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Button Function
Left Dpad/Right Dpad
  • Move left/right
  • Choose between worlds on Pop Star and specific levels in each world.
Up Dpad
  • Puff Kirby up in order to fly
  • Enter a door
  • Move upwards while flying or swimming
  • Move cursor upwards in a menu
Down Dpad
  • Crouch (when not with an Animal Helper, swimming or puffed up)
  • Swallow an enemy or object in Kirby's mouth
  • Drop through certain thin platforms
  • Move downwards while flying or swimming
  • Move cursor downwards in a menu
A Button
  • Summon Gooey
  • Transport to Kirby (As Gooey, 2 Player only)
  • (If Press Repeatedly, and as Gooey) Die/"Suicide"
B Button
  • Jump; height of jump depends on how long you press the button
  • Move upwards while flying or swimming
  • Confirm menu selection
X Button
  • Mount or dismount an Animal Friend
Y Button
  • Inhale enemies/objects (if Kirby has no Copy Ability)
  • Spit out a star (after inhaling an enemy or object)
  • Use Kirby's Copy Ability
  • Exhale air after being puffed up, returning Kirby to normal
  • Cancel menu selection/go backwards on a menu screen
Start Button
  • Pause the game and open a menu enabling you to leave an already completed stage
  • Confirm menu selection
Select Button
  • Discard Kirby's Copy Ability (if he possesses one)

Down Dpad+Y Button: Slide. Moves across the ground and damages enemies slightly. Only usable without an Animal Friend.