'My Music' is a feature that allows the player to choose the frequency of a song’s likelihood to play on a stage. With it comes a vast array of treasured music pieces from Nintendo and other historic franchises.
But could it be the cause of uncertainty for Smash Bros.’ unseen stages?
No stages have ever shared a song track, regardless of similarities they may have with one another. Big Battlefield is the exception, but that’s an unique case given that it's merely a larger version of Battlefield for 8-player Smash.
If you take a gander at the past stages yet to be revealed in Ultimate, you start seeing connections between them and confirmed stages. Here’s a look at some of these stages and their association with one other:
|Unseen Stages||Stages Confirmed in Ultimate|| Correlation
|Peach's Castle, Rainbow Cruise||Princess Peach's Castle|| Same source material, same setting as Peach's Castle
|Kongo Jungle||Kongo Falls, Jungle Japes|| Same source material, similar concept to Kongo Falls
|Planet Zebes||Brinstar|| Same source material, same setting
|Sector Z||Venom, Corneria|| Same source material, same setting as Corneria
|Mushroom Kingdom 64, Mushroom Kingdom (Melee)||Mushroomy Kingdom, Mushroom Kingdom 2|| Same source material, same setting, same branch of games to MKII
|Mute City||Big Blue|| Same source material
|Rainbow Road||Mario Circuit (Mario Kart 8)|| Same source material
|Pirate Ship||Spirit Train|| Same branch of games
|Icicle Mountain||Summit|| Same source material
|Dream Land (GB)||Dream Land, Green Greens||Same source material, similar setting|
It’s worth noting that while some of these stages once co-existed in previous installments, none of them were together with My Music as a feature.
Could musical diversity be an obstacle for Sakurai and his team when choosing the stage roster? The one counter argument could be Yoshi’s Story, with the stage of the same name and the original Yoshi’s Island originating from it both in the game. However, the Yoshi series is currently missing two of its past stages: Yoshi’s Island from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Woolly World from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. With no new Yoshi title to take from for musical inspiration, both could have seen their tracks moved elsewhere.
There remains hope that older games will get remixes, as evidenced by Super Mario Sunshine, Kirby Air Ride, and Donkey Kong Country having new tunes revealed on the official website.
It might seem like an easy issue to navigate, but with the amount of stages sharing an aesthetic and a similar origin, it could indeed prove difficult unless the team decide to re-use music on multiple stages for the first time.
Author’s Note: What do you think? Is it a simple coincidence, or is it truly an issue that the developers had to face? Let me know in the comment section below!
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