In most of the Kirby games Warp Stars take Kirby to other areas in a level or to secret areas. When Kirby grabs one it will automatically take him to it's destination, often with a crash landing. Some Kirby mini games allow the player to control the Warp Star. In general Warp Stars serve as a method of fast travel in the Kirby series, allowing Kirby to get places quicker than by walking. In Kirby's Air Ride it was a vehicle (and appeared on the cover of the game's box).
Super Smash Bros. series
The Warp Star appears in the Super Smash Bros. series as part of Kirby's stage intro, where he crash lands it onto the stage. Starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee it is also an item. When a fighter grabs a Warp Star they will hop aboard flying it into the sky before coming down with an explosion. The descent of the Warp Star can be controlled somewhat by holding the control stick in the direction one wants to land. Kirby is seen riding the Warpstar in CG movies featured in Melee and Brawl's Subspace Emissary. The following are the trophy descriptions for the Warp Star:
Super Smash Bros. Melee
- "The Warp Star originated as Kirby's ride: it helped the ponderous puffball get around at high speed. Hop on the Warp Star in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and your character will rapidly launch up and off the screen. You'll return in a flash, causing an explosion as you hit the ground. Try holding a direction to alter your landing."
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- "A warp-speed item. In the Kirby series, Warp Stars are used to move between stages. In Smash Bros., they're ultrafast attack items that zoom up and down to devastate anyone they hit. You can shift your landing spot by moving the Control Stick left or right during your descent. Choose your target and hang on! Don't overshoot the mark and plummet off the stage, though."