Gourmet Race (theme)

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Green Greens ~ Clash! Gourmet Race from Pupupu Train and both Dream Collection CD versions
Gourmet Race
Various arrangements of the "Gourmet Race" theme.
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Debut appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Last appearance Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Land 3
Super Smash Bros.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Dream Collection
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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This article is about the musical theme for Gourmet Race. For the main game in Kirby Super Star and its remake, see Gourmet Race.

"Gourmet Race", also known as "Get Up and Go-Urmet!" and "Gourmet Go Go", is a musical track that first appeared in the Gourmet Race game of Kirby Super Star, and has since reappeared in numerous titles in the Kirby series, mainly in re-orchestrated and remastered varieties. It is often associated with King Dedede, but is not his main theme. It is also commonly associated with the Fountain of Dreams.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

As mentioned above, this theme is used in two of the three stages of Gourmet Race, and as such, is named after that game. It appears in Pumpkin Grand and Onion Garden, while Corn Hall features a different, less known track.

The original version is titled "Get Up and Go-Urmet!" in the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack.

A theme with a similar melody appears in this title as well - the Peanut Plains theme.

Kirby's Dream Land 3[edit]

In a higher key, the Gourmet Race theme appears in a couple stages in this title, first appearing in Sand Canyon - Stage 2.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Dream Land / Gourmet Race (64)[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64, this theme appears in the Dream Land stage. It is similar to the original version, though with somewhat different instrumentation. It's arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

This version is titled "Dream Land" (American English) / "Gourmet Race (64)" (British English) when Dream Land returns as a DLC stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this version is titled Gourmet Race (64) and can be played on any of the Kirby series' stages in the game.

The Fountain of Dreams / Gourmet Race (Melee)[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, a slower paced orchestral version of the theme, with a very different tone, appears on the Fountain of Dreams stage. It's arranged by Tadashi Ikegami.

This particular version, titled "The Fountain of Dreams" (American English) / "Gourmet Race (Melee)" (British English), would later appear in the Kirby series proper, starting with Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

This version reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In the former, it can only be played in the Dream Land stage.

Gourmet Race (Brawl)[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a heavy metal version of the theme appears as a default theme for the Halberd stage. It's arranged by Motoi Sakuraba.

This version along with the Halberd stage reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, titled "Gourmet Race" (American English) / "Gourmet Race (Brawl)" (British English).

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

An arrangement of the theme is used for the 100-Yard Hop Mini Game.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

A remix of "Gourmet Race" based on the "The Fountain of Dreams" version from Super Smash Bros. Melee plays when battling King Dedede in the Fountain of Dreams.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

An arrangement of "Gourmet Race" based on the "The Fountain of Dreams" version from Super Smash Bros. Melee can be unlocked as an alternate track for Nebula Belt. It is arranged by Hirokazu Ando[2].

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

A remix of "Gourmet Race" plays in Paint Panic. It is arranged by Jun Ishikawa[3].

The staff credits theme of the game is also a remix of "Gourmet Race", but in major key and slower paced.

Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn[edit]

An arrangement of "Gourmet Race" plays in Castle Dedede. This version is slower paced when compared to the original, but not as slow as the "Fountain of Dreams" version.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

The Gourmet Race theme is present when selecting three of the games from the Kirby's History mode:

  • Kirby Super Star uses its original version;
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land uses its "Fountain of Dreams" version;
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse uses its Paint Panic remix.

In addition, the Paint Panic remix also has a chance of playing during the Normal Challenge of Last Land in the New Challenge Stages mode.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

This theme (here called "Gourmet Go Go") appears as the theme for level 2 of Dedede's Drum Dash. It is arranged in a similar manner to the other songs in the Sub-Game. This theme is also the title screen music for DededeTour!.

The Kirby Air Ride arrangement of "The Fountain of Dreams" is also reused in Royal Road - Stage 8 EX, playing when Kirby has the Hypernova Copy Ability.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe[edit]

The 100-Yard Hop version from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is reused for the first part of the Team DDD battle on Easy, Normal and Hard difficulties.

When played on Very Hard or when battling on the Fountain of Dreams in Multiplayer or Training mode, the Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land version is used instead.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

In the unlockable track "Kirby Medley", "Gourmet Race" is the second song to be featured. The medley can be unlocked by collecting one of the Treasure Chests found in the Burning Secrets stage, to then be played in the game's Music Room.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

The theme "Sky-High and Smitten", used in certain stages of Rhythm Route, is a loose arrangement of the Gourmet Race theme in a funky jazz fusion style. It's arranged by Jun Ishikawa.[3]

The Paint Panic version from Kirby: Canvas Curse is reused in Gigabyte Grounds - Stage 7 EX.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Starting from version 2.0.0, an arrangement of "Gourmet Race" plays while viewing the "Crazy Mischief in the Stars" Celebration Picture. This version is based on the "Gourmet Race (Brass Band Version)" arrangement that previously appeared as part of the "Kirby: Sweet Gourmet Race" Nintendo 3DS Theme, and is arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

The Nightmare in Dream Land version of the theme is reused for the Fountain of Dreams battle stage, and receives a new remix as a secret song.

The new Gourmet Go Go stage reuses the "Crazy Mischief in the Stars" arrangement from Star Allies, and features a new remix of the Corn Hall variation of the theme as its secret song.

Other appearances[edit]

The original version of Gourmet Race was included in the compilation album The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks.

The Gourmet Race theme has been performed live several times using an orchestra, most prominently in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, as part of the Kirby Super Star Medley.

Kirby Pupupu Train features two remixes of this theme; one is alongside Green Greens in the track "Green Greens ~ Clash! Gourmet Race", the other, based on the "The Fountain of Dreams" version from Super Smash Bros. Melee, is as the theme of the "Fountain of Dreams Station".

The theme was also featured in The Sound of Kirby Café, in Track 3: Gourmet! Carnival / Gourmet Race, and in The Sound of Kirby Café 2, in Track 9: Bright of Dream.

In the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack, the theme appears in both Track 43, titled "Electro Kirby", and track 44, "Gourmet Race to Green Greens: Chamber Music". In the former, part of the song is featured in the background, at part 0:56~1:13, while in the latter the whole song is featured, played alongside with Green Greens in a chamber music style, as the name of the track suggests.

References

  1. The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks; while no specific credits are given, only Jun Ishikawa out of the two Kirby Super Star composers is credited for the tracks in the album.
  2. Kirby: Triple Deluxe Jukebox
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kirby: Planet Robobot Jukebox