|“||This may look like an island paradise lined with palm trees, but don't expect to have a relaxing time here! You'll have to watch your step as you island hop here or you could end up falling in the ocean. Kaboola will have you scrambling to dodge her constant attack of cannon balls.”|
|— Instruction manual description • Kirby's Dream Land|
Float Islands is the third stage of Kirby's Dream Land and the second stage of the Spring Breeze sub-game in Kirby Super Star/Ultra. It comes after Castle Lololo in the original game, but as Castle Lololo was removed from Spring Breeze, it comes after Green Greens in the remake instead. Float Islands is followed by Bubbly Clouds. In Revenge of the King, it is replaced by Illusion Islands.
In Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby doesn't catch a Blipper but instead catches an ordinary generic fish.
Float Islands is made up of several parts. The first area is a chain of tropical islands in the sea with water-related enemies such as Squishy and Blipper. After going through this area, Kirby enters a cave filled with Kabus and a lot of dangerous spikes. On the other side of the cave is a large ship, and at the end of the ship Kirby can enter a room with a Warp Star. The Warp Star lands in a whale's blowhole, and the whale then launches Kirby up in the sky where Kaboola is fought.
In Kirby Super Star, the first two areas are shortened and the ship is replaced by a castle. Before Kirby can grab the Warp Star, he has to fight Mr. Frosty. This time the Warp Star takes him to another castle which is believed to be Castle Lololo due to the fact that Lololo & Lalala are fought in this area.
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|Theme - Float Islands|
Float Islands' name is derived from "float," which can either refer to scoops of ice cream floating in a glass of juice, a soft-drink, or a milkshake; or simply anything that can float, such as a raft or ship.
|“||The three main areas of the dreaded Float Islands have their own specific dangers. Watch out for falling Coconuts in the first area. They're a bit difficult to spot when Kirby is on the run. The spiked floors and ceilings in the second area will test Kirby's flying skills. A trio of frantically firing Shotzos and various winged enemies will also test Kirby's flying skills in the third area. Check the map to locate the easy 1-Up in the second area.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
- Part of the song that plays on the stage was the basis for the music that plays in the Save Cottages during The Great Cave Offensive in Kirby Super Star. That particular arrangement would be remixed in Super Smash Bros. Melee as the music for the All-Star Rest Area that appears between matches in All-Star Mode. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the song is used for the rest areas in The Arena and The True Arena, and it also plays on the file select screen. This music was also reused in the Copy Ability room of The Arena in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and as the file select music for Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- The music from this stage has been remixed often: it also appears in Collapse Castle in Kirby: Canvas Curse, in the Smash Ride sub-game from Kirby: Squeak Squad, in the theme for the Aqua Star levels in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, among others.
- One cutscene in Kirby's Epic Yarn is similar to the intro of Float Islands.
- Scenery from Float Islands is used as a backdrop for Kirby's Dream Land-themed badge catchers and badge albums in Nintendo Badge Arcade.