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Gaspar is an enemy in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land.

Physical Appearance

Gaspar is a nightcap-wearing, limbless ghost with a long, ghostly tail. Because it has appeared so few times and its debut game was in monochrome, there is some inconsistency to Gaspar's coloring. In official artwork for Kirby's Dream Land, it is pale white with red cheek blushes and a red nightcap. In Kirby's Dream Course, however, Gaspar is a creamy shade of yellow, and its nightcap is dark blue with a neon green trim.

Games

Kirby's Dream Land

Gaspar serves as the equivalent of Booler in the Extra Game of Kirby's Dream Land. Gaspar lives in Castle Lololo, where he floats around like Booler, but at a higher speed and usually in a set pattern. It is stronger than its counterpart, dealing two points of damage when it collides with Kirby. The enemy has the tendency to wiggle its tail as it floats around.

Kirby's Pinball Land

Gaspar is one of the enemies encountered in the Whispy Woods Bonus Game, appearing extremely rarely.[1] Gaspar awards the player 33300 points when defeated.

Kirby's Dream Course

Gaspar is one of the few enemies that is required to be hit with a high-angled shot in order to be defeated.

Etymology

Gaspar's name may be a reference to Casper the Friendly Ghost, based on the similar appearance. Alternatively, Gasper's name may refer to the fact that, prior to the release of Kirby's Dream Land, "Gaspar" or "Gasper" was one of the alternate names that Nintendo of America suggested to HAL in place of "Twinkle Popo," the name that HAL originally proposed for the character that became Kirby.[2] The name could also be derived from "gasp," an inhale resulting from shock.

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Sprites

References

  1. Japanese Kirby Wiki
  2. An interview found in the 1993 official Nintendo guide book