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Kururin (universe)

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Kururin (universe)
Kuru Kuru Kururin logo, from [1]
Developer(s) Eighting
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Genre(s) Puzzle
Console/platform of origin Game Boy Advance
First installment Kuru Kuru Kururin (2001)
Latest installment Kururin Squash! (2004) Japan

The Kururin universe (くるりん, Kururin) is a series of puzzle games developed by Eighting and published by Nintendo.

Franchise Description[edit]

The original game in the series, Kuru Kuru Kururin was first revealed at Space World 2000. The game released on Japan on March 21, 2001 and in Europe & Australia on June 22, 2001 as a Game Boy Advance launch title. The game did not officially release in North America until February 11, 2016 on Wii U Virtual Console. The game involves the player piloting a constantly moving Helirin, rotating and repositioning it so it does not crash into walls or other obstacles. A sequel titled Kururin Paradise released for the GBA exclusively in Japan on December 6, 2002. Interestingly, the game was on display at E3 2002, the first time the series made an appearance in North America, despite never actually releasing there. Another sequel, titled Kururin Squash!, released on October 14, 2004 for GameCube. This is the first time the series appeared on a home console, and subsequently the first to use 3D polygonal graphics. Kuru Kuru Kururin was rereleased in February 2023 via Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

The series has one trophy in Melee, where "Helirin" is misromanized as "Heririn".



Kururin sets off in his specialized helicopter to rescue his siblings who have lost their way somewhere among ten worlds. The helicopter is fitted with an enormous blade, which propels the machine forward by slowly rotating. The mazes that Kururin must navigate are narrow and filled with all kinds of strange obstacles.
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin
  • Japan Only

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Assist Trophy[edit]

Helirin appears as an Assist Trophy in Brawl. When summoned, Helirin will move in similar fashion to how it did within its games, in that it will rotate sideways. Helirin acts as a solid platform and can be stood on.



A unique helicopter that flies with long, slowly rotating wings. If the wings strike walls or obstacles, the Helirin takes damage and loses hearts. The wings normally spin clockwise, but the rotation can be reversed by touching springs. There are many areas that require this technique. The Helirin can be customized by picking up and using a variety of items.
GB Advance: Kuru Kuru Kururin (Japan and Europe Only)
GameCube: Kururin Squash (Japan Only)

Action Helirins

Helirins created by Prof. Rabbit. One is a helicopter that can throw punches from its wings to smash things--HELIBOKAAN! Press and hold a button to submerge, then release to surface--HELIBASHAN! Shoot fire left and right from the wings--HELIBOBOH! Use a spinning ability to create tornadoes--HELIBURUUN! There are also five varieties which shoot in rapid fire--HELIBIBYUUN!
GameCube: Kururin Squash (Japan Only)


Name Game Effect Characters
Helibokaan Kururin Squash! AttackWeapon+013TypeIcon(Weapon).png Attack +13 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Kururin Kururin Paradise AttackHead+004TypeIcon(Head).png Attack +4 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Helibokaan (Kururin Squash!).png
(Kururin Squash!)
Brawl Sticker Kururin (Kururin Paradise).png
(Kururin Paradise)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Helirin does not reprise its role as an Assist Trophy, but it and Kururin himself both return as a shared spirit.


No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability
from the game's files
2 Screw Attack Equipped

Games with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Kuru Kuru Kururin[edit]

  • Assist Trophy:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Helirin appears as an Assist Trophy.
  • Trophies:
    • Super Smash Bros. Melee Helirin appears as a trophy in Melee and Brawl.
  • Stickers:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Kururin appears as a sticker
  • Spirit:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Helirin appears as a spirit.

Kururin Paradise[edit]

  • Stickers:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Kururin's sticker uses artwork from this game.

Kururin Squash![edit]

  • Stickers:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Helibokaan appears as a sticker.
  • Spirit:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate The Helirin spirit uses artwork from this game.



  • Melee incorrectly lists Kuru Kuru Kururin as a Japan-exclusive release, despite also being released in Europe and Australia.
    • Brawl also incorrectly lists Kuru Kuru Kururin as a Japan and Europe-exclusive release, despite it also being released in Australia.