Over the years I have found myself humming or singing made up lyrics to various video game related songs. Throughout my childhood I didn’t listen to all that popular music on the radio, or on CDs. The only music I would hear would be from video games and movies. It wasn’t just the music, I also added words to sound effects.
My best work would come from games of the more classic but not so classic era; games like Super Mario RPG: The Legend of The Seven Stars or Paper Mario. In Super Mario RPG, one of Mario’s equip-able weapons called the “Mega Glove”, would make this specific low-pitched punch noise on contact. Depending on if you completed a Timed Hit, the low pitch noise sounded like someone bellowing out COO-KIES. It used to fill me with joy and laughs as I sat back and shouted “coo-kies” while battling monsters. Another of my “Classics” would be my little Moonlight Bay rendition on the Final Fantasy IV Boss Theme used in the Culex Battle in Super Mario RPG. “Here we go, it’s time to go to the.. THE MOONLIGHT BAY”
At Mt. Rugged in Paper Mario, the music has this sitar (or something like a sitar) part that appears occasionally in the background. The only part of the song that I ended up adding some little lyric to. “Put on a happy face.” or “Put on a happy face right now dude,” since the part changed periodically throughout the song. Nothing creative or serious, just some memories from my childhood.
brentalfloss of Youtube fame has gained his internet popularity with his “..With Lyrics” line of videos. He takes classic video game tunes, and adds his own lyrics to them. His lyrics come off as crude, but very humorous, which is where his charm comes from. It all began when he added lyrics to the Mega Man 3 Title Theme which became a big hit and was the start to the “With Lyrics” series.
Game music has come a long way, from the 8-Bit and 16-Bit stuff we all have nostalgia for, to these orchestrated tracks or instrumentals you would find in games of today. Even though these video game songs of today are brilliant, they don’t have the bite and impact of the classics that we all grew up with.
Growing up, what kind of lyrics did you add to songs or sounds in video games? What songs do you find yourself humming to these days? Leave a comment below! I’d like to see what kind of creative things people came up with, although, I’m sure anything will be more creative than mine.