|At long last--Dededetour! This land will not be ruled by Queen Sectonia. No! It will be ruled by the king! The self-proclaimed Great King of Dream Land embarks on his own adventure!|
— Pause screen caption in DededeTour!
Dededetour! (also called DededeTour!) is an Extra Game which is unlocked after completing the Story Mode in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It stars King Dedede, having him run through all the stages of the main game in a continuous time attack with limited recovery items and enhanced foes.
The story is effectively an alternate version of the main game story, where King Dedede is indeed the hero of Dream Land, and Taranza seems to not be present at all (nor Kirby, for that matter). Dedede ventures through the six realms of Floralia in order to challenge and overthrow the upstart Queen Sectonia. With this done, he poses in triumph, only to find the giant Dimension Mirror from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror appearing behind him. Out of the mirror jumps a shadowy clone of the king, who must be defeated. After the shadow is reduced to shards of glass, King Dedede jumps into the mirror to face off against a dark swordsman who is seeking revenge for his imprisonment. After defeating this foe, King Dedede seals him back into the mirror, and then shatters it with a decisive hammer swing.
King Dedede runs through a continuous stream of the stages in each level, with no overworld map to use, and few recovery items to be found along the way. Areas which utilized the Hypernova ability are skipped, and Dedede can find warp zones in several places which allow him to skip other parts of the stages. These often require entering a side chamber, or performing a certain task in the stage to unlock.
In-between each level and inside the levels, King Dedede can find rest areas which will save the player's progress and fully heal Dedede. Continuing a game will place King Dedede back at the last save point used. When a level is complete, the time taken to complete it will be shown to the player with the overall time kept in a top time scoreboard once the game is finished.
There are six levels, and they consist of the following material:
- Lvl 1 - Fine Fields normal stages
- Lvl 2 - Lollipop Land normal stages
- Lvl 3 - Old Odyssey normal stages
- Lvl 4 - Wild World normal stages
- Lvl 5 - Endless Explosions normal stages
- Lvl 6 - All EX stages from each level (except Royal Road - Stage 8 EX) + Royal Road normal stages
Due to the nature of Lvl 6, it often takes longer to complete than the previous levels put together. There are checkpoints in each level, however.
Enhanced versions of all Bosses and Mid-Bosses previously encountered in the Main Game are re-fought in this mode (though only up to Queen Sectonia's first form, also excluding Masked Dedede and the ones faced using the Hypernova ability). After King Dedede defeats Queen Sectonia DX, he is given two new bosses to face.
King Dedede encounters the following Bosses through his run:
- Flowery Woods DX
- Paintra DX
- Kracko DX
- Coily Rattler DX
- Pyribbit DX
- Queen Sectonia DX
- Shadow Dedede
- Dark Meta Knight's Revenge
The following table lists King Dedede's standard move-set in Dededetour!:
|King Dedede's Moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
|Hammer Wave||Dedede Hammer Flip|
|Giant Dedede Swing||Dedede Hammer Cannon|
|Quick Fall||Aim Hammer Cannon|
|Giant Swing||Dedede Hammer Throw|
|Ultra Swing||Underwater Hammer Swing|
- King Dedede's fight with Dark Meta Knight is arguably an attempt to make up for the fact that Dedede was not present in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
- All of the extra stages from every level are squeezed into the run through Royal Road, which is in part why that level is so much longer than the others.