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Crystal Dungeons

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Crystal Dungeons

"Crystal Dungeons": Unused "Crystal Dungeons":

Clips of "Crystal Dungeons" and its unused arrangement from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
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
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Crystal Dungeons" is a theme first heard in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]


Kirby and King Dedede in the crystalline caves, a key in their possession.

"Crystal Dungeons" is a bit of a goofy track, in a C major key at roughly 170 BPM. Part of its silliness comes from the use of instruments like springy synths and what sounds like a melodica. The melody dips down, only to go back up in the same fashion, repeating the process several times throughout the song's A section. In the B section, the melody is played by a flute, dipping down to a C minor key, only to rise back up to C major rather quickly. A repeat of the A section then plays. Shortly after, the C section is played mostly by two chiptune synths, before having the usual springy synth rejoin them to finish it all off. A brief interlude connecting the ending and beginning plays, and the song starts over.

The data of the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land contains an arrangement of "Crystal Dungeons" which goes unused, featuring retro-style instrumentation. Still in the same key, but a little slower, it is labeled st_wado02. Interestingly, the final version is instead labeled st_doukutu (doukutu derives from 洞窟どうくつ, "cave"), which doesn't imply much of a connection in terms of filenames. "wado" might be a shortening of wadoru di, or "Waddle Dee", but what it means in relation to the song is unclear.

Game appearances[edit]

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

This theme debuts in this game. It plays throughout most of Cookie Country - Stage 3, and a short section of Onion Ocean - Stage 4. It can be found as Track 12 in the Kirby's Return to Dream Land Sound Test and as Track 13 in the Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Jukebox.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the original version of the theme is reused in three stages: Lollipop Land - Stage 6 EX, Wild World - Stage 7 EX, and Endless Explosions - Stage 7 EX. In all of the listed stages, it only plays in puzzle rooms. It can be found as Track 072 in the Jukebox.

Other appearances[edit]

The theme is present on the Kirby Wii Music Selection CD, named どうくつたんけん (Exploring the Cave). This title would later be given to a different theme in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese すいしょうのダンジョン
suishou no danjon
Crystal Dungeons
Traditional Chinese 水晶迷宮
shuǐ jīng mí gōng
Crystal Maze
Simplified Chinese 水晶迷宫
shuǐ jīng mí gōng
Dutch Kristalgrotten Crystal caves
French Donjons de cristal Crystal dungeons
German Kavernen aus Kristall Caverns made of Crystal
Italian Caverne di cristallo Crystal caverns
Korean 수정 던전
sujeong deonjeon
Crystal Dungeon
Portuguese Masmorras de cristal Crystal dungeons
Latin American Spanish Calabozos de cristal Crystal dungeons
European Spanish Las mazmorras de cristal The crystal dungeons