Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards cheat code discovered 21 years later

Nintendo 64 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards cheat code discovered 21 years later 100% completion Twitter decompile decompilation

HAL Laboratory released Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for Nintendo 64 in the ancient era of 2000. Players have had 21 years to dissect the game in every possible way, yet it would seem the game had at least one secret leftover that no one had found. On Twitter, a user has discovered a controller combination for a Kirby 64 cheat code that unlocks a 100% completion save file. Apparently, this discovery has occurred amid an ongoing effort to decompile the game.

The tweet below details the specific actions required to activate the Kirby 64 cheat code. However, on top of the button inputs, file 2 apparently must be empty, while file 3 needs a 0% save file, and controllers need to be plugged into the first and second slots. The code will not work on Wii Virtual Console owing to how button mapping occurs.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was a quality platformer released in the later days of Nintendo 64, with my only major complaint being that the main game could be comfortably beaten within one rental. (I say that because I remember that’s what I did.) More recently, HAL Laboratory co-developed Kirby Fighters 2 with Vanpool. There is likely more Kirby in the works where that came from, but no announcements have been made yet.

What do you think about this Kirby 64 cheat code being discovered 21 years later? For more retro news, check out how someone achieved the first ever Ninja Gaiden no-damage run just last December.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!