Over the weekend, Nintendo released a new commercial for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate without any background music. The internet proceeded to work its magic and there are now hundreds of different versions of the video floating around set to songs ranging from Prince’s 1991 to the Dragon Ball Z intro music. They all somehow work really well.
The original video is just various Smash characters fighting one another and on its own is nothing special. Combined with some popular music, however, it transforms into something mesmerising. Here’s just a brief sample of some of the better crossovers people have come up with, starting with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic:
Super Smash Bros. Titanic - "My Heart Piece Will Go On" pic.twitter.com/lgongg7XG3
— Andre Segers (@AndreSegers) November 12, 2018
At the other end of the spectrum is Linkin Park’s “Crawling” which, if you grew up in the 2000s like me, will take you back to all of those high school presentations in the auditorium where adults tried to talk to the youth about mental health and self care by splicing together footage from the Spider-Man movie with inspirational messages while blasting alternative metal.
Nintendo made that new Smash Brothers commerical without music so people would throw their own music on it, share it, and spread it around — just like we're doing. pic.twitter.com/snPecaIhbn
— Fred Wood (@thatsmytrunks) November 11, 2018
Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” also fits perfectly:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Trailer
— Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' pic.twitter.com/cvAQrBk4hR
— QuickMix (@Quick_Mixes) November 12, 2018
Then there’s Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” I do not like Queen. I’m being serious. Yes, I’m a monster. And yet I now realise I would totally like to play Smash Bros. while Freddie Mercury yells “That’s why they call me Mister Fahrenheit.”
And there are so many others:
If the Super Smash Bros Ultimate banner trailer was an early 2000s tv commercial with a funky pop song pic.twitter.com/ByZuTMIRk8
— grilled stuft nacho (@AwestruckVox) November 11, 2018
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YOU'RE ALL WRONG! pic.twitter.com/jrsYk8GnkD
— Daisy Del Carmen (@Purplesterous) November 11, 2018
releasing the Smash trailer without music was the best decision ever, thank you Nintendo pic.twitter.com/Um0eZUaZ9Q
— Stephen Georg (@Stephen_Georg) November 12, 2018
Someone even put in “So Happy Together”by The Turtles which is the song Nintendo originally used to introduce Smash Bros. to the world in the series first television spot back in 1999.
Sports games have been paying to incorporate real music for years, and sure, the legal hurdles and costs are a minefield but, I mean, it’s Smash Bros. I’m sure series director Masahiro Sakurai will be happy to add it to the list of features for the next game.