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'Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe' review: A rhythmic digital treat for Nintendo 3DS

Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe
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Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe - Nintendo 3DS,


Fans of the Kirby series know all too well that each game always features bonus mini-games aside from the main game. Earlier this year, Nintendo 3DS owners were given a chance to play Kirby: Triple Deluxe and be entertained by its wonderful world. In addition to the excellent single-player mode, Triple Deluxe also had mini-games available: Dedede’s Drum Dash and Kirby Fighters. While these games were entertaining diversions from Triple Deluxe, they were light on content. However, Nintendo has opted to add new stages and content to the two games and release them to the Nintendo eShop as standalone titles with the release of Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS.

Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe is a rhythm-based side-scrolling mini-game in which you must time your jumps to collect coins, keep the rhythm, and dodge enemies and other obstacles. The core gameplay is simple, yet there is a layer of challenge present. Those that want to earn gold medals on each stage will have to learn to master the Backbeat – accomplished by pressing A at the peak of a jump – to net extra points.

Due to the game’s setup, there is a moderate amount of replay value as players will find new ways to increase their high-scores and unlock bonus levels. The bonus levels provide more challenge than the normal stages as new obstacles and enemies are made present. This set of re-worked stages will throw you off your rhythmic pacing as enemies will hide behind clouds and cause chaos.

Each stage has music either from Kirby: Triple Deluxe or a past Kirby title – be it Kirby Air Ride, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, and Revenge of Meta Knight. This musical variety makes the soundtrack pleasant and something every Kirby fan will appreciate. The stages are bright and festive in traditional Kirby style. The 3D effect is pleasant in Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and will help the player better judge the distance between flying enemies and moving drum platforms.

Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe is a short, but fun mini-game. Most will be able to complete all the stages in about an hour, but there is still plenty to come back to as you try to improve upon your previous high-scores. If you don’t own Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe is worth the asking price of $6.99.


  • Affordable Pricing
  • Fun and addictive gameplay
  • Wonderful soundtrack and levels


  • Light on content
  • Short

Overall: 3/5

(Editor's Note: A review code was provided by Nintendo for review purposes.)

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