Jump Up, Super Star!
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"Jump Up, Super Star!" (referred to as "NDC Festival" in-game) is the theme song of Super Mario Odyssey. It is sung by Pauline during the mission "A Traditional Festival!". The song was also used in gameplay footage of Super Mario Odyssey during E3 2017, and is heard in the 100th episode of The Cat Mario Show.
The song uses an upbeat, big-band jazz style, and is most notable for being the first song from the Super Mario series to feature lyrics, something almost never heard in songs from Mario games. The song has Pauline detailing an adventure across the worlds of Super Mario Odyssey, referring to herself as Mario's "1UP girl". The lyrics are also printed on the inside of the game case for all regions. A Japanese version of the song has its own lyrics, unique to the international version. It can be played from a boombox in the Metro Kingdom and Mushroom Kingdom.
This song was performed by The Super Mario Players and was sung by Kate Higgins (credited as Kate Davis) in English and Aimi Mukohara in Japanese. It was composed by Naoto Kubo, the original lyrics were written by Nobuyoshi Suzuki and the English lyrics were written by Rob Tunstall. The full version was released worldwide on October 20, 2017 on the iTunes Store, while the short version was downloadable for free until January 31, 2018.
The song also plays in Mario's debut trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Nobuyoshi Suzuki, the sound designer of Super Mario Odyssey, wrote the first draft of the lyrics in Japanese. According to Yoshiaki Koizumi, they had a discussion on whether using words such as "1UP" would be good. They sent all of the documents they had to the localization members to create the final lyrics, due to English being a more global language, as Koizumi stated. This resulted in a back-and-forth between localization members and the Japanese developers as they struggled to keep the Mario references as subtle as possible.
Kate Higgins, who sang the English version, mentioned Cup of Tea Productions, Inc. was in charge of the voice acting. When asked if she was interested in doing the voice, she agreed and auditioned for the role by sending samples of her voice to Nintendo of Japan, and was ultimately selected for the role. Weeks before the recording session, Nintendo of Japan sent her a demo sung by a Japanese singer and a lead sheet, with the music already recorded. Several people from Japan and America were present in the final recording.
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