|“||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 Mode 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. Its name is a pun on the word "detour", which is fitting, since King Dedede has to take many detours from the main path in order to find the hidden Warp Hole shortcuts and save time. At the end of the tour, King Dedede faces a different set of bosses after defeating Queen Sectonia DX, which emerge from the Dimension Mirror kept in her possession. Much like the Meta Knightmare modes from other games, King Dedede's run is kept by a long running timer, and the best times are saved to a high score table, encouraging speedrunning. Completing Dededetour! at least once is required for 100% completion of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and is also required in order to unlock The True Arena.
The story is effectively an alternate version of the main game story, where King Dedede is the true 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, freeing the imprisoned People of the Sky in the process. 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 Dark Meta Knight, 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. This story is not considered to be canon with the main series.
In Dededetour!, King Dedede runs through a continuous stream of the stages in each level, with the World Map and level hubs cut out, and fewer recovery items to be found along the way. Areas which utilized the Hypernova ability are skipped, and Dedede can find Warp Holes 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. They also play a distinct jingle that isn't found anywhere else in the game, with the exceptions of the Warp Holes found in rest areas and those that were already in Story Mode. For a list of all the Warp Holes in Dededetour! and where they link to, see the Warp Hole page.
In-between each level and inside the levels, King Dedede can find rest areas with Big Switches which will save the player's progress and fully heal Dedede. Continuing a game will place King Dedede directly after the last rest area. 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:
|Levels in Dededetour!|
|Level 1||Fine Fields normal stages|
|Level 2||Lollipop Land normal stages|
|Level 3||Old Odyssey normal stages|
|Level 4||Wild World normal stages|
|Level 5||Endless Explosions normal stages|
|Level 6||All EX stages from each level (except Royal Road - Stage 8 EX) + Royal Road normal stages|
Due to the nature of Level 6, it often takes longer to complete than the previous levels put together. There are checkpoints in each level, however.
Enhanced "DX" versions of all Bosses and Mid-Bosses previously encountered in the Story Mode are fought in Dededetour!, excluding those battled using Hypernova. At the end of Level 6, Dedede first encounters Queen Sectonia DX, and then two new foes: Shadow Dedede (who can be considered the DX version of Masked Dedede's Revenge), and Dark Meta Knight's Revenge.
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
King Dedede gains an enhanced moveset for his tour, which allows him to tackle any and all challenges thrown his way. Among his new and improved moves are a fiery Hammer Twirl to burn foliage and break ice blocks, a "Hammer Wave" projectile which works similarly to Sword Kirby's Sword Beam, and a "Hammer Cannon" which allows him to aim and fire an arrow-like projectile similar to those of Archer Kirby.
The following table lists King Dedede's standard moveset in Dededetour!:
|King Dedede's Moveset in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
|Skill||Button Execution||Image||Skill||Button Execution||Image|
↓ + B
B while at full health
|Dedede Hammer Flip||
↑ + B
|Giant Dedede Swing||
Dash + B
|Dedede Hammer Cannon||
Press and hold B, and then release
↓↓ in midair
|Aim Hammer Cannon||
Either of ↑↓ while holding B
B in midair
|Dedede Hammer Throw||
Dash + X
Dash + B in midair
|Underwater Hammer Swing||
B while swimming
- This is the first time King Dedede has fought Dark Meta Knight, as Dedede was not present in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. Triple Deluxe was also released in the year of Amazing Mirror's 10th anniversary (2014).
- The jingle that plays on the results screen is directly taken from Revenge of the King's title jingle.
- According to a Miiverse post, the best time any of the developers got on a Dededetour! run was 0:58:44.45.
Names in other languages
Dedede de gō!
|Go with Dedede!|
|French||Aventures de DaDiDou||Dedede's Adventures|
|German||Dededes Abenteuer||Dedede's Adventure|
|Italian||Dedede all'avventura||Dedede to adventure|
|Spanish||Aventura de Dedede||Dedede's adventure|