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Working Up an Appetite

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Working Up an Appetite
Sample of "Working Up an Appetite" from Kirby's Dream Buffet.
Debut appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Composer(s) Yuki Shimooka[1]
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"Working Up an Appetite" is a Race theme from Kirby's Dream Buffet unlocked at the start of the game. It was composed by Yuki Shimooka.[1]


Appetite comes with eating.

"Working Up an Appetite" is a playful and energetic theme in F Mixolydian mode and 4/4. Its rapid intro sets the tone and key with an immediate trill. The jazzy melody, played by a saxophone, bears resemblance with other themes in related keys: "Stage: Comical" and "Care for a Refreshment?". The end of the melody is dragged out and joined by bells, while the second phrase brings in brisk synths. The melody repeats, and its second phrase resolves after a chromatic transition to a full perfect cadence. The percussion becomes significantly more quiet for the second, cheekier section with a smoother melody but more diverse instrumentation, including cartoonish sound effects. As breezy synths slowly take the lead, a descending modulating sequence plays out, abruptly ended by a dominant fanfare. A variation of the main melody is played by a vibraphone and electric guitar, now quiter and in a more orderly fashion. As if preparing another resolution, a smooth, more lyrical saxophone and electric guitar section becomes a rising modulating passage tinged with minor harmonies. Fanfares follow in a concluding cadence, ending with a trill similar to the intro's. Synthesizers and a piano provide a brief ambient intermission before the main melody returns, full of energy and looping the track.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

As previously stated, this theme is one of four music tracks that is randomly selected for races and Free Rolling at the start of Kirby's Dream Buffet.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, the track appears as part of the "Secret Area: HAL Room (Kirby's Dream Buffet 2)" medley that accompanies Pyred Dimension's Secret Stage in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, along with "Ultra-Super Boss Battle" and "City Trial: City (Backside)". It can be found as track 189 in the Jukebox after clearing the Secret Stage this music track plays in.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Youth Athletic Meet!
Chinese Youth Athletic Meet!
Dutch Sporten is goed voor de eetlust Athletics are good for the appetite
French Un appétit de sportif An athlete's appetite
German Supersportlerappetit Super sportsperson appetite
Italian Lo sport mette fame Sport makes you hungry
Korean Youth Athletic Meet!
Brazilian Portuguese Abrindo o apetite Working up the appetite
Spanish Abriendo el apetito Working up the appetite