Another Dimension (theme)

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Another Dimension (theme)
30-second sample of Another Dimension from Kirby Wii Music Selection.
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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This article is about the musical theme for Another Dimension's platforming stages in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. For the musical theme for the Another Dimension level that is often referred to by the same name, see "Fly! Kirby of the Stars".

"Another Dimension"[Japanese title] is a musical theme from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It is often referred to as "Looming Darkness" by English-speaking fans.


The "Another Dimension" theme is characterized by a fast-paced melody set at 165 beats per minute, based in the key of C with the Lydian scale. The rhythm and bassline are repetitive and urgent, and the melody consists of simple musical ideas that are repeated and elaborated upon as the song continues. It also modulates upwards to D, then D flat, then E, and finally E flat before looping. In terms of instrumentation, it utilizes many of the classic sound samples used by older Kirby games like Kirby Super Star and Kirby: Squeak Squad. Musical fragments from "Green Greens" are also present, particularly in the second section.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

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.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The theme reappears here, 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 this game, first appearing in Extra Planet α. Like in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, it is used in an area where walls threatens to crush Kirby and his friends. The song also features in Magolor's Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! run, which has grayscale areas representing the Another Dimension stages from the original game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アナザーディメンション[2]
Anazā Dimenshon
Another Dimension


  1. Kirby: Triple Deluxe Jukebox
  2. Kirby Wii Music Selection