Over 30 years ago, legendary video game composer Koji Kondo created one of the most popular video game theme songs of all time, the Super Mario Bros. theme song. For decades, we’ve been smashing bricks, collecting mushrooms, and dodging treacherous castle traps humming this whimsical instrumental, but did you know an official version with lyrics actually exist? In 1985, fans submitted lyrics for the song to a Japanese radio station, and it later became official after Nintendo immortalized it on vinyl. The track is now available on Joysound, a karaoke platform Wii, Wii U and 3DS. Check it out and follow along with the English translation of the lyrics below.

Super Mario Bros. Theme (Lyrics)
Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
Go save Princess Peach! Go!
Today, full of energy, Mario runs
Today, full of energy, jumping!
Today, full of energy, searching for coins
Today, keep going, Mario!

Get a mushroom – it’s Super Mario!
Get a flower – it’s Fire Mario!
Goomba! Troopa! Buzzy Beetle! Beat them all!
Mario is always full of energy and strong!
Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
Go and beat the Koopa tribe, go!

Today, full of energy, Mario runs
Today, full of energy, jumping!
Today, full of energy, searching for coins
Today, keep going, Mario!

Get a star – become invincible!
Quickly, go save Princess Peach!
Lakitu! Blooper! Cheep Cheep! Beat them all!
Mario is always full of energy and strong!

Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
He’s made it to the castle and gets fireworks!
Lightly sidestepping the Hammer Bros.
Show the last of your power, Mario!
It’s been a long journey but it’s nearly at an end
You’ve done it, you’ve done it! You’ve defeated Bowser!

Princess Peach says “Thank you”
Mario’s got a great big heart!
Mario’s adventure is over for now, but
Mario’s dream lives forever…

 

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