Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition artwork
|“||I can use the same attacks as Kirby!”|
|— Gooey • Kirby's Dream Land 3 instruction manual|
Gooey first appears in this game, where he is found in bags after defeating certain mid-bosses. He only appears when the Animal Friend supposed to be found in the bag is already paired with Kirby when it is opened, and he replenishes Kirby's health.
Rarely, a female version of Gooey will be produced from the sack instead of the usual male one. She gives Kirby a 1UP. The first time she is found, she adds 1% to the game's completion, making it necessary to find her in order to earn 100%.
Gooey can be controlled by the CPU or by a second player. Gooey has similar powers to Kirby, specifically, he can also absorb the enemies' powers, with the exception that he licks them up as opposed to inhaling them. He can also team up with any of the Animal Friends just like Kirby, giving him the same Copy Ability combinations. Gooey, as an advantage over Kirby, can lick up stars and devour enemies underwater; however, unlike Kirby, Gooey can't eat two enemies at the same time. During the game's final battle in the Hyper Zone, Gooey's flying form is similar to Dark Matter's appearance, but with a different color scheme and facial features. It costs Kirby one square (2 HP) out of five to summon Gooey.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Gooey appears as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
|“||While Kirby swallows enemies in order to copy their powers, Gooey wraps them up in his tongue to steal their abilities. In Kirby's Dream Land 2, he occasionally appeared inside of a bag, but by Kirby's Dream Land 3, he was a full-fledged partner. He could be controlled by setting him up as Player Two.”|
|— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Melee|
- Gooey's use of his tongue to ingest enemies is similar to the abilities of Yoshi from the Mario series.
- The fact that Gooey is a friend of Kirby's proves that even a creature related to Dark Matter has free will and independent thought.
- In Kirby's Dream Land 3, the player is able to exploit a glitch to regain health. When Kirby has one hit point, he can summon Gooey and then swallow him to gain two more hit points, boosting his vitality to a total of three. Summoning Gooey again will take away the vitality gained, so Kirby cannot do this repeatedly to fully recover.
- In the Japanese version of Kirby's Dream Land 2, a character named Chao from the Japan-only game Yūyūki made a cameo appearance. Since the reference would understandably be lost on people overseas, she was replaced with the female variant of Gooey. Despite this, however, Chao herself later appears in all releases of Kirby's Dream Land 3 along with Goku, another character from the same game.
- Although no arms are seen during most of his moves, when holding the parasol after getting it's ability, a single stubby arm can be seen sprouting out of Gooey's body.
- When Gooey uses the Burning ability, the color of the fire is blue, due to the nature of Gooey's transformations.
- In Ado's depiction of Gooey, he appears to have a forked tongue, despite appearing with a normal tongue.