Behind the Notes: Super Smash Bros. Brawl Theme

Welcome to Behind the Notes, a new series where we look at songs from Nintendo games. Here we will analyze songs from games in every aspect, from the songs history to its key. To kickoff the series, we will be looking at the theme song of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The song was first unveiled at E3 2006, along with the game. Written by  Nobuo Uematsu and supervised by Masahiro Sakurai, the games director and creator, the song is sung completely in Latin. The lyrics are as follows;

Audi famam illius. Solus in hostes ruit et patriam servavit.

Audi famam illius. Cucurrit quaeque tetigit destruens.

Audi famam illius. Audi famam illius.

Spes omnibus, mihi quoque. Terror omnibus, mihi quoque.

Ille iuxta me.

Ille iuxta me. Socii sunt mihi, qui olim viri fortes rivalesque erant.

Saeve certando pugnandoque splendor crescit.

When translated into English, the lyrics tells the story through the eyes of a man, idolizing a legendary hero who strikes fear into all that witness him, and how the hero fights along side the man telling the story, as a rival and as a friend.

The story behind the song is one that can be interpreted in many ways. A clear one is that the lyrics are in the point of view of one of the fighters in the game, stating how these are noble heroes, who I am willing to fight with and against.  Another interpretation could be that the song is about the fierceness of the fighters in the game. The song is in E major, which as stated by Austrian composer Anoton Bruckner, “is frequently associated with contemplation.” This statement mirrors the song well, as the story does follow a man observing his relationship towards the champions, and what they truly are to him.

That is all for this weeks Behind the Notes, but let us know what you would us to analyze next week!

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He is a Hylian who has a knack for Nintendo. When he is taking a break from exploring Hyrule he can be found honing his tennis skills, taking part in musical theatre, or surfing the internet.