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Slippery Steps

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Slippery Steps
Sample of "Slippery Steps" from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Slippery Steps" is the puzzle theme for White Wafers in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]


A race down the slippery steps.

"Slippery Steps" is a goofy theme in C minor and 4/4. Its intro, a detached descending 4 note passage with strong percussion, serves as lasting accompaniment and recurring motif that varies throughout the piece. The intro ends with a brief dominant fanfare. The melody loosely follows its rhythmical pattern and range. It's played by an electric guitar with the occasional high piano remark. This ends with a wider repetitive phrase forming a short authentic cadence and another fanfare. The following section follows a call and response of the original phrase from the electric guitar and piano, revealing major harmonies, which are further developed in the conclusion before it ultimately resolves back where the track started, now accentuating C across octaves. A contrasting second section based on the original melody combined with its remarks modulates through G and C major, then repeats and dives into B-flat major. With a short rise and more similar transitional remarks, the track once again returns to its intro motif, with the melody failing to gain relevance again. The track loops after this.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスステップ
aisu suteppu
Ice Step
Traditional Chinese 冰凍步調
bīng dòng bù diào
Frozen Steps
Simplified Chinese 冰冻步调
bīng dòng bù diào
Dutch Glibbergang Slippery walk
French Chaussée glissante Slippery road
German Schlittrige Schrittchen Slippery Steps
Italian Passi incerti Uncertain steps
Korean 아이스 스탭
aiseu seutaeb
Ice Step
(The transliteration of 'step' as 스탭 rather than 스텝 is unusual.)
Brazilian Portuguese Degraus escorregadiços Slippery steps
Spanish Pasos resbaladizos Slippery steps