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Float Islands (theme)

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Float Islands
Various arrangements of "Float Islands".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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"Float Islands" is the name of a musical track composed by Jun Ishikawa which first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land, accompanying the stage it is named after. The track is iconic to the Kirby series, and has appeared in several subsequent games in various forms.

Composition[edit]

The original Float Islands theme is in the key of F major. The theme starts with the intro, which is a few seconds long. The first part of the melody passes, and goes to the second portion (the key signature changes from major to minor) and then loops again.

The latter half of this theme is often remixed as the Rest Area theme.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

"Float Islands" makes its first appearance here. It plays in the Float Islands stage as well as the "Float Islands" portion of Mt. Dedede.

Kirby's Dream Course[edit]

An arrangement of "Float Islands" plays in Holes 5-7 on Course 1, and in Holes 1-4 on the Whispy Woods Course. It was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

The "Float Islands" theme appears again in a largely unaltered state as the main theme of Ripple Field. It plays in its stages whenever Kirby is by himself.

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

A different arrangement of the "Float Islands" theme plays in these games; it has a faster tempo and plays at a different key from the original version. It plays in the Float Islands portion of Spring Breeze and also plays in Illusion Islands in Revenge of the King. There are very minor differences in instrumentation in the music between the two games.

Main article: Rest Area (theme)

The Rest Area from The Great Cave Offensive features an acoustic arrangement of slower pace, simply named "Rest Area" ("Rest Spot" in the British English version of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse). This version also plays in the secret ??? planet in Milky Way Wishes, and in Kirby Super Star Ultra exclusively, this track also serves as the music for The Arena's rest area and the checkpoints in-between Meta Knightmare Ultra levels.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

A rearrangement of "Float Islands" appears as the alternative music for the Water course in Top Ride, unlocked by finishing a race on the course at least 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place. This remix has a much faster pace and uses an electric guitar. It's arranged by Hirokazu Ando.[1]

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

Collapse Castle features a unique rearrangement of "Float Islands" in a minor key, using electronic instrumentation.

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

A rock-styled arrangement of the theme appears as the music for the Smash Ride sub-game. It was arranged by Jun Ishikawa.[2]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The original track from Kirby's Dream Land appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, where it is available on the Dream Land stage. It returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of the "Kirby Retro Medley", alongside "Green Greens", Castle Lololo", "Bubbly Clouds" and "Mt. Dedede".

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

A remix of "Float Islands" plays in Overload Ocean - Stage 3 and on the Best Times screen for Meta Knightmare Returns, featuring an extended melody. It can be found as Track 023 in the Jukebox, and is arranged by Hirokazu Ando. This version is named "Industrial Laboratory" in the game's Original Soundtrack.

The Kirby Air Ride rearrangement is also reused, playing in certain sections of Overload Ocean - Stage 7 EX. It can be found as Track 117 in the Jukebox.

Arrangements of the theme (titled "StreetPass wins (Normal)") plays when viewing the player's best scores from The Arena. It can be found as Track 140 in the Jukebox, and was arranged by Jun Ishikawa.

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

An acoustic re-orchestration of the Float Islands theme plays in the main stages of Level 2 (EX). This re-orchestration is very similar to the "StreetPass wins (Normal)" arrangement from Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

A remix of "Smash Ride" from Kirby: Squeak Squad is included in the remake for the sub-game. After beating the initial missions for it, the original version of the track is unlocked.

Other appearances[edit]

The original track was featured as Track 07 in the CD soundtrack album The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks, along with Green Greens and Welcome to Dream Land.

Track 43 from the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack titled "Electro Kirby" from 1:13 to 1:31 features a bagpipes-sounding remix of the tune in background.

On the Kirby Memorial Arrangements album, the first track, "Big Band Kirby", includes a slow-paced jazz arrangement of "Float Islands". The arrangement is very similar to that of "La Mer", a famous jazz standard. This version was arranged by Megumi Ohara.

A short remix of this theme was featured in Kirby Pupupu Train, and it is included on the Kirby Pupupu Train Eki-melo Collection under the title フロートアイランズ駅 (Float Islands Station).

The Kirby: Squeak Squad remix was performed live at the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival as part of the Get Pumped Up! Sub-Game Medley, along with "Samurai Kirby", "Mid-Boss Battle" from Kirby's Adventure, "Checkerboard Chase", "Tilt-and-Roll Kirby", and the Sub-Game congratulations theme.

Trivia[edit]

Music from Adventures of Lolo 3 (reused from a Japan-exclusive game under the Japanese release title of Adventures of Lolo II), with a striking resemblance to the Float Islands theme.
  • The original theme is partly based off Jun Ishikawa's previous arrangement for Adventures of Lolo 3, playing during Underworld Levels stage maps. The "Smash Ride" variation in particular sounds nearly identical to this theme.

Names in other languages[edit]

Float Islands[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese FLOAT ISLANDS
フロートアイランズ
Furōto Airanzu
Float Islands


References

  1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Jukebox
  2. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Jukebox