King Dedede's Theme

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King Dedede's Theme
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Debut Appearance Kirby's Dream Land
Last Appearance Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Other Appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby Super Star
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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King Dedede's Theme (also known as the Tower of Midbosses theme, or just Dedede's Theme for short) is a musical piece composed by Jun Ishikawa and first appears in Kirby's Dream Land.

It has reappeared in several titles since, with several changes, rearrangements and remixes along the way. As the name implies, the theme is associated with King Dedede, though this was not strictly the case until later in Kirby series.

Development of King Dedede's Leitmotif[edit]

King Dedede's leitmotif consists of two sections but the second section didn't appear until Kirby Super Star.

First section from Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land, this theme first appears in the final boss battle with King Dedede in the boxing ring on Mt. Dedede. Compared to later iterations, it is relatively simple, with only the first section of the song on loop.

In Kirby's Dream Land 2, the same track from Kirby's Dream Land reappears in his boss battle at the end of Dark Castle.

The theme's original version in these two games has a higher key than later iterations based on the full version that first appears in Kirby Super Star'.

Second section from Kirby Super Star[edit]

In Kirby Super Star, the final boss battle with King Dedede on Mt. Dedede in Spring Breeze is where his theme first got its second section and became the full theme, which has persisted to the present.

It is also used in The Arena's same battle.

Arrangements in Kirby series[edit]

Arrangements of King Dedede's Theme in later Kirby games are mostly based on the two-section lower-key version from Kirby Super Star.

Kirby's Dream Land 3 remix[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Dedede's Theme is remixed with different instrumentation. This remix is used in his boss battle at the end of Iceberg.

Kirby's Super Star Stacker remix[edit]

In Kirby's Super Star Stacker, Dedede's Theme is remixed using similar instrumentation to Dream Land 3, but in 3/4 time with a much faster tempo. This version is the predecessor to Masked Dedede's Theme as described below.

Tower of Midbosses remix[edit]

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land[edit]

Dedede's Theme doesn't appear in the original Kirby's Adventure. The regular boss battle theme is used in his boss battle at the end of Rainbow Resort.

In the remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, his boss battle uses a GBA remix of Fountain of Dreams from Super Smash Bros. Melee, which is originally an orchestral remix of Gourmet Race (theme).

However, a GBA remix of Dedede's theme appears in Stage 2 (the Mid-Boss Tower) of Rainbow Resort. This version is titled Tower of Midbosses (Track 17) in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack.

Kirby: Squeak Squad[edit]

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, the Tower of Midbosses version of Dedede's Theme is used during the boss battles with King Dedede and Meta Knight.

Kirby: Canvas Curse remix[edit]

In the boss minigame Cart Run, a heavily remixed version of King Dedede's Theme plays. The main melody is split into many smaller versions and then played with a slight delay between each one, except for the second section of the melody, which is played at its usual tempo and pacing. This version is arranged by Jun Ishikawa[1]. It reappears unaltered in Kirby: Planet Robobot in Rhythm Route - Stage 7 EX.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

King Dedede's Theme[edit]

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, King Dedede's Theme is remixed with Nintendo DS sound chip, similar to other remixed Kirby Super Star soundtracks. It's still used during the boss battle with King Dedede in Spring Breeze and The Arena.

Masked Dedede's Theme[edit]

In Revenge of the King, King Dedede's Theme is remixed to create the specific new version associated with Masked Dedede.

Masked Dedede's Theme is titled The Masked King (Track 29) in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition Compilation Soundtrack. It's arranged in a much faster tempo than the original version and appears to take influence from the Kirby's Super Star Stacker remix of the theme.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

An arrangement of this theme plays in Nutty Noon - Stage 5 when Kirby enters the Tower of Mid-Bosses there. It is a re-orchestration of the theme at a somewhat higher tempo, though no part of the melody has changed.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

When selecting Kirby Super Star Ultra in the "Kirby's History" mode, The Masked King plays.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

Masked Dedede & Shadow Dedede's Theme[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Masked Dedede's Theme is remixed with orchestral/techno instrumentation and titled Dedede's Royal Payback on the Triple Deluxe Soundtrack CD. This version is used during the following boss battles at the end of Royal Road:

Dedede's Royal Payback can be found as Track 97 in Triple Deluxe's Jukebox. It has a slightly slower drumline, and a new second loop with different instrumentation.

Dedede's Theme in Dedede's Drum Dash[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe's Sub-Game Dedede's Drum Dash, Dedede's Theme (as titled) is remixed to serve as the third stage music, with flute instrumentation and bass guitar similar to the other tracks.

This version can also be heard in the rest areas for Levels 1-5 of DededeTour!. Level 6 replaces it with the Kirby's Return to Dream Land mid-boss tower version.

Kirby Fighters (Deluxe)[edit]

Dedede Arena[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe's Sub-Game Kirby Fighters and its upgrade spinoff Kirby Fighters Deluxe, the Kirby's Dream Land 3 version of his theme is reused on Dedede Arena stage.

"History of Dedede"[edit]

Main article: History of Dedede (theme)

In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, a new version called "History of Dedede" appears during the final battle with Team DDD64 (King Dedede with 61 Mini Dededes and 2 Combo Dededes) on 'Very Hard' difficulty. It's a retro melody of his theme's different versions, composed by Hirokazu Ando.[2].

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse remix[edit]

A remix of King Dedede's Theme can be unlocked and then played in the game's Music Room. It sounds very similar to the arrangement featured in Kirby Mass Attack.

"Dedede's Tridimensional Cannon" (Kirby: Planet Robobot)[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, when Dedede Clone is defeated (multiplied into three during the boss battle), the three Dedede Clones ride on the D3 cannon and become Dedede Clones & D3, challenging Kirby for a rematch.

Although Dedede Clone battle uses the track "VS. The Wicked Company" (Planet Robobot's regular boss battle theme), Dedede Clones & D3 battle uses a different one.

Dedede Clones & D3 boss battle theme is titled "Dedede's Tridimensional Cannon" in English. It's an orchestral mashup of King Dedede's Theme and "My Friend and the Sunset" (ending theme of Revenge of Meta Knight). "Dedede's Tridimensional Cannon" can be found as Track 51 in the Planet Robobot's Jukebox.

Unlike King Dedede's Theme in 4/4 time signature, "Dedede's Tridimensional Cannon" is composed in 3/4 time instead, which resembles "My Friend and the Sunset" in 6/8.

The Japanese title of this remix is 伝導でんどう電磁式でんじしき三連砲さんれんほう:D.D.D. ("Electromagnetic Conduction Triple Turret Cannon: D.D.D."). The romaji of 伝導電磁式 (electromagnetic conduction) from the track name is dendō denjishiki, with three Ds as the first letters.

King D-Mind's Theme in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, King D-Mind is fought as the final boss, who appears to be a fusion of Shadow Dedede and Dark Mind.

The first phase of King D-Mind's battle plays a new remix of Castle Lololo, which is also used in Landia EX's battle. On Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack, this song is titled 強大なボスとの決戦 (Decisive Battle with a Mighty Boss).

The second phase of King D-Mind's battle plays a new orchestral mashup of Dark Mind's Theme and Dedede's Royal Payback (Masked Dedede & Shadow Dedede's Theme from Kirby: Triple Deluxe).

Kirby's Blowout Blast remixes[edit]

In Kirby's Blowout Blast, King Dedede is fought several times in different forms, featuring different remixes.

  • A new remix of Dedede's Theme is made in the original higher key from Kirby's Dream Land:
    • Only the first section plays in the battle with King Dedede (King Dedede's Revenge) in Level 5 (EX).
    • The full two sections play in the battle with King Dedede's Revenge in Secret Path.
  • The same Castle Lololo remix from Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, "Decisive Battle with a Mighty Boss" is reused in the battle with Giant King Dedede (Giant King Dedede's Revenge) in Level 5 (EX).
  • A new remix of Castle Lololo and The Masked King in heavy metal style is used in the final battle with Giant Masked Dedede in Secret Path.

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

In the game, this track appears in the Music Collection as Cake Royale 2 and plays in every cutscene where the focus is on King Dedede during Dedede's Cake Royale. A new and much more aggressive remix plays after Kirby defeats the King in the 1-vs-3 Battle Arena match. This track appears in the Music Collection as Cake Royale 10. Another new remix of "The Masked King", alongside the "Kirby Battle Royale Main Theme" and "Kirby's Triumphant Return" also appears as Dededestroyer Z's Battle Theme and appears in the Music Collection as Cake Royale 13.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

Macho of Dedede[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, a new version of King Dedede's Theme plays during his boss battle. It's arranged by Hirokazu Ando and titled Macho of Dedede[3]. It's an orchestral arrangement of Dedede's Theme, featuring notable use of bass guitar. This version adds a new section before his regular two sections.

Macho of Dedede can be found as Track 16 in the Star Allies Jukebox.

History of Dedede[edit]

Main article: History of Dedede (theme)

History of Dedede from Kirby Fighters Deluxe is reused to replace Macho of Dedede in his boss battle on 'Soul Melter' difficulty of The Ultimate Choice.

Other appearances[edit]

Kirby series[edit]

Elements of this theme can be heard in other tracks, such as Havoc Aboard the Halberd, and Taranza, the Master of Puppetry.

An arrangement of the theme appears during Max Flexer's workout in the Japanese version of the Fitness Fiend episode in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

King Dedede's Theme has been performed live in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, as part of King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley.

In The Sound of Kirby Café 2, the theme is featured in Track 6: The King's Sparkling Full Course.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

King Dedede's Theme has been rearranged twice in Super Smash Bros. series:

"King Dedede's Theme"[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, "King Dedede's Theme" is remixed by Yoko Shimomura.

This version serves as an unlockable theme for the Halberd stage.

Both this remix and the Halberd stage reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

"King Dedede's Theme Ver. 2"[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, "King Dedede's Theme Ver. 2" is arranged and performed by HIDE×HIDE, a Japanese musical duo who play traditional Japanese music.

This version is performed with traditional Japanese instrumentation.

This version serves as a default theme for The Great Cave Offensive stage.

References

  1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Jukebox
  2. Kirby Star Allies Jukebox
  3. Nintendo DREAM, May 2018 Issue, pg.26