Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest entry in the beloved Super Smash Bros. series, hit store shelves on December 7 of this year! Bayonetta made her Smash debut in 2016, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Now she’s back for Ultimate – and she’s brought her pal Rodin, gunsmith to the gods, along as an Assist Trophy.
Bayonetta’s Smash Bros. arsenal is familiar to anyone who’s played Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2. In addition to summoning massive, demonic limbs into the battlefield for smash attacks, Bayonetta uses Scarborough Fair – her iconic set of four handguns (err, hand-and-footguns) – for thrilling Bullet Climaxes, and she can even slow her opponents’ movements with Witch Time. Her silky-smooth combos and climactic special moves make her a unique addition to the Smash Bros. roster.
But Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai didn’t stop at bringing back Bayonetta herself. He invited PlatinumGames composer Hiroshi Yamaguchi to arrange a song from the game’s soundtrack.
Yamaguchi chose “The Map Page/Bonus Level” from Donkey Kong Country! He even called in fellow PlatinumGames composer Naofumi Harada to play guitar on the re-arranged track.
Arranged by Hiroshi Yamaguchi:
“The Map Page/Bonus Level” [from Donkey Kong Country]
On top of that, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also features nineteen songs written by our music team for PlatinumGames titles Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101 and Star Fox Zero. You can hear most of them very soon after you first start playing, but a few of them don’t show up until you’ve made progress in the game – in case you needed some extra motivation!
“One Of A Kind” [from Bayonetta] Composed by Hiroshi Yamaguchi
“Riders Of The Light” [from Bayonetta] Composed by Hiroshi Yamaguchi
“Theme Of Bayonetta – Mysterious Destiny (instrumental)” [from Bayonetta]
Composed by Masami Ueda, arranged by Junichi Nakatsuru (BANDAI NAMCO Studios)
“Let’s Hit The Climax!” [from Bayonetta] Composed by Masami Ueda
“Red & Black” [from Bayonetta] Composed by Hiroshi Yamaguchi
“After Burner (∞ Climax Mix)” [from Bayonetta]
Composed by Hiro (SEGA), arranged by Masami Ueda
“Friendship” [from Bayonetta] Composed by Rei Kondoh (T’s MUSIC)
“Let’s Dance, Boys!” [from Bayonetta] Composed by Hiroshi Yamaguchi
“The Legend Of Aesir” [from Bayonetta 2] Composed by Hiroshi Yamaguchi
“Theme Of Bayonetta 2 – Tomorrow Is Mine (instrumental)” [from Bayonetta 2]
Composed by Hiroshi Yamaguchi, arranged by Junichi Nakatsuru (BANDAI NAMCO Studios)
“Time For The Climax!” [from Bayonetta 2] Composed by Masami Ueda
“ST01 Roll Out, Wonderful 100！ Battle In The Blossom City Burbs” [The Wonderful 101]
Composed by Hiroshi Yamaguchi
“JERGINGHA – PLANET DESTRUCTION FORM” [from The Wonderful 101]
Composed by Rei Kondoh (T’s MUSIC)
“Planet Corneria” [from Star Fox Zero] Composed by Hitomi Kurokawa
“Sector Ω” [from Star Fox Zero] Composed by Yukari Suita
“Return to Corneria” [from Star Fox Zero] Composed by Rei Kondoh (T’s MUSIC)
Here’s Yamaguchi himself with a few words about the project:
It was quite an honor to work on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soundtrack! They offered me a choice of tracks to arrange, and I went with one from Donkey Kong Country. I remember playing and beating this game together with my sister when I was a junior high school student. But it wasn’t only a nostalgia pick; it also presented a chance to try my hand at a genre of music that I’m not likely to make here at Platinum.
Still, I think some players who’re familiar with my work on the Bayonetta series will feel a certain Yamaguchi-ness when they hear my arrangement. So even though it’s not a song from the Bayonetta series, I hope Bayonetta fans will keep an ear out for it.
On a more personal note, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also marked the first chance I’ve had in a while to work on a game together with Masami Ueda, a former coworker and dear friend. I know there are some fans of his work out there! I think you’ll know his arrangements when you hear them, too.
Arranged by Masami Ueda:
“Theme of Solid Snake” [from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake]
“Dance of Gold” [from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]
Hiroshi Yamaguchi worked as lead composter for Bayonetta and composer for Bayonetta 2, creating such iconic songs as “Theme of Bayonetta 2 – Tomorrow is Mine” and “The Legend Of Aesir.” He was also lead composer on World of Demons, The Wonderful 101 and Star Fox Zero. He’s an accomplished composer in all sorts of genres, from Bayonetta 2’s symphonic swell to the hip-hop of Anarchy Reigns.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Yusuke Hashimoto, producer of Bayonetta and director of Bayonetta 2, helped count down to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with this original artwork!
Art by Bayonetta 2 director @pg_y_hashimoto
Let's dance, boys! pic.twitter.com/uzZsoLklzB
— PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) December 4, 2018
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to check in with Lady Gaga and see if she’s planning to main Bayonetta in Smash, too…
When you beat Chapter IV of Bayonetta and then realize Chapter V is going to kick your ass ☠️😂 secret #gamergirl THE SHADOW REMAINS TOUGH!!!!!!
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 4, 2018
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 21, 2018
Still playing #Bayonetta middle of chapter XIII and my hands hurt and I have to sleep and it’s 4 In the damn morning but this damn dragon with the face that I have to kill with my weave. Smh. Give it another go in the morning #gamer respect to the experts I need emotional support
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 24, 2018
We hope all you Bayonetta fans have a magical holiday season with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! And don’t forget, the witch will be back on the Switch with Bayonetta 3, currently in development!