- This article is about the musical theme from Kirby's Dream Land, and should not be confused with other uses of the term "entrance", such as Doors.
"Entrance" is a recurring musical theme in the Kirby franchise, which first appeared as the music for the Mt. Dedede lobby in Kirby's Dream Land. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa, as with all music in Kirby's Dream Land, and it primarily reappears in stage lobbies and menu screens. It is a fairly short and simple theme designed for areas in which Kirby (or the player) is not expected to spend a lot of time. Since its debut, it has been rearranged several times, with some arrangements adding more complex background instrumentation, and others changing the key of the theme.
"Entrance", in its most basic form, is a very simple musical idea consisting of only two bars of music in a 4/4 time signature. Its simple composition is likely due to it originally being designed for an area the player would likely not spend much time in, the Mt. Dedede lobby. Most of its later appearances use more complex instrumentation and elaborate on the song by adding further harmony or countermelodies; some, such as those in Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, take a jazzy approach with a swung rhythm, while others use the more basic rhythm of the original song. "Entrance" is a fairly obscure theme in comparison to other recurring Kirby's Dream Land themes, such as the Green Greens theme or King Dedede's Theme, but it is still easily recognizable when it reappears.
Kirby's Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Land was the song's debut appearance, where it plays in the Mt. Dedede lobby between the revisits of each stage. It is a short and simple incidental tune.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
"Entrance" reappears in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra as the theme for the Trial Rooms in the Dyna Blade game. This is the first version of the theme to incorporate brass as the lead instrument, as well as the countermelody heard in the background. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, it is also used as the theme for the Options menu. This version is officially titled 能力おためし部屋 (Ability Trial Room).
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, a remix of the theme is used as the menu theme for the Sound Test, the Theater, and the Sub-Games' respective title and results screens. It has a jazzy swung rhythm and a saxophone as the main instrument, with a windy synth instrument providing countermelody.
Kirby's Star Stacker (Super Famicom)
In Kirby's Star Stacker for Super Famicom, the "Entrance" theme is used in the cutscene that plays before the showdown against King Dedede. It is similar to the Kirby Super Star remix, but with a faster tempo, a raised key, and a different lead instrument.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Another jazzy remix of the theme plays in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards as the theme for the Boss Battles and Enemy Info menus. It is faster-paced than the Dream Land 3 version and uses brass as the lead, as well as glockenspiel and woodwind countermelodies. This is one of the longer variations of the theme, lasting about 30 seconds. It starts out with full instrumentation, then drops all instruments except for the drums and the woodwind; after this, it reintroduces the bass and glockenspiel, and finally loops back to the main melody.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Two remixes of the theme are included in Kirby: Canvas Curse. The first, which is titled "Boss Game Select" and is similar to the original Kirby's Dream Land version with electronic instrumentation, plays when selecting which Boss to fight at the end of each level. The other variation, which is titled "Medal Swap", is more similar to the Kirby 64 remix, and plays in the Medal Swap menu.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
A simple trumpet-based remix of the theme plays in the Sub-Game menus of Kirby: Squeak Squad, where the controls of each game are explained. It was arranged by Jun Ishikawa.
Kirby Mass Attack
Prior to each stage of the Story Mode in Kirby Mass Attack, the Kirbys must pass through a gate that requires a certain amount of them to open. During this segment, a remix of the "Entrance" theme plays. For regular stages, a standard remix titled "Jump Out" plays, which uses brass and backing electric guitars. For Boss stages, a slowed-down and lower-pitched remix titled "Rally Forth" plays. Both of these versions were arranged by Shogo Sakai.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, a loose remix of the theme titled "Let's Rewatch Our Own Adventures" with piano and plucked guitar plays within the Theater menu. It was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, a remix based on the arrangement from Kirby: Squeak Squad plays on the title screen of the Smash Ride Sub-Game, titled "Smash Ride - Title". The original Kirby: Squeak Squad arrangement can be unlocked as a Secret Song by completing all of Smash Ride's Missions.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
The previous Kirby's Return to Dream Land remix is used for the Theater menu in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as well, and also when viewing collected keychains at the end of each stage.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, another remix of the "Entrance" theme plays in the Theater menu, and also plays when scanning an amiibo for Kirby to copy. It uses Rhodes piano and acoustic guitars. The remix is titled "Memorial Theatre" on the Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Soundtrack, and was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
The main stage lobby for Kirby's Blowout Blast plays a new remix of the "Entrance" theme which incorporates the original Game Boy song with real instruments, such as Rhodes piano and clarinet, overlaid on top. Like the Kirby 64 remix, it is fairly long in comparison to other versions of the theme, with multiple variations. It is titled エントランス（カービィのすいこみ大作戦） (Entrance (Kirby's Blowout Blast)) on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack, and was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.
Kirby Star Allies
In Kirby Star Allies, the Kirby's Blowout Blast remix of the theme plays in Extra Eclair's puzzle room.
Names in other languages
Japanese name given for the Kirby's Blowout Blast remix on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack. This is likely its original name, as other remixes from Kirby's Blowout Blast use the original names from Kirby's Dream Land.