Final Fantasy Composer Uematsu Wanted To Work On New Super Smash Bros.

by Tim Turi on Mar 13, 2015 at 07:02 AM

The Super Smash Bros. series is host to some amazing music, most of which are medleys and remixes of classic Nintendo franchises. The series is also home to some terrific original tunes. Legendary Final Fantasy composer, Nobuo Uematsu, composed the rousing orchestral theme for Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii. During a recent interview with Uematsu, we talked to him about his partnership with Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, and why he didn't return for New Super Smash Bros.

"I have a feeling that I got the job offer from Mr. Sakurai while we were drinking," Uematsu says when thinking back to how he came to compose for Brawl. "He would let me selfishly do whatever I wanted, whether it be using an orchestra or using opera singers."

Uematsu follows up with an impassioned, tongue-in-cheek response to our question of why he didn't come back to make new music for New Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS.

"Why didn't I participate in the new Smash Brothers!? Ask Mr. Sakurai! I wanted to work on it! All joking aside, it's just that, since there are many video game musicians representing Japan who are already participating, there's no need for me."

Uematsu's most recent project is Final Symphony, an orchestrated album featuring the London Symphony Orchestra playing his best compositions from Final Fantasy.

Our Take
The exciting theme from Brawl still pops into my head randomly, so I'm personally bummed that Uematsu didn't return for the sequel. Still, it's wonderful that his music is having new life breathed into by the amazing London Symphony Orchestra.