Whether or not you play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you may know that Nintendo’s latest entry in its fighter series features more than a few characters from RPGs: 31 of its 82 characters are from our beloved genre, and that number grows if you want to bend the rules and include Mario characters because of games like Super Mario RPG and Mario & Luigi.
For our purposes here on Rhythm Encounter, it’s also important that the Smash Bros. games contain an epic amount of music and arrangements of these RPG songs, specifically created for Smash. There’s so many songs — Ultimate contains 1,068 tracks — we asked our panelists to pick arrangements from any Smash Bros. game that comes from a game we cover. The result is sure to be, well, a smashing good time.
Featuring: Mike Salbato, Hilary Andreff, Alana Hagues, Peter Triezenberg; Edited by Jono Logan
Links for this episode:
- YouTube: Video of musical references in Mother 3
- Starmen.net: List of musical references in Mother 2/EarthBound
- RPGFan: Alana’s Aerith feature
- YouTube: Smash Bros. Ultimate Sephiroth Reveal Trailer
0:10:51 – Hyrule Temple (Akito Nakatsuka, arr. Shogo Sakai) – Super Smash Bros. Melee & Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
0:13:45 – Snowman (Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka, arr. Shogo Sakai) – Super Smash Bros. Brawl & Mother Series
0:33:55 – Unfounded Revenge/Smashing Song of Praise (comp. and arr. Shogo Sakai) – Super Smash Bros. Brawl & Mother 3
0:37:47 – Route 10 – Pokémon Black / Pokémon White (GAME FREAK, arr. Yoko Shimomura) – Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U & Pokémon Black & White
0:54:18 – Lament of Innocence (Michiru Yamane, arr. ACE) – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate & Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
0:57:03 – Lost in Thoughts All Alone (Hiroki Morishita, arr. by Masato Coda) – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate & Fire Emblem Fates
1:13:43 – Cosmo Canyon (Nobuo Uematsu, arr. Yoko Shimomura) – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate & Final Fantasy VII
1:16:00 – Aerith’s Theme (Nobuo Uematsu, arr. Keiichi Okabe) – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate & Final Fantasy VII
1:40:14 – Mike’s Bonus Track!
Note: Most Smash Bros. games do not have commercially available albums (if any at all), so most of our links this time are for original versions of this episode’s music.
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence Original Soundtrack
Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack
Fire Emblem If (Fates) Original Soundtrack
MOTHER 2 Gyiyg no Gyakushuu
Nintendo All Star! Dairantou Smash Brothers Original Soundtrack
Pokémon Black & Pokémon White Super Music Collection
Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U: A Smashing Soundtrack
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