final game, but can still be found on the game's Demo. The table below lists the text, the sound they were associated with, and a translation of the text if needed. Please note that the BGM and SFX are prefixed with "BGM" and "SE" respectively, according to the Debug Menu.

BGM
Text Translation BGM
Non None Used when there's no music to play or when a name is not available for a track.
start_st Starting Stage Theme used in Central Circle.
ply_1 The theme "Forest/Nature Area" that plays in most of the rooms in Rainbow Route.
ply_2 The theme "Flame/Lava Area" that plays in most of the rooms in Mustard Mountain.
ply_5 The theme "Castle/Building Area" that plays in most of the rooms in Moonlight Mansion and Carrot Castle.
boss_mid Mid-Boss The theme that plays while fighting a Mid-Boss.
boss_kyotu Unknown The theme that plays in Dark Meta Knight's boss fight.
kbydead Kirby Dead Plays when Kirby is KOd.
SFX
Text Translation Sound
not sound No sound Used when there is no sound to play or when there is no name available for a sound.
kby_jump Kirby jump Sound that plays when Kirby jumps.
kby_suikomi Kirby inhale Kirby using his inhale attack.
kby_hoobari Kirby stuffed cheeks Previously used in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land when Kirby successfully inhaled an enemy. Goes unused here, but a similar sound is used by the Snooter enemy, and it can be heard in the Collection Room.
kby_starshot_1 Kirby star shot 1 Kirby exhaling a Star Bullet.
kby_starshot_2 Kirby star shot 2 Kirby exhaling a Blaster Bullet.
kby_tyakuti Kirby landing Kirby landing on the ground.
kby_nouryoku Kirby ability Kirby gaining a Copy Ability.
kby_dmg_1 Kirby damage 1 Kirby yelling while taking damage.
kby_dmg_2 Kirby damage 2 Kirby grunting while taking damage.
kby_dmg_3 Kirby damage 3 Kirby taking damage with no vocalization.
kby_nomikomi Kirby swallow Kirby swallowing an enemy.
kby_airshot Kirby air shot Kirby exhaling an air bullet.
kby_habataki Kirby flapping wings Kirby floating upwards.
kby_rakka Kirby drop Kirby landing on his head after a long fall.
kby_dash Kirby dash Kirby initiating a dash.
kby_sliding Kirby sliding Kirby using his slide attack.
kby_brake Kirby brake Kirby turning around in the middle of a dash.
kby_oyogi_1 Kirby swimming 1 Kirby swimming.
kby_oyogi_2 Kirby swimming 2 Kirby swimming. Duplicate of oyogi_1.
kby_dmg_ice Kirby damage ice Kirby taking ice damage
kby_dmg_fire_1 Kirby damage fire 1 Kirby taking fire damage with no vocalization.
kby_dmg_fire_2 Kirby damage fire 2 Kirby yelling while taking fire damage.
kby_dmg_fire_3 Kirby damage fire 3 Kirby grunting while taking fire damage.
kby_dmg_fire_4 Kirby damage fire 4 Duplicate of dmg_ice.
kby_nobori Kirby going up Kirby climbing a ladder.
kby_ori Unknown Kirby going down a ladder.
kby_hoshiware Kirby cracked star A star bullet exploding upon hittting a wall.
kby_mizuhaki Kirby water spout Kirby using his water gun attack.
kby_mizuoti Kirby water drops Kirby getting out of a body of water.
kby_hosidasi Unknown Kirby getting rid of a Copy Ability.
kby_starhane Kirby feather star An ability star bouncing on the ground.
kby_tyuu Kirby kiss Kirby kissing one of his buddies.
kby_shinisou Kirby about to die Kirby in critical health.
kby_tobitati Kirby taking off Kirby starting to float
kby_korogari Kirby rolling Stone Kirby landing.
kby_humi_jump Unknown Kirby using the "Step-'n-Jump".
kby_suikomi_loop Kirby inhale loop Kirby using his inhale attack.
kby_toridashi Kirby take out Kirby activating his cellphone.
kby_fire_loop Kirby fire loop Fire Kirby using his Fire Breath attack.
kby_ice_loop Kirby ice loop Ice Kirby using his Ice Breath attack.
kby_icecube_osi Kirby ice cube push Kirby sending an ice cube away.
kby_burnin_loop Kirby burning loop Burning Kirby attacking.
kby_dokan Kirby boom Kirby crashing against a wall after using Burning or Wheel.
kby_wheel_loop Kirby wheel loop Wheel Kirby accelerating.
kby_wheelbrake Kirby wheel brake Wheel Kirby braking.
kby_parasol Kirby parasol Parasol Kirby using Parasol Swing.
kby_cutter Kirby cutter Cutter Kirby attacking.
kby_lazer Kirby laser Laser Kirby attacking.
kby_stone_1 Kirby stone 1 Stone Kirby landing.
kby_stone_2 Kirby stone 2 Stone Kirby transforming.
kby_korogari_2 Kirby rolling 2 Stone Kirby rolling
kby_slowcatch Kirby throw catch Throw Kirby catching an enemy.
kby_slownage Kirby throw throwing Throw Kirby throwing an enemy.
kby_slowhit Kirby throw hit Thrown enemy hitting a surface.
kby_sleep1 Kirby sleep 1 Sleep Kirby sleeping.
kby_sleep2 Kirby sleep 2 Sleep Kirby waking up.
kby_lazer50 Kirby laser 50 Laser Kirby shooting a laser.
kby_lazerkabe20 Kirby laser wall 20 A laser bouncing on a slope.
kby_hi_jump Kirby hi-jump Unused sound effect for the unused Hi-Jump ability, which previously appeared in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. This is the only leftover of it.
kby_ufo_tame1 Unknown UFO Kirby starting to charge a weak blast.
kby_ufo_tame2 Unknown UFO Kirby charging a weak blast.
kby_ufo_tame3 Unknown UFO Kirby charging a medium blast.
kby_ufo_tame4 Unknown UFO Kirby charging a strong blast.
kby_ufo_lazer1 Kirby ufo laser 1 UFO Kirby using Chain Beam.
kby_ufo_lazer2 Kirby ufo laser 2 UFO Kirby using Smart Beam.
kby_ufo_lazer3 Kirby ufo laser 3 UFO Kirby using Heat Beam.
kby_ufo_lazer4 Kirby ufo laser 4 UFO Kirby using Piercing Heat Beam.
kby_ufo_hane Kirby ufo wing UFO Kirby's Smart Laser bouncing on a slope.
kby_ufo_nori Unknown UFO Kirby idling.
kby_ufo_tamekiri Unknown UFO Kirby maxing out a charge.
kby_spark_loop Kirby spark loop Spark Kirby using Spark Attack.
kby_tornado1 Kirby tornado 1 Tornado Kirby using Tornado Attack.
kby_tornado2 Kirby tornado 2 Tornado Kirby starting a Tornado Attack.
kby_hammerfuri1 Kirby hammer drawback 1 Hammer Kirby initiating a Hammer.
kby_hammerfuri2 Kirby hammer drawback 2 Hammer Kirby initiating a Giant Swing.
kby_hammerhit1 Kirby hammer hit 1 Hammer Kirby hitting an enemy.
kby_hammeratari Kirby hammer strike Hammer Kirby hitting the grounf with Hammer.
kby_fire_oni1 Kirby fire oni 1 Hammer Kirby initiating a Hammer Flip.
kby_fire_oni2 Kirby fire oni 2 Hammer Kirby swinging his hammer during Hammer Flip.
kby_hammerhit2 Kirby hammer hit 2 Hammer Kirby hitting an enemy.
kby_tornado Kirby tornado Hammer Kirby using Hammer Swing.
kby_hammerhit3 Kirby hammer hit 3 Hammer Kirby hitting an enemy.
kby_sword40_1 Kirby sword 40 1 Sword Kirby using Overhead Slash.
kby_sword40_2 Kirby sword 40 2 Sword Kirby using Sword Spin.
kby_sword_mijin1 Unknown Duplicate of sword40_1.
kby_sword_mijin2 Unknown Duplicate of sword40_1.
kby_sword_final Kirby final sword Sword Kirby using Final Sword.
kby_panch Kirby punch Fighter Kirby using Punch/Vulcan Jab.
kby_kick Kirby kick Fighter Kirby using Kick.
kby_spike_panch Kirby spike punch Fighter Kirby using Spike Punch.
kby_sky_kick Kirby sky kick Fighter Kirby using Sky Kick.
kby_pshot_tame1 Unknown Fighter Kirby charging a Force Blast.
kby_pshot_tame2 Unknown Fighter Kirby charging a Mega Force Blast.
kby_pshot_tame3 Unknown Fighter Kirby charging a Giga Force Blast.
kby_pshot1 Kirby power shot 1 Fighter Kirby launching a Force Blast.
kby_pshot2 Kirby power shot 2 Fighter Kirby launching a Mega Force Blast.
kby_mega_pshot Kirby mega power shot Kirby launching a Giga Force Blast.
kby_riging Kirby rising Fighter Kirby using Rising Break.
kby_spin_kick Kirby spin kick Fighter Kirby using Spin Kick.
kby_moon_kick Kirby moon kick Fighter Kirby using Moon Somersault Kick.
kby_crash60 Kirby crash 60 Crash Kirby attacking.
zakodead1 Dead enemy 1 An enemy exploding.
zakodead2 Dead enemy 2 An enemy exploding.
zakodead3 Dead enemy 3 An enemy exploding.
zakodead_s1 Dead enemy s1 An enemy gently exploding.
zakodamage1 Enemy damage 1 An enemy getting hit.
dmg_icehit Damage ice hit An enemy suffering from ice damage.
dmg_cutterhit Damage cutter hit An enemy getting hit by a cutter.
dmg_swordhit Damage sword hit An enemy getting hit by Sword Kirby.
hit_1 An enemy suffering from heavy damage.
hit_2 An enemy suffering from heavy damage.
zako_bomb Enemy bomb An Foley and Bang-Bang exploding.
zako_dead_ice Dead enemy ice A frozen enemy exploding.
zako_tobitachi Enemy taking off An enemy jumping.
zako_shot1 Enemy shot 1 An enemy shooting or throwing something.
zako_fire1 Enemy fire 1 Hot Head shooting fire.
zako_spark1 Enemy spark 1 Sparky attacking.
zako_jump1 Enemy jump 1 Droppy jumping.
zako_shot_zo Enemy shotzo Shotzo shooting a bullet.
bress__dosin_s Doshin press s Giant Rocky landing.
roal_start Roll start Wheelie accelerating.
roal_kabe Roll wall Wheelie colliding with a wall.
apper_apper Upper upper Boxin doing an uppercut.
foaly_bombnage Foley bomb throw Foley detaching itself from its propeler.
syuty_shot Shooty shot Shooty shooting a laser.
dittshi_jab Boxin jab Boxin punching.
ditshi_apper Boxin upper Boxin doing an uppercut.
heavyknight_sword Heavy Knight sword Heavy Knight swinging his sword.
gleat_tyakuti Great landing Giant Rocky doing a ground pound.
birug_nomikomi Snooter swallow Snooter swallowing Kirby or food.
birug_hakidashi Snooter spitting out Snooter spitting out Kirby.
m_boss_exp Mid-Boss explosion A Mid-Boss exploding.
m_boss_damage1 Mid-Boss damage 1 A Mid-Boss taking damage
m_boss_kizetu Mid-Booss fainting A Mid-Boss getting defeated.
m_boss_flash Mid-Boss flash A Mid-Boss about to explode.
cat_atk Cat attack Batafire attacking.
cat_fireboal Cat fireball Batafire launching fireballs.
b_boss_exp Big Boss exploding The crowd cheer after defeating a Boss.
b_boss_flash Big Boss flash The sound that plays when Kirby deals the last hit to a Boss.
king_tataki King bash King Golem slamming his hand on the ground/
king_goalem King golem King Golem releasing a Golem.
item Kirby picking up an item.
oneup Kirby picking up a One Up.
kaifuku Recovery Kirby healing.
kbydead_fgm Kirby dead foreground music Another player getting KOd in multiplayer.
pause Game pause.
select A player selecting an option in the main menu.
kettei Choice A player choosing an option in the main menu.
keitai_coal Phonecall Kirby's cellphone ringing.
keitai_tyak Phonecall talk Another playing recieving a call.
koware1 Broken 1 A Star Block breaking.
switch Kirby pressing a switch.
tobira_f1 Door f 1 Kirby entering a door.
tobira_f2 Door f 2 Kirby entering a door to Central Circle.
takara Treasure Kirby collecting an item inside a treasure chest.
(Source: Vyroz, heynow)

Nintendo SRAM

Located at 0xD60864:

MultiSio4Sio32Load020820
Sio32MultiLoad010214
NINTENDOSRAM_V113

Build Dates

Located at F87AF0 in the Japanese version, F32D94 in the US version, F4026C in the European version and A2BF78 in the prototype. The Japan Revision 1 version, the Japan Virtual Console version and the USA Virtual Console version do not differ from their "parent" versions.

Prototype Europe USA Japan
0.21
Mon Dec 29 19:37:23  2003
1.01
Mon Apr 19 20:21:54  2004
1.03
Mon Apr 12 19:58:05  2004
1.08
Tue Mar  2 02:08:54  2004

Possibly Cut Graphics

Example of the glitch with Parasol.

When Kirby is transported to Dark Mind's last phase, any ability that he had on him will be removed immediately. Thanks to glitches, however, it's possible to keep the abilities of the other Kirbys. To do so, Kirby must call his friends when the screen is almost fully red after defeating Dark Mind's core. This will result in the Kirbys being able to move around the cutscene where Dark Mind escapes, and conserve the ability when the final fight begins. There's a side effect to all of this, as the ability hats (or parasol, in the case of Parasol Kirby) of the Kirbys will just stay floating beside the Warp Star. However, there is one ability who has a unique effect: Missile.

The glitch with Missile.

Missile is the only ability that has a unique sprite when riding the Warp Star. It's identical to one of his sprites when climbing a ladder, but it's located at a different spot in the ROM. While the ladder sprite is located at 005B5D18, this one is located at 005B9458. Missile, unlike other abilities, doesn't have separate sprites for his hat.

Other abilities who have their hats and base sprites as one, such as Cupid, Hammer, Fighter, and Throw, will crash the game if this glitch is attempted with them. This most likely means that the game is trying to load graphics that no longer exist for these abilities. As for abilities that have their hats separate, they could be loading their default hat sprite due to the game being unsuccessful at finding the correct graphic.

All of this indicates that, at one point, every ability was planned to have a special graphic/hat for the Warp Star ride at the final fight, but for unknown circumstances, they were cut.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Unused Missilie Sprite.png

(Discovery: Mugg1991)

Dark Mind Glitch and Unused Hit Counter Behavior

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Dark Mind Glitch.gif

An EXTREMELY rare Glitch can occur at the last Dark Mind fight that causes a softlock. It can happen randomly, and there are no clear requirements for it.

During the post-credits scene, Dark Mind has an absurdly low chance of simply not dying. The player can keep hitting him, but he will never explode. This unfortunate event can at least let us see some unused behavior from the hit counter. If the player is patient enough to surpass 999 hits to Dark Mind's core... ...the counter just resets to 000 hits. Cool.

(Source: Vyroz)

Revisional Differences

  • The Virtual Console release reduced the flashing lights that appears when defeating a boss, as part of Nintendo's newer policies in order to avoid causing epileptic seizures.
  • As stated above, the Virtual Console release removed the multiplayer functionality.

Oddities

  • Despite what the lives counter would have us believe, the game actually caps lives at 255 instead of 99.
  • For some reason, there's a duplicate of the Crackity Hack theme selectable as the 39th track in the Sound Test. For reference, the used version is track 27.


References