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Checkerboard Chase (theme)

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Checkerboard Chase
Various arrangements of "Checkerboard Chase".
Debut appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Checkerboard Chase" is a theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards that plays during the Sub-Game with the same name. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.[1]


A friendly game of Checkerboard Chase.

"Checkerboard Chase" is a fast jazzy theme in 5/8. Based around a blues scale, it features a boogie bassline and a single repeated rising motif: a minor third and major second. The first section has this motif play in phrases of four bars. In the following section, the motif jumps down an octave and becomes more quiet, but its pitch gradually moves up. A brief third segment includes a 6/8 passage of chromatically rising triplets played by a brighter instrument, and the track loops immediately afterwards.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

In its debut appearance, "Checkerboard Chase" plays during the Sub-Game with the same name in all four difficulties.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, a remix of "Checkerboard Chase" returns together with the Sub-Game it originated from, and can once again be heard in all difficulty levels. The original version of the theme is included as "Checkerboard Chase (Secret Song)", unlocked after clearing all the missions associated with the sub-game attraction.

Other appearances[edit]

"Checkerboard Chase" is part of the "Get Pumped Up! Sub-Game Medley", in the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival, arranged by Megumi Ohara.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おちおちファイト
Ochi Ochi Faito
Fall-Fall Fight
Traditional Chinese 掉落掉落競爭
diào luò diào luò jìng zhēng
Fall-Fall Competition
Simplified Chinese 掉落掉落竞争
diào luò diào luò jìng zhēng
Dutch Afvalslag Fall off battle
French Chasse sur l'échiquier Chase on the checkerboard
German Schachbrett-Scharmützel Chessboard-Skirmish
Italian Sfida sulla scacchiera Challenge on the chessboard
Korean 체커보드 체스
chekeobodeu cheseu
Checkerboard Chess
Brazilian Portuguese Caibuleiro Fallboard
From "cair" (to fall) and "tabuleiro" (gameboard).
Spanish Cacería en el tablero Hunt on the board