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Sandy Wilds

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Sandy Wilds
Various arrangements of "Sandy Wilds".
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Sandy Wilds" is a musical theme heard in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake. This theme was composed by Jun Ishikawa.


Fire Kirby burns his way through the scorching desert.

"Sandy Wilds" begins with a short intro reminiscent of the immediately preceding "Raisin Ruins" theme. It plays in the key of A minor in 4/4 and is notably similar to "Green Greens" structurally, melodically and name-wise, albeit with a Wild West theme. The first phrase features a rising tonic triad and a descent full of dotted rhythm, played first by an accordion and then with a synth. The second phrase moves more gradually and hints at major tonalities. The third part is a decorated quotation of "Kirby's Triumphant Return", which incidentally is often connected to "Green Greens". Finally, a more eerie section similar to "Green Greens"' second section with the addition of rapid fifths between G and D plays before the track loops. Some parts of the theme quote the motif of the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (a pattern of two notes across five beats in a distinctive zigzagging pattern), which is typically used to evoke the Wild West.

Game appearances[edit]

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

"Sandy Wilds" debuted in this game. It can be heard in the first and fourth stages of Raisin Ruins.

An arranged version as part of "Red Sands Remix" together with "Haldera Volcano" plays during the stages in the Pyred Dimension of the Magolor Epilogue. It plays a tone higher at B minor and is modified to fit within 3/4. This remix was arranged by Hirokazu Ando.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese すな荒野こうや
Suna no kōya
Sandy Wilderness
Chinese 沙之荒野
shā zhī huāng yě
Sandy Wilderness
Dutch Zandwildernis Sand wilderness
French Désert de sable Sandy desert
German Dörrende Dünen Drying Dunes
Italian Distese desertiche Desert plains
Korean 모래 황야
molae hwang-ya
Sandy Wilderness
Brazilian Portuguese Deserto arenoso Sandy desert
Spanish Terrenos arenosos Sandy terrains