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|“||After I defeat the last boss of each stage, they will leave behind one of the special Sparkling Stars that King Dedede has stolen. When you see it, make sure you grab it so that you can return it to the people of Dream Land.”|
|— Kirby's Dream Land instruction manual|
A Sparkling Star (きらきらぼし) is a key item found in the original Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby Super Star and its remake. They bear some resemblance to Kirby's Warp Star and allow Dream Land's residents to locate food. There are five in all.
King Dedede steals all of them and gives them to his strongest soldiers to guard keeping one for himself. Every stage in the game has one Sparkling Star that is obtained after defeating the boss on that stage.
After Kirby collects the last Sparkling Star they all gather in his body - causing Kirby to blow up to a huge balloon-like size and carry King Dedede's Castle (full of the stolen food) back to the Dream Landers. As this is similar to Balloon Kirby, it could be said that Kirby obtained his Copy Abilities from the Sparkling Stars, which also explains why they aren't present in that game. Once he gets there he returns to normal and the Sparkling Stars leave his body, but start floating beneath the castle - holding it up in the air while the food pours out of it.
In Spring Breeze, the same basic premise occurs again, as it is based on the original formula as a tutorial sub-game. This time, King Dedede steals four of them. In the remake-exclusive Revenge of the King, King Dedede steals the four once again to lure Kirby into a revenge plot. When the new and improved Kabula destroys Kirby's Warp Star, the three Sparkling Stars he has collected merge into the Starship, allowing Kirby to return and defeat Kabula.
- Curiously, Sparkling Stars are called Twinkle Stars on Club Nintendo's site.