Inside the Castle Walls

From the Super Mario Wiki

This article is under construction. Therefore, please excuse its informal appearance while it's being worked on. We hope to have it completed as soon as possible.

Soundx.png It has been suggested that audio and/or video file(s) related to this article be uploaded.
Please upload all related music, sound effects, voice clips, or any videos for this section. See the help page for information on how to get started.
The main motif of the Inside the Castle Walls theme played on a vibraphone

"Inside the Castle Walls" is a recurring musical theme composed by Koji Kondo, first used as the background music for Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64. It is usually associated with Peach's Castle and Princess Peach herself.

Appearances[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

The original version of the theme heard in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS is played by a string ensemble. In the A section, all of the parts harmonize the melody's rhythm, aside from pizzicato runs, contrasting the melody with brief silences. This leads into a contrapuntal legato B section.

Audio.svg Inside the Castle Walls

File infoMedia:SM64- Inside the Castle Walls.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, an arrangement of "Inside the Castle Walls" returns as the background music of Peach's Castle, with added marimba in the A section. A short variation of the theme plays at the start of the introduction.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A calm rendition of the first portion of "Inside the Castle Walls" is played on a piano when Peach is rescued at the end of Super Mario Galaxy 2. The song is titled "Precious One" in the official soundtrack and was arranged by Ryo Nagamatsu.

Audio.svg Precious One

File infoMedia:Super Mario Galaxy 2 Precious One.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Bowser has remade the castle grounds into a lava world by the time the heroes arrive. To reflect this, the music for the Peach's Castle world map uses a minor key arrangement of the "Inside the Castle Walls" motif. The theme is orchestrated on strings with sitar ornaments and a synth rhythm section.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, a faithful arrangement plays inside Peach's Castle in the Mushroom Kingdom. It was arranged by Shiho Fujii.[1]

Audio.svg Peach's Castle

File infoMedia:OST Peach's Castle.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

In the Story Mode of Super Mario Maker 2, "Inside the Castle Walls" is incorporated into six background music tracks that build in excitement as progress on rebuilding Peach's Castle grows. Each theme introduces variations on the motif that, in sequence, approach the original "Inside the Castle Walls" melody.

The first theme is a downtempo piece that plays the motif on acoustic guitar, with shaker and wood block in the background, and leads into chords based on the B section of "Inside the Castle Walls". The second theme increases the tempo and plays the motif on pizzicato strings, while also adding flute to the first theme's orchestration. The third theme uses synthesized instruments, playing the motif on synth strings and multiple staccato synthesizers. The fourth theme adds orchestral instruments, playing a variation of the A section on lead synthesizer, and the B section on strings. The fifth theme is a traditional arrangement of "Inside the Castle Walls", but with shaker and wood block remaining in the background. In the emergency theme, the motif is played on a sine synthesizer. Finally, the motif is used in the jingle that plays when Peach's Castle is 100% rebuilt.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Wrinkly Kong can be seen playing Super Mario 64, as a rearrangement of "Inside the Castle Walls" is heard when entering her save cave. The arrangement is titled "Wrinkly 64" in the official soundtrack and was arranged by David Wise.[2]

Mario Golf series[edit]

All arrangements in the Mario Golf series were arranged by Motoi Sakuraba.

Mario Golf (Game Boy Color)[edit]

In Mario Golf for the Game Boy Color, an 8-bit arrangement plays in the Peach's Castle sub-area.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, an arrangement plays in the second half of the Peach's Castle Grounds theme.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Like the Mario Golf series, all arrangements in the Mario Tennis series were arranged by Motoi Sakuraba.

Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)[edit]

In Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, an arrangement plays on the Peach Court.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

In Mario Tennis Open, the court introduction theme for Peach's Palace is an arrangement of the A section of "Inside the Castle Walls", arranged by Motoi Sakuraba. The court's background music is a brass rock arrangement. A minor key arrangement is used as the tiebreaker theme for this court.

Audio.svg Peach's Palace

File infoMedia:Mario Tennis Open Music - Peachs Palace Carpet Court Song (Soundtrack - Nintendo 3DS).oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

In Mario Party 3, two arrangements of the B section play in Peach's Castle: one in the main hall and the Data Room, and the other in the Sound Room. They were arranged by Ichiro Shimakura.

Mario Party 10[edit]

In amiibo Party mode of Mario Party 10, an arrangement plays when Peach's amiibo is being controlled.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

All arrangements in the Mario & Luigi series were arranged by Yoko Shimomura.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time uses a swing arrangement of "Inside the Castle Walls", featuring mallet percussion and a drumset alongside the traditional strings.

Audio.svg Peach's Castle

File infoMedia:04 Peach's Castle.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

The theme reappears in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story while inside Peach's Castle at the beginning of the game. The music is calmer and slower-paced, and contains a few notes from the Forest Maze's music from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

Audio.svg Peach's Castle

File infoMedia:M&LBIS Peach's Castle.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Another arrangement is used in Peach's Castle in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

Audio.svg Peach's Castle

File infoMedia:Mario & Luigi- Dream Team - Peach's Castle.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

An arrangement plays in the same location in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, though this version most closely resembles the arrangement heard in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

Audio.svg Peach's Castle

File infoMedia:M&LPJ Peach's Castle.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: March of the Minis[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, an arrangement plays in the levels of Toadstool Castle. A slightly different variation plays in Special Kit 2 custom levels in the Construction Zone. While the Mini Marios or Mini Peaches are inactive, only the backing instruments play; after they begin to move, the music plays in full.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem![edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! arranges "Inside the Castle Walls" as the background themes for Teatime Twirl, the first attraction in which Mini Princess appears. They are paired with original preparation, course clear, and life lost themes, all based on the original piece.

Audio.svg Teatime Twirl: First music

File infoMedia:MvDKMLM TeatimeTwirlA.oga
Audio.svg Teatime Twirl: Second music

File infoMedia:MvDKMLM TeatimeTwirlB.oga
Audio.svg Teatime Twirl: Third music

File infoMedia:MvDKMLM TeatimeTwirlC.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, "Inside the Castle Walls" is arranged in the Swirling Courtyard theme.

Audio.svg Swirling Courtyard

File infoMedia:MvDKTS SwirlingCourtyard.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, an orchestral arrangement plays in Peach Ice Garden. The transition to the melody's second half after the melody repeats is dragged out, though otherwise the song is faithful to the original.

Audio.svg Peach Ice Garden

File infoMedia:StagePeachMSS.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, an arrangement of Peach's Castle's music from New Super Mario Bros. U plays in the World 8 map.

Audio.svg World 8

File infoMedia:PDSMBE-World8Theme.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Minecraft[edit]

In Minecraft: Wii U Edition's Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, the original Super Mario 64 arrangement of Inside the Castle Walls appears as one of many music tracks in said mash-up pack. Due to the Nintendo Switch version retaining the mash-up pack, Inside the Castle Walls reappears.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, the music that plays in the hub world incorporates arrangements of "Inside the Castle Walls", arranged by Grant Kirkhope.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

In Luigi's Mansion 3, a vibraphone arrangement of Inside the Castle Walls alternating between C♯ major and E major plays in the Grand Lobby of The Last Resort at the very beginning of the game when Luigi is next to Peach.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 [edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 features a new arrangement that plays during the Dream Karate event.

References[edit]