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Various arrangements of "Shooting".
Debut appearance Kirby's Dream Land (1992)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Air Ride
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Kirby's Dream Buffet
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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This article is about the musical theme associated with various powerups and bosses. For the ability known as Shooting, see Starship. For a similarly named theme associated with the clockwork stars, see Milky Way Wishes: Shooting.

"Shooting"[1] is a musical piece composed by Jun Ishikawa that first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land. It originally was associated with the Mint Leaf and Superspicy Curry powerups, but has since become a theme associated primarily with Kabula.


"Shooting" is a jazzy, mischevious piece in 4/4 F minor. The Kirby's Dream Land incarnation is a short theme like most of the game's music, composed in only ten measures. After a melody is played in two slight variants, a passage like a reversed version of the intro of "King Dedede's Theme" for three variants itself before giving way to a sassy descent that loops back into the first melody. The bassline usually alternates octaves of the same note or favors fifths, sixths, and sevenths with frequent accidentals.

Like some of the other music from Kirby's Dream Land, "Shooting" has had some remarkable additions and revisions made throughout its series appearances. Kirby Planet Robobot in particular is notable for adding an entirely new section based lightly on the first. This section is a solo on the guitar, which has persisted in future remixes such as in Kirby's Blowout Blast and Kirby's Dream Buffet. The Kirby: Planet Robobot version includes a rest portion inspired by the Kirby Super Star Ultra version of the theme, but most versions simply return to the loop immediately after the solo.

Game appearances[edit]

Kabula challenges Kirby to an aerial battle.

Kirby's Dream Land[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Land, this track is used when Kirby obtains either the Spicy Food or Mint Leaf items. Since Kirby must take the Mint Leaf to fight Kaboola in this game, the track also plays during her boss battle, both in Float Islands and Mt. Dedede.

This track can be found as Music 9 in the Kirby's Dream Land Sound Test.

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

Main article: Metal (course)

In Kirby Air Ride, the theme is remixed, titled "Kirby: Shooting" in the English Sound Test, to serve as the alternative music for the course Metal in Top Ride Course, unlocked by taking 1st place in Metal without using Boost.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

Although Kabula doesn't appear in the original Spring Breeze from Kirby Super Star, she returns as a boss in Mt. Dedede Sky during Revenge of the King and The True Arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra. This time, Kirby fights her with the Starship along with a new remix of "Shooting", done in a heavy metal style in a fast tempo. This version is titled 飛行砲台カブーラー ("Flying Fortress Kabula") on Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Sound Track, and can be found as Track 86 in Super Star Ultra's Sound Test. It was remixed by the original composer, Jun Ishikawa.[2]

Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn[edit]

In Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, the "Shooting" remix from Kirby Air Ride is repurposed to serve as the theme of Tankbot. This version, simply titled "Tankbot" in American English and "Tankbot Theme" in British English, can be found as Track 37 in Kirby's Epic Yarn's Tunes. In Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, this remix also plays in the title screens of Dedede Gogogo and Slash & Bead.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kabula makes a surprise appearance from the debris of C.O.G.S. in Gigabyte Grounds and The True Arena, now rebuilt as Core Kabula, and fights Kirby in the Robobot Armor's Jet Mode with an arrangement of "Shooting" playing in the background, titled "Core Kabula Surprise!"

The theme is now remixed with an electronic flair, the tune and the tempo more resembling the original version from Kirby's Dream Land. In addition, a second section is added to the theme, featuring an electric guitar solo.

This version is arranged by Hirokazu Ando and can be found as Track 035 in the Planet Robobot Jukebox.

Kirby's Blowout Blast[edit]

In Kirby's Blowout Blast, although neither Kabula nor any power-up item appears, the theme is remixed into a new electronic version to serve as the stage music for Level 5 and its EX version, including the second section from "Core Kabula Surprise!" with brass instrumentation.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, the original version from Kirby's Dream Land is reused in the stage Extra Eclair.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, a fast-paced remix of the theme is present during the final moments of a Battle Royale. This theme is dynamic, and split into four parts. The main segment plays on loop during every match. If the match enters overtime, it enters the second part, featuring an extended guitar solo based on the one from "Core Kabula Surprise!". When the match is over, the song finishes with a final sting. If the match is paused before the ending (only possible offline), the song will use an instrumental filler loop to link into the final sting.

The Kirby Super Star Ultra version of the theme, named "Kirby Super Star Ultra: Memorial Song 1" in-game, is available to play in races and Free Rolling upon unlocking it at Gourmet Rank 56.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

If a round of Booming Blasters is taking too long, Kabula will eventually appear and rain the stage with bombs while a techno remix of both "Shooting" and "Heavy Lobster" plays, titled "Kabula Limit". The Shooting theme used in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is heavily based on the Kirby Super Star Ultra variation, and was arranged by Hirokazu Ando. A chiptune arrangement of the theme, named "Kabula Limit (Secret Song)" is unlocked after clearing all the missions associated with the sub-game, and is used under similar circumstances. This version was arranged by Yuki Shimooka.

Other appearances[edit]

"Shooting" is featured in the last segment of Track 1: Big Band Kirby of the Kirby Memorial Arrangements. Here, the theme is arranged in a salsa style with a piano-based rhythm. This arrangement was done by Megumi Ohara.

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese やきいもシューティング[3]
Yaki-imo Shūtingu
Sweet Potato Shooting
French A la chasse On the hunt


Language Name Meaning
Japanese やきいもシューティング
Yaki-imo Shūtingu
Sweet Potato Shooting
French Robochar Robotank
German Robopanzer Robotank
Italian Robocarro Robotank
Korean 탱코봇
Spanish Robotanque Robotank

Core Kabula Surprise![edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese まさかのコア・カブーラー
masaka no koa kabūrā
Surprising Core Kabula