Entrance

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Entrance
Various arrangements of the "Entrance" theme.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Last appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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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"[Japanese title] (エントランス[1]) 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.

Composition[edit]

"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.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

This 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[edit]

"Entrance" reappears here 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).[2]

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

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 (SNES)[edit]

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[edit]

Another jazzy remix of the theme plays 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[edit]

Two remixes of the theme are included in this game. 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[edit]

A simple trumpet-based remix of the theme plays in the Sub-Game menus, where the controls of each game are explained.

Kirby Mass Attack[edit]

Prior to each stage of the game, the player must pass through a gate that requires a certain amount of Kirbys 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[edit]

A remix of the theme with piano and plucked guitar plays within the Theater menu. It was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The previous Kirby's Return to Dream Land remix is used for the Theater menu in this game as well, and also when viewing collected Keychains at the end of each stage.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

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[edit]

The main stage lobby 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[edit]

The Kirby's Blowout Blast remix of the theme plays in Extra Eclair.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エントランス
Entoransu
Entrance
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.


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