Video Game Music of the Week - 65

Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Part 1 (Nintendo Wii)


Menu Theme, Trophy Mode, Desert Stage, All-Star Mode

Too many to name!

Let me start by saying that the Super Smash Bros. series is a celebration of the vast history of Nintendo. It’s a collection of characters, ideas, music, art, visuals, lore and the very essence of Nintendo all combined into one frantic and nostalgia-laden fighting game.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl features over 300 songs, including straight ports of original tunes, brand new arrangements and of course, completely original music. The game has so many great tracks, making it extremely difficult to cover the game with just one feature article. That’s why we are splitting Super Smash Bros. Brawl into two separate features of VGM of the Week. In this part, we will feature only completely original music that was composed specifically for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Menu Theme
Menu Theme is an alternate version to the games Main Theme, which was composed by Final Fantasy composer, Nobuo Uematsu. The main melody from this track can be found in most of the original music for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Think of it as a recurring motif that becomes very representative of the game itself.

Trophy Mode
In a game filled with frantic and heavy-hitting tunes, its often refreshing to hear a more mellow, laid back song. The Trophy Mode theme is certainly one of those tunes, featuring a great lounge feel that includes the general Smash Bros. Brawl motif at about the one-and-a-half minute mark.

Desert Stage
This track is the theme to one of the stages in the story mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl called ‘The Subspace Emisary.’ Again the familiar motif is featured, but by looking at all three of the tunes up until this point, you can see how creative and diverse each separate song is, even though they all feature the same core melody.

All-Star Mode
This short song plays during the many resting points in the All-Star Mode. It’s a slower tune that has a magical whimsy to it, as well as a strange echo that makes it feel very mythical.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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