Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards artwork
|Enemy Info card number||#10|
|“||N-Zs walk through the worlds, neither attacking nor avoiding Kirby. You can easily avoid N-Zs by leaping over them.”|
|— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)|
N-Zs are common enemies that appear only in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. They replace Waddle Dees because the single Waddle Dee that appears in the game is one of Kirby's friends. N-Zs are just as easy to defeat as the Waddle Dees in other games.
N-Zs are dark gray balls with round black eyes, pointy cat-like ears, and white shoes. They give no copy abilities when eaten. A bigger version of an N-Z is found in the first stage of Planet Popstar as a mid-boss, just two rooms before the fight with a Dark Matter-possessed Waddle Dee.
While N-Zs are very common, they are only found on Popstar, Ripple Star, and, strangely enough, Dark Star. N-Zs can be seen dropping out of a massive cloud of Dark Matter in Stage 3 of Ripple Star. They are the only enemies found in Dark Star, other than the final boss, 0². Because of this, it is suggested that N-Zs (or at least, these particular ones) are made out of Dark Matter.
- These enemies take the place of Waddle Dees in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards because the Waddle Dee in the game is Kirby's friend. This is not the case in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, however; because the friendly Waddle Dee in those games is differentiated by a bandana, ordinary Waddle Dees still serve as common enemies.