Smash Bros. themes
have excelled for decades
We love the essence of Smash Bros., and some of that essence is captured in the presentation of Nintendo - and gaming - history found throughout the series. Some of the aesthetic highlights are the fantastic various remixes and remakes of popular video game music selections. If you're a fan of video game tunes, Smash Bros. as a whole probably has something you love. There's nothing quite like hearing an epic theme or a cool remix of something you've heard before as you're battling with your favorite character. These are our favorite Smash themes from the first game to the most current.

Character Select Screen (Super Smash Bros. N64): Of all of the character select screens in the series, the original is closest to my heart. The horns are special and make the track what it is. The drums are fantastic also. And, because I like it so much, I was pleasantly surprised to see it make a return as the results theme starting with Super Smash Bros. 4.

Hyrule Castle Stage - The Legend of Zelda (Super Smash Bros. N64): I'm not a fan of Zelda by any stretch of the imagination; I'm a Mario gal. So, it was nice to fall in love with the original Smash's interpretation of the Legend of Zelda's overworld theme. It sounds nice and crisp here and the trumpet is especially nice in this version.

Home Run Contest/Break the Targets (Super Smash Bros. Melee): One of my overall favorite themes in Smash Bros. is found in the mini-games. I played enough Home Run Contest to learn this piano theme and learn to love it. It didn't take much because the piano is a game changer from the first time that I heard it. It's fun and fast paced and brings back memories of trying to get no-ping hits with Samus. Fun times all around.

Saria's Song - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Super Smash Bros. Melee): I'm still not a Zelda fan, but this theme might change my mind. It's so clean and flirty and fun that I played Ocarina of Time just to hear it in its natural glory. The flute is fun and bright, which makes it one of the better Zelda themes. Fun fact: I have made my town theme Saria's Song in every version of Animal Crossing, based off this version of the song.

Brinstar Depths - Metroid (Super Smash Bros. Melee): This is easily my favorite remix of an existing Nintendo theme. It's already obvious that I'm a huge fan of Metroid but I hadn't heard this until I played Melee because I didn't make it that far into the original Metroid. The opening chords of this track are what make me a video game music fan. It invokes the horror of Metroid - the desolation of the original game and Super Metroid - and it's the standard bearer for remixes. This is my favorite of all Metroid themes and my favorite Smash theme.

All-Star Rest Area (Super Smash Bros. Brawl): This laidback R&B jam is based on the overarching main theme of Brawl, and is one of the better remixes of that theme. It's chill and relaxed and is nice to just sit and listen to when you're in between rounds in the All-Star mode.

75m (Super Smash Bros. Brawl): I am definitely not a fan of Donkey Kong as evidenced by a few reviews over the years in GI. However, this track makes up for the foolishness I usually associate with the scion of Kongdom. I don't like playing the stage, but this remix is fire solely based on the intro. The usage of sound effects from the arcade game also makes this track golden.

Walugi Pinball - Mario Kart DS (Super Smash Bros. Brawl): As a massive Mario Kart fan, I recognize that this remix of the existing stadium theme is better in Brawl than the original game. It's faster and has a better beat. It's fun to fight to this, and the sped-up pace fits better with Smash's faster pace.

Battle in the Base - Metal Gear Solid III: Snake Eater (Super Smash Bros. Brawl): Truthfully, I've never played Metal Gear Solid III but this theme rocks. Hard. It's a nice spy theme that fits the Shadow Moses Island stage, and everything about it is solid. The violin and the horns are crazy, and the drums and touch of flute are phenomenal. The quality of the instruments is obvious as soon as you hear the opening chords. The intro alone is a banger.

Dialga/Palkia Battle at Spear Pillar! - Pokmon Diamond and Pearl Versions (Super Smash Bros. Brawl): I haven't played or had much interest in Pokmon since the original Generation I games, but this theme is an absolute banger. The intro piano is attention-getting and one of the more interesting things to come out of the later generations. It's reminiscent of early Pokmon themes found in Red and Blue. The stage is a pain to fight on in Brawl, but the theme makes it worth it.

Song of Storms - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Super Smash Bros. Brawl): If you hadn't noticed, I'm not a fan of Zelda. However, it seems a lot of the series' music is on this list of favorite Smash themes. That's because the quality of the music is undeniably great. Song of Storms is evidence of this. It has everything you could possibly want from an epic theme: Dramatic drums, a cute flirty flute and a maritime theme that fits well within Link's adventures. And we haven't even talked about the intro chords that immediately grab your attention.

Conquest (Ablaze)/Anna's Emporium - Fire Emblem Awakening (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate): I have never played Fire Emblem Awakening, but I'm familiar enough with the series to know this is a masterpiece. Found in the World of Light mode, this track evokes old J-RPGs of yore and of the more recent and excellent Chained Echoes. The usage of real violins and horns make this track a must-have in the Smash Bros. collection.
with Lyndsey Beatty