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KSSU TGCO
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The Great Cave Offensive
Name (JP) 洞窟大作戦 (Dōkutsu dai sakusen)
- Meaning means "The Great Cave Offensive"
Explore an ancient cave and recover the 60 treasures hidden there, then make it back to the surface safely. Think of the value of each treasure in gold as your score.
— Instruction manual description • Kirby Super Star Ultra
Thecaveoffensive

in Kirby Super Star

The Great Cave Offensive is a sub-game in Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra.

In this sub-game, Kirby is taking a walk- but he accidentally falls through a hole. He ventures through what seems to be a cave, and must escape. Throughout the sub-game, he has the option of collecting treasure chest items. Each treasure has a value in Gold, which is also the player's score. 100G (100 gold) is equivalent to 1 USD - this is found in the Dime and 100-Dollar Coin items, which are worth 10G and 10,000G, respectively. The Great Cave Offensive's more adventure-based layout makes it somewhat unique within the classic Kirby series.

In the sub-game Meta Knightmare Ultra, every piece of food disappears, and every Maxim Tomato and Treasure Chest is replaced with food. Areas that do not lead to the mine cart are also removed.

Gameplay

KSSU GCO Kirby

Kirby falls into the cave - Kirby Super Star Ultra

As Kirby, the player walks through an environment that resembles a cave. There are a total of sixty treasures strewn throughout the cave. There are save rooms in every region which contain a pad to Kirby's progress, and special rooms before a boss fights which contain Copy Pedestals and a Maxim Tomato. The player traverses the regions in sequence; a forested area (Sub-tree), a lake (Crystal), a castle (Old Tower), and a garden, among others. Most are guarded by a boss - the bosses are unique to this game (including the Active-Battle System-based computer boss called Computer Virus).

The four areas are:


Treasures

KSSU TGCO treasures

The treasures in Kirby Super Star Ultra

Gathering treasure is the main objective and the source of difficulty in The Great Cave Offensive. In general, more treasures are hidden in obscure places and are more difficult to obtain in later regions, while the hidden treasures are worth more in Gold. Many of the treasures make references to other notable franchises through their appearance or names.

KSS item KSSU item KSS value KSSU value Details
GoldmedalKSSGoldmedalKSSUGold Medal 10000G
GoldcoinKSSGoldcoinKSSUGold Coin 1000G The oval coin seen on the item screen is a Koban, an ancient Japanese gold coin and bears resemblance to the coin on the head of a Meowth.
WhipKSSWhipKSSUWhip 6800G A reference to the popular classic NES game, Castlevania, strongly resembling the Belmont Clan's famous whip, "The Vampire Killer." Identified by the ball on the end of the whip.
CrystalballKSSCrystalballKSSUCrystal Ball 200000G A reference to various RPGs of the Famicom and Super Famicom era, but more closely resembles the Crystal Ball in the Famicom version of Ys: Vanished - Omen.
LuckycatKSSLuckycatKSSULucky Cat 5000G The white cat seen on the item screen is a common Japanese luck charm, the Maneki Neko.
SeiryuswordKSSSeiryuswordKSSUSeiryu Sword 142000G Seiryu is an azure dragon from Chinese mythology who represents the season of spring and the eastern direction.
ScrewballKSSScrew Ball ScrewattackKSSUScrew Attack 80000G The Screw Attack (incorrectly labeled as Screw Ball in Super Star) is a power-up item in the Metroid video game series that allows the player to perform a jumping attack.
EchigocandyKSSEchigocandyKSSUEchigo Candy 8000G Echigo (越後国) is the name of a place in old Japan currently part of the Niigata Prefecture. Because of the close pronunciation to ichigo (苺), meaning strawberry, this item is sometimes misinterpreted as strawberry candy.
ZebramaskKSSZebra Mask PhantomaskKSSUPhanto Mask (En)
PhantomaskKSSUPhantom Mask (Jp)
278000G Resembles the nose of a zebra. Phantos are enemies from Super Mario Bros. 2.
StarstoneKSSStarstoneKSSUStar Stone 82100G
Beast'sfangKSSBeast'sfangKSSUBeast's Fang 7300G
BandannaKSSBandannaKSSUBandana 1990G The Bandana looks similar to the one Kirby wears when he gains the Fighter ability.
SpringtimeKSSSpringtime SeasonsheartKSSUSeasons Heart 250000G Seasons Heart is a combination of Springtime, Summertime, Autumntime and Wintertime.
DimeKSSDimeKSSUDime 10G
GlassslipperKSSGlass Slippers GlassslipperKSSUGlass Slipper 120000G Refers to the famous footwear of Cinderella.
GobletKSSGobletKSSUGoblet 800G
SaucepanKSSSaucepanKSSUSaucepan 10G
BrassknucklesKSSBrassknuckleKSSUBrass Knuckle 20000G
AmberroseKSSAmberroseKSSUAmber Rose 22100G
FishfossilKSSFishfossilKSSUFish Fossil 8250G
BeastfossilKSSBeastfossilKSSUBeast Fossil 24220G
NunchuksKSSNunchuks MachinepartsKSSUMachine Parts 55480G 121300G Machine Parts are parts of the Hydra in Kirby Air Ride.
BucketKSSBucketKSSUBucket 200G The bucket is actually the same one from the Super Famicom game Mario & Wario.
SummertimeKSSSummertime PowerpaintbrushKSSUPower Paintbrush 250000G 222000G Power Paintbrush refers to Drawcia's Magical Paintbrush from Kirby: Canvas Curse.
100dollarcoinKSS100 dollar coin 100dollarcoinKSSU100-Dollar Coin 10000G
AncientgemKSSAncientgemKSSUAncient Gem 68000G In Japanese, this is referred to as a magatama.
FalconhelmetKSSFalconhelmetKSSUFalcon Helmet 41000G The helmet of Captain Falcon, one of the main characters in the F-Zero video game series.
DudKSSDud CellphoneKSSUCell Phone 30G 40210G Kirby's Cell Phone from Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. The Dud looks like a bomb dropped in many different games.
TruthmirrorKSSTruthmirrorKSSUTruth Mirror 500000G Could possibly be based on the Ra Mirror from the Dragon Quest series.
StartiaraKSSStartiaraKSSUStar Tiara 408200G
TurtleshellKSSTurtle Shell KoopashellKSSUKoopa Shell 800G Resembles the shell of a green Koopa Troopa, a common enemy from the Mario video game series.
SwordtreasureKSSSword FalchionKSSUFalchion 325000G Marth's Falchion from the Fire Emblem series. The English translation of the original Kirby Super Star did not pick up on that.
WarriorshieldKSSWarriorshieldKSSUWarrior Shield 50000G
Unicorn'shornKSSUnicorn'shornKSSUUnicorn's Horn 80300G
AutumntimeKSSAutumntime ThreestarcaneKSSUThree-Star Cane 250000G 222000G Three-Star Cane refers to Daroach's Triple Star cane from Kirby: Squeak Squad.
RicebowlKSSRice Bowl BrokenbowlKSSUBroken Bowl 50G
Tut'smaskKSSTut'smaskKSSUTut's Mask 160000G Refers to the gilded mask of Tutankhamun, the ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
MrsaturnKSSMrsaturnKSSUMr. Saturn 120000G A member of a friendly species of beings - all known as Mr. Saturn - from the Mother video game series.
ArmorKSSArmorKSSUArmor 212000G Resembles the armor Arthur, from the Ghosts'n Goblins series, wears.
TreasureboxKSSTreasureboxKSSUTreasure Box 100000G
MannequinKSSMannequinKSSUMannequin 3000G
GoldcrownKSSGoldcrownKSSUGold Crown 528000G
King'scapeKSSKing'scapeKSSUKing's Cape 508000G
ModelshipKSSModelshipKSSUModel Ship 800000G
SunringKSSSunringKSSUSun Ring 800000G
WintertimeKSSWintertime GoldwateringcanKSSUGold Watering Can 250000G 200000G The Gold Watering Can is a hidden item in the Animal Crossing series.
KatanaKSSKatanaKSSUKatana 990000G The most valuable of all 60 Treasures.
CharmKSSCharmKSSUCharm 8000G The necklace seen on the item screen holds an Ankh.
ChristmastreeKSSChristmastreeKSSUXmas Tree 40000G
Kong'sbarrelKSSKong'sbarrelKSSUKong's Barrel 1500G A "DK Barrel", from the Donkey Kong Country games. Originally a normal barrel from the same series.
Ramia'sscaleKSSRamia'sscaleKSSURamia's Scale 12800G The scale of a mythical creature, Lamia.
ShinybambooKSSShinybambooKSSUShiny Bamboo 600000G
TireKSSTireKSSUTire 1100G
SpiritcharmKSSSpiritcharmKSSUSpirit Charm 78500G
PegasuswingKSSPegasuswingKSSUPegasus Wing 42800G One of three Sacred Treasures in Kid Icarus.
RaccondollKSSRaccondollKSSURaccoon Doll 8150G
ShellwhistleKSSShellwhistleKSSUShell Whistle 82000G
OrihalconKSSOrihalcon OrichalcumKSSUOrichalcum 512000G Orihalcon is a mythical stone of Atlantis that is incredibly hard, and quite valuable in most RPGs.
PlatinumringKSSPlatinumringKSSUPlatinum Ring 40000G
TriforceKSSTriforceKSSUTriforce 800000G The powerful Triforce artifact in the Legend of Zelda series.

Trivia

Treasures

Victory screen - Kirby Super Star

KSSU TGCO win

Victory screen - Kirby Super Star Ultra

  • The Old Tower is actually fully optional. The player does not need to fight Chameleo Arm, even if he/she chooses to enter the Old Tower.
  • The song that plays in the save rooms is a remix of the second part of the Float Islands theme. This remix was also re-recorded as the All-Star Mode Rest Area music in Super Smash Bros. Melee. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the song is also used for the rest areas in the arenas.
  • Commas were added to the gold values in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
  • In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the new treasures have different values, but the total value of all the treasures is still 9999990G.
  • If the player completes the game without collecting a single treasure, during the ending sequence, "You didn't find even one treasure..." will appear instead.
  • According to the original Japanese manual, the name of the great cave is "Majirute" (マジルテ).

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