Soundtrack Review: Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Soundtrack Review: Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS/Wii U Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS/Wii U by various artists.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 154.9
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Super Smash Bros., known in Japan as Dairantō Smash Brothers and is a series of crossover fighting games published by Nintendo, that primarily featuring characters from franchises established on its systems. All five games have been directed by Masahiro Sakurai. The latest one is the 2014 versions of this game for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U released in North America on October 3, 2014 (Nintendo 3DS) and on the Wii U, November 21, 2014. Gameplay in the Super Smash Bros. series differs from many fighting games.[24] Instead of winning by depleting an opponent’s life bar, players seek to launch their opponents off the stage and out of the map. Characters have a damage total which rises as they take damage, represented by a percentage value that measures up to 999%. The score is composed by various artists.

I’ve never been a Nintendo guy, but I did try Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Wii and had a lot of fun with it. I’m not a member of Club Nintendo either, but luckily I know people who are and has gotten the soundtrack and I’ve been so luck as getting a chance to listen to it and review it. There’s literally 20+ composers and arranged by 20+ musicians on this score featuring heavyweight names such as Koji Kondo, David Wise, Yoko Shimomura, Motoi Sakuraba and others. The reason for this is probably because Nintendo has licensed a host of characters for the game including Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Kirby, Mega Man, Sonic The Hedgehog and even Pac-Man so I guess it features music from a lot of various games. More fun for us! The first CD contains the Nintendo 3DS score and the second CD contains the Wii U score. ‘Menu’ starts the score, and menu music is important. For a lot of games, that’s the player’s first soundbite. Luckily it’s kind of awesome, epic even (in a slightly cute Japanese kind of way). It has that Japanese sound as expected, but the theme is great and great fun.

See, I knew that a lot of game would be featured? Check out the big band version of the Mario theme in ‘Ground Theme / Underground Theme’. Awesome! There’s something infectious and fun about Nintendo music. It’s childish perhaps, but it bring out that inner child and I can say that even though I haven’t played a lot of Nintendo over the years. I played a few games on my sister’s Super Nintendo and my cousin’s Game Boy, but it’s limited. The music of Mario though for example is legendary and you don’t have to be a Nintendo kid to “get” that. Ah, I even know the Donkey Kong theme heard in ‘Kongo Jungle’. Fun! It’s a lot of fun just listening to the music and try to guess which character it belongs to and surprisingly I was right with most of them. Oh I almost crapped my pants when I heard ‘Mute City Ver. 3’. I said to myself that this could only be from F-Zero, one of the games I almost played to death using my sister’s Super Nintendo. Nostalgia alert! And what an awesome arrangement! Sounds like F-Zero mixed with Transformers mixed with DiCola.

Now Pac-Man I can relate to. I never played it in the arcades, but I played it a lot on horrible Commodore 64 conversions and I even had a portable Pac-Man game. Yeah, Pac-Man was the business and who can forget it’s iconic theme? In ‘Pac-Man (Club Mix)’ we get a crazy Pac-Man mix, theme and all. Love it! And Tetris! Who here hasn’t played some version of Tetris? Lovely Russian music in ‘Tetris: Type A’. Nostalgia! There are also a few original pieces including ‘Trophy Rush’, ‘Multi-Man Smash’ and ‘Battlefield’, and they have a catchy theme but it seems so familiar to me. Great stuff. It’s hard to say this is an original game score though since most of the music has been heard before although in somewhat different arrangements. I don’t think it will be eligible for the Soundtrack Geek Awards because of it, but it’s a wonderful compilation of Nintendo’s greatest hits.

Now as brilliant as this score is, it’s extremely hard to own. It is given as a Club Nintendo Reward if you registered both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U before January 20, 2015. In other words. Impossible! Come on Nintendo! Why be like this? The Pokemon Company who is owned by Nintendo released a few Pokemon scores on iTunes in recent years. Why not make these excellent scores available to more people? Ah well, if you do own this, you know you are one of the lucky ones.

HIGHLIGHTS:
CD 1
1. Menu *
2. How To Play
3. Ground Theme / Underground Theme *
4. Super Mario 3D Land Theme / Beach Theme
5. Try, Try Again
6. Kongo Jungle
7. Stickerbrush Symphony
8. Gerudo Alley
9. Full Steam Ahead
10. Brinstar *
11. Obstacle Course (Spring / Summer)
12. Green Greens Ver. 2
13. Corneria
14. Star Wolf’s Theme / Sector Z
15. Battle! (Trainer Battle)
16. N’s Castle Medley
17. Mute City Ver. 3 *
18. ID (Purpose)
19. Wrath Of The Reset Bomb *
20. Dark Pit’s Theme
21. Ashley’s Theme (JP)
22. Tortimer Island Medley
23. Kapp’n’s Song
24. Jogging / Countdown
25. Gaur Plain
26. You Will Know Our Names
27. Balloon Fight Medley *
28. Bathtime Theme (Vocal Mix)
29. Save The World, Heroes!
30. Tomodachi Life
31. Pac-Man (Club Mix) *
32. Tetris: Type A *
33. Trophy Rush
34. Multi-Man Smash
35. Credits
36. Online Practice Stage

CD 2
1. Battlefield
2. Super Mario Bros. Medley *
3. Athletic Theme / Ground Theme
4. Egg Planet
5. Circuit *
6. Gear Getaway
7. Donkey Kong Country Returns
8. Ballad Of The Goddess / Ghirahim’s Theme
9. Main Theme / Underworld Theme
10. Ocarina Of Time Medley
11. Temple Theme
12. Title
13. Ending
14. The Great Cave Offensive
15. The Legendary Air Ride Machine
16. Theme From Area 6 / Missile Slipstream
17. Battle! (Team Flare)
18. Battle! (Champion) / Champion Cynthia
19. Route 10
20. Fight 1
21. Destroyed Skyworld
22. Stage Select
23. Xenoblade Chronicles Medley
24. Blaze / Title
25. Tour
26. Duck Hunt Medley *
27. Light Plane (Vocal Mix)
28. The Mysterious Murasame Castle Medley
29. Mii Plaza
30. Mario Paint Medley
31. Pac-Man’s Park / Black Town
32. Pac-Man *
33. Master Hand
34. Credits (Smash Bros) Ver 2
35. Menu 2 (Melee)
36. Results Display Screen

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