Boarding the Halberd

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Boarding the Halberd
Boarding the Halberd from various Kirby games.
Debut Appearance Kirby Super Star
Last Appearance Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Other Appearance(s) Kirby Air Ride
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa & Dan Miyakawa
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This article is about one of the musical themes related to the Halberd. For the game where this theme originated, see Revenge of Meta Knight. For the similar theme that plays alongside this one, see Taking Over the Halberd.

Boarding the Halberd is a musical track that debuted in Kirby Super Star, playing in Revenge of Meta Knight. It is a fast-paced frenetic theme that has come to be associated with the Halberd in general, and has reappeared in a few notable Kirby titles since its inception, often paired with its sister track, Taking Over the Halberd.

Game Appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star (Ultra)[edit]

As mentioned above, this track can be heard in several places in Revenge of Meta Knight, specifically for the stages where Kirby is either attempting to, or has just boarded the Halberd.

This track can also be heard in Milky Way Wishes, on planet Mekkai.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

The original version from Kirby Super Star can be unlocked and then used as an alternate track in Machine Passage.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a jazzy version of this track, titled Meta Knight's Revenge, is used as a default theme for the Halberd stage, and can also be heard in sections of The Subspace Emissary. Here, it is directly combined with its sister theme, being the first time the two were fused into a single musical track.

This remix along with the Halberd stage reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe[edit]

This track serves as the theme for the sixth stage. The tempo is slightly slowed down, but its fast pace is still suitable for a harder stage.

Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn and Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

This track, remixed with gentler piano-based instrumentation, plays on the bonus Halberd stage in Dream Land of Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn. It's arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

This remix is reused in Kirby: Planet Robobot, serving as the stage music of Rhythm Route - Stage 7 EX.

In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, this song is used in the Sub-Game Slash & Bead, and is once again paired with Taking Over the Halberd.

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

A slower-paced, Rhodes piano-based remix of the track appears as a bonus song when scanning the Meta Knight amiibo.

Other Appearances[edit]

"Boarding the Halberd" has been performed live in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, along with its sibling theme. A vocal version called Take off!! is also on the Kirby Memorial Arrangements CD.