Gourmet Race (theme)

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Gourmet Race (theme)
30 seconds of various Gourmet Race arrangements.
Details
Debut Appearance Kirby Super Star
Last Appearance Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
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
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa & Dan Miyakawa
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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 (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[1].

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

A remix of Gourmet Race plays in Paint Panic. It is arranged by Jun Ishikawa[2].

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[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 is also reused for 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 and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

In the unlockable track Kirby Medley, Gourmet Race is the second song to be featured.

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.[2]

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.

Other Appearances[edit]

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.

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 later the whole song is featured, played alongside with Green Greens in a chamber music style, as the name of the track suggests.

References

  1. Kirby: Triple Deluxe Sound Test
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kirby: Planet Robobot Sound Test