Kirby's Avalanche

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Kirby's Avalanche
Screenshot KirbysAvalanche Title.png
US Title Screen
DevelopersCompile, HAL Laboratory
PlatformsSuper NES, Virtual Console, Nintendo Switch Online
Players1-2 players
Release dateSuper NES
United States April 25, 1995
Europe February 1, 1995

Virtual Console

United States September 24, 2007
Europe July 27, 2007

Kirby's Avalanche (known as Kirby's Ghost Trap in Europe) is a localized version of Super Puyo Puyo. It was created by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo.


The game Avalanche (or Ghost Trap) has taken Dream Land by storm, and every citizen in the land is playing it. One day, Dream Land's round pink hero Kirby began to wonder who the best player in Dream Land was. Months of organizing later, the very first annual Dream Land Avalanche Competition begins! The rules are simple: get to the Fountain of Dreams on foot and defeat a set of opponents in a game of Avalanche to win the Dream Fountain Cup. However, there's a catch: if you meet another competitor on the road, you must challenge them! The loser is disqualified, to narrow down the competitors at the Fountain of Dreams. Kirby is set on winning the Dream Fountain Cup, just like everyone else, and so our story begins

This is the very first Kirby game to have dialogue, and the only one where the hero himself speaks. Kirby's attitude is rough and sarcastic while still cheerful. This is much like Arle Nadja in the early Puyo games, though this might be a coincidence.


Like Puyo Puyo, Kirby's Avalanche is divided into 3 levels: Easy, Normal, and Hard.

Beginner levels

The easy level, also known as the "Learning Stage", serves as an introduction to the game and features 3 stages:

  • Waddle Dee - A nervous enemy who is usually known to be the weakest enemy in the Kirby series. Plays like Skeleton T.
  • Bronto Burt - A flying creature with a bad attitude. Plays like Nasu Grave.
  • Waddle Doo - A Waddle Dee-like enemy who shoots a beam from his singular eye. Plays like Mummy.

Normal levels

The normal levels starts at stage 1, starting with Poppy Brother Sr.:

  • Poppy Bros. Sr. - A normally weak mini boss who is known for tossing bombs at his foes. Plays like Draco Centauros.
  • Whispy Woods - An apple tree who hates it when people step on his roots. He's known for being the first boss of every mainline Kirby game except for Kirby: Squeak Squad. Plays like Suketoudara.
  • Kabu - A teleporting statue who always seems to block everyone's way. Plays like Sukiyapodes.

Hard levels

The harder levels starts at stage 4, starting with Broom Hatter:

  • Broom Hatter - A witch who, like Kikimora, has a constant cleanliness obsession. Plays like Harpy.
  • Squishy - A squid who loves messing in other people's affairs. Plays like Sasoriman. In Kirby's Ghost Trap, the name "Avalanche" is always replaced with "Ghost Trap," which causes Squishy's lines to overflow outside of his text box.
  • Lololo & Lalala - A duo from the Eggerland games (Adventures of Lolo in the US), another series that made its debut on the MSX. Their relationship with Kirby is unknown. Like Harpy and Panotty, their blobs clear into music notes. They also play like Panotty.
  • Bugzzy - The king of all insects, a giant stag beetle known for his dangerous wrestling moves. Plays like Zombie.
  • Paint Roller - A painter on roller skates whose paintings come to life. Kirby thinks of him as the "meanest art student ever." Plays like Witch.

Final levels

  • Heavy Mole - A mining one-eyed machine who never stops burrowing. Plays like Zoh Daimaoh, but doesn't shake the board like King Dedede.
  • Mr. Shine & Mr. Bright - Rulers of the night and day. Much like Dream Land's actual sun and moon, they are known for getting into feuds with each other. They play like Schezo Wegey.
  • Kracko - Like Whispy Woods, he is a reoccurring boss in the series, known for zapping his enemies and frying them. However, he seems to have a sensitive side, and has never forgotten any of his losses to Kirby. Plays like Minotaur.
  • Meta Knight - A major character in the series, a masked swordsman who bears a striking resemblance to Kirby without his mask. Plays like Rulue.
  • King Dedede - The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land. He has a kind heart, despite how many misunderstandings he's been involved in, and sees Kirby not as an enemy, but a friendly rival. Plays like Satan but shakes the board like Zoh Daimaoh.


Kirby's Avalanche was developed and then released at the same time as Kirby's Dream Land 2, the third mainline Kirby game to be released. As such, the game's characters are based on enemies and bosses from the first and second games, Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Adventure.

Banpresto published the Super Famicom version of Puyo Puyo, Super Puyo Puyo, on December 10, 1993. This version would be the basis of Kirby's Avalanche.

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