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The Legendary Starfy (universe)

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The Legendary Starfy (universe)
The Legendary Starfy logo from [1].
Developer(s) TOSE
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Genre(s) Marine Action[1], Platformer
Console/platform of origin Game Boy Advance
First installment Densetsu no Starfy (2002) Japan
Latest installment The Legendary Starfy (2008)
Article on Starfy Wiki The Legendary Starfy (universe)

The Legendary Starfy universe (伝説のスタフィー, The Legendary Starfy) is a "marine action" series with common elements of platforming developed by TOSE and published by Nintendo.

Franchise Description[edit]

The series can be traced back to around 1995 when Nintendo producer Hitoshi Yamagami was tasked by his superiors to create a "floaty platformer" for Game Boy. He partnered with development studio Tose to work on the title for the next several years. The first idea was a balloon-lifting game, which morphed into controlling a bubble with a character inside, which itself morphed into a floating character. The game also adopted an underwater setting around this time, so several sea creatures were considered for the playable character, and the team settled on a starfish. The game also transitioned to Game Boy Color at some point, and this game was shown off at Space World 2000 as Densetsu no Starfy. Soon after this, development shifted again to the Game Boy Advance, where it finally released on September 6, 2002 as Densetsu no Stafy. The game is about Starfy, the prince of the underwater kingdom of Pufftop, who helps others in need and saves the day from the various enemies he encounters. The game stood out from its platforming contemporaries with its controls, as Starfy can freely swim through the water, unaffected by gravity, forcing the developers to be creative with the level design and puzzles.

The game received a positive reception and great sales for a game that has yet to be officially released outside of Japan. A release in China on the iQue Game Boy Advance was planned, but was cancelled. The team decided the best way to make a follow up was by using the same engine and most of the same assets for a quick turnaround. This is how the game received two sequels on Game Boy Advance alone: Densetsu no Stafy 2 in 2003, and Densetsu no Stafy 3 in 2004. The development of Densetsu no Stafy 4 took additional time for being the first in the series for the Nintendo DS and released in 2006, utilizing most of the unique features of the system. One of these features is the "Download Play", which was done with game stations across Japan where players can download the first stage of the game, titled Densetsu no Starfy 4: Trial Version.

The series stayed in Japan up until this point because Nintendo and Tose believed the series was "too Japanese," with imagery, writing and themes that might be difficult for a Western audience to understand. This decision was eventually reversed after the continuous success of the series and the meteoric rise of the DS convinced the team to give the next game a proper international release. This fifth game was Densetsu no Stafy: Taiketsu! Daīru Kaizokudan in 2008, which released in North America and Europe as The Legendary Starfy in 2009.

The series has arguably been most successful in the realm of merchandising. Many tie-in products were made for the series, including toys, plushes, stationary, food, remixed soundtrack CDs, and several manga adaptations. The franchise is so successful due to it fitting perfectly in to the "kawaii" culture in Japan, which reached an apex when the series was active. The series was also targeted at children, meaning there were many more opportunities to brand items that said children would want.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

"Stafy" from the Smash Bros. DOJO!! website.
Official artwork of Starfy in Brawl.

Assist Trophy[edit]

Starfy, the series' lead character, appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When summoned, he will perform his trademark Star Spin attack, which can inflict up to 11% damage, but has no knockback properties. However, if Starfy takes a significant hit, he will explode and be knocked far away. If an opponent is in Starfy's trajectory when he is flying away, they will be temporarily stunned, and then sent reeling at the same angle with high knockback and damage.


Starfy and his sister Starly are available as collectable trophies. Note that Starfy and Starly are known by their Japanese names "Stafy" and "Stapy" throughout their trophies (in both the NTSC and PAL versions of Brawl), as a Starfy game had not yet been released outside of Japan when Brawl was released, and that Starfy/Stapy is oddly categorised as "Fighter Related", the only character from a universe with no playable character to be so.

Stafy [sic] trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
The Stafy trophy in Brawl

The prince of the kingdom of Tenkai. He's a bit spacey and clumsy, but when he sets his mind to something, he gives it his all. Stafy gets help from his friends Kyorosuke the clam and the wizened Lobjii-san. Stafy sometimes dons a pig suit and throws pork cutlets. In Densetsu No Stafy 3, Stafy meets Wario and goes with him to steal the treasures of the deep.

GB Advance: Densetsu no Stafy (Japan Only)
GB Advance: Densetsu no Stafy 2 (Japan Only)
Stapy [sic] trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
The Stapy trophy in Brawl

Stafy's younger sister, known for her jumbo pink ribbon, and princess of a floating kingdom. Stapy has a bold nature that contrasts her reserved brother. Though she is younger, Stapy is often the spark that motivates the sometimes spineless Stafy. Only Stapy can perform Wall Jumps, High Hats, and High Hat Spin Jumps. For an unknown reason, Stapy has a Kansai accent.

GB Advance: Densetsu no Stafy 3 (Japan Only)
Nintendo DS: Densetsu no Stafy 4 (Japan Only)


Name Game Effect Characters
Yadokarita Densetsu no Stafy AttackWeapon+008TypeIcon(Weapon).png Attack +8 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Stafy Densetsu no Stafy AttackTail+007TypeIcon(Tail).png Attack +7 Yoshi Diddy Pikachu Pokémon TrainerYoshiHeadSSBB.pngPikachuHeadSSBB.pngDiddyKongHeadSSBB.pngPokemonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Chonmagyo Densetsu no Stafy 2 AttackWeapon+005TypeIcon(Weapon).png Attack +5 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Stafy Densetsu no Stafy 2 AttackHead+010TypeIcon(Head).png Attack +10 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Seiuchi-kun Densetsu no Stafy 3 AttackWater+018TypeIcon(Water).png Attack +18 Pokémon TrainerPokemonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Stapy Densetsu no Stafy 3 AttackSpecialsIndirect+004SpecialsIndirect.png Attack +4 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Kyorosuke Densetsu no Stafy 4 AttackMagic+008TypeIcon(Magic).png Attack +8 Peach ZeldaPeachHeadSSBB.pngZeldaHeadSSBB.png
Materu Densetsu no Stafy 4 AttackFreezing+007EffectIcon(Freezing).png Attack +7 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Yadokarita (Densetsu no Stafy).png
(Densetsu no Stafy)
Brawl Sticker Stafy (Densetsu no Stafy).png
(Densetsu no Stafy)
Brawl Sticker Chonmagyo (Densetsu no Stafy 2).png
(Densetsu no Stafy 2)
Brawl Sticker Stafy (Densetsu no Stafy 2).png
(Densetsu no Stafy 2)
Brawl Sticker Seiuchi-kun (Densetsu no Stafy 3).png
(Densetsu no Stafy 3)
Brawl Sticker Stapy (Densetsu no Stafy 3).png
(Densetsu no Stafy 3)
Brawl Sticker Kyorosuke (Densetsu no Stafy 4).png
(Densetsu no Stafy 4)
Brawl Sticker Materu (Densetsu no Stafy 4).png
(Densetsu no Stafy 4)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Assist Trophy[edit]

Starfy returns as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4. He appears to be unchanged from his appearance in Brawl.


Starfy's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Starfy also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Starfy is the absentminded prince of the Pufftop Kingdom, and the hero of The Legendary Starfy. Is he a star? A starfish? His commitment to helping you when summoned is obvious, even if his species isn't. He'll use a Star Spin attack, which isn't all that powerful. It's the thought that counts!

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Assist Trophy[edit]

Render of Starfy from the official website
Render of Starfy from the official website in Ultimate
  • Starfy: Returns as an assist trophy.


The following characters from the series are spirits.

Primary spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability
★★★ 3 3078 9281 1628 4908 1332 4016 Weight ↓
Spirit of Starly from the Legendary Starfy series
★★ 3 1784 7161 798 3202 918 3684 Weight ↓
1 900 4500 270 1350 630 3150 No Effect

Support spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability
Image used for the Old Man Lobber Spirit. Ripped from Game Files
Old Man Lobber ★★ 1 Mr. Saturn Equipped
from the game's files
Mermaid 1 Water & Ice Attack ↑
from the game's files
Mattel 1 Water/Freezing Resist ↑

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

Densetsu no Stafy[edit]

  • Assist Trophy:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Stafy appears as an Assist Trophy in Brawl, Smash 4, and Ultimate.
  • Stickers:
  • Spirits:

Densetsu no Stafy 2[edit]

  • Stickers:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Stafy (with a hawaiian shirt) and Chonmagyo appear as stickers.

Densetsu no Stafy 3[edit]

  • Trophies:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Stapy appears as a trophy.
  • Stickers:
  • Spirits:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Stapy appears as a spirit.

Densetsu no Stafy 4[edit]

  • Stickers:
  • Spirits:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Materu (renamed to Mattel) appears as a spirit.

The Legendary Starfy[edit]

  • Assist Trophy:
    • Super Smash Bros. 4 Stafy has been renamed Starfy to match the localization of this game.
  • Spirits:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Starfy, Moe, Old Man Lobber, Mermaid and Stapy's (renamed to Starly in this game) spirits use artwork from this game.