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Grand Doomer (theme)

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Grand Doomer (theme)
Various arrangements of "Grand Doomer".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Planet Robobot
Super Kirby Clash
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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Grand Doomer[2] is a boss theme that debuted in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It is a techno-style track associated mainly with the boss battle against Grand Doomer, and is composed by Hirokazu Ando.

Composition[edit]

The song is composed in E Locrian mode in a 4/4 time signature, and is a fast-paced theme making use of techno instrumentation mixed with electric guitars to present a more finale-like and otherworldly setting for Grand Doomer's boss battle. The intro features ambience sounds that slowly shift and mix in an otherworldly fashion before going straight to the intro. Notably, one part of the song uses a repeating set of notes sounding similar to "Mid-Boss Battle" before repeating the main melody with different percussion lines. Some subtle but dissonant piano sounds are also used throughout the song as well.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Grand Doomer makes its grand appearance.

This theme debuts in Kirby's Return to Dream Land (and also appearing in the remake) as the battle music for the first phase of Grand Doomer's boss battle in Stage 6 of Nutty Noon. It plays throughout the fight until Kirby gets Ultra Sword, after which it will switch to "Ultra-Super Boss Battle" for the rest of the battle. "Grand Doomer" is also used for the first phase of HR-D3's boss battle in Extra Mode and The True Arena. The song can be found as Track 45 in the Jukebox, or Track 52 in the remake.

Exclusive to the remake's Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler is a new heavy remix of "Grand Doomer" known as "Another Domination", which is fittingly used in the fight against Crowned Doomer. It starts off with a long intro featuring synths, and adds heavy mechanical sounds (which resemble the sound of turning cogwheels) in addition to intense electronic instrumentation. Afterwards, it goes straight to the song's main melody, which is further remixed and expanded upon. This remix can be found as Track 183 in the Jukebox. It features white notes in the Jukebox, meaning it could have been arranged by either Kiyoshi Hazemoto or Yuki Kato.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

The original theme from Kirby's Return to Dream Land is reused as Galacta Knight Returns' theme during the first phase. It can be found as Track 152 in the Jukebox. This game is the first to confirm that the song was composed by Hirokazu Ando.

Super Kirby Clash[edit]

"Grand Doomer" features a new electronic remix in Super Kirby Clash, used in the Toughest-rank quests against Greater Doomer. It is somewhat identical to the original track, except it has new layers of instrumentation over it, such as new electronic percussion lines, orchestra hits and strings. Some parts of the song feature an underlying choir, and the second half of the song has been greatly expanded as well.

Other appearances[edit]

"Grand Doomer" can be found as Track 25 in Kirby Wii Music Selection, where it is paired along with "You Got... a Part Sphere?" as well as sounds from Grand Doomer's pre-battle cutscene, otherwise unchanged.

Trivia[edit]

  • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land's files, this song is labeled b_machine01. This would suggest it was originally designed for a mechanical boss, which would reflect its appearance in HR-D3's fight.

Names in other languages[edit]

"Grand Doomer"[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グランドローパー
Gurando Rōpā
Grand Lowper
Traditional Chinese 偉大嘍啪
wěi dà lóu pā
Grand Lowper
Simplified Chinese 伟大喽啪
wěi dà lóu pā
Dutch Super-Doomer -
French Chimair royal Royal chimera
German Uralter Sphärenspuk Ancient Spherespook
Italian Fenix di fuoco Fire phoenix
Korean 그랜드 로퍼
geulaendeu lopeo
Grand Lowper
Portuguese Spectrosfera Mor Great sphere specter
Latin American Spanish Gran Esfespectro Big Sphere specter
European Spanish Gran espectrosfera Big sphere specter


"Another Domination"[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Another Domination
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Chinese Another Domination
-
Dutch Een andere dominantie Another domination
French Domination parallèle Parallel domination
German Die nächste Unterjochung The next Subjugation
Italian Un'altra dominazione Another domination
Korean Another Domination
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Portuguese Dimensão paralela Parallel dimension
This appears to be a mistranslation, as this is the exact same Portuguese title for "Another Dimension", and there is no pun to have with the word "dimensão" here.
Spanish Dominio paralelo Parallel domination


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