New week, new music. Nintendo is generally known for its cute and adorable characters. While the Kirby series are no exceptions to this, Machine Passage from Kirby Air Ride would make you think otherwise. This creepy, jarring, and melancholic composition by Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai, Tadashi Ikegami and Jun Ishikawa stands in stark contrast to an otherwise cheery, happy racing game.
Kirby Air Ride is a cartoon racing game where Kirby, a pink puffball, and his gang races on Warp Stars across different themed courses. Unique to this game are the controls. Instead of holding a button to accelerate, vehicles in Air Ride automatically moves forward. Instead, one holds the A-button to brake, while also charging the vehicle’s booster. Gliding are also an important component to this game, allowing one to take many different aerial shortcuts. Lastly, much like the Mario Kart series, Kirby can suck in enemies scattered each course to use their abilities to hinder rivals’ progress.
Kirby Air Ride was released on the Gamecube in 2003.