Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (A.K.A. Kirby of the Stars) is a 2.5D (2D gameplay and 3D graphics) Kirby game and is the first Kirby game to have 3D graphics. This game is believed to be the direct sequel to Kirby's Dream Land 3 on the Super Nintendo. This game's gameplay is the usual platforming you'd expect from a Kirby game. But instead of having a single copy ability you can take to abilities and put them together to make a better ability with traits of the two powers you mixed, giving you hundreds of abilities. Kirby must travel through the universe obtaining scattered crystal shards. There is 3-4 levels in a world then a boss.
On the distant planet of Ripple Star, faerie like creatures live in piece. Then mysterious Dark Creatures appear to take control of the planet. Then a girl named Ribbon escapes with the planets relic, a Crystal and sets out for refuge and help. But the Dark Creatures attack her and makes her crash land in Dreamland. (A.K.A. Pop Star) While crash landing the Crystal breaks in to many pieces. But she finds Kirby and asks him to help her the Crystal Shards. Then they set off. They eventually find their friends Waddle Dee, King Dedede and Adeliene.
- Numerous abilities for you to combine and create.
- Collectible enemy cards
- Boss Rush (after you beat the game)
Kirby 64: Crystal Shards features a multiplayer mode. That allows you play one of three mini-games with up to 3 friends or 3 computers.
- Mini Bosses
- Copy Abilities
- Crystal Shard Guides
- Originally the beta of the game showed that you were allowed to play as Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and Adeliene. King Dedede is still playable in some levels, however.
- Originally this game was going to called Kirby's Cloud.
Unlike previous Kirby games, you can actually combine powers in this game for a total of 35 different powers.