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Kirby's Star Stacker is a 1997 puzzle video game developed by HAL Laboratory for the Game Boy. This game is Kirby's first puzzle game that is not a clone of an existing title.

It received a remake for the Super Famicom in Japan under the name Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu (roughly translated to Kirby's Sparkling Kids). The Japanese version of the Game Boy Kirby's Star Stacker is also known as a same name.


Blocks fall in pairs from the top of the play area. There are three types of blocks (called "friends" in the game), based on Kirby's friends from Kirby's Dream Land 2: Rick the hamster, Coo the owl, and Kine the fish. The object of the game is to score stars by placing one or more stars between two matching friends, which causes the friends and the stars to disappear, adding to the score total.

Modes of play[]

There are four game modes in Star Stacker.

  • Round Clear - this is the main game, split into five difficulty modes (Normal, Hard, Very Hard, Super Hard, and Insane), each with a certain number of rounds. Rounds are cleared by eliminating a set number of stars. Each stage takes on a theme, such as forests or the galaxy. When each round is cleared, the player is rewarded with special artwork using the themes of each stage.
  • VS - the multiplayer mode.
  • Challenge - an endless mode. The object is to eliminate as many stars as possible before the stack of blocks reaches the top of the screen; a hand raises up the set of blocks, introducing a new row. Like Round Clear, in game artwork is awarded depending on the amount of stars collected, often encouraging the player to try harder next time (until the final picture is received).
  • Time Attack - eliminate as many stars as possible in three minutes.

There is a high score table for the Challenge and Time Attack modes, showing the top three scores for each mode.

Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu[]

Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu (カービィのきらきらきっず - Kirby's Sparkling Kids), also commonly referred to as Kirby's Super Star Stacker, is a video game released in the same year for the SNES. Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu is a SNES remake of Kirby's Star Stacker with nearly identical gameplay. The point of the game is to remove falling star blocks by placing matching animal friends (Rick, Coo, and Kine) at either end. One of the primary enhancements is story mode, in which Kirby faces several opponents from other Kirby games (mostly from Kirby Super Star). The game's title is exactly the same as the Japanese title of the Game Boy version of Kirby's Star Stacker.

This version was released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on January 5, 2010.