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Castle Lololo (theme)

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Castle Lololo
Various arrangements of the Castle Lololo's theme.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Last appearance Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Air Ride
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Kirby Clash
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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"Castle Lololo"[1] is a theme first heard in Kirby's Dream Land, and it has had quite a few reappearances in the Kirby series since. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.

Composition[edit]

"Castle Lololo" is set on the key of A minor and at 4/4. It begins with a four bar intro in which the main instrument is mostly just playing a non-stop array of sixteenth notes going up and down, also completely going down, and then back up, in pitch on each bar change, with a constant backing melody of eighteenth notes with notes also going up and down, but with a much higher difference in pitch. At the second half of the fourth bar, this pattern is momentarily broken by both instruments, with five quick chords, to indicate the start of the song's main melody. From this point on, the backing melody continues mostly unchanged, sometimes changing its starting notes into flat notes, and going down in pitch in various ways for the climax of the song. The main melody utilizes the idea of groups of notes that go up in pitch, but always end on a lower note, in various ways. After using this musical idea for eight bars, the eighth bar ends raising the overall pitch of the melody, which persists for the following four bars, which also use the musical idea of the previous bars. The song then ends on its four bar outro, which goes back to the song's original pitch, but only uses the original musical idea loosely, and with bigger group of notes. The end of the intro plays, with its five chords, and the song loops, skipping the intro.

Game appearances[edit]

Venturing through Castle Lololo.

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

"Castle Lololo" first appears in Kirby's Dream Land, playing in the stage of the same name. The song is listed as Music 12 (Music 16 is an intro-less version) in the game's Sound Test.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

In Kirby Air Ride, a more dramatic orchestral arrangement of the theme known as "City Trial: Dyna Blade Intro" plays during the Dyna Blade event and the Vs. King Dedede Stadium mode in City Trial. It's listed as track 44 in the game's Sound Test.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

Kirby: Canvas Curse features heavily remixed version of this theme called "Mag Mount", which plays in the stage of the same name. It is found in the Sound Test as Music 08.

A small section of the theme is also remixed partially in "Rift Ruin", a remix of Cave Stage that plays in the aforementioned stage. This theme can be found in the Sound Test as Music 09.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a remix of the theme similar to the Kirby Air Ride version is used for the battles against Dyna Blade, Wham Bam Rock and Wham Bam Jewel. This version is named 巨大ボスとの戦い (Battle with an Enormous Boss) in the Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Sound Track. In the game's Sound Test, this track is listed as Music 027, and on the previously mentioned album, it is track 10.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

In the Kirby's History section of the game, an orchestral medley of "Castle Lololo" and "Cloudy Park" from Kirby's Dream Land 2 plays, with the former looping three times before changing to the latter. It was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In the Kirby Fighters sub-game, the original version of this theme from Kirby's Dream Land plays in the Castle Lololo Battle Stage. This theme is listed as Track 045 in the game's Jukebox.

The medley from Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition is reused for the Game Over screen, with the track looping only twice instead of three times. This theme is listed as Track 041 in the game's Jukebox.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe[edit]

Like on its origin sub-game, the original version of the theme plays in the Castle Lololo battle stage in Kirby Fighters Deluxe. In addition, the Kirby Air Ride version is reused in Dyna Blade's Nest.

The Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition version as heard in Kirby: Triple Deluxe is also reused for the initial staff credits sequence.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the original version from Kirby's Dream Land plays in the Castle Lololo section of the Dream Land GB stage.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the track is incorporated in the "Kirby Retro Medley", where it can be played on Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Final Destination and every Kirby-series stage. "Castle Lololo" is also played separately during some Spirit battles.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition medley as heard in Kirby: Triple Deluxe is reused for the results screen after clearing a Quest in Team Kirby Clash. It can be found as Track 077 in the game's Jukebox.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

"Castle Lololo" is remixed in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe with some additions to its melody, and plays during the Landia EX battle and during the first phase of King D-Mind. This version is titled 強大なボスとの決戦 (Decisive Battle With a Mighty Boss) on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack.

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

A simple arrangement of the theme plays in Level 3 of Kirby's Blowout Blast.

The original Team Kirby Clash Deluxe version is reused for the battle against Giant King Dedede. Meanwhile, "Castle Lololo" is also incorporated in the boss battle theme of Giant Masked Dedede along with "Masked Dedede's Theme", and its segment is notably very similar to the Team Kirby Clash Deluxe remix.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Kirby Star Allies features a slow and calm arrangement of the theme, which plays when showing the player their collected Picture Pieces after the Goal Game. This theme is given the name "Picture Result" and is listed as Track 029 in the game's Jukebox.

The Team Kirby Clash Deluxe version is reused for the battle against Goldon & Silvox in the Soul Melter and Soul Melter EX difficulties of The Ultimate Choice. This theme is listed as Track 205 in the game's Jukebox.

Both of these tracks reappear in Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack as Track 29 on Disc 2 and Track 08 on Disc 5, respectively.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

In Super Kirby Clash, "Decisive Battle With a Mighty Boss" is reused for the Tougher Story Quests against Ice Dragon, Kibble Blade, Bonkers, Flame Galboros and Mr. Frosty. This theme also got a remix that plays during the first phase of the Super+ Party Quest against King D-Mind's Revenge.

A remix of the Giant Masked Dedede battle theme from Kirby's Blowout Blast plays for the Tougher Story Quest and Toughest Party Quest battles against King D-Mind.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

The Castle Lololo and Dyna Blade's Nest battle stages return in Kirby Fighters 2, using the same tracks from their original appearances in Kirby Fighters and Kirby Fighters Deluxe. In addition, one remix for each stage can be unlocked as secret songs, after reaching Fighters Rank 96 and 79, respectively.

Other appearances[edit]

In the Japanese version of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, the same arrangement used in Kirby Air Ride plays in both Fitness Fiend when Dedede starts to get fat after eating the Pufferzene chips, and in Fright to the Finish during the Combat Kirby recap. It is titled 撃滅!ナイトメア大要塞 (Destruction! Nightmare's Great Fortress), the same Japanese name as the episode name for Combat Kirby, in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Sound Plus, listed as track 42.

A short remix of this theme was featured in Kirby Pupupu Train, and it is included on the Kirby Pupupu Train Eki-melo Collection under the title キャッスルロロロ駅 (Castle Lololo Station), listed as track 6.

The Tougher and Toughest King D-Mind battle music from Super Kirby Clash is re-used as the theme for when 10 players remain in a round of Tetris 99 when using the Super Kirby Clash theme.

In The Sound of Kirby Café 2, "Castle Lololo" is featured in track 4: "Tomorrow's Tea Times". It was arranged in a medley by Hirokazu Ando, and bears elements of "Decisive Battle with a Mighty Boss".

The "Battle with the Enormous Boss" version from Kirby Super Star Ultra is featured at the very beginning of the bonus track ボスバトルメドレー/エレクトロニックver. (Boss Battle Medley / Electronic Ver.) from the "Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Sound Track". This medley was arranged by Jun Ishikawa, and is track 35 on the album's list.

Trivia[edit]

  • The "Decisive Battle with a Mighty Boss" variation is listed as originating from Kirby's Blowout Blast on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack, despite it appearing in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe first. This may indicate it was originally composed for Kirby's Blowout Blast, as it fits more with that game's style of music.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese CASTLE LOLOLO[1]
キャッスルロロロ
Kyassuru Rororo
Castle Lololo


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