Boarding the Halberd

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Boarding the Halberd
Boarding the Halberd from various Kirby games.
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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[1]
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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 Havoc Aboard 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, Havoc Aboard the Halberd.

Composition[edit]

Boarding the Halberd is a fast-paced track, jazzy track set at a tempo of roughly 164 beats per minute. The piece features a lot of accidental notes, making it difficult to determine its true key, and a rapid, dissonant melody line punctuated with wide sweeps and triplets. The main instrumentation includes brass, orchestra hits, and soft synths, with prominent drums and a repetitive bassline.

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. The arrangement was done by Noriyuki Iwadare.

This remix, along with the Halberd stage, reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn[edit]

This track, remixed with gentler piano-based instrumentation, plays on the Battleship Halberd stage in Dream Land. It's arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

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

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe[edit]

This track serves as the theme for the sixth stage. The version used is the one from Kirby Super Star with its tempo slightly slowed down, but its fast pace is still suitable for a harder stage.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

The piano remix of this track from Kirby's Epic Yarn is reused in Rhythm Route - Stage 7 EX.

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, in King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley. This version is much slower, being performed at 132 beats per minute, to make it feasible for live players. A vocal version called Take off! is also on the Kirby Memorial Arrangements CD.

The theme is also featured in the second half of the the bonus track ステージメドレー/アコースティックver. (Stage Medley / Acoustic Ver.) of the Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Soundtrack.

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