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Arena Showdown

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Arena Showdown
Various versions of the Arena Showdown theme.
Debut appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Last appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Air Ride
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa or Dan Miyakawa
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Arena Showdown[1] (also simply referred to as The Arena[2]) is a musical piece which first appeared in Kirby Super Star, playing in multiple battles of The Arena.

The composition is characterized by a heavy use of percussion to make up its main baseline, with a series of brass and wind-like instrument samples forming the counterpoint melody. It takes a largely 4/4 time signature, though a few extra bars are added to the very end before it loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Arena Showdown is the main battle theme in The Arena, and plays in every Mid-Boss and Boss battle that does not have a unique battle theme.

In Helper to Hero (exclusive to Kirby Super Star Ultra), a different version of this song plays, making use of a heavy electric guitar-like sample similar to the one used in True Arena Showdown.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

The original version from Kirby Super Star can be unlocked as an alternate theme in Sky Sands.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

A remix of the theme is present in the game, and, like its original appearance, is the main battle theme in The Arena, playing in every battle that does not have a unique battle theme.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

The Kirby: Triple Deluxe arrangement of this track plays when viewing the "Super Ultra Battle" Celebration Picture.


  • "Arena Showdown", and by extension The Arena's title theme, is likely inspired by the "Mars" movement of Gustav Holst's The Planets suite. Both use the same repeating staccato strings and classical orchestra instrumentation. The "Mars" movement is often associated with war, due to the Roman god of war bearing the same name.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 格闘王への道[2]
Kakutō-ō e no Michi

Koroshiamu no tatakai
The Road to Become a Fighting King
The Japanese name of The Arena. Later, this name would be given to the title screen theme of The Arena.

Literally "Colosseum Battle".
Name first given on Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Sound Track.
European French Arène[2] Arena
German The Arena[2] -
Italian The Arena[2] -
European Spanish The Arena[2] -