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Misheard Video Games | SwankyBox

October 4, 2019


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 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 phenomena 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. Huuuuuhhhhh. 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 my 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 have 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? So long, aaaayyy 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 Jawahs 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. (Audio Clip) 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’s about fall asleep at the
wheel. In Vigilante 8, I swear I pretty much misheard
this entire game. (Audio Clip) Ready to woom 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 simple
kept on playing. Keep in mind that TV quality, video game background
music, and general muffled sound was what made most of this happen. Obviously if the sound was isolated and played
back repeatedly overtime, 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. I’m definitely looking forward to reading
them. And with that… Thanks for tuning in to our trip to the jumbled
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