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Another Dimension (theme)

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Another Dimension (theme)
Various arrangements of "Another Dimension".
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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This article is about the musical theme for Another Dimension's platforming stages, and should not be confused with the similarly-named "Another Domination" used for the Crowned Doomer battle.
"Ordeal Doors" redirects here. For information about the stage type, see Ordeal Door.

"Another Dimension" is a musical theme originating in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, composed by Jun Ishikawa.


Kirby flees from the purple wall in Another Dimension.

"Another Dimension" is characterized by a repetitive bassline giving a sense of urgency, set at 165 beats per minute. Besides the bassline, a syncopated subdominant chord ostinato adds tension to the piece. In terms of instrumentation, this track utilizes many of the classic sound samples used by older Kirby games like Kirby Super Star and Kirby: Squeak Squad. The melody is primarily in C minor with a strong subdominant basis. It consists of a simple musical phrase that is repeated and elaborated upon as the piece continues. The first section remains in C minor, and can be split into two segments based on prevalent function and instrument. The second section features a major variation of the theme, first in C major and then again in B major. The major is quick to shift to B minor in the following descending passage, which ends in rapid descending modulation. The track then loops.

The data of the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land contains an arrangement of "Another Dimension" which goes unused, featuring more retro-style instrumentation at a slower 158 BPM. The track is named KbyW_CONGA1, lacking the ST_ at the beginning that the final track's filename has.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

Jun Ishikawa's original arrangement of the theme makes its first appearance in this game, playing in all of the Another Dimension stages accessed after using a Super Ability to open up a dimensional rift. The stages feature looming walls of darkness that threaten to crush Kirby and company if they are not fast enough, so the song gives a fittingly tense atmosphere.

Additionally, in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe's Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, "Scattered Souls across Isolated Isles" from Kirby and the Forgotten Land is heard in the stages with the looming walls of darkness. A new arrangement is also used for the various Ordeal Door stages scattered throughout, which is likewise called "Ordeal Doors", and arranged by Yuki Shimooka. It also plays in the rest area before Electricky Dooter, Fiery Puffer, Hydriath, Rampaging Doomers and Crowned Doomer in The True Arena.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The original theme reappears in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, unaltered, as one of the songs used in Royal Road - Stage 7 EX, featuring primarily in the segments representing Old Odyssey and Wild World.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

"Another Dimension" is again reused in Kirby Star Allies, appearing in the room in Extra Planet α where walls threatens to crush Kirby and his friends. The song also features in Magolor's Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! run during the grayscale areas representing the Another Dimension stages from the original game.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

A remix of "Another Dimension" in a faster pace and in a more orchestrated fashion, with elements of Running Through the New World, is used in the Forgo Zone stage of Isolated Isles: Forgo Dreams. It is remixed by Hirokazu Ando and titled "Scattered Souls across Isolated Isles" at the Waddle Live! Corner Stage, where it is found as track 83.

Other appearances[edit]

The "Ordeal Doors" version of the theme, paired with "The Adventure Begins" and "Sky Tower", is the default music used for the Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Maximus Cup in Tetris 99.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アナザーディメンション
Anazā Dimenshon
Another Dimension
Traditional Chinese 異次元空間
yì cì yuán kōng jiān
Another Dimension Space
Simplified Chinese 异次元空间
yì cì yuán kōng jiān
Dutch Andere dimensie Another dimension
French Dimension parallèle Parallel dimension
German Eine andere Dimension Another Dimension
Italian Un'altra dimensione Another dimension
Korean 또 하나의 세계
tto hanaui segye
Another World
Portuguese Dimensão paralela Parallel Dimension
Spanish Dimensión paralela Parallel dimension