A great theme song can immediately endear a character to players. That’s certainly what made Ashley stand out from the wacky cast of WarioWare. While other character themes from this oddball series were composed to sound like pop songs or funky disco, Ashley’s Song sounds directly inspired by shows like The Addams Family and The Munsters.
The lilting melody and creepy tone made this track stand out from other songs on the WarioWare: Touched! soundtrack. The gloomy lyrics are just goofy enough to match the lighthearted tone of the game, and they certainly get stuck in your head quickly. My sister and I would often sing Ashley’s Song and Mona’s Theme to each other, even years after playing WarioWare.
Composer Masaru Tajima would return to this track for the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii. He recorded a fresh take on Ashley’s Song, that sounds more like a big band hit than a spooky song from the sixties.