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September 24th, 2011 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 3, Videos

A couple readers have sent in news that an Australian TV show used MOTHER 3 music during one of its news segments. You can check it out for yourself here, it starts around 2:25 in:

The song used is Porky’s Porkies, which is one of the battle tunes near the end of the game. I’m guessing the audio people stumbled upon this song when they did a search for “Pokies” or something like that, since this news segment is about “Pokies”. I wonder if they used it with permission 😛


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59 Comments to MOTHER 3 Music Used on TV

Goodbye18000 said on Sep. 24, 2011

I doubt they got permission. A radio station here in Canada used Star Fox 64 music once, and it was just irrelevant talk. I think Nintendo allows it on air/TV because, well, I don’t know. Maybe because its not as restrained as commercial songs.

SoulSlappy said on Sep. 24, 2011

Oh god. Somehow I knew it would be Today/Tonight. Last time, I noticed that they had the Tron Legacy theme while taking a jab at real estate agents. 😛 Really silly stuff.

DJ 2Sang said on Sep. 24, 2011

This is what keeps this series alive, little things like this.

We’ll probably get another 4-5 dedicated fans just from this. Ppl will wonder where the music’s from, find out about mother 3, play it, love it, and become fans.

Lol said on Sep. 24, 2011


blahmoomoo said on Sep. 24, 2011

Heh, that music at least kind of worked. Except the visuals were of a slot machine, not an 8-bit game.

(not saying that Mother 3 is on the NES, but “Porky’s Porkies” sounds kind of like 8-bit music with extra hardware for a synth drum track)

G.Wicks said on Sep. 24, 2011

You know these segments are thrown together quickly, so they probably have a sound guy who has to throw stuff together in a matter of hours. He’s like “well hell, what kind of music would fit slot machines and pokies? I know, I’ll google it and throw it together in five minutes.”

Either that or we have a fellow MOTHER nerd working at Australian tv station.

I remember seeing something like this before, where some news station had Kokiri forest music from Zelda 64 playing over a segment.

I highly doubt they got permission. I’m assuming they’re trying to get away with it on the basis that Nintendo just can’t police every instance of unlicensed usage, especially when it’s a news show that only gets aired once.

Christie said on Sep. 24, 2011

Am I the only one who finds the whole “Pokie” thing in Australia terribly ironic?

JAMESGHOST said on Sep. 24, 2011

lol, its like when they used Meatboy music during a Story about Meat

Loidrage said on Sep. 24, 2011

So. When TV rips MOTHER 3’s music completely, its fine. But, when the MOTHER series uses music based off of/inspired by other songs, thats bad?
Utter bullcrap. Oh well.

Zoom! said on Sep. 24, 2011

@Loidrage MOTHER 3 music on TV is not a rip-off. That’s misuse of the word.

Loidrage said on Sep. 24, 2011

@Zoom! I realize that, and I didn’t use the term “rip-off”. I said “ripped”, though thats not really correct either. But, still, just taking MOTHER 3 music directly, not changing it at all, the original song, no changes. Not quite sure what the better term to use would be.

Chewy said on Sep. 24, 2011

That’s pretty funny. I’m sure they just assume no one will find it hidden in a random news segment since the audience is unrelated.

Halloween said on Sep. 25, 2011

LOL I bet someone who works there was struck by the resemblance to New Pork City and decided to put in the perfect song.

Kafei2006 said on Sep. 25, 2011

A cooking show in my country of Belgium keeps using movies, anime and video game music in the background. We get treated to the Moo Moo Farm music or the Slider theme from Super mario 64 every once in a while XD.

man said on Sep. 25, 2011

I heard some of the music from Halo being played on Top Gear once.

RadicOmega said on Sep. 25, 2011

@Zoom! I agree with Loidrage, I’ve actually said that earlier but He’s right. Why can’t Nintendo get away with it but other things can! I’ve seen some commercial on Cartoonnetwork about these three guys in the mall burping saying Master Belch after words, but for some reason they got away with it.

Poe said on Sep. 25, 2011

That’s awesome! And it fits the segment quite well too. 🙂

perplexingArticulator said on Sep. 25, 2011

What’s this? Today Tonight did it?


Today Tonight is bar none the worst televised “news” outlet in Australia, full of tabloid overhype and demonisation, and unspeakably poor journalistic practices. This is downright insulting, both as a MOTHER fan /and/ as a student of journalism.

Dosei-san said on Sep. 25, 2011


Anonymous said on Sep. 25, 2011

For the “why can’t Nintendo get away with this” question that always comes up, bear in mind that Nintendo gets sued all the time.

Type “Nintendo sued” in Google, and in the first page you’ll find a ton of articles about lawsuits filed by ThinkOptic, Interlink Electronics, Tomita Technologies, and Hillcrest Labs.

If you type “Nintendo sued music”, you’ll see that they were sued for music used in a Paper Mario commercial. Uri Geller also filed a suit about the Pokemon Kadabra, which was based off of him in Japan.

Actually, that might also be considered negative press, now that I think about it.

LucasPSI said on Sep. 25, 2011

I guess we know where Porky got the money to build new pork city

BigDream said on Sep. 25, 2011

Well, hope the guys who were so into the beateals and put thier music in earthbound feel bad for themselves…

PKSTARMAN said on Sep. 25, 2011

I’m so WTF right now.

PKSTARMAN said on Sep. 25, 2011

I remember I heard that my local radio station used the song that plays when you are in an Ice Cavern in DKC2.

Also, they played Zombeat in the same Radio Station. My brother was like “WTF?!” but I said “This can’t be happening”

EarthBounder13 said on Sep. 25, 2011

I mean they put the music in the right backround!
it’s so funny the slots and the “dada da daa dada da daaaaa!” xD sorry maybe it’s just me…

Idesire said on Sep. 25, 2011

Not only is it shoddy journalism to just lift music like this from the internet without even knowing what it is….

…but this is just some awful, mind-numbingly idiotic sensationalist garbage they’re reporting on in the first place.

Kraig said on Sep. 25, 2011

How did anyone find this? lol

DD said on Sep. 25, 2011

Wow…I can not believe how much I laughed when the Porkies theme played while the slot machine spun around. I agree with the others who said they probably didn’t get permission to use it.:p I’ve also seen local television news use movie/animation/game music in their shows.

Now, Whenever I see a slot machine, this song will pop up into my head.

RadicOmega said on Sep. 26, 2011

@Anonymous I am fromiliar with Nintendo’s Bombardment of Lawsuits, (And by the way, The music in the Paper Mario thing was just a misunderstandig)What Loidrage and I in the past are trying to get at is WHY do they not get away with it. I have heard NUMBERS of Nintendo refrences NOT CHANGED and they get away scott-free! This News thing just got away with stealing music not changed! I can tell you more but I have to go.

Nathalie said on Sep. 26, 2011

Wow, that’s pretty cool!

Zeph101 said on Sep. 26, 2011

As an ‘aussie’, I can assure everyone here that the current affairs program Today Tonight is hardly known for their respect towards copyrighted material.

This particular program dukes it out with another rival network’s show during the same time slot in a show of demeaning tabloid news similar to what has happened between CNN and FoxNews.

Kysafen said on Sep. 26, 2011

What are we going to do about Pokey?! This mechanical monstrosity is taking over the entire island and corrupting the inhabitants!!!1

But in all seriousness, God bless Australia and her peoples, including you, Zeph101.

The Great Morgil said on Sep. 26, 2011

Wait, I’m confused. Is “Pokie” Aussie-speak for the machines, or the building, or the kids, or something else entirely? I don’t get it.

RadicOmega said on Sep. 26, 2011

@Zeph101 If I ran a buissness that sells only uses copy-righted material and I don’t respect that law, do you think I’m going to get away with it just because I don’t care?

Vinnie said on Sep. 26, 2011

“Pokies” is short for “Poker Machines”

Anonymous said on Sep. 26, 2011

Because that’s a reference, it’s not sampling. You can’t ban someone from making a reference to something: that’s part of free speech. No one can get away with suing a sitcom for making a pop culture reference, unless it’s defamation of character or something else.

The problem with EarthBound is that it uses samples of copyrighted music. It takes previously existing music and uses it. That isn’t a reference; they can get into legal trouble for it, and many people have gotten in legal trouble for it. They could change the music slightly and get away with it as many commercials do, but Nintendo Japan doesn’t want the game to be altered.

I can understand people’s frustration, but please try to understand the issue.

OKeijiDragon said on Sep. 26, 2011

Well I’ll be damned.

You know, I have contacts with Mr. Shogo Sakai, Mother 3 composer, on Twitter.

I wonder what he’ll think about this. =)

JeffMan said on Sep. 26, 2011

Playing MOTHER 3 = smoking, got it

Loidrage said on Sep. 27, 2011

@JeffMan Well, MOTHER IS a drug. Best drug in the whole wide world. And it doesn’t even destroy any of your internal organs 😀

Nonomino said on Sep. 27, 2011

Pretty funny!
In France, there’s a channel that uses a lot of Final Fantasy music, like Aerith’s Theme or Liberi Fatali. But as Final Fantasy games are quite known… MGS2 main theme was also used on another channel.
It would be nice to hear a MOTHER music here.

RadicOmega said on Sep. 27, 2011

I don’t see and i do see, but hows is stealing music more okay than sampling music. Nintendo IS a copy right holder. But I do see your point so don’t get me wrong. But say if YOU owned Nintendo, would you be okay with so many things stealing YOUR ideas. Have you ever played that app Poket Gods?

RadicOmega said on Sep. 27, 2011


RadicOmega said on Sep. 27, 2011

@Anonymous i also think that Nintendo is making a refrence not steaaling. So Nintendo has every right to get away with pop-culture refrences

? said on Sep. 27, 2011

The music makes it sound like some REALLY sinister sh*t is going on with those slot machines, like twirling my handlebar mustache evil.

Anonymous said on Sep. 27, 2011

It doesn’t matter what you think or if anyone’s upset, what matters is what the law dictates.

You’re allowed to rip off a game completely. Gameloft makes a business of it: they even sell a unabashed Pokemon rip-off on the Nintendo 3DS’ eShop. Capcom tried to sue Data East for ripping off of Street Fighter and it was thrown out as being based off genre standards.

What you can’t legally do is sample music. You can claim it’s a reference or whatnot, but it’s a distinct thing legally. There have been cases on it in multiple countries, they have gone both ways. Look at a hip-hop album. There’s more than a good chance that you’ll see a list crediting the original artists of of all the music they used. That also means that they negotiated with and probably paid the owners of that music. Nintendo did not do that in 1994, possibly because Japan does not follow international copyright law.

I cannot take simply other people’s music unaltered and claim it is my own. It is not legal.

Anonymous said on Sep. 27, 2011

Oh, and as for why these people can get away with it: they probably didn’t care. Unless my numbers are horribly wrong, Australia has something like 22 million people living on it. Nintendo has sold 88 million Wiis and 146 million DSes.

And I don’t think all of those Australians were watching.

RadicOmega said on Sep. 27, 2011

@Anonymous, so nintendo not getting away with these copy rights some how gives other things the right to copy. And If Australians weren’t watching how did they even KNOW about this! Remember what I said earlier, just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I have a ticket to no lawsuit. Borrowing (In your case) is just as worst as stealing. I highly dought that NOA and NOJ gave them permision. ANd I can say that these so called sampled music is paying a refrence and tribute to the Beatles in any way shape or form. If YOU invented the vacume cleaner and you started a Vacume cleaning buissness, now I make some thing genetically similar to the Vacume Cleaner, and then there is a guy who basically STOLE your vacume cleaner idea. So what you are saying is that I should be sued and the guy who stole your idea gets away with it. Just because I say I don’t care or if I make a tribute (Which EB did) to something doesn’t mean I get away with it. And if you sample a music or refrence a music doesn’t mean I automatically get sued. And the law actually DOES say that if someone borrows your ideas without the credit or premission means that the person who came up with the idea can sue them. So both Nintendo and this news station should get sued.

Anonymous said on Sep. 27, 2011

Look at what I said above. This isn’t on CNN or BBC. This may be a big company in Australia, but it isn’t one of those huge companies with a ton of international renown. If we look at all of Australia as its potential audience, then we can still say its potential audience is smaller than Nintendo’s CURRENT audience.

If you were going to sue someone, would you go for the big bucks or the chump change? I’m guessing you’d go for more money, which is why a company like Nintendo would get so many lawsuits. I never said that what this company did was legal. I think one of the early posters said it: they were probably on a deadline and thought they could get away with it. I’ve never heard of them using unlicensed music, but a quick search tells me that they’ve been sued for over a billion dollars before.

That’s why Nintendo has a legal department. A big target is easier to hit. It’s in their best interest to avoid doing anything that they can be successfully sued over rather than doing illegal things for convenience.

I don’t really see where these whole “reference” and “tribute” things is coming from. You can’t put your logo on a Dyson and and say that you’re just making a tribute to their vacuum cleaners.

Mato, sorry for going on like this.

Nobody5000 said on Sep. 28, 2011

@ Anonymous. This is RadicOmega but on my laptop. I guess you are right but don’t you think that should also get sued. You’r correct though but if someone stole your idea wouldn’t u be complaining

TheMr.SaturnGuy said on Oct. 2, 2011

Strangley, I got a letter from some sort of traveling company asking me to go to Australia. This post came out a day after I got the letter.

Floisonkeya said on Oct. 3, 2011

Oh WOW! If I was not overseas there would have been a chance that I, or my family would have been watching this! I think I could have had a fit. Although

I’m pretty sure this was not used with permission and
I’m 99% sure the audio guy is not a secret MOTHER fan

Anonymous said on Oct. 8, 2011

Just a heads up from someone in the editing industry:

This isn’t the sort of thing that just happens randomly. If you wanted a random piece of music for the pokies then a quick Google search will yield you specific pokies music.

This would have to be the sort of song you need to search for specifically.

I can tell you, 99% of the time when something like this happens, it’s intentional.

Nobody5000 said on Oct. 9, 2011

Mato: I know I’ve said this before but it was off topic before. Any ways there is Mother 3 music in Pokemon Black and White. I don’t know If they want to pay a tribute to us or If they just want to mock us. The first one I got is N’s farewell. The song has the love theme at the beginning and then at some parts has letter to you. The next one is Route 10. It sounds exactly like Run dog Run! The next one is the surfing theme. It has green train song. That’s all I know about, ( Well I kind of hear Fourside in one of the cities but it probably isn’t.) U don’t have a direct link to it but if you go on YouTube and type in Mother 3 music in Pokemon black and white and your bound to find something.

Liam said on Oct. 16, 2011

Awesome! I saw this on T.V. too, and I thought I was hearing things at first.

emobook101 said on Nov. 26, 2011

thats the only thing making this watchable. its over now. bye.

Nyx Sparkle said on Jan. 15, 2012

You can sample the first seven notes- but only those seven notes.

minifig2401 said on Jan. 28, 2012


jinxkatty7 said on Jul. 15, 2012

😀 thats actually one of my favorite songs from mother 3! Australia, you made my day!

Sam said on May. 4, 2013

I can actually see this being a thing that Porky would do. xD


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