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The Stadium mode menu
This article is about the various game modes for City Trial in Kirby Air Ride. For another Sub-Game involving a stadium, see The Arena.

A Stadium is a special match which happens at the end of a game of City Trial in Kirby Air Ride. In it, all competing racers test the machines they've acquired and patched in a contest to determine which of them is best-equipped and most skilled. There are several types of stadium to play. In the default settings, they are chosen at random, forcing the racers to guess which one they will end up in (though occasionally a stadium prediction will happen to help). However, a more specific category can be chosen to always play if the player so wishes.

Once a Stadium is played in City Trial, it can be accessed at any time separately in the Stadium portion of the menu, and played using standard-power machines.

Types of Stadium[edit]

There are eight different Stadium categories to choose from, with some having several different stages. They are as follows:

Air Glider[edit]

Main article: Air Glider

Air Glider is a test of machine gliding capability, taking place on a runway, then over a long field. Contestants are tasked with getting as far as possible before hitting the ground.

Destruction Derby[edit]

Main article: Destruction Derby

Destruction Derby is an arena game where the contestants are tasked with KO'ing each-other as many times as possible in a minute and 30 seconds. Whenever a rider is KO'd, they will be completely restored shortly after hitting the ground. There are five distinct stages to this stadium, each taking place in a different arena and with different items.

Drag Race[edit]

Main article: Drag Race

Drag Race is a test of speed on a straight course with few obstacles. There are four variants to choose from.

High Jump[edit]

Main article: High Jump

High Jump is similar to Air Glider, but instead of going straight, the task is to fly as high as possible before starting to lose altitude. To that end, racers will pass through several floors on the way up. High Jump takes place in two rounds, and the higher of the two scores is the one kept.

Kirby Melee[edit]

Main article: Kirby Melee

Kirby Melee is a battle-oriented stadium, where the goal is to defeat as many common enemies as possible within a minute and 30 seconds. There are two variants to this stadium, taking place in different environments. Enemies continuously spawn into the arena during the match, and if Kirby is KO'd, he is out of the game.

Single Race[edit]

Main article: Single Race

This Stadium consists of a single lap around one of the nine Air Ride courses. The goal is simply to win the race, though racers can be KO'd and forced to retire.

Target Flight[edit]

Main article: Target Flight

Contestants are tasked with flying their machines into a large board with number panels on them. The panel they land on is their score. This game takes place in two rounds, and the combined score determines the winner.

Vs. King Dedede[edit]

Main article: Vs. King Dedede

Contestants are placed in an arena with King Dedede, and are tasked to defeat him within a minute and a half. This entails using the items that drop to KO King Dedede. If all the contestants are KO'd however, the game is over.

Stadium predictions[edit]

When playing games of City Trial, there is a chance that a special message called a Stadium Prediction will appear for a moment, making a "prediction" of which stadium mode the Kirbys are likely going to be sent to after the main City Trial game is over. Each unique Stadium event has its own prediction associated with it, but having that prediction appear on screen does not guarantee that particular stadium event will play; it merely raises the chances of it happening.

The following lists every stadium prediction and its associated stadium event:

Prediction messages for Stadium events in Kirby Air Ride 
Prediction Stadium
"I see a simple, straight course..." Drag Race 1
"I see a test of speed on a straight course..." Drag Race 2
"A faster machine will have an advantage, I feel..." Drag Race 3
"If you go for speed, you won't be let down..." Drag Race 4
"I sense you'll fly far, farther, faaarther..." Air Glider
"I see numbers on the side of a machine..." Target Flight
"The farther you can fly, the better you'll do..." High Jump
"I feel that you'll be fighting numerous enemies..." Kirby Melee 1
"I sense countless enemies awaiting you at the castle..." Kirby Melee 2
"A machine with offensive power might be the ticket..." Destruction Derby 1
"It's time to think about strength rather than speed..." Destruction Derby 2
"I think you should spend time preparing for battle..." Destruction Derby 3
"The occupants of the city may prove a hindrance..." Destruction Derby 4
"The difficult terrain may change for the better..." Destruction Derby 5
"It will be nice to race in the air of plains..." Single Race 1 (Fantasy Meadows)
"I see you flying into a crater and it looks HOT..." Single Race 2 (Magma Flows)
"I see a machine that stirs up a wake of sands..." Single Race 3 (Sky Sands)
"You're headed for a place shrouded in cold and ice..." Single Race 4 (Frozen Hillside)
"I see a course with a huge Ferris wheel..." Single Race 5 (Beanstalk Park)
"I see a dark valley with raging rapids..." Single Race 6 (Celestial Valley)
"I see a steel course. You're ready to go but can't..." Single Race 7 (Machine Passage)
"I can see a long, checkered course..." Single Race 8 (Checker Knights)
"I see a vast universe that erases all your cares..." Single Race 9 (Nebula Belt)
"I see you meeting up with King Dedede..." Vs. King Dedede

Stadium frequency[edit]

When a Stadium event occurs after time runs out in the city, each type of event has a chance to be the one chosen (assuming it has been unlocked and the player has not disabled that type in the game settings). However, Stadium events do not have an even chance of appearing, and instead have a weighted probability determined by the game's code (under normal circumstances). The following table contains the weight values for each Stadium event (a higher value means it has a greater chance of appearing):

"Weight" values for Stadium events in Kirby Air Ride[1]  
Internal ID Stadium Weight
00 Drag Race 1 5
01 Drag Race 2 5
02 Drag Race 3 5
03 Drag Race 4 5
04 Air Glider 10
05 Target Flight 20
06 High Jump 10
07 Kirby Melee 1 10
08 Kirby Melee 2 10
09 Destruction Derby 1 4
0A Destruction Derby 2 4
0B Destruction Derby 3 4
0C Destruction Derby 4 4
0D Destruction Derby 5 4
0E Single Race 1 (Fantasy Meadows) 2
0F Single Race 2 (Magma Flows) 2
10 Single Race 3 (Sky Sands) 2
11 Single Race 4 (Frozen Hillside) 2
12 Single Race 5 (Beanstalk Park) 2
13 Single Race 6 (Celestial Valley) 2
14 Single Race 7 (Machine Passage) 2
15 Single Race 8 (Checker Knights) 2
16 Single Race 9 (Nebula Belt) 2
17 Vs. King Dedede 5

Notably, when grouping similar events together, their total weight usually adds up to 20. The only exceptions to this are the Single Race modes (which only add up to 18) and Vs. King Dedede, which only has a weight of 5.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スタジアム


  1. Values taken from this YouTube video, at time stamp 1:38 to 1:43.