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Welcome to Wondaria (theme)

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Welcome to Wondaria (theme)
Various arrangements of "Welcome to Wondaria".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Last appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2023)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Welcome to Wondaria" is a stage theme from Kirby and the Forgotten Land associated with Wondaria Remains. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.[1]

Composition[edit]

First impressions of Wondaria Remains.

"Welcome to Wondaria" is a bittersweet theme in C major and 4/4. It starts off with an intro with clap-like beats. An electric guitar plays a descending scale, and the cheerful yet somewhat nostalgic melody comes in with a rougher electric guitar which distorts octaves, evoking the image of broken speakers. This melody is structurally similar to its composer's later creations, in particular "Snowball Scuffle". The melody is played again, now by a softer synthesizer. The second section introduces lead brass, and the melody is inversed and less cheerful due to the modulation to C minor. Halfway through this section, a G to A-flat trill can be heard; a similar trill belongs to "Moonlight Capital". The inverted melody of the second section evolves into one closer to the aforementioned track. At the lowest brass point, a fourth plays up and back down, and afterwards a slow ascent follows back to a more stable tonic, where it finds proper resolution. The electric guitar from the intro gives a short dominant transition back to the intro, and the track loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

In Kirby and the Forgotten Land, "Welcome to Wondaria" is introduced in the eponymous stage, and also plays throughout Circuit Speedway and the outdoors area of Invasion at the House of Horrors.

Additionally, a livelier arrangement in G major titled "Circuit Speedway" plays during the two Car Mouth races in Circuit Speedway. This arrangement was composed by Yuki Shimooka. Notably, the minor portion features a drastic change in tempo and meter, being in 6/8.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

In Kirby's Dream Buffet, "Circuit Speedway", titled "Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Memorial Song 2" in-game, can be unlocked as music that has a chance of playing during races upon reaching Gourmet Rank 98.

Other appearances[edit]

"Circuit Speedway" is part of Track 08, "Go Go! Kirby Race Medley", in the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival along with other themes associated with races.

Names in other languages[edit]

Welcome to Wondaria[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ようこそワンダリア
Yōkoso Wandaria
Welcome to Wonderia
Traditional Chinese 歡迎光臨驚奇樂園
Huānyíng Guānglín Jīngqílèyuán
Welcome to Wonder Amusement Park
Simplified Chinese 欢迎光临惊奇乐园
Huānyíng Guānglín Jīngqílèyuán
Dutch Welkom in Wondaria Welcome to Wondaria
French Bienvenue à Wondaria Welcome to Wondaria
German Willkommen in Wundaria Welcome in Wondaria
Italian Benvenuti a Meravillà Welcome to Meravillà
Korean 원더리아에 어서 오세요
Wondeoriae Eoseo Oseyo
Welcome to Wonderia
Spanish Bienvenidos a Maravilia Welcome to Maravilia


Circuit Speedway[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サーキットでGO!
Sākitto de GO!
GO at the Circuit!
Traditional Chinese 賽道GO!
Sàidào GO!
GO at the Racetrack!
Simplified Chinese 赛道GO!
Sàidào GO!
Dutch Circuitracerij Circuit racing
French À fond sur le circuit Full speed on the racetrack
German Rennpisten-Raserei Racetrack-Speeding
Italian Circuito rapido Fast circuit
Korean 서킷에서 GO!
Seokiseseo GO!
GO at the Circuit!
Spanish Circuito de Carreras Racing Circuit


References