The Mario Bros. theme music is up there with the Tetris and Zelda themes as one of the most iconic and recognizable songs in the history of gaming. Although the Mario Bros. theme has always been instrumental in the games, Nintendo actually signed off on official lyrics to the song back in the 80s. As gamers might expect from Nintendo and the 80s; the resulting lyrics are incredibly weird and entertaining.

The lyrics were created for and decided by a Japanese radio show contest that gave fans the chance to write original lyrics for the song and send them in for consideration. After scouring the results and selecting a winner, Nintendo actually endorses the Go Go Mario sing-a-long and released the track on vinyl.

The track is obviously in Japanese, but it is definitely still worth a listen even if you don’t speak the language. English speakers can find the translation below the video…

Thanks for Destructoid for the translation…

Go Go Mario

Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
Go save Princess Peach! Go!
Today, full of energy, Mario runs
Today, full of energy, jumping!
Today, full of energy, searching for coins
Today, keep going, Mario!

Get a mushroom – it’s Super Mario!
Get a flower – it’s Fire Mario!

Goomba! Troopa! Buzzy Beetle! Beat them all!
Mario is always full of energy and strong!

[Spoken] The only one who can reverse the spell that has captured the Mushroom People is Princess Peach. But Princess Peach is hidden underground, in a far-off castle. Ah, the days of peace… if we could once more return to those days… to save Princess Peach and bring peace back to the Mushroom Kingdom, that is why Mario is on his journey today.

Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
Go and beat the Koopa tribe, go!
Today, full of energy, Mario runs
Today, full of energy, jumping!
Today, full of energy, searching for coins
Today, keep going, Mario!

Get a star – become invincible!
Quickly, go save Princess Peach!

Lakitu! Blooper! Cheep Cheep! Beat them all!
Mario is always full of energy and strong!

Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
He’s made it to the castle and gets fireworks!
Lightly sidestepping the Hammer Bros.
Show the last of your power, Mario!
It’s been a long journey but it’s nearly at an end
You’ve done it, you’ve done it! You’ve defeated Bowser!

Princess Peach says “Thank you”
Mario’s got a great big heart!

Mario’s adventure is over for now, but
Mario’s dream lives forever…

Although the lyrics will likely never be used in another official Nintendo product, they are still a great piece of trivia knowledge and an amazing snapshot of the weirdness of the 80s and the early days of Nintendo’s success and rise to stardom. The Mario Bros. were only just beginning to become a household name and it’s hard to imagine the hype that must have been sweeping the globe as home console gaming became more accessible, affordable, and popular.

What do you think of the official Mario Bros. music lyrics? Do you plan to store it away in the trivia vault or immediately purge the weirdness from your memory banks? Let us know in the comments.

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