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
If we walk with our eyes to the sky
Once all our tears have fallen
We’ll get a 1UP
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!!!
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.