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Kirby's Hurdle Race

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Kirby's Hurdle Race
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Title screen for Kirby's Hurdle Race.
Type(s) Footrace
Levels 3
Players 1
Appears in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Theme music
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Race against King Dedede! Time your hurdle-hopping carefully in this three-heat match.
— Description from Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble North American instruction booklet

Kirby's Hurdle Race is one of the five Sub-Games from Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. It involves the player using the game's tilt mechanics to have Kirby leap over hurdles on a race track against King Dedede.


In this game, Kirby is tasked with winning a straight footrace on a stadium track against King Dedede. Along the track are hurdles spaced at varying intervals, which will slow Kirby down if he fails to leap over them. Pressing the A button repeatedly causes Kirby to run, while flicking the Game Boy Color upward causes him to jump.

The game affords Kirby three tries to race the course. If he beats King Dedede in an earlier try, then subsequent tries will pit Kirby against himself (representing the previous time completed). Matching the previous time in a race will still count as a victory. After all three tries are finished, the game will pick the fastest time to add to the leaderboard, awarding 1-Ups based on how quickly it was performed, up to three for times faster than 20 seconds.

A Waddle Dee acts as the flag waver, and the player must press A as soon as the flag is waved to start the race. If the player presses A too early, they must try that round again. If this is done twice in a row, the opponent automatically wins the round.

The default high scores for Kirby's Hurdle Race are 30 seconds for third, 25 seconds for second, and 20 seconds for first place.


  • "Press the A Button repeatedly to run."
  • "Pop it up* to jump hurdles."

*flick the Game Boy Color upward