The 3rd Birthday Spreads Christmas Cheer In Its Soundtrack

By Spencer . December 3, 2010 . 2:38pm

imageMitsuto Suzuki, one of the composers on The 3rd Birthday, added a cover of "Joy to the World" to the PSP game.


How did a Christmas carol get into an action game? Suzuki thought about using a public domain (i.e. a song you don’t need to pay royalties for) music for The 3rd Birthday, but using a licensed song alone wouldn’t be interesting. Instead he chose to produce a cover.


The Square Enix music team recorded the Joy to the World cover on a cassette tape. Director Hajime Tabata heard the song and thought it was incredibly interesting and decided to put their work into the game. You can listen to the song over the official blog.


A tip of the hat and extra pack of Maeda bullets to Ereek for the tip!

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  • MarkMario

    *Waits for Aya Christmas costume*
    We all know it’s going to happen soon enough

    • PrinceHeir

      i want a santa costume too :D

  • MrRobbyM

    Interesting. That was the most engrish rendition of “Joy to the World” I have ever heard. Though it adds charm.

  • NeoTechni

    wtf is “cassette tape”?

  • tubers

    I lol’d when someone said they thought that Kermit the Frog or Mr. Bean was actually singing xD

    I hope we get something better in English though. If not then OK. The static reminds me of the recent Fallout games xD

    • Ereek

      When I sent this in, that’s exactly what I wrote, haha. It definitely seems to fit more into the Fallout universe.

  • It’s like all those renditions of Fly Me to the Moon in the Evangelion credits… XD

  • karasuKumo

    Sounds like a drunk Japanese Pee-Wee Herman! LOL

    Seriously though it would sound good in the game if it was coming from the speakers in one of the buildings, that would be creepy.

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