Who Said Video Games Weren’t Edumacational?

I just finished the solo campaign in Nintendo’s just-released nostalgia orgy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and–to my surprise–when the credits roll, the game treats you to a Latin lesson, revealing the Latin text of the game’s main theme along with an English translation. While playing, I had assumed that the incomprehensible operatic lyrics were Japanese.

For the curious:

Audi famam illius. Solus in hostes ruit et patriam servavit.
Audi famam illius. Cucurrit quaeque tetigit destruens.
Audi famam illius. Spes omnibus, mihi quoque. Terror omnibus, mihi quoque.
Ille iuxta me. Socii sunt mihi qui olim viri fortes rivalesque erant.
Saeve certando pugnandoque splendor crescit.

Those of you who are taking Got Medieval for course credit will want to submit your own translation by the end of the week, or points will be deducted from your final grade. I’ll post the official translation eventually.*

*And by eventually, I mean when I get tired of smashing brothers. I may be some time.

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  • Henitsirk

    Online translators are so lame. Here’s what I get from InterTran:

    Hear talk of that. Alone upon hostes ruit and fatherland being saved. Hear talk of that. Cucurrit which touched to tear down. Hear talk of that. Hope omnibus, me also. Fright omnibus, me also. He close by me. Fellowship are me quae at that time green by chance rivalesque were. To rage contest pugnandoque brilliant to grow.

    One year of high school Latin is not helping me here.

  • Eaquae Legit

    (Sorry about the above comment. Egregious Latin error.)

    It can’t be procrastination if you’re doing video-game Latin instead of homework-Latin, right?

    Hear his story. Alone he rushed into his enemies and protected his fatherland.
    Hear his story. He moved swiftly, destroying everything he struck!
    Hear his story. Hope for all, and for me also. Terror for all, and for me also.
    That one [is] like me. I have companions who once were strong men and rivals.
    Splendour grows harshly with competing and fighting!

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