Misheard Video Games
Throughout my life, I’ve always sort of been hard of hearing, in a sense that I often ask people to repeat themselves. It’s not that they were too quiet, it’s just sometimes I can’t grasp what they are saying. Now that may sound odd, but on a grander scale, this concept is something that happens every day to a lot of people. Sometimes people even mishear spoken the word as something else, and it can usually be both frustrating, and funny. This concept was actually coined as a term called a mondegreen by Sylvia Wright since it was derived from someone misunderstanding the phrase “laid him on the green” as Lady Mondegreen.
Phonetically they are both pretty similar, and I’ve experienced this same phenomenon several times myself. All my life I always misheard the song by the group Til Tuesday, as “this is scary, or even, Misses Carey.” Obviously, the song is called Voices Carry, but if you never looked it up or knew who sang it, you really had no way to check. But, music wasn’t the only thing that this occurred in… And for me, games were way more prolific. Where to start? Well, since Nintendo 64 had quite a lot of them, we might as well tackle that first.
Mario 64 probably has some of the most memorable mishearings that I can recall. But, that’s an issue in itself. Remembering them is the hard part because they don’t really stick out like sore thumbs when you try to comb through your thoughts.
It pretty much means that you have had to hear the phrase again to remember what was so odd about it. Anyways, back on the topic of Mario 64, the final fight with Bowser held probably one of the most recognized mishearings in any game. And that is when you’re tossing Bowser around like a rag doll. (Audio Clip) Uhhhh…..
So long gay bowser? Or was that so long king bowser?
Maybe? Well, the truth is, as a kid I somehow heard So Long Gay Mountain! Don’t ask me how, but I did. And honestly, I still can’t understand what he is saying. The same goes for when you jump into a painting. (Audio Clip) You have some people who hear Let’s pickle!
Let’s tickle? Or even just him flat out saying “Meeeexxxxico!” Now, to my understanding, he is supposed to be saying “Let’s -a – go” but it’s pretty comical to see what other people believed he was saying when they were younger. Now Mario 64, of course, is not the only case of this. There’s the Jawans in Super Star Wars who sound like they’re saying Houdini every time you shoot them, and then there’s also Jill in Marvel vs Capcom 2 – who I always thought was saying that she had SARS, the virus-like, it was some kind of exclusive club.
I hadn’t played any resident evil games at this point, so I really had nothing to go off of, nor did I know anything about SARS except that it was a virus. On the topic of fighters though, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters for the SNES had quite a lot of mishearings too. Starting off, I always thought the Menu said Turtle Wombat or Total Wombat. On top of that, many player attacks just didn’t make sense. I realize some may have still been in Japanese, but for example, when Leonardo would use his projectile attack it sounds like he is saying hyyyying tung, but I think it’s supposed to be Shinning Cutter?
Chrome Dome’s moves were really echoey too, and I never had any idea what they were saying, especially in combination with the background music. Overall though, there were just a lot of games that had plenty of mondegreens for me when I was younger. With that said, I’m going to jump through a couple quickly to see if anyone else had similar experiences. Ready? Here we go!
In Diddy Kong Racing during the character selection, I always heard the mouse say “I’m tipsy” as if they were drunk. Drumsticks audio was beyond the scope of what my mind could handle, and I’ll just leave it at that. In Star Fox 64, there was plenty of awkward dialogue, but I think most people got hung up on the following sound clip: (Audio Clip) Was that gridlock, report, or good luck? Anyone who has played Guilty Gear probably can’t get over the fact that Ky Kiske just says coconut over and over again.
(Audio Clip) I always laughed at this, even though I knew it was just a different language. In Mario Kart 64, I had one of my friends tell me that they often heard Peach saying “bean dip” – which is absolutely fantastic, especially since she was supposed to be saying bingo. With the in-game sounds and music playing, I can see how this could happen. On a separate note, could Peach sound any more unenthused? I feel like she about falls asleep at the wheel.
In Vigilante 8, I swear I pretty much misheard this entire game. (Audio Clip) Ready to warm without a sprew? Something about a silver spoon?
I have no idea. Then there’s these two: (Audio Clips) Obviously I can look up what they are saying now, but that ruins the fun! In Super Smash Bros Melee, I swear that I hear Captain Falcon say “Jerks” when he does his UP B recovery. My younger brother does as well, and this one is simply baffling to me since everyone else clearly hears “Yes!” and… I really have no idea why either. But the thing is, all of these examples in this video are only the tip of the iceberg. I honestly just can’t remember how many times I misheard things in games because to me, the memory isn’t odd and it doesn’t stick out.
It was just a normal experience and I simply kept on playing. Keep in mind that TV quality, video game background music, and the general muffled sound was what made most of this happen. Obviously, if the sound was isolated and played back repeatedly over time, I may have figured it out. But because I didn’t have that luxury, I just pressed on through whatever nonsense I thought I was hearing. Looking back at it now though, it still brings a smile to my face as I remember all these voice clips. I’m sure I’ll remember more as time goes on too, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear your own stories about things you simply misheard in games.
It’s quite an interesting topic and typically leads to some funny stories, so please share your thoughts in the comments below.