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The Ultimate Choice

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Title screens for The Ultimate Choice from Kirby Star Allies
Details
Type(s) Boss Endurance
Levels 9
Players 1-4
Appears in Kirby Star Allies
Comparable to The Arena
The True Arena
Helper to Hero
Colosseum
Theme music

Clip of the title screen music for The Ultimate Choice

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A new festival of battle is about to begin! Test your limits with…The Ultimate Choice! Kirby and friends will face off against a gaggle of super-spicy bosses in their unending quest to gobble up everything in sight!
— Kirby Star Allies quote

The Ultimate Choice is a Boss Endurance Sub-Game present in Kirby Star Allies, where selected characters defeat a series of bosses, similar to The Arena. It is unlocked after Story Mode along with Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! and Heroes in Another Dimension. It has two major differences compared to The Arena which are having a scoring system and difficulty levels. As such, it can be seen as effectively nine different Arenas rolled into a single game. Completing this mode on the Soul Melter difficulty setting is required for 100% completion. Completing the bonus Soul Melter EX difficulty is not required for 100%, but it is required for Crown%.

Much like its counterparts in previous titles, The Ultimate Choice is a boss endurance mode with rest areas in-between each fight. Bosses and enemy ambushes are encountered in a set order depending on the difficulty chosen. The Ultimate Choice also features a character select screen much like Helper to Hero in Kirby Super Star Ultra, and keeps separate scores for each one. The player can choose between Kirby and most of his Copy Abilities, any of the recruitable allies, or any of the currently available Dream Friends to play as. CPU or human-controlled allies can also join the player for a team of up to four, with their individual damage output reduced to prevent bosses from going down too quickly.

Gameplay[edit]

The Ultimate Choice is split up into nine difficulty levels. The way it works is very similar to the Intensity Meter concept present in Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; the player can pick any difficulty from the available selection, with greater rewards given out for higher difficulties. Only the first five are available at first, with the other four unlocked after meeting certain criteria. A high score is kept for this mode; harder difficulties give more points than the lower ones.

Before starting the game, the player must choose how many human players will play:

  • 1 human player is in Solo Rank category;
  • 2-4 human players are in With Friends Rank category.

The more players in play (including CPU), the less damage they will deal to mid-bosses and bosses. The Ultimate Choice has a different set of multiplayer modifiers from main modes (Story Mode, Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go!, and Heroes in Another Dimension).

Attack Modifiers
Number of Players The Ultimate Choice Main Modes
1 ×1.0 ×1.0
2 ×0.875 ×0.75
3 ×0.8 ×0.6
4 ×0.75 ×0.5

Then, 1P chooses a Copy Ability for Kirby, or presses X (or the up button when the Joy-Con is held sideways) to choose the Friend of that ability, and (if desired) chooses up to 3 Friends to accompany 1P's character through the whole run. After completing The Ultimate Choice once, Dream Friends are available for any player to choose from, along with regular helpers and Kirby for 1P only.

After character select, 1P chooses the difficulty level. Most bosses have fixed health regardless of difficulty. Once the difficulty is confirmed, the battles begin.

During boss battles, any players or CPUs besides player 1 cannot be permanently defeated, Unfriended, or swallowed for their ability (if any). Fainted allies who are still in the stage will revive with minimal health if left unconscious at the end of a battle (or if thrown off the stage while the boss is shifting phases). If fainted allies are not revived in time and disappear midbattle, they will revive with half health in the rest area. In a multiplayer run, if 1P is KO'd, other players must revive 1P before the given time runs out; otherwise, the game is over when 1P is done in.

In-between battles, characters can use a limited supply of food for healing if needed, and can also pick up Picture Pieces from chests. On higher difficulties, more pieces can be collected, but there will be less food for healing. Before the final round, an additional food item can be found inside the last chest.

amiibo can be used to obtain extra food in this mode (up to 7 times in a single playthrough), but doing so will mark the score as having been achieved using amiibo. Characters who have completed the sub-game are crowned on the character select menu (yellow crown for Difficulty 1-7; red crown for Soul Melter; green crown for Soul Melter EX). If every character has completed the sub-game (regardless of difficulty), a special message will pop up to congratulate the achievement.

Difficulty[edit]

As of Version 4.0.0, the game has nine difficulty levels, with the first five being available at start and the last four being unlockable. Difficulty levels are represented visually with Kirby adding hot sauce to a plate of Superspicy Curry; the higher the difficulty, the more hot sauce is added. Kirby's expression also changes, from happy to tense to shocked. When Soul Melter is selected, he takes on the appearance of Devil Kirby from the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Frog Wild.

Version 4.0.0 adds Soul Melter EX, which is unlocked by clearing both Soul Melter and Heroes in Another Dimension. To select Soul Melter EX, the player should select Soul Melter and press ↑, A, and - together (the same command for Kirby's Dream Land - Extra Game). When Soul Melter EX is selected, Kirby gains a "blank" face that stares directly at the player, similar to Void Termina's final core. He also adds four bottles of hot sauce instead of one.

Soul Melter EX incorporates the bosses from Heroes in Another Dimension. Completing Soul Melter EX unlocks the Dream Button, which can switch Kirby's look between the current modern look or the classic look from Kirby's Dream Land.

The following lists every difficulty in The Ultimate Choice, with information on the boss battles, how many healing items are given, and other factors:

Difficulty levels in The Ultimate Choice  
Difficulty Image Encounters Unlock Requirements Healing Items Picture Pieces Health percentage
Sweet Breeze KSA The Ultimate Choice Sweet Breeze select.jpg
  1. Whispy Woods
  2. Ambush Type A
    1. Bonkers
    2. Puppet Waddle Dee
    3. Mr. Frosty
  3. King Dedede
  4. Meta Knight
Complete Story Mode. 3 100%
Mild Stroll KSA The Ultimate Choice Mild Stroll select.jpg
  1. Whispy Woods
  2. King Dedede
  3. Ambush Type B
    1. Chef Kawasaki
    2. Anger Masker ×2
    3. Vividria
    4. Bugzzy
  4. Pon & Con
  5. KrackoTwin Kracko
  6. Meta Knight
4
Zesty Expedition KSA The Ultimate Choice Zesty Expedition select.jpg
  1. Whispy Woods
  2. King Dedede
  3. Ambush Type B
    1. Chef Kawasaki
    2. Anger Masker ×2
    3. Vividria
    4. Bugzzy
  4. Meta Knight
  5. Pon & Con
  6. KrackoTwin Kracko
  7. Francisca
5
Spicy Adventure KSA The Ultimate Choice Spicy Adventure select.jpg
  1. Whispy Woods
  2. Ambush Type A
    1. Bonkers
    2. Puppet Waddle Dee
    3. Mr. Frosty
  3. King Dedede
  4. Ambush Type B
    1. Chef Kawasaki
    2. Anger Masker ×2
    3. Vividria
    4. Bugzzy
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Pon & Con
  7. KrackoTwin Kracko
  8. Flamberge
6
Sizzling Threat KSA The Ultimate Choice Sizzling Threat select.jpg
  1. Whispy Woods
  2. Ambush Type A
    1. Bonkers
    2. Puppet Waddle Dee
    3. Mr. Frosty
  3. King Dedede
  4. Ambush Type B
    1. Chef Kawasaki
    2. Anger Masker ×2
    3. Vividria
    4. Bugzzy
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Pon & Con
  7. KrackoTwin Kracko
  8. Zan Partizanne
  9. Hyness
7 80%
Fiery Showdown KSA The Ultimate Choice Fiery Showdown select.jpg
  1. Yggy Woods
  2. Ambush Type C
    1. Bonkers
    2. Blizzard Guard & Sizzle Guard
    3. Twin Frosty
  3. King Dedede
  4. Ambush Type D
    1. Bugzzy
    2. Chef Kawasaki
    3. Floaty the Cell Core ×2
    4. Twin Vividria
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Goldon & Silvox
  7. KrackoTwin Kracko
  8. Francisca (2nd)
  9. Hyness
  10. Morpho Knight
Complete Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! & any of the first 5 difficulty levels. 9
Infernal Crisis KSA The Ultimate Choice Infernal Crisis select.jpg
  1. Yggy Woods
  2. Ambush Type C
    1. Bonkers
    2. Blizzard Guard & Sizzle Guard
    3. Twin Frosty
  3. King Dedede
  4. Ambush Type D
    1. Bugzzy
    2. Chef Kawasaki
    3. Floaty the Cell Core ×2
    4. Twin Vividria
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Goldon & Silvox
  7. KrackoTwin Kracko
  8. Francisca (2nd)
  9. Flamberge (2nd)
  10. Zan Partizanne (2nd)
  11. Hyness
  12. Morpho Knight
  13. Void Termina (Story Mode version; all but fifth phase)
11
Soul Melter KSA The Ultimate Choice Soul Melter select.jpg
  1. Yggy Woods
  2. Ambush Type C
    1. Bonkers
    2. Blizzard Guard & Sizzle Guard
    3. Twin Frosty
  3. King Dedede
  4. Ambush Type D
    1. Bugzzy
    2. Chef Kawasaki
    3. Floaty the Cell Core ×2
    4. Twin Vividria
  5. Meta Knight
  6. Goldon & Silvox
  7. KrackoTwin Kracko
  8. Francisca (2nd)
  9. Flamberge (2nd)
  10. Zan Partizanne (2nd)
  11. Hyness
  12. Morpho Knight
  13. Void Termina (Soul Melter version) → Void Soul
Complete Fiery Showdown or Infernal Crisis. 15 60%
Soul Melter EX KSA TUC Soul Melter EX select.png
  1. Parallel Woods
  2. Ambush Type E
    1. Mr. Frosty + Floaty the Cell Core ×2
    2. Anger Masker ×2
    3. Twin Bonkers
  3. Goldon & Silvox
  4. Parallel Twin KrackoParallel Big Kracko
  5. Ambush Type F
    1. Chef Kawasaki + Two Face ×4
    2. Vividria + Blizzard Guard & Sizzle Guard
    3. Twin Bugzzy
  6. Francisca
  7. Flamberge
  8. Zan Partizanne
  9. Parallel Meta Knight
  10. Parallel Dedede
  11. Corrupt Hyness
  12. The Three Mage-Sisters
  13. Morpho Knight EX
  14. Void Termina (True Destroyer of Worlds)Void (Astral Birth)
Complete Soul Melter & Heroes in Another Dimension.
(Requires Version 4.0.0 of the game)
25 100%

The title screen logo changes in color as higher difficulties are cleared. It initially appears orange, then red once Fiery Showdown and Infernal Crisis are unlocked, then black once Soul Melter is unlocked. This also affects its logo on the main menu.

Player Health[edit]

The maximum health of all players varies between difficulty levels:

  • 1-4 (Sweet Breeze - Spicy Adventure): 100%
  • 5-7 (Sizzling Threat - Infernal Crisis): 80%
  • Secret (Soul Melter): 70%
  • Secret (Soul Melter EX): 100%

Friends have the same power as Kirby's respective Copy Abilities. In addition, they usually have better jumping/hovering ability than Kirby's hover. However, most of them have lower health than Kirby.

Character Health Ranking  
Rank HP Character
1 48 (1-4 & EX), 38 (5-7), 33 (Secret)
2 45 (1-4 & EX), 36 (5-7), 31 (Secret)
3 42 (1-4 & EX), 33 (5-7), 29 (Secret)
4 40 (1-4 & EX), 32 (5-7), 28 (Secret)
5 30 (1-4 & EX), 24 (5-7), 21 (Secret)
* indicates Dream Friends.

Chef Kawasaki is the only playable mid-boss who has lower health than Kirby. Interestingly, enemy Chef Kawasaki and Mr. Frosty have lower health than the remaining mid-bosses, too.

List of Bosses[edit]

The following lists every boss and mid-boss in The Ultimate Choice, with information on their health and the difficulty levels in which they appear.

Bosses[edit]

Bosses  
Boss HP
(Star Bullet=52)
Sweet Breeze Mild Stroll Zesty Expedition Spicy Adventure Sizzling Threat Fiery Showdown Infernal Crisis Soul Melter Soul Melter EX Notes
Whispy Woods 525 Yes No
Yggy Woods 682 No Yes No
Parallel Woods 1050 No Yes
King Dedede 525 Yes No In Soul Melter, King Dedede is fought at night instead of sunset. This is the opposite in Kirby's Dream Land 3's Boss Butch in which King Dedede is fought at sunset instead of night.
Parallel Dedede 1050 No Yes
Meta Knight 450 Yes* Yes No
Parallel Meta Knight 900 No Yes
Pon & Con 180×2 No Yes No
Goldon & Silvox 180×2 No Yes No
275×2 No Yes
Kracko 300 No Yes No
Twin Kracko 540
Parallel Twin Kracko 600 No Yes
Parallel Big Kracko 1080
Francisca 472 (Longview Corridor) No Yes* No
519 (Blizzno Moon) No Yes No
779 (Soul Melter EX) No Yes
Flamberge 487 (Inner Sanctum) No Yes* No
536 (Sizzlai Moon) No Yes No
804 (Soul Melter EX) No Yes
Zan Partizanne 510 (Heavenly Hall) No Yes No
561 (The Divine Terminus) No Yes No
841 (Soul Melter EX) No Yes
Hyness Phase 1: 359 No Yes* Yes No
Phase 2: 540
Corrupt Hyness Phase 1: 450 No Yes
Phase 2: 675
The Three Mage-Sisters 2425
Morpho Knight 920 No Yes* Yes No
Morpho Knight EX 1380 No Yes
Void Termina
(Destroyer of Worlds)
Phase 1: N/A No Yes* No
Phase 2: 375
Phase 3: N/A
Phase 4: 525 Yes* No
Void Soul: 1350 No Yes* No
Void Termina
(True Destroyer of Worlds)
Phase 1: N/A No Yes*
Phase 2: 562
Phase 3: N/A
Void: 2000
* indicates the last boss of that difficulty level.

Mid-Bosses[edit]

Mid-Bosses  
Ambush Type Enemy HP
(Star Bullet=52)
Sweet Breeze Mild Stroll
Zesty Expedition
Spicy Adventure
Sizzling Threat
Fiery Showdown
Infernal Crisis
Soul Melter
Soul Melter EX
A Bonkers 135 Yes No Yes No
Puppet Waddle Dee Puppet: 48
Waddle Dee: 12
Mr. Frosty 112
B Chef Kawasaki 112 No Yes
Anger Masker Mask on: 71
Mask off: 1
Vividria 135
Bugzzy 135
C Bonkers (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) 189 No Yes No
Guard Shield on: 169
Shield off: 1
Twin Frosty (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) 157×2
D Bugzzy (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) 189
Chef Kawasaki (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) 157
Floaty the Cell Core 52
Twin Vividria (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) 189×2
E Mr. Frosty (Soul Melter EX) 236 No Yes
Floaty the Cell Core 52
Anger Masker Mask on: 71
Mask off: 1
Twin Bonkers (Soul Melter EX) Left: 283
Right: 378
F Chef Kawasaki (Soul Melter EX) 236
Two Face Unknown
Vividria (Soul Melter EX) 378
Guard Shield on: 169
Shield off: 1
Twin Bugzzy (Soul Melter EX) Left: 283
Right: 315

In these ambush encounters, Chef Kawasaki is the only mid-boss who does not have a twin battle.

Scoring[edit]

In each difficulty mode, a score is kept. This score is based on the defeated boss phases (score varies in difficulty) and time bonuses (how quickly Kirby and his allies defeat bosses). The score decreases by 1000 every time 1P is KO'd in the multiplayer mode, however.

Boss Score[edit]

Boss Score  
Boss Phase Sweet Breeze Mild Stroll Zesty Expedition Spicy Adventure Sizzling Threat Fiery Showdown Infernal Crisis Soul Melter Soul Melter EX Notes
Whispy Woods 1 500 600 650 700 1000 No No No No
2 1500 1800 1950 2100 3000 No No No No
Yggy Woods 1 No No No No No 2100 2200 3000 No
2 No No No No No 4200 4400 6000 No
King Dedede 1 500 600 650 700 1000 1050 1100 1500 No
2 1500 1800 1950 2100 3000 3150 3300 4500 No
Meta Knight 1 500 600 650 700 1000 1050 1100 1500 No
2 1500 1800 1950 2100 3000 3150 3300 4500 No
Pon & Con 1 No 600 650 700 1000 No No No No
2 No 1800 1950 2100 3000 No No No No
Goldon & Silvox 1 No No No No No 2100 2200 3000 3000
2 No No No No No 4200 4400 6000 15000
Kracko No 600 650 700 1000 1050 1100 1500 No
Twin Kracko No 1800 1950 2100 3000 3150 3300 4500 No
Francisca
(Longview Corridor)
1 No No 650 No No No No No No
2 No No 1950 No No No No No No
Francisca
(Blizzno Moon)
1 No No No No No 2100 2200 3000 No
2 No No No No No 4200 4400 6000 No
Flamberge
(Inner Sanctum)
1 No No No 700 No No No No No
2 No No No 2100 No No No No No
Flamberge
(Sizzlai Moon)
1 No No No No No No 2200 3000 No
2 No No No No No No 4400 6000 No
Zan Partizanne
(Heavenly Hall)
1 No No No No 1000 No No No No
2 No No No No 3000 No No No No
Zan Partizanne
(The Divine Terminus)
1 No No No No No No 2200 3000 No
2 No No No No No No 4400 6000 No
Hyness 1 No No No No 2000 2100 2200 3000 No
2 No No No No 10000 10500 11000 15000 No
Morpho Knight 1 No No No No No 2100 2200 3000 No
2 No No No No No 10500 11000 15000 No
Void Termina
(Destroyer of Worlds)
1 No No No No No No 2200 3000 No
2 No No No No No No 2200 3000 No
3 No No No No No No 2200 3000 No
4 No No No No No No 11000 No No
Void Soul No No No No No No No 15000 No
Parallel Woods 1 No No No No No No No No 3000
2 No No No No No No No No 15000
Parallel Twin Kracko No No No No No No No No 3000
Parallel Big Kracko No No No No No No No No 15000
Francisca (Soul Melter EX) 1 No No No No No No No No 3000
2 No No No No No No No No 15000
Flamberge (Soul Melter EX) 1 No No No No No No No No 3000
2 No No No No No No No No 15000
Zan Partizanne (Soul Melter EX) 1 No No No No No No No No 3000
2 No No No No No No No No 15000
Parallel Meta Knight 1 No No No No No No No No 3000
2 No No No No No No No No 15000
Parallel Dedede 1 No No No No No No No No 10000
2 No No No No No No No No 50000 Parallel Dedede gives a higher score than the other Parallel bosses.
Corrupt Hyness 1 No No No No No No No No 10000
2 No No No No No No No No 50000
The Three Mage-Sisters 1 No No No No No No No No 10000
2 No No No No No No No No 50000
Morpho Knight EX 1 No No No No No No No No 10000
2 No No No No No No No No 50000
Void Termina
(True Destroyer of Worlds)
1 No No No No No No No No 10000
2 No No No No No No No No 10000
3 No No No No No No No No 10000
Void No No No No No No No No 86555 This score is a pun on "HAL GO GO GO" in Japanese.
Game Clear Bonus 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 40000 45000 50000 99999
Mid-Boss Score  
Ambush Type Mid-Boss Sweet Breeze Mild Stroll Zesty Expedition Spicy Adventure Sizzling Threat Fiery Showdown Infernal Crisis Soul Melter Soul Melter EX
A Bonkers 800 No No 1120 1600 No No No No
Mr. Frosty 800 No No 1120 1600 No No No No
B Chef Kawasaki No 960 1040 1120 1600 No No No No
Vividria No 960 1040 1120 1600 No No No No
Bugzzy No 960 1040 1120 1600 No No No No
C Bonkers (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) No No No No No 2100 2200 3000 No
Twin Frosty (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) No No No No No 2×2100 2×2200 2×3000 No
D Bugzzy (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) No No No No No 2100 2200 3000 No
Chef Kawasaki (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) No No No No No 2100 2200 3000 No
Twin Vividria (Fiery Showdown-Soul Melter) No No No No No 2×2100 2×2200 2×3000 No
E Mr. Frosty (Soul Melter EX) No No No No No No No No 3000
Twin Bonkers (Soul Melter EX) No No No No No No No No 2×3000
F Chef Kawasaki (Soul Melter EX) No No No No No No No No 3000
Vividria (Soul Melter EX) No No No No No No No No 3000
Twin Bugzzy (Soul Melter EX) No No No No No No No No 2×3000

The lowest attainable score is 11500 on Sweet Breeze difficulty in multiplayer mode: 1500 from defeating Meta Knight's second phase and 10000 from Sweet Breeze Clear Bonus; 1P has to be KO'd multiple times until the score is depleted to zero before defeating Meta Knight's first phase; at least 5 minutes must be spent before finishing off Meta Knight so that the time bonus runs out.

Time Bonus[edit]

Time bonus = base value1 - (defeat time2 × 10)

1 The base value is 3000, except for the following bosses:

  • Void Termina (Infernal Crisis) - 5000
  • Void Termina & Void Soul (Soul Melter) - 7000
  • Void Termina - True Destroyer of Worlds & Void (Soul Melter EX) - 70000

2 Unit: second; rounded down to one decimal place.

For most bosses, the boss defeated points are awarded before the time bonus points are. However, whenever King Dedede and Parallel Dedede are defeated, the time bonus points are awarded first before the boss defeated points are.

Differences from Main Modes[edit]

  • If a specific copy ability is selected for Kirby to use at the start of the game, he will be locked into that ability, and be unable to lose it for the duration of the game. This does not apply if Normal Kirby is chosen.
    • Because of this, Hammer Kirby can use Hammer Throw infinitely without losing the ability, and Artist Kirby cannot use Painbrush, unless Normal Kirby gains either ability by inhaling the respective Bonkers or Vividria mid-bosses.
    • The Cook, Crash, Festival, Mike and Sleep abilities are unavailable for Kirby to choose on the menu, and subsequently Chef Kawasaki is the only playable character of the Cook ability. Normal Kirby can still obtain the Festival ability from the golden cherries of Yggy Woods, and the Cook ability from the Chef Kawasaki mid-boss.
  • Normal Kirby's Blaster Bullet (a Star Bullet formed by inhaling at least 2 objects) does increased damage in Soul Melter EX (and Heroes in Another Dimension) compared to regular modes.
  • To prevent overuse, in the rest area, Chef Kawasaki's Cook Pot / Souper Supper, Artist's Still Life / Adeleine & Ribbon's Al Fresco, and The Three Mage-Sisters's Sister Circle do nothing, and their cooldown timer freezes.
    • Chef Kawasaki's cooldown time is increased from 60 seconds in main modes to 150 seconds in The Ultimate Choice.
    • The Three Mage-Sisters' Sister Circle does more damage with more allies. (In other modes, it does fixed damage regardless of the number of allies.)
  • Bosses in The Ultimate Choice have 75% health compared to their appearances in Story Mode, Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! and Heroes in Another Dimension.
  • Grand Mam is not fought in any difficulty. This is due to the fact that Grand Mam must be defeated with at least two Copy Abilities: Fire and a slash-property ability (e.g. Cutter, Ninja, Sword).
  • The Star Allies Sparkler can be piloted by any number of players.
  • Soul Melter's variation of Void Termina is a more difficult version than the main game, and has a unique final form. Soul Melter EX includes a still more difficult version of Void Termina with its own final form, and unique fights against harder versions of the individual Mage-Sisters and Goldon & Silvox, each with unique pause screen descriptions. Soul Melter EX is also the only place Morpho Knight EX can be fought besides Guest Star The Three-Mage Sisters: From Prayers to Hope.

Music[edit]

Title Track[edit]

The title track of The Ultimate Choice is composed by Yuuta Ogasawara and titled お好み究極チョイス味[1] (Choosing the Ultimate Choice Flavor). It can be found and listened to as Track 198 in the Jukebox.

This track is a remix of "Green Greens" in a heavy metal and oriental fashion, to express the theme of spiciness (the difficulty levels).

Legacy Tracks[edit]

Several classic tunes from previous Kirby games appear in The Ultimate Choice. Many of them only appear in Soul Melter and Soul Melter EX, and some are exclusive to Soul Melter EX.

Legacy Tracks in The Ultimate Choice  
Encounter Jukebox Track No. Track Source Description
All difficulties  
Game Over 223 Broken Heart Kirby: Planet Robobot Game Over sound effect for Planet Robobot's The Arena and The True Arena.
Game Over result 224 真 格闘王への道[1]
The True Arena
Kirby: Triple Deluxe The True Arena title theme. Japanese title literally translates to "The Road to Become a True Fighting King."
Sweet Breeze to Sizzling Threat only  
Mid-Boss Ambush Type A 199 VS. ワドタンク[1]
VS. Waddle Tank
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Scope Shot: Stage 1
Kirby's Return to Dream Land remix of Kirby Super Star's regular boss battle theme.
This could be a reference to how the other games with legacy tracks for the ambushes follow Kirby Super Star's style, and how "VS. Waddle Tank" is a remix of Kirby Super Star's boss theme.
Mid-Boss Ambush Type B 200 白熱!ボスバトル[1][2]
Climax! Boss Battle
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Regular boss battle theme.
Fiery Showdown and higher only  
Mid-Boss Ambush Type C/E 201 Bouncing Boss Battle Kirby: Triple Deluxe Regular boss battle theme.
Mid-Boss Ambush Type D/F 202 VS. The Wicked Company Kirby: Planet Robobot Regular boss battle theme.
Soul Melter and Soul Melter EX only  
King Dedede
Parallel Dedede (phase 1)
203 History of Dedede Kirby Fighters Deluxe Team DDD64 boss battle theme.
Meta Knight
Parallel Meta Knight (phase 1)
204 Inner Struggle Kirby: Planet Robobot Mecha Knight+ boss battle theme.
Goldon & Silvox 205 強大なボスとの決戦[1]
Decisive Battle With a Mighty Boss
Kirby's Blowout Blast VS. Giant King Dedede. This could be a reference to how Goldon & Silvox fight similarly to Lololo & Lalala, and how the track is a remix of the Castle Lololo theme.
Kracko 206 すくえキングダム!しれんクエスト[1]
Save the Kingdom! Ordeal Quest
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Ordeal Quest theme, orchestral version for earlier Ordeals.
This could be a reference to how Kracko is the first ordeal boss in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
Twin Kracko
Parallel Twin Kracko
207 このせかいをすくえ!しれんクエスト[1]
Save this World! Ordeal Quest
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Ordeal Quest theme, electronic version for Tougher! Ordeals.
The Ordeal Quest theme "upgrades" from the orchestral version of the song to the rock version when Kracko turns into Twin Kracko.
When 1P is KO'd 222 Done In Kirby's Dream Land
Game Clear result (Soul Melter) 225 マックスハッピータウン!![1]
Max Happy Town!!
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe The fourth and final variation of the Castle Village theme.
Soul Melter EX only  
Rest area before: 208 Drawcia Soul
(Star Allies short ver.)
Kirby: Canvas Curse All of the legacy rest area themes are from previous Kirby games designed by Shinya Kumazaki.
Rest area before: 209 Heavy Lobster Kirby Super Star Ultra Heavy Lobster was originally fought in Revenge of Meta Knight.
Rest area before: 210 Dangerous Dinner Kirby's Return to Dream Land Both words of Dangerous Dinner begin with D.
Rest area before: 211 Revenge of the Enemy Kirby: Triple Deluxe -
Rest area before: 212 Fatal Error Kirby: Planet Robobot -
Rest area before: 186 Heroes in Another Dimension Kirby Star Allies -
Rest area before: 213 淵源を巡る回廊[1]
Hallway Back to the Origin
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Star Allies remix of the theme for the Theater movie, "Each to His Own World"
Game Clear result (Soul Melter EX) 142 Welcome to Dream Land Kirby's Dream Land Title theme of Kirby's Dream Land.
Main article: Morpho Knight#Dream Friend music change

In Soul Melter and Soul Melter EX, Morpho Knight's theme will be replaced by new music arrangements when 1P is a Dream Friend that has completed Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! at least once. The background of The Divine Terminus will always change depending on which Dream Friend is used in Soul Melter.

In Soul Melter EX, the rest area music changes between boss fights, starting with Francisca and continuing up to Void Termina. The songs are taken from previous Kirby games, most of which were used in climactic situations or boss fights. While this confused the game's composers, director Shinya Kumazaki stated that the music is supposed to keep the player "in a trance-like state" where they can't rest between battles.[3]

Version changelog[edit]

The following are small changes made to the game in newer versions:

4.0.0[edit]

  • The timer has slightly changed. Now it doesn't run when the boss hasn't entered the battle, e.g. when King Dedede is eating, and when Meta Knight is on the cliff.
  • Void Soul's attack order has changed.

Trivia[edit]

  • On the title screen, red chili peppers are falling down in the background. On occasion, a green chili pepper may fall down as well.
  • The idea of making the mode curry-themed came to Shinya Kumazaki when he saw a curry store where one could choose the level of spiciness they'd like.[4]
  • Nintendo Switch Kirby Star Allies Channel Article #22 mentions that the score can reach 700,000 if Soul Melter EX is cleared fast enough. To reach 700,000, Soul Melter EX has to be cleared under 20:55.40 and when playing in multiplayer, P1 must not be KO'd and revived. Meanwhile, it's impossible to reach 710,000 because that requires Soul Melter EX to be cleared under 04:15.40, which is not known to be currently possible.
  • An unused file of the "Helper's Rest" theme from Kirby Super Star Ultra is included among the files for Soul Melter EX's rest area themes, suggesting it was a potential candidate before the final line-up was decided.

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Names in other languages[edit]

The Ultimate Choice[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese The アルティメットチョイス
Za Arutimetto Choisu
The Ultimate Choice
Traditional Chinese The 終極抉擇
The Zhōngjí Juézé
The Ultimate Choice
Simplified Chinese The 终极抉择
The Zhōngjí Juézé
Dutch De ultieme keuze The Ultimate Choice
French L'ultime dilemme The Ultimate Dilemma
German Ultimative Auswahl Ultimate Choice
Italian La scelta decisiva The Decisive Choice
Korean The 얼티밋 초이스
The Eoltimit Choiseu
The Ultimate Choice
Spanish El dilema del guerrero The Warrior's Dilemma


Sweet Breeze[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 激甘げきあまはるかぜあじ
Geki ama haru kaze aji
Super Sweet Spring Breeze Taste
Dutch Lieflijk briesje Sweet Breeze
French Douce brise Gentle breeze
German Süße Brise Sweet breeze
Italian Brezza fresca Cool breeze
Korean 달콤한 봄바람의 맛
dalkomhan bombalam-ui mas
Sweet Spring Breeze Taste
Spanish Brisa dulce Sweet breeze


Mild Stroll[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 甘口あまくちおさんぽあじ
Amakuchi o sanpo aji
Sweet Walking Taste
Dutch Slentertochtje
French Agréable balade Pleasant stroll
German Milder Bummel Mild stroll
Italian Giro rilassante Relaxing ride
Korean 평범한 산책의 맛
pyeongbeomhan sanchaeg-ui mas
Normal Walking Taste
Spanish Paseo azucarado Sugary walk


Zesty Expedition[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 中辛あまくちたんけんあじ
Chūkara tan ken aji
Medium Spicy Exploration Taste
Dutch Flinke expeditie Considerable Expedition
French Expédition relevée
German Pikanter Ausflug Piquant excursion
Italian Gita frizzante Sparkling trip
Korean 매콤한 탐험의 맛
maekomhan tamheom-ui mas
Spicy Exploration Taste
Spanish Expedición ácida Acidic expedition


Spicy Adventure[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 辛口からくちぼうけんあじ
Karakuchi bōken aji
Spicy Adventure Taste
Dutch Pittig avontuur Spicy Adventure
French Aventure épicée Spicy adventure
German Heiße Reise Hot trip
Italian Viaggio scottante Hot voyage
Korean 매운 모험의 맛
maeun moheom-ui mas
Spicy Adventure Taste
Spanish Hazaña picapica Spicy feat


Sizzling Threat[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 激辛げきからしれんあじ
Gekikara shiren aji
Extremely Spicy Ordeal Taste
Dutch Scherpe proef Spicy Test
French Épreuve pimentée Spicy test
German Scharfe Prüfung Spicy Test
Italian Rischio d'incendio Fiery risk
Korean 땀 나는 시련의 맛
ttam naneun silyeon-ui mas
Sweaty Ordeal Taste
Spanish Prueba ardiente Burning test


Fiery Showdown[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 鬼辛おにからけっせんあじ
Onikara kessen aji
Demon Spicy Decisive Battle Taste
Dutch Vurige strijd Fiery Battle
French Péril brûlant Burning peril
German Feuriger Kampf Fiery Fight
Italian Sfida infuocata Fiery challenge
Korean 불 나는 결전의 맛
bul naneun gyeoljeon-ui mas
Fiery Decisive Battle Taste
Spanish Lucha abrasadora Scorching fight


Infernal Crisis[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 激辛げきからピンチあじ
Gekikara pinchi aji
Extremely Spicy Pinch Taste
Dutch Kokende crisis Boiling Crisis
French Brasier infernal Infernal blaze
German Kochende Krise Boiling crisis
Italian Crisi infernale Infernal crisis
Korean 눈물 쏙 빼는 위기의 맛
nunmul ssog ppaeneun wigiui mas
Tear-Shedding Crisis Taste
Spanish Crisis de magma Magma crisis


Soul Melter[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たましいから
Tamashī ga tobideru karasa
Hot Soul-Popping Flavor
Dutch Zielenstrijd Soul Battle
French Fission d'âme Soul fission
German Seelenschmelzer Soul Melter(s)
Italian Anima in fiamme Soul on fire
Korean 영혼이 털리는 지옥의 맛
yeonghon-i teollineun jiog-ui mas
Soul-Stealing Hell Taste
Spanish Derritealmas Soul Melter


Soul Melter EX[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たましいからさ EX
Tamashī ga tobideru karasa EX
Hot Soul-Popping Flavor EX
Dutch Zielenstrijd+ Soul Battle +
French Fission d'âme EX Soul fission EX
German Seelenschmelzer X Soul Melter(s) X
Italian Anima in fiamme X Soul on fire X
Korean 영혼이 털리는 지옥의 맛 EX
yeonghon-i teollineun jiog-ui mas EX
Soul-Stealing Hell Taste EX
Spanish Derritealmas EX Soul Melter EX


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack
  2. Kirby Wii Music Selection
  3. Kirby Star Allies Translation: Sound Staff Round-table Discussion
  4. "あるカレー屋さんで辛さを選べるようになっていたのを見て、カービィらしく食べ物のカレーをテーマにしてみました(笑)" –Shinya Kumazaki (Nintendo Dream Interview - Kirby Star Allies Vol. 3)