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N-Z
Name (JP) エヌゼット (Enuzetto)
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Copy abilityNone
CategoryRegular enemy
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, . Because of this, it is suggested that N-Zs (or at least, these particular ones) are made out of Dark Matter.

Trivia

  • 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.

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