|“||You won't find a clear path through these softy billowy clouds! By hiding in the clouds, King Dedede's bullies will find a way to surprise you when you least expect it. The boss Kracko is lightning fast. You'll have to keep moving and keep a clear head in order to beat him!”|
|— The Kingdom of Clouds • Kirby's Dream Land Instruction Booklet|
Bubbly Clouds is a recurring level in the Kirby series. It is the fourth level of Kirby's Dream Land and the third of Spring Breeze in Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra. It is visited after Float Islands and before Mt. Dedede. Bubbly Clouds is replaced by Crash Clouds in Revenge of the King.
In Kirby's Epic Yarn, Bubbly Clouds makes a cameo appearance as a type of fabric. The pattern appears to be based closely on the Kirby Super Star Ultra version. In addition, a piano rendition of the theme returns for Dream Land's Cloud Palace.
Bubbly Clouds is a regal area high above the skies of Dream Land. Many puffy, multicolored clouds and beautiful architecture make up the scenery of the level. Kirby even has a full view of Dream Land's galaxy at later points in the level. The level also has many spike traps in it, making Parasol quite useful. Near the end of the level, Kirby may enter the moon to heal (and fight a mid-boss in Spring Breeze) right before the boss battle. In the last level of Kirby's Adventure and its remake (a mini rendition of Kirby's Dream Land) Kirby can enter the moon once more. This time however, a secret switch is found for Kirby to activate. Kracko is the boss of Bubbly Clouds, and Kracko Jr. (his weaker form) is fought as a mid-boss.
In terms of enemies, Bubbly Clouds has many airborne enemies like Bronto Burts and enemies wielding Parasols. In Kirby's Dream Land, Two Faces and Dizzys also appear, and in Spring Breeze many bird-like foes including Tookeys and Twizzys appear.
Bubbly Clouds features two platforms, with each one attached to an arch in the mid-ground. The main hazard of the stage is Kracko himself, who will enter the battle and do one of his attacks: get close to some of the Kirby's and use his revolution beam attack, hover above someone and pour down rain, or move from one side of the arena to the other while dropping lightning that can only be avoided by dodging or standing under the platforms. Kracko cannot be defeated, unlike Lololo & Lalala during their appearance in the Castle Lololo stage.
In Kirby Fighters, the fighting is in the daytime, similarly to most of Bubbly Clouds. In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, the fighting takes place at nighttime, as it did when fighting Kracko in Kirby Super Star/Ultra. This is more likely to be the fourth stage in Kirby Fighters Deluxe’s single-player, and is always the stage the player fights Kracko in during round 5 (albeit without the additional platforms). The music that plays here is the boss battle theme in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra. When fighting against Kracko in Kirby Fighters Deluxe’s singe-player, the music that plays is the Kirby Fighters theme.
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|Theme - Bubbly Clouds|
Bubbly Clouds' name is derived from bubbly, which can either refer to an informal term for Champagne or sparkling wine, or simply something full of or producing bubbles.
|“||By the time Kirby reaches Bubbly Clouds, he should be an ace flyer and air-blast marksman. The flying enemies in this stage can give Kirby troubles, but this, I believe, is the point which all enemies try to convey. There are two hidden 1-Ups in this stage. They can be extremely helpful to a Dream Lander who is running low on lives. Explore every nook and cranny in the clouds and corridors to find hidden passageways leading to 1-Ups. Find one 1-Up before and one 1-Up after the first confrontation with Kracko.”|
|— Description • Nintendo Power (Volume #39)|
- The music for Bubbly Clouds has been reused and/or remixed in later Kirby games:
- A slightly altered version of the music plays inKracko Land in Kirby's Pinball Land.
- The music was reused for Levels 1-3, 2-3, 5-3 and 7-2 in Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble.
- A remix of the music plays in Tiny Town in Kirby: Canvas Curse.
- A remix of the music plays in Cloud Palace in Kirby's Epic Yarn.
- A remix of the music plays on the main menu of Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition.
- A remix of the music plays during stage results in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- Scenery from Bubbly Clouds is used as a backdrop for Kirby Super Star Ultra-themed badge catchers and badge albums in Nintendo Badge Arcade.
- If playing Kirby Fighters Deluxe’s single-player on Very Hard difficulty, during the fight with Kracko, the ground is changed to spell out HAL in lavender and beige tiles, in addition to yellow and green tiles. This is made more noticeable after Kracko is defeated.