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Time for a Challenge!

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Time for a Challenge!
The two variations of "Time for a Challenge!".
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
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"Time for a Challenge!" is the theme of the Challenge Stages from Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, as well as some New Challenge Stages from Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.


Kirby's always ready for a challenge.

"Time for a Challenge!" is a moderately intense percussion-heavy song with a simple melody primarily played by wind instruments. It is set in the key of C minor and at 89 beats per minute. Its melody consists of various ascending and descending sequences of notes, although the melody in general is primarily descending. During the first half of the song, each bar ends with a quick array of notes from a banjo to keep up its rhythm.

A short intro introduces the percussion, directly followed by the start of the main melody, that sets a simple sequences of notes that go up and down until they resolve on a lower note; this resolution is repeated by a bell. The melody is repeated by a flute, but it instead resolves on a higher note, and this resolution is yet again repeated by the same bell as before. A new musical idea is presented, based on the two previous resolutions in order (first resolving on a lower note, then resolving on a higher note), directly followed by an inversion of it: the melody ascends, then descends. Next, the airy "ARR1" synth repeats the first half of the original melody, but introduces a completely new second half that resolves on a lower note. A brass instrument repeats that first half, and it and the synth unite to end the main melody of the song, on a higher note. Before looping, however, there is a section with a focus on the drums and the banjo, while a quiet instrument plays an ascending sequences of notes similar to the main melody for two bars, then on a higher pitch for the following two bars. Finally, the song loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

"Time for a Challenge!" plays in all Challenge Stages from Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, except for the Item Challenge that instead features a remix of the Green Greens theme. A faster version of the theme, named "Rush to the Goal!" plays in the last 30 seconds of all Challenge Stages, including the Item Challenge.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

Both "Time for a Challenge!" and "Rush to the Goal!" reprise their roles in the New Challenge Stages mode of Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition for the regular Copy Ability Challenge Stages. They do not play in the Magolor Races and Combat Chambers, and in the Normal Challenge only "Rush to the Goal!" plays in the last 30 seconds.

Names in other languages[edit]

Time for a Challenge![edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チャレンジステージで GO!
Charenjisutēji de GO!
GO in the Challenge Stage!
Traditional Chinese 挑戰關卡出發!
Tiǎozhàn guānkǎ chūfā!
Let's go to the Challenge Stage!
Simplified Chinese 挑战关卡出发!
Tiǎozhàn guānkǎ chūfā!
Dutch Tijd voor een uitdaging! Time for a challenge!
Canadian French L'heure du défi! Time for a challenge!
European French Un peu de challenge ! A bit of a challenge!
German Hier das Ergebnis! Time for a Challenge!
Italian È l'ora della sfida! It's time for a challenge!
Korean 챌린지 스테이지로 GO!
chaellinji seuteijilo GO!
To the Challenge Stage GO!
Brazilian Portuguese Hora do desafio! Challenge time!
Spanish ¡Hora de un reto! Time for a challenge!

Rush to the Goal![edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴールへ HURRY UP!
Gōru e HURRY UP!
HURRY UP to the Goal!
Traditional Chinese 前往終點 HURRY UP!
Qiánwǎng zhōngdiǎn HURRY UP!
HURRY UP to the finish line!
Simplified Chinese 前往终点 HURRY UP!
Qiánwǎng zhōngdiǎn HURRY UP!
Dutch Race naar de finish! Race to the finish!
Canadian French File à l'arrivée! Beeline to the goal!
European French File à l'arrivée ! Beeline to the goal!
German Mit Volldampf zum Ziel With Full steam to the Goal
Italian Corsa al traguardo! Run to the finish line!
Korean 골을 향해 HURRY UP!
gol-eul hyanghae HURRY UP!
To the Goal HURRY UP!
Brazilian Portuguese Rumo ao triunfo! Towards the triumph!
The name of Goal doors in Portuguese is "Porta triunfal", "Triumphal door".
Spanish ¡Rápido, a la meta! Quickly, to the goal!