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Nintendo Shares Details On Localising Super Mario Odyssey’s “Jump Up, Super Star!” Song

The Nintendo Treehouse blog often sheds light on some interesting projects the team has worked on and gives us a great insight into the workings of certain aspects of our favourite games to date. This time, the team have explained the process of localising the annoyingly catchy theme tune to the incredible Super Mario Odyssey, “Jump Up, Super Star”. As well as ensuring the tune was going to go down well with fans, the lyrics to the song had to go through many changes and you can see from the first draft below that the end product is vastly different.

The symbol of a voyage, let’s start to raise the sails
A tailwind dances at our backs

Flip a coin, the goddess who’ll tell our fortune
Blows a kiss

Let’s sing our love as brightly as
All the lights in all the world
Then jump! (JUMP SE)
And grab! (COIN SE)
Say yeah!!! (yeah!!!)

Let’s dream together
Love together
If we walk with our eyes to the sky
Once all our tears have fallen
We’ll get a 1UP

Let’s all
Jump up high and high five
Tap and dance

I’m a superstar lighting up the world
Switching you on to happiness
So, let’s dance the Odyssey!!!

(Chorus)
Odyssey, ya see! etc.

The above is a translation from Japanese and the final version is a product of a lot of back-and-forth between teams at Nintendo. The localisation demo, that was sent to Nintendo Japan, can be heard in the video below.

To learn more about the process that Nintendo went through to localise the theme tune, go and check out the full blog post here.

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12 comments

      1. He can have a good singing voice but he wasn’t in rhythm and his tone wasn’t perfect for that music (at that time).

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    1. To be fair, the person in the video probably isn’t even a singer, but someone from the localisation team who only sang the demo to send it to Nintendo and give them a rough idea for how the lyrics are meant to go with the song. In other words: that person was probably never meant to be the final performer of the song in the first place.

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  1. With a male voice it would be good nontheless. Instead Arms eventually required a female voice. This one is just a demo with an amateurish singer without full orchestration, you should not judge this performance: it’s just a demo. Anyway the final version with the female voice is very good.

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