|“||High in the skies above Dream Land floats the Mirror World. In this strange and beautiful land, mirrors have the power to make any wishes reflected in them come true. One day, a sinister presence invaded the Mirror World, and its mirrors could only reflect bad things. When Meta Knight discovered what was happening, he set off to save the Mirror World.”|
|— Instruction manual description • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror|
The Mirror World is a universe that exists parallel to Kirby's world, and is the setting of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. Its entrance is located high above Dream Land; through a shining, golden, mirror-like portal. The Mirror World itself is a tiny round planet in space, with a large variety of environments.
Unlike Dream Land, every section of the Mirror World is united by an area located at the very heart of the Mirror World itself. This area is known as the Rainbow Route. Rather than Star Doors, the Mirror World has Mirror Doors, which are basically mirror-like portals. There is also a much larger ratio of the Mirror Doors in the Mirror World to the Star Doors on Planet Popstar. This makes it a complex maze with many entrances and exits to the locations.
The Mirror World also has parallels of many of the landmarks and inhabitants of Popstar. For example, in Dream Land (more specifically Ice Island), there is a large, icy tower that looks like Mirror World's Peppermint Palace. The same can be said about Moonlight Mansion and Castle Lololo and other such buildings. As for villainous characters, King Golem and Whispy Woods are shaped and behave almost exactly the same. Other correspondents like Wiz and Paint Roller are less obvious. The most obvious one is Meta Knight and Dark Meta Knight.
In each level Shadow Kirby, Kirby's Mirror World counterpart, can be encountered.
The first level Kirby enters, Rainbow Route, has no boss of its own. It is divided into sections that include forests, caves, conifers, and mountains. Each of these sections will lead Kirby to further levels- most particularly one section of Rainbow Route that serves as the game's formal, main hub (which looks like platforms in a cloudy sky).
A mansion located in a part of the world which seems to be in a perpetual state of night. Surrounded by a graveyard, Moonlight Mansion appears eerie on the outside, but holds many intriguing secrets on the inside.
Boss: King Golem.
Ruins of an ancient culture, hidden away from the test of time. Kirby will pass through not only the ruins, but also a mountain range and field at sunset, before facing off with Meta Knight's mirror counterpart for the first time.
Boss: Dark Meta Knight (called "???" during the fight and disguised as Meta Knight)
Candy Constellation is located high above the skies of Mirror World, in space. Hidden well, the only way to reach it is to find a special Warp Star in one of the other eight levels.
Boss: Master Hand and Crazy Hand (fought simultaneously)
If all eight Mirror Shards are found, the mirror will become whole again, allowing Kirby to face the evil ones trying to take over the Mirror World.
Boss: Dark Meta Knight and Dark Mind