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Boss Battle (theme from Kirby Super Star)

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Boss Battle
Various arrangements of "Boss Battle".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Kirby Clash
Kirby Fighters 2
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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This article is about the boss battle theme from Kirby Super Star, and should not be confused with other similarly named boss battle themes.

"Boss Battle"[2] (also known as "Chief Foe Fight" in the British English version of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse) is the main boss battle theme of Kirby Super Star. A section of this theme is used as part of "Vs. Marx".

Composition[edit]

Kirby and his helper battling a boss.

"Boss Battle" is set primarily in the key of A minor and at 4/4. It starts with a four bar intro, in which the first two bars are a characteristic intro of boss themes in general, but in particular of Jun Ishikawa's compositions. The other two bars simply maintain the song's momentum in preparation of the start of the song proper, while establishing the song's percussion pattern and rhythm, which continues for the whole song. The main phrase of the song is based on the main phrase of "Peanut Plains", except that, instead of resolving like it, it "echoes" in the last two bars: one bar plays three groups of three chords, and the following bar responds with the same chords but in a lower pitch. This four bar phrase is repeated once with no changes. The song then modulates to G sharp minor and simply repeats the phrase once again, but in a lower pitch, and then appears to repeat it one more time, but the phrase instead resolves similarly to "Peanut Plains", and the last bar modulates back to A minor and plays a quick unique phrase much higher in pitch than all others previously. The initial phrase is repeated completely once again, with the "echo" resolution, but the phrase after it instead is the phrase with the "Peanut Plains"-like resolution, which is followed by a bar of the "echo" resolution slightly altered. The song then plays truncated versions of the main phrase for the following four bars, and ends on a three bar outro which goes down in pitch, slowly. One bar plays a shorter version of the intro, and the song loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

"Boss Battle" plays during most boss battles in Kirby Super Star. The only bosses not to use this theme are King Dedede, Meta Knight, Heart of Nova and Marx, who each have their own unique battle themes. Computer Virus has its own unique chiptune-like arrangement of the theme. The theme also plays when battling the Mid-Bosses at the end of Candy Mountain in Dyna Blade. In The Arena, "Arena Showdown" plays instead for all boss battles which originally used the regular boss theme. In the Sound Test, the regular version can be found as Music number 08, while the Computer Virus version is listed as number 38.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, most of the same bosses as in the original game still use the theme, with the exception of Dyna Blade, Wham Bam Rock, and Heavy Lobster, who get their own unique battle themes instead. Whispy's Revenge, Lololo & Lalala's Revenge and Kracko's Revenge also use the regular boss theme. The regular and chiptune versions can be found in the Sound Test under the numbers 009 and 043 respectively in the Music section.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The theme is one of the many boss themes incorporated into the "Boss Theme Medley" of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, specifically the second half of the theme, in a faster tempo. The medley is one of the default tracks of the Halberd stage, and is arranged by Kentaro Ishizaka.

The track returns in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In the latter, it can be played on any Kirby series stage, Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Small Battlefield and Final Destination, like all other Kirby tracks in the game.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

A remix of the theme plays when facing Waddle Dee in the Scope Shot Sub-Game. This version is named "VS Waddle Tank" in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe's Jukebox, is arranged by Hirokazu Ando,[3] and can be found as Music number 89 in Kirby's Return to Dream Land's Sound Test and track 52 in the remake's Jukebox.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, due to the absence of the Scope Shot subgame, the theme instead plays in Story Mode if Kirby takes the secret path in the Tower of Mid-Bosses in Nutty Noon - Stage 5. In addition, the "History of Kirby Fighters" arrangement from Kirby Fighters 2 plays in the tower's secret path in Extra Mode.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, the "VS Waddle Tank" arrangement from Kirby's Return to Dream Land is one of the two songs that can play in the Fighter Combat Chamber in the New Challenge Stages mode.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe the "VS Waddle Tank" arrangement from Kirby's Return to Dream Land once again returns, serving as the mid-boss theme for the game's extra stages. It can be found as track 068 in the game's Jukebox.

A short remix of this theme serves as the title screen theme for the Kirby Fighters sub-game. It is arranged by the original composer, Jun Ishikawa, and it is simply titled "Kirby Fighters" in the Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack. Meanwhile, the original version of this theme is the default track for the Bubbly Clouds Battle Stage. These two tracks can be found as track 042 and 046 in the game's Jukebox, respectively.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe[edit]

Much like the original Kirby Fighters sub-game, the original version of the theme is used for the Bubbly Clouds Battle Stage in Kirby Fighters Deluxe. In addition, the "Kirby Fighters" arrangement plays when battling Kracko in Round 5 of Single Player Mode and on the multiplayer room select.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, a remix of the theme can be unlocked by collecting one of the Treasure Chests found in the Kirby Submarine's Torpedo Time stage, to then be played in the game's Music Room as track number 14.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

A short remix of the theme, in a slow, orchestral manner, similar to the anime version, serves as the title screen theme for the Team Kirby Clash sub-game in Kirby: Planet Robobot. It is once again arranged by Jun Ishikawa. It can be played by selecting track 068 in the Jukebox and is simply titled "Team Kirby Clash" in the Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Soundtrack.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

A remix of the theme, similar to the "Team Kirby Clash" one and mixed with the main theme of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, plays in the Wireless Quest menu and the cutscenes preceding the Kracko, Whispy Woods, Pyribbit, Taranza and Landia EX Ordeals.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, the "VS Waddle Tank" arrangement from Kirby's Return to Dream Land is reused as the mid-boss theme for Bonkers and Mr. Frosty on difficulty levels 1-5 of The Ultimate Choice. It is found in the Jukebox as track 199.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

The Team Kirby Clash Deluxe arrangement re-appears unchanged in Super Kirby Clash, used for the cutscenes preceding the Ignite Edge, Parallel Nightmare, Frost Kibble Blade, Pyribbit, Taranza and Venom Kracko Ordeals.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, like in the previous Kirby Fighters games, the original version of the theme is the default track for the Bubbly Clouds stage. A remix of it can be unlocked as the stage's Secret Song, after reaching Fighters Rank 44. This theme is arranged with traditional Japanese instrumentation like the rest of the Secret Songs in the game.

After beating Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, a new menu theme becomes available for the game, named "History of Kirby Fighters"[4]. As the name implies, this theme is a medley of the title themes from the first three Kirby Fighters games, which includes "Kirby Fighters". This same remix, with an extended intro, is also the Secret Song for the Stage of the Partners.

Other appearances[edit]

An orchestral remix of the theme plays in certain episodes in the Japanese version of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! anime. This version has a slow, march-like composition, and was later included in the Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Sound Plus album, where it was named 入場行進 (Entrance Procession).

The regular version from Kirby Super Star Ultra is included in the Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Sound Track as track number 5. Like all other tracks in this album, a reverb is applied to the track.

The "Electro Kirby" Bonus Track from the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack features a short remix of the tune in the background at parts 1:57–2:04 and 2:24–2:32.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボスとのたたか[5][2]
bosu to no tatakai
Battle with a Boss
French Bataille de boss[2] Boss battle
German Bosskampf[2] Boss battle
Italian Scontro con il boss[2] Confrontation with the boss
Latin American Spanish Pelea contra el jefe[2] Battle against the boss
European Spanish Combate contra el jefe[2] Battle against the boss

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