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Running Through the New World

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Running Through the New World
Various arrangements of "Running Through the New World" from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
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Debut appearance Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Buffet
Composer(s) Yuuta Ogasawara
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"Running Through the New World" is a stage theme from Kirby and the Forgotten Land. This theme is the secondary theme from this game (after "Welcome to the New World!"), and its leitmotifs appear in many other themes as well, most notably the various World Map themes. It was composed by Yuuta Ogasawara.

Notably, "Running Through the New World" was the first theme from Kirby and the Forgotten Land that was revealed, as it was used in the reveal trailer showcased during the September 23rd, 2021 Nintendo Direct.

Composition[edit]

Kirby, about to start running through the New World.

"Running Through the New World" is a rather upbeat, and exciting song. It begins with a piano in C major, and then proceeds with the main melody played by a flute and seconded by strings. It then modulates to D major, reprising its sections with a more rich instrumentation (an orchestra containing wood and brass instruments, along with strings), and finally returns to C major before looping. The melody primarily ascends in chords and descends down a scale. One of its phrases is a musical quotation of "Kirby's Triumphant Return".

The variants of this theme follow the same general pattern, though with a slightly different and simplified melody. Each version uses a different set of instruments and supporting effects. The most notable variant in this regard is "Beginner Treasures" (used for early Treasure Road stages) which is an almost entirely electronic and fast-paced version of the song. Another notable variant is "Pitch-Black Horror" and "Pitch-Black Valley", which play in dark areas in later stages, and has an unsettling minor-key progression with more unique aspects to the melody.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, the main version of "Running Through the New World" mainly plays in the first level: Natural Plains. It plays in Point of Arrival (once entering the city portion), Downtown Grassland, Rocky Rollin' Road and the very beginning of A Trip to Alivel Mall.

While the leitmotifs from this theme appear in many other tracks throughout the game, the most directly-derived variants are heard in the following songs:

  • "Natural Plains"
  • "Everbay Coast"
  • "Wondaria Remains"
  • "Winter Horns"
  • "Beginner Treasures"
  • "Wild Results"
  • "Pitch-Black Horror" and "Pitch-Black Valley"

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, "Running Through the New World" can be unlocked when the player reaches Gourmet Rank 29, available for use in races and the Free Rolling mode. In this game, this theme is known as Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Memorial Song 1.

The music also plays when viewing Kirby and the Forgotten Land in the Past Adventures menu via the Home Table.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, "Running Through the New World" plays when viewing Kirby and the Forgotten Land in the Past Adventures menu. "Scattered Souls across Isolated Isles" also returns in Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, and still features part of the "Running Through the New World" leitmotif.

Other appearances[edit]

The theme with a shortened intro is re-used as the theme for when 50-11 players remain in a round of Tetris 99 during the Kirby and the Forgotten Land Maximus Cup. "Wild Results" is used as the results theme upon finishing in 2nd or lower.

The theme was performed live at the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival, as part of "Green Greens ~ Running Through the New World". The brief arrangement from "Soaring Determination: No Night Is Eternal" is also part of the "Kirby Endings" track.

Trivia[edit]

  • "Running Through the New World" is Kei Ninomiya's favorite theme from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 新世界しんせかいをかけぬけて
shin sekai o kakenukete
Running Through the New World
Chinese 穿越新世界
chuān yuè xīn shì jiè
Passing Through the New World
Dutch Op pad door de nieuwe wereld On the move through the new world
French Gambade à travers le nouveau monde Frolicking through the new world
German Entdeckung einer neuen Welt Discovery of a new world
Italian Un nuovo mondo da scoprire A new world to discover
Korean 새로운 세계를 달리며
Saeroeun Segyereul Dallimyeo
Running Through the New World
Spanish Un nuevo mundo por descubrir A new world to discover


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