Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Platform – Nintendo 3DS (eShop exclusive)
Developer – HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Publisher – Nintendo
Genre – Rhythm
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe comes straight from the 2014 3DS game Kirby: Triple Deluxe, where it originated as a minigame. Now 3DS owners can buy an improved version from the Nintendo eShop. Should you stop walking and try this game out, or should you dash on by?
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe stars the titular villain, King Dedede, jumping across drums in time to various Kirby franchise tunes. Pressing A on the beat will cause your jump to be higher, and pressing A on the offbeat earns extra points. Along with jumping from drum to drum, enemies flutter about, obstacles hang in your way, and there’s coins to to collect for more points. This proves interesting, as enemies and objects are often placed in the way of the highest jumps, and to maximise points the urge to hit that high jump has to be suppressed, thus creating the challenge. The times I failed, I felt like it was on me for not picking up the rhythm and for going for the high jumps even when they were detrimental. Levels are awaraded a bronze, silver or gold medal based on score, with a trophy averaging the medals in the respective metal. If you want that gold trophy, you really have to work for it.
The song choice consists of tracks from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby’s Adventure Wii for the Wii, released in 2011, Kirby Air Ride for the Nintendo GameCube, released in 2003, and even Revenge of Meta Knight from the 1995 SNES game Kirby Super Star. After these songs have been completed, harder levels are unlocked.
Except for a few exceptions, the tunes aren’t that catchy unfortunately. I was left wanting for more than seven songs to play along to. I would love to play a level that uses the menu theme, but there’s doesn’t appear to be. What the game lacks in catchiness however is made up in difficulty. The level design is top notch, and there are accolades to earn, such as earning a high score, being completely on beat and not losing any health. This may seem fairly basic, but earning these accolades will take some effort.
Visually, this game retains its Kirby charm; everything is sweet and adorable but nothing outstanding.
Here we have an interesting proposition. The minigame from a main game made available on the Nintendo eShop; a rhythm game that has better gameplay mechanics than the music. For those who have Kirby: Triple Deluxe and have access to a version of this game, this isn’t for you. If you didn’t pick up Kirby: Triple Deluxe and are a fan of rhythm games, give this a try. It’s not as much in the songs as it is in the challenge.
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe can be bought on the Nintendo eShop exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS for $9.10.