|“||You can listen to music and sounds from the game here—your list of sounds will grow as you clear games. Tap ←→ or use [the D-pad] to select songs and sounds. Tap the panel in the middle or press A to play.”|
|— Instruction manual description • Kirby Super Star Ultra|
The Sound Test is a recurring menu feature that appears in many games in the Kirby series. More often than not, it needs to be unlocked by fulfilling certain requirements.
The Sound Test allows the player to listen to both music and sound bytes from the game anytime he or she wants from it. Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe are the only games in which sound effects are omitted from the Sound Test.
Games Sound Test is available in
|Kirby's Dream Land||Available in hidden Config mode. Access by simultaneously holding Down + B + Select. The player can also increase or decrease Kirby's vitality and lives.|
|Kirby's Adventure||Finish Extra Game.|
|Kirby's Dream Course|
|Kirby's Dream Land 2||Clear the game 100%.|
|Kirby Super Star||Clear the Arena.|
|Kirby's Dream Land 3|
|Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards||Defeat Miracle Matter. Known as the Sound Check in this game.|
|Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble|
|Kirby Air Ride||Some sounds and music are unavailable until the player fills Checklists.|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Every song and sound is available from the start; the player does not need to find or unlock any of them.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Find the Sound Player in Candy Constellation. Music unlocked by finding Music Notes.|
|Kirby: Canvas Curse||Some sounds are unavailable until player beats game or purchases music.|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||Find the Sound Player. Music unlocked by finding Music Notes from Treasure Chests.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Finish Milky Way Wishes. Some music is unlocked by beating sub-games containing the music.|
|Kirby's Epic Yarn||Available from the start, under Tunes in Patch Plaza at Quilty Square. Music added by finding the CD treasure hidden in every level.|
|Kirby Mass Attack||Collect 10 medals. Tracks are unlocked by beating levels or playing sub-games that contain them.|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Clear the Main Game. The rest of the tracks are unlocked by clearing the Extra Game 100%.|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Clear the Dededetour sub-game.|
The Sound Player is a collectible item in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, and must be found before the player can access the Sound Test menu. In other games, the sound test is built into the menu system at the start, so the Sound Player is not present.
Interestingly, some games have otherwise unused tracks that can only be heard with this feature. For example, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards has a remix of Kine's theme from Kirby's Dream Land 3 that isn't used, but it can be heard as Track 2 on the Sound Check.
- The image shown in the Sound Test in Kirby's Dream Land 2 is a parody of a scene from the Japanese video game Yūyūki.
- When listening to music in the Sound Test in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby's expression will change based on the mood of the track.
- One can see pictures of a Waddle Dee, Kirby's House, and the blooming Dreamstalk in the background of the Jukebox in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
- When playing the Jukebox in Kirby: Triple Deluxe plays a track, red or blue music notes will be emitted from the speakers. Tracks with red notes were composed by Jun Ishikawa. Tracks with blue notes were composed by Hirokazu Ando.