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Underworld

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Underworld
Sample of "Underworld" from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Underworld" is the puzzle theme for Halcandra in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]

Composition[edit]

Exploring the waterworks.

"Underworld" is a somewhat eerie piece in natural B minor and 4/4. It begins with a quiet reverberated string of notes that set the tone without forming into a clearly defined melody. This set of notes repeats several times with many additional effects interjecting. The lower synthetic noises take over by the end with less discernable pitches. After this, a transitional section begins, with a soft but clear phrase from "Mid-Boss Battle", where the noises do not cease. This soon gives way to the second section, where the motif from "Exploring the Cave" and "The Birthplace of Steel" plays in B minor. The original string of notes serves as a counterpoint and reaches high registers. Then, the "Exploring the Cave" motif gains a more percussive attack, making it sound bright relative to the rest of the piece. As another transition, "Mid-Boss Battle" continues together with the first section's phrase, still at a high pitch. The first section appears to repeat with a significant increase in noise effects. The track loops properly after this.

Game appearances[edit]

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

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, "Underworld" serves as the puzzle room theme for Halcandra, playing in certain areas of Egg Engines - Stage 2, Egg Engines - Stage 4, and all three regular stages in Dangerous Dinner. The song is listed as Track 62 in the original game's Jukebox, and Track 110 in the remake's Jukebox.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

A small portion of the theme plays during the opening cutscene for the New Challenge Stages in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, "Underworld" is reused for the haunted area of Lollipop Land - Stage 6 EX and the mirror section of Wild World - Stage 7 EX. The song is listed as Track 070 in the game's Jukebox.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, "Underworld" reappears for the night areas of Extra Planet α. The song is listed as Track 093 in the game's Jukebox.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アンダーワールド
andāwārudo
Underworld
Traditional Chinese 下層世界
xià céng shì jiè
Lower World
Simplified Chinese 下层世界
xià céng shì jiè
Dutch Onderwereld Underworld
French Labyrinthe aquatique Aquatic labyrinth
German Die Welt tief unten The World deep below
Italian Mondo sotterraneo Underground world
Korean 언더 월드
eondeo woldeu
Underworld
Brazilian Portuguese Mundo subterrâneo Underground world
Spanish Inframundo Underworld


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