The Dark School & the Twisted Fist

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The Dark School & the Twisted Fist
Gameplay partway into The Dark School & the Twisted Fist in Princess Peach: Showtime!, showing Kung Fu Peach crane-pose-jumping through a section, and a boulder she must break to proceed.
World BF
Game Princess Peach: Showtime!
Primary power-up Kung Fu Peach
Boss Kung fu master
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The Dark School & the Twisted Fist is a level in Princess Peach: Showtime!, located on the sixth-from-left on the top section of the basement of the Sparkle Theater. It is the third level where the Kung Fu Peach transformation is used.


The show starts with Princess Peach in her Kung Fu transformation, and is pretty short before reaching the boss fight. After passing a couple boulders and a red staircase, Sour Bunch ninjas attempt to trap her inside boulders, which goes poorly for them as Peach can break them.

As Peach continues her journey through platforms, buildings, boulders, and Sour Bunch ninjas on poles and on the ground, they arrive inside the academy to find Kung Fu Sparkla captured, and the kung fu master challenging Peach to a new bout.

In this bout, the kung fu master has replicated himself into three clones. The right one fights conventionally as in the previous bouts, while the left one uses jump attacks and different attack speeds. The one in the center is fought last, and throw fastballs and curve balls that Peach must kick back, similar to in A Kung Fu Legend, but can in this fight change between throwing from the left or right. A final large thrown ball requires multiple kicks from Peach to kick it back at him.

With Kung Fu Sparkla saved, kung fu master makes one last attempt to fight back in a puppet form. With Peach and Kung Fu Sparkla parrying a couple attacks from him, Peach and Kung Fu Sparkla makes one final duo kick to defeat him once and for all.

Sparkle Gems[edit]

Sparkle Gems marked with an asterisk ⁽*⁾ will always be obtained during regular gameplay.

  1. On a small cliff immediately upwards from the start platform.
  2. A backroom pose elevator on some dark brickstones soon after the first attempt by the Sour Bunch to trap her. Peach must use horizontal and vertical spin poles to make her way up to the gem.
  3. On the upper left of the platforms, where the first boulder after the first trap has fell.
  4. After the clouds have cleared after the pole Sour Bunch ninjas have been defeated, there is a path on the right. The gem is partially obscured by a large 10-coin.
  5. Defeat the kung fu master.*


Ribboner can be found behind a breakable boulder on a platform immediately after the start of the level. He awards the Multicolored Kung Fu Ribbon for Stella.

  • Help request: "This rock is so heaaavy..."
  • Rescue message: "Phew, thanks a bunch!"

Lobby Shop stock[edit]

Completing the level allows Peach to buy the Special Kung Fu Dress for 300 coins at the Lobby Shop.

Postgame Ninja Theet[edit]

  1. On the immediate right end of the red staircase, very close to the start of the level.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤミの道場どうじょう暗黒拳あんこくけん
Yami no Dōjō to Ankoku Ken
Dark Dojo and Dark Fist

Chinese (simplified) 黑暗的道场与暗黑拳
Hēi'àn De Dàochǎng Yǔ Ànhēi Quán
Dark Dojo and Dark Fist

Chinese (traditional) 黑暗的道場與暗黑拳
Hēi'àn De Dàochǎng Yǔ Ànhēi Quán
Dark Dojo and Dark Fist

Dutch De duistere vechtschool
The dark fighting school
French École sombre et poing maléfique
Dark school and evil fist
German Die Faust der dunklen Schule
The Fist of the Dark School
Italian La scuola e il pugno oscuro
The school and the dark fist
Portuguese Lições Sombrias do Punho Perverso
Dark Lessons from the Wicked Fist
Russian Школа кун-фу и кулаки мрака
Shkola kun-fu i kulaki mraka
Kung Fu School and Fists of Darkness

Spanish El puño de la malguria
The darkle fist