Kirby Air Ride artwork
|Availability||Top Ride only. Air Ride and City Trial, via hacking.|
|Course Unlocked at||N/A|
|How to Unlock||Available from the start.|
The Steer Star (Handle Star in Japan) is a star in Kirby Air Ride that moves differently from the Free Star. It does not move up, down, left, and right by pressing the corresponding direction, so the player must steer it like a normal Air Ride Machine, despite the camera not following behind them. This setup is similar to the controls used in many other racing games with a fixed overhead view, such as Atari Games' Super Sprint. The Steer Star is colored blue and white, and is only usable in Top Ride. The player controls it by moving the control stick side to side. Like the Free Star, it has only appeared in Kirby Air Ride. It is oddly shaped like an arrow, probably to indicate the direction it is traveling in.
In 3D Modes
In Air Ride and City Trial modes, the Steer and Free Stars can only be accessed if the debug menu is employed via hacking. In these modes, both the Steer and Free Stars have the same statistics as the Warpstar, likely as a placeholder. It is unknown whether the Steer and Free Stars were at one point planned to be accessible in these other modes, or if their functionality in debug mode is merely a consequence of how the game's programming handles slots for machine/character selection.