Why Shouldn't Super Mario Bros. Become Japan's Nat'l Anthem?
Composer Nobuo "Final Fantasy" Uematsu suggested in an interview that Japan change its national anthem from the imperially biased "Kimigayo" to the theme to Super Mario Bros.
I think there are a lot of talented composers these days compared to when we started back in the day. But if I were to name just one person then it would be [Koji] Kondo-san and his beats and music in Super Mario, just his upbeat tempos. I'm sure everyone in the world -- no borderlines or age limit -- everyone in the world who's come across Super Mario's music will never forget that melody... I think that the Super Mario song should be the national anthem for Japan. [Hums the death refrain] So when someone wins a gold medal at the Olympics, a Japanese athlete, the flag should go up with the theme song. Shoop! ...The world would have a different image of Japan if we use that.
While the theme to Super Mario Bros.
is probably more widely recognized worldwide (oddly the same notion I had last night playing Mario Galaxy
) I think the theme to The Legend of Zelda
is more appropriately austere.
A Day in the Life of Nobuo Uematsu
[1up.com via Kotaku
via Go Nintendo
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