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Various arrangements of "Twinkle☆Traveler".
Debut appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Twinkle☆Traveler" is one of the the main themes of Kirby Star Allies. It is heavily associated with friendship due to its use during Friend Star and Friend Train segments. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]


Traveling with friends on a twinkling Friend Star.

"Twinkle☆Traveler" is an energetic theme in F minor, combining the acoustic piano providing harmonies with an electronic melody and percussion. It circles around a main motif beginning on the mediant. The motif repeats twice in its phrase and then resolves to give a false sensation of the parallel A-flat major that soon changes to F minor's dominant. It repeats with a slight variation, concluding the first section. The following section has a call and response between two differing phrases: one new one defined by its descending intonations and the original motif. After a transition, a variant of the first section repeats, with quicker returns to F minor in its melody. Connecting the theme to its final section is a piano solo and restatement of the motif. The final part itself inverts the roles of the different instrument types: an electronic accompaniment makes way for the piano's version of the motif, followed by a suspense. The track loops immediately afterwards.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

"The Star Allies have your back!"

"Twinkle☆Traveler" is the primary theme associated with the Friend Star and Friend Train. It also has several arrangements heard throughout the game:

  • "Sudden Happy Ending": the first version of the song to be composed. An F and G major version of the theme. It features the intro section motif of "Twinkle☆Stars". Originally was composed as a stage theme, but later became the false ending credits theme.[2] Also used as the default theme for the Celebration Picture gallery before selecting a song.
  • "The Star Allies Have Your Back!": a remix with more electronic instruments like and a lead electric guitar. Integrates "Green Greens" and "Kirby's Triumphant Return" in its latter part. This remix plays during the final Star Allies Sparkler section of the fight against Void Termina.
  • "Passion of the Tridental-Flashing Priestesses": an acoustic extended remix. It includes fragments of "Green Greens" and "Kirby's Triumphant Return", and has both a major and a minor version of "Song of Supplication", the latter of which is followed by the motif from the second section of "Twinkle☆Stars". Hints of "Friendly Fields" can be heard. Compositionally closer to the above mentioned track specifically. Plays during the second phase of the battle against The Three Mage-Sisters, as well as during the Morpho Knight battle when Player 1 selects The Three Mage Sisters.

Additionally, "Twinkle☆Traveler" is one of the themes that makes up "I'll Always Be Watching You.".

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, "The Star Allies have your back!" appears as "Kirby Star Allies: Bonus Song 3", unlocked if the player has save data of Kirby Star Allies. It can be used in Free Rolling mode.

Other appearances[edit]

In The Sound of Kirby Café 2, "Passion of the Tridental-Flashing Priestesses" is combined with "Song of Supplication" for a light pop-styled theme called Track 12: "Smile-Sisters & Gentlemen", arranged by Megumi Ohara.


"Twinkle☆Traveler" derives from the original name of Kirby's Dream Land when it was in development, ティンクル☆ポポ (Tinkuru Popo, "Twinkle☆Popo"). This is also the basis for "Twinkle☆Stars" and the Japanese name of the Star Allies Sparkler (ティンクルスターアライズ, "Twinkle Star Allies"). "Traveler" derives from how Kirby is described in Japanese sources as "a young traveler" (旅の若者 tabi no wakamono).

During development, the sound staff referred to the motif internally as "cheerful" (あかるい, akarui).[2] "Sudden Happy Ending" and "The Star Allies have your back!" both contain "akarui" in their internal filenames.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ティンクル☆トラベラー
tinkuru toraberā