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Artwork of a Koopa Troopa dancing to a sound effect in New Super Mario Bros. U

Many musical tracks in the New Super Mario Bros. series incorporate sound effects that enemies and objects on-screen may briefly react to. These sounds are usually vocal samples that punctuate the background music at the end of a melodic phrase.

The first sample that Nintendo used for this purpose is "Paah", created by sample library vendor Best Service and found in Best Service Voice Spectral Volume 1. The same CD also contains "Taaa", which was used for a similar but alternate sound effect.[1] An additional bell sample from the Series 4000 Hollywood Sound Effects Library was used in underwater stages for the same purpose.[2]

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As it could otherwise be assumed that the in-game characters do not hear the background music, their reaction to these sound effects may be considered to break the fourth wall.

History[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

The jingle that plays immediately after entering a painting in Super Mario 64 uses the "Paah" sample to play the first six notes of the Ground Theme from Super Mario Bros. Unlike later uses of the sample, it has no gameplay effect. New Super Mario Bros. may have repurposed the sample due to its presence in the Nintendo DS remake, Super Mario 64 DS.

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New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. is the first game to give the "Paah" sound a gameplay function. In the main, underground, athletic, desert, beach and lava themes, some enemies and objects will react to certain sounds. A table summarizing entities' responses across different New Super Mario Bros. games can be found below.

In certain level themes, the "Paah" vocals are replaced with other sounds that have the same function. The main and athletic themes use the "Paah" sample, while the underground, desert, beach, and lava themes use the "Taaa" sample. The underwater theme uses the bell sound effect.

Pre-release versions of New Super Mario Bros. used an orchestral hit in place of the final game's vocal samples.

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New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

While New Super Mario Bros. Wii uses new overworld, underground, and athletic themes, the "Paah" sound reappears in these new versions, serving the same purpose. It also appears in the new desert, beach, forest, snow, and lava overworld music, as well as the lava underground music.

There are two points in the tower theme that act as "bah"s; each is at the start of a slow trill that plays on bass marimba and strings near the beginning of the loop. In the castle theme, the sound of orchestral cymbals is used in place of "bah"s.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, the "Paah" sound reappears in the new ground theme and athletic theme, as well as the desert, beach, forest, snow, lava overworld, and lava underground music reused from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The xylophone glissando also reappears in the underwater theme. Additionally, this game is the only game in the series to incorporate "Paah" vocals in the music of Ghost House, tower and castle levels. The latter two also feature the sound effects that were previously used in their New Super Mario Bros. Wii renditions in place of the "bah" vocals, but stage elements now only respond to the vocals.

The vocals with the "bah" effect are distinct from the new "yah" or "lah" samples accompanying the ground and athletic themes, which play alongside the melody in the overworld theme and instead of it in the athletic theme. As the melody in these themes is otherwise the same as in their New Super Mario Bros. Wii counterparts, enemies and objects only react to the bahs that were present originally.

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New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. U and its port, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, the "bah" sounds reappear in the underground, desert and forest overworld music from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Additionally, they are present in the new ground, athletic and snow themes. The xylophone glissando sound appears again in the underwater theme. New Super Luigi U, an expansion to this game, simply reuses the music from New Super Mario Bros. U, so the same actions occur when the "bah" sound is played.

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Super Mario Maker series[edit]

The Super Mario Maker games reuse the underground, underwater, desert, forest and snow overworld music from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and the overworld and athletic music from New Super Mario Bros. U. However, enemies in these games do not react to the music, so the "bah" sounds serve no functional purpose.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Because Super Mario Run lacks the gameplay mechanic associated with the "bah" sound, music reused from New Super Mario Bros. Wii does not contain any vocal samples. This is untrue of other reuses of these themes.

Table of reactions[edit]

The table below lists the reactions of various elements in the New Super Mario Bros. games to these sounds. Many of these reactions are aesthetic, but some can have a small effect on gameplay, such as enemies making adjustments to their position instead of walking at a constant rate.

Enemy/character/object Reaction Game(s) where this applies
New Super Mario Bros. New Super Mario Bros. Wii New Super Mario Bros. 2 New Super Mario Bros. U New Super Luigi U
Blockhopper Performs a short hop. If Mario or Luigi are nearby or standing on top of it, the Blockhopper will move in the direction of them or in the direction that they are facing. Check mark.svg
Blooper Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Blooper Baby Twirls (only when following a Blooper Nanny). Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Blooper Nanny Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Blue Shell Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg
Bob-omb Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg
Bone Goomba Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg
Bone Yogan Lift Eyes glow. Check mark.svg
Bramball Turns its head into an orange-like fruit. When hit from underneath in this state, Bramball will drop several coins instead of just one. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bullet Bill Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Buzzy Beetle Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Big Buzzy Beetle Check mark.svg
Cheep Cheepa Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Big Cheep Cheep Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Coin Flowerb Pulsates. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Cooligan Performs a small hop while flapping their wings. If their sunglasses are knocked off, their hop is even shorter. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Deep Cheep Twirls (unless chasing). Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Big Deep Cheep
Dragoneel Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Dry Bones Rotates its head. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Stops and does a short dance. When there are two bahs in short succession, it puts its hands together and swings its arms to both sides. Check mark.svg
Big Dry Bones Rotates its head. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Stops and does a short dance. When there are two bahs in short succession, it puts its hands together and swings its arms to both sides. Check mark.svg
Eep Cheep Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
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Fish Bone Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Flower items
(Fire Flower/Ice Flower/Gold Flower)
Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Goomba Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Hefty Goomba Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Big Goomba
Goombrat Flaps its leaves. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Jellybeam Glows a little brighter. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Paratroopa Does a short dance. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Koopa Troopa Turns towards the camera. Check mark.svg
Stops and does a short dance. When there are two bahs in short succession, it swings its arms to both sides and lifts its foot lower. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Big Koopa Troopa Like with the regular Koopa Troopa, it stops and does a short dance; when there are two bahs in short succession, it swings its arms to both sides and lifts its foot lower. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Lakitu's Cloud Swells up. Check mark.svg
Mouths to the "bah" vocals. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mushroom items
(Super Mushroom/1-Up Mushroom/Mini Mushroom/Gold Mushroom)
Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Penguin Suit Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Pokey Turns its segments into orange-like fruit, enabling Yoshi or a Baby Yoshi to eat the Pokey in its entirety, with the former laying an egg with items inside after doing so. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Spiny Hops and changes direction. Check mark.svg
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Spiny Cheep Cheep Twirls (unless chasing). Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Super Acorn/P-Acorn Performs a short hop. Check mark.svg
Torpedo Ted Twirls. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Urchin Blows bubbles out of its mouth. Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Big Urchin
Waddlewing Rolls (when on the ground) or flips forward (when flying). Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi Turns his head towards the camera (only when unmounted). Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg

Notes[edit]

a - Excluding the jumping variety
b - Plants that can bear coins in Super Mario 3D World also dance to the background music.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Best Service (1993). "Best Service Voice Spectral Volume 1". Tracks 50 and 52.
  2. ^ SourceAudio. "CartoonBell 4001_58_2". Series 4000 Hollywood Sound Effects Library.