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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

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Title Screen

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Also known as: Hoshi no Kirby 64 (JP)
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 64
Released in JP: March 24, 2000
Released in US: June 26, 2000
Released in EU: June 22, 2001

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Eating enemies, floating around, fighting disembodied eyeballs... a Kirby game, except this one is in 3D and you can combine powers.

To do:
  • Was there some kind of debug mode, or am I mistaken?
  • A few more unused fanfares allegedly exist in the Sound Test. Check to make sure.

Unused Graphics

Early Art

Present at 0x9D8CC0 in the US version is some very, very early art.

Image in Game Prerelease Picture
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A similar set of portraits can be seen in use in early prerelease shots. Most notably, Kirby's animal friends were apparently meant to be in the game. In the final game, they only appear in a small cameo with the Stone Friends ability.

The numbers under "Kirby 64" may be a date. If so, it would be October 30, 1998, nearly a year and a half before the game's Japanese release.

Debug Display?

Among the graphics of the different HUD displays is this strange HUD of some sort that might be related to debugging.

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Test Rooms

Enter the GameShark code 810D1F9A ????, where "????" is one of the below. This will replace Pop Star's first level.

Value Internal Name Room Description
1E30 ABE200 A plain green room with Adeleine. That's it.
1E54 ABE100 A wide open area for testing different kinds of terrain. Each colored square uses a different material, and is labeled in Japanese. There are some occasional blocks.
The materials are, from left to right: Ice (コオリ), Snow (ユキ), Sand (スナ), Wood (キ), Cloud (クモ), Grass (クサ), Iron (テツ), Mud (ドロ), Slippery (スベリ).
1EE4 ENETEST1 Completely empty, so Kirby falls forever in a grey void. The name indicates that it may have been used to test enemy behavior.
1F08 ENETEST2 A large room with a high ceiling and a painfully colorful grid on the back wall. The name indicates that it may have been used to test enemy behavior.
1F2C ITEM01 A very wide room that contains a lot of food and some Invincibility Candies, Yellow Stars, and Blue Stars. There are blocks and pools of water, but they have no collision.
1F50 BREAKTEST1 A basic room with some blocks to jump on. Some kind of broken background effect is used here, causing a white wavy texture to be overlaid in front of everything.

On a side note, 1E9C (EXERCISE0) contains the How to Play demo. Interestingly, all the demos are in one room!

Unused Audio

Unused Music

A remix of the first animal friends theme in Kirby's Dream Land 3! It can be accessed as Music 002 on the Sound Check, available after beating the game.

The classic victory dance theme of the series.

A shorter victory dance.

Unused Sound

いろはにほへと ちりぬるを (Iro ha nihoheto Chirinuru wo)

This is present in the Sound Test. It's the first two phrases of the Traditional Japanese poem Iroha, the Japanese equivalent to the ABC song, repeated over and over in a sped-up voice. Due to how it ends, it was likely intended for the TVs in Stage 3 of Shiver Star.

Crash Debugger

This game has a crash debugger. To open it, crash the game in some way, then enter this button code:

  • Z + R + L
  • D-Up + C-Up
  • A + D-Left
  • B + D-Right
  • D-Down + C-Down

The crash debugger consists of three pages. Press Z + R + L to scroll through them. The first page displays the type of crash and the registers, the second page displays a stack trace, and the third page displays different contents depending on the type of crash.

The same crash debugger can also be found in Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon Snap, both of which were also developed by HAL.

(Source: fkualol)

Extra Tiny Fence Post


In the cutscene where Kirby meets Ribbon, there is tiny copy of a fence post present in the scene. The extra fence post, which is smaller and more tapered than the other fence posts in the scene, is floating above the ground to Kirby's left. This tiny fence post is visible in the bottom-left portion of the screen when Kirby runs into the sunrise, showing up as one or two brown pixels just beneath the fence beam.

Early Dark Matter


In the cutscene after Waddle Doo is defeated, the Dark Matter ball that flies up is a different model from the typical Dark Matter used in other cutscenes. The design resembles Dark Matter's appearance in earlier games, though this exact design is new. The eye is modeled out and protrudes from the body. The whole model uses 512 polygons, which is relatively high-quality for a Nintendo 64 game, though other characters in the game use more.

Early Popstar Forest Bush

Unused Used
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Hidden outside the skybox in Adeleine's introductory cutscenes are several bushes, one of which uses a different texture from the others. The normal bushes are given color through the use of shaders, but the unique bush has a colored texture. This is likely what all of the bushes in Pop Star stage 2 looked like earlier in development.

Unused Texture Transparency

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Two of the textures in King Dedede's castle have transparency data that is not used by the game. The square wave pattern texture, used on multiple walls in the castle, could have doubled as battlements by hiding the top half of the pattern. The stained glass window texture has transparency for all of the black parts, which would allow it to be used as a light effect or allow more detailed wall textures to show through from behind. Early footage of the game shows the textures being used without transparency, suggesting that the change was made early on.

Regional Differences

Japan International
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Along with a necessary title change, the two copyrights were merged into a single line in the International version.

Japan International
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The fourth HUD option in the Japanese version of the game has an appearance similar to Japanese calligraphy, while the International version changes it to a crayon-drawn theme.

Japan International
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One of the food items is a rice ball in the Japanese version and a sandwich in the international versions, continuing a running theme of removing Japanese foodstuffs. Oddly, Waddle Dee eats an onigiri during the stage-ending picnic sequences in both versions.