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Heading for 0²

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Heading for 0²
Various arrangements of the "Heading for 0²" theme.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Fighters 2
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa or Hirokazu Ando
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"Heading for 0²"[Japanese title] is a stage theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. This theme can be heard exclusively in Dark Star, specifically in the area before fighting .

Composition[edit]

Kirby heading for 0².

"Heading for 0²" is a fast-paced and serious theme in the key of E-flat minor which has heavy percussion. The theme starts with an instrumental sting and then gets to the main melody (the percussion is added in as well). The first quarter of the theme's melody is played by a recorder-like instrument. This melody starts from a G note and then goes to an F#/Gb but then ascends to said note from a D-flat note. A similar progression is played once again starting from a different note (D sharp) before doing a Gb-Gb-E-B progression (followed by 4 quieter notes first played by a synth and then a chime-like instrument). This portion is repeated once again before moving to the second portion, which is played by a different instrument. The second portion has an ascending melody that is slower than the melody in the first portion and is played from various notes. This is usually followed by a response quieter than the melody (played by the same recorder-like instrument from before). It should also be latter half of the second portion changes instruments as well. The third portion and fourth portions of the theme are largely similar to the first and second ones, but with slight differences (the melody of the third portion is played by the same synth instrument from before, and the fourth portion has a different "response" instrument and a different ending). After the fourth portion ends, the 46 second theme then loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

As stated above, this theme can be heard in Dark Star. This music is the 30th theme in the Jukebox.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

An arrangement of this theme is used as the battle theme for the Mega Masher in Kirby 3D Rumble's third level in Kirby: Planet Robobot. It is named VS. Mega Masher in the Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Soundtrack and was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, this theme is paired up with Dangerous Dinner in a remix called "A Dangerous High-Flying Finale". This remix of the two can be heard in the Item Rooms before fighting the last five floors in the Final Chapter of the Story Mode. This version was arranged by Yuki Shimooka.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

The Kirby Fighters 2 arrangement reappears in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe as the theme used for the title screen and initial rest area for The True Arena. It can be listened to as track 190 in that game's Jukebox after clearing Extra Mode.

Other appearances[edit]

This theme was present in the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival in the medley Kirby Through the Years: 1993-2004, and can be heard right after "The Last Iceberg".

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゼロ・ツーめざして[1]
Zero tsū mezashite
Heading for 0²


References

  1. Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival pamphlet