Mario enters a universe of orchestrated musical epic.
First and foremost on the list is, of course, Mario. No list of great Nintendo anything would be complete without mention of the heroic little guy in red, and likewise, when asked about video game music, the Super Mario Bros. theme is likely the first thing that would come to anyone's mind. The series has always been known for catchy little ditties that liven up the gameplay and have you hopping along in time. Mario's Wii generation was no different.
For the first time ever, a Mario game had a fully orchestrated soundtrack, and the grand scale of the music blew gamers away. Interestingly, during development the game was intended to have a soundtrack comprising of Latin percussion instrumentals, and composer Mahito Yokota had completed 28 separate tracks for use in the game. Koji Kondo disapproved of the music and it went back to the drawing board. One thing led to another and we eventually ended up with the incredible 50-piece orchestral score we have today. You can listen to some samples below. Is that not the coolest Bowser battle music the series has ever seen—or, heard?
|Super Mario Galaxy Ending||Gusty Garden Galaxy|
|Good Egg Galaxy||Battle With Bowser|
Super Mario Galaxy 2 continued what the first game started, and brought us more epic musical magic. To my delight, there were plenty of old remixed themes from Super Mario World, including the Ghost House music, which I particularly liked back in my pre-teen SNES-gaming days. Other tracks in the Wii sequel took music from the first Super Mario Galaxy and added more instrumentals or slight remixes.
Two of those can be heard below—a revved-up version of the beehive level theme from the Honeybloom Galaxy, and Bowser's Lava Lair, which was once a castle level theme from Super Mario 64, updated in Galaxy 1, and then further remixed with vocals added in Galaxy 2! I also particularly like the Yoshi Star Galaxy theme—the instruments are reminiscent of the music heard back in Yoshi's Island on the SNES. Enjoy!
|Yoshi Star Galaxy||Honeybloom Galaxy|
|Space Storm Galaxy||Bowser's Lava Lair|