As we all know, King Dedede is Kirby’s archenemy. There have been many Kirby games over the years, but not many that stars the villain. One of those few is Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS. Well technically this is only available as a Nintendo eshop download, but you get the idea.
This game is a musical platformer where King Dedede goes through a set number of levels by bouncing on drums and collecting coins in order to get medals. It’s entirely based on how high your score is after getting through each level.
The control is simple, which is how I like it. Dedede bounces on every platform automatically, but you can bounce higher by using the jump button the same way Mario would gain more height when he jumps on an enemy. It was then when I knew this would be a fun game.
Of course there are challenging obstacles. They include enemies blocking the path, defective drum platforms, and flying creatures carrying a rug to prevent you from seeing what’s in front of you, not to mention falling into holes. Luckily, that doesn’t kill you instantly, but you still lose energy when that happens.
The medals go from bronze, silver, gold, platinum. It’s usually hard to tell how high your score has to be to reach each metal since it’s different for every level. After finishing each level there are also bonus for time, collecting all the coins, taking no damage, and back beat perfect.
Now the back beat perfect is the most difficult bonus to collect. At the peak of every jump, you press the jump button again for Dedede to play his tambourine to the beat. This can by very picky at times because if you miss even once just by a little bit, you don’t get the bonus. It’s difficult enough to focus on the other three bonuses at the same time. It’s all about perfection.
This is a great game overall, especially for a portable game system that you can take anywhere. In case you were wondering, Kirby does appear but only briefly at certain points.