Athletic Theme (Super Mario World)

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"Athletic Theme"

"Athletic Theme" in Super Mario World
Composed by:
Koji Kondo
Key C major
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

The "Athletic Theme"[1] is a musical theme composed for Super Mario World by Koji Kondo. It is an upbeat ragtime arrangement of the Super Mario World "Ground Theme."

Composition[edit]

The "Athletic Theme", originally titled 「アスレチックBGM」 (Asurechikku BGM, "Athletic BGM") in the game's official soundtrack, is in the key of C major.

Audio.svg アスレチックBGM - The arrangement heard in Super Mario World
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Reuses[edit]

The following list does not include ports or remakes of Super Mario World.

Game Description
Super Mario Maker 2 The "Athletic Theme" can be heard in sky-themed levels in the Super Mario World style.

Arrangements[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

While Mario is riding a Yoshi in Super Mario World, bongo percussion is added to instrumentation of the "Athletic Theme".

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Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

An arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" can be heard in Game Boy Advance remake of Super Mario World, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. This version is much more compressed than the original version and uses different, lower-quality synthetic instruments.

Like the Super Mario World original, additional percussion is added to the instrumentation when the player rides a Yoshi.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the theme heard in Hightail Falls Galaxy and the "Purple Coin Beach Dash" mission in Starshine Beach Galaxy, titled 「ダッシュヨッシー」 (Dasshu Yosshī, "Dash Yoshi") in the game's official soundtrack and arranged by Mahito Yokota,[2] is an arrangement of the "Athletic Theme". The tempo increases and a violin run is added when Yoshi uses a Dash Pepper.

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Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

In Super Mario Maker 2, the "Athletic Theme" is given an original, more ambient arrangement for editing Sky-themed courses in the Course Maker, using eight tracks that fade in and out randomly to create a dynamic mix.

The game also features a music box version of the "Athletic Theme" that plays during the nighttime version of sky-themed levels in the Super Mario World style.

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Mario Roulette[edit]

An arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" plays while playing the main game of Mario Roulette, an arcade medal game with graphics based heavily on Super Mario World and the gameplay of its bonus game.

Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World[edit]

An arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" is one of the themes that can play while playing the pinball arcade game Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee includes a bluegrass arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" played on banjo with upright bass and bongo accompaniment, titled "Yoshi's Island" and arranged by HAL Laboratory composer Hirokazu Ando. It is the default music for the Yoshi's Island stage.

The arrangement returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, now titled "Yoshi's Island (Melee)", where it can be played on the Yoshi's Island stage, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where it can be played on the Yoshi's Island stage and the Super Mario Maker stage, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, now titled "Athletic Theme - Super Mario World", where it can be played on any Super Smash Bros.-series and Yoshi-series stage. In all reappearances except Brawl, it is categorized as a Yoshi-series track, rather than a Super Mario-series track.

Additionally, a live fiddle arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" with orchestral accompaniment is included in the track "Smash Bros. Great Medley" in the Super Smash Bros. Melee: Smashing...Live! album.

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Mario Sports Mix[edit]

In Mario Sports Mix, three arrangements of the "Athletic Theme", titled "Mario Athletic", "Punk Athletic" and "Island Athletic", are available as songs in Harmony Hustle.

Nintendo Land[edit]

In Nintendo Land, an arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" plays on the Mud River Run stage in Mario Chase. When less than 60 seconds and 30 seconds remain on the timer, the music speeds up.

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope[edit]

In Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, a tropical arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" plays during the five Sillyfish Chuck Challenges.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, an arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" is featured in "Fighting Tooth and Veil" after Mario transforms into Tanooki Mario.

Other arrangements[edit]

Nintendo of Europe[edit]

An arrangement of the "Athletic Theme" was available to download as a ringtone from Nintendo of Europe's website in 2002.[3] It is based on the arrangement from Super Smash Bros. Melee.

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List of Super Mario appearances[edit]

Games[edit]

Work Year Type Title Credits
Super Mario World Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1990 Original 「アスレチックBGM」 (Asurechikku BGM)[4] Koji Kondo
Arrangement
Mario Roulette Arcade 1991 Arrangement
Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World Pinball 1992 Arrangement
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1994 Original 「アスレチックBGM」 (Asurechikku BGM)[4] Koji Kondo
Past arrangement (Super Mario World)
Super Smash Bros. Melee Nintendo GameCube 2001 Arrangement "Yoshi's Island" Hirokazu Ando
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Game Boy Advance 2001 Arrangement
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii 2008 Past arrangement (Super Smash Bros. Melee) "Yoshi's Island (Melee)" Hirokazu Ando
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wii 2010 Arrangement 「ダッシュヨッシー」 (Dasshu Yosshī)[5] Mahito Yokota
Mario Sports Mix Wii 2011 Arrangement "Mario Athletic"
"Punk Athletic"
"Island Athletic"
Nintendo Land Wii U 2012 Arrangement Ryo Nagamatsu
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii U 2014 Past arrangement (Super Smash Bros. Melee) "Yoshi's Island (Melee)" Hirokazu Ando
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch 2018 Past arrangement (Super Smash Bros. Melee) "Athletic Theme - Super Mario World" Hirokazu Ando
Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo Switch 2019 Original Koji Kondo
Arrangement
Past arrangement (Super Mario World) Koji Kondo
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Nintendo Switch 2022 Arrangement

Film and television[edit]

Work Year Type Title Credits
The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2023 Arrangement "Fighting Tooth and Veil" Brian Tyler

Albums[edit]

Work Year Type Title Credits
Super Mario World 1991 Original 「アスレチックBGM」 (Asurechikku BGM) Koji Kondo
Super Smash Bros. Melee: Smashing...Live! 2003 Arrangement "Smash Bros. Great Medley"
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Original Soundtrack 2010 Arrangement 「ダッシュヨッシー」 (Dasshu Yosshī) Mahito Yokota
The 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros. Music 2015 Original 「アスレチックBGM」 (Asurechikku BGM) Koji Kondo
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2023 Arrangement "Fighting Tooth and Veil" Brian Tyler

Other media[edit]

Work Format Year Type Title Credits
Nintendo of Europe Ringtone 2002[3] Arrangement

References[edit]