|“||Bounce King Dedede along the drums! Move forward with →, and go for the goal!”|
|— Tutorial • Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
The game is played by bouncing Dedede across the drums. The player can move by pressing right and left on the +Control Pad while bouncing to the finish, avoiding foes along the way. Pressing the A button as soon as Dedede lands on a drum will make him perform a High Jump, and again will make him do a Super Jump. To maintain bounces, Dedede must land in the center of each drum; he will be thrown off if he lands on a drum's edge.
Pressing A at the peak of a jump will cause King Dedede to clap on the backbeat, boosting the player's score depending how consecutive the combo is. The backbeat is graded by Good (Dedede claps) and Great (Dedede beats on a tambourine). The player can get more points by collecting Musical Coins. Bronze coins are worth 50 points, silver coins 200, gold coins 500. After Dedede bounces sky high off the Goal Drum, the game ranks the player on performance with a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum medal ranking.
The player must be cautious, as they will lose instantly if Dedede falls into a pit, takes five damage, or runs out of time. Hitting an enemy will cause the king to lose his combo, a heart, and some points. In the last stage, Dedede only has three hearts.
Bonuses are awarded if the player completes certain tasks before reaching the Goal Drum. These include:
- 15 points for every 0.1 seconds remaining
- A time bonus (1000 points)
- No Damage (1000 points)
- All Coins (1000 points)
- Backbeat Perfect (1000 points)
There are 4 stages in all.
|Green Greens||A good stage for beginners. Match the rhythm, and press A to jump!|
|Gourmet Go Go||The tempo increases in this gourmet track! Watch for moving drums!|
|Dedede's Theme||The king's own theme song. In this stage, drums can break due to the fast pace!|
|Distant Traveler||A challenging bonus stage for those who've mastered the other levels. Good luck!|
The melodies in which King Dedede can play are:
- Stage 1 - Green Greens theme
- Stage 2 - Gourmet Go Go (Gourmet Race theme (Pumpkin Grand/Onion Garden))
- Stage 3 - King Dedede's theme
- Stage 4 (Extra) - Distant Traveler (Magolor Race EX)
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|Kirby: Triple Deluxe: Dedede's Drum Dash|
- Dedede's Drum Dash is the first Kirby sub-game that is rhythm-based.