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Luigi’s Mansion (rem. Shogo Sakai)

October 30, 2009

Wow! I was so involved in a new translation project that I almost forgot today’s Daily! Today I chose a medley of Luigi’s Mansion music (2001). Luigi’s Mansion gets a lot of dismissal, mainly because it was a Gamecube launch title that failed to live up to the gold standard set by Super Mario 64. Still, it’s a short, sweet game and well worth the $10 you can pick it up for these days. This particular remix is also from Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) and was done by Shogo Sakai (Heavy Barrel (1990), Mother 3 (2006)).

Luigi’s Mansion (rem. Shogo Sakai)

Luigi’s Mansion was originally composed by Kazumi Totaka and Shinobu Tanaka. The comedy-horror of the music perfectly matches the hapless scaredy-cat Luigi who must capture ghosts using a Ghostbusters-esque vacuum cleaner while searching for his more famous brother, Mario. The original soundtrack uses simple variations of the main theme depending on the nature of the room (dark and gloomy or well-lit; claustrophobic or open). At times Luigi will even nervously hum the tune, bridging the gap between diegetic and non-diegetic audio (basically, can characters in the film or game hear the music being played). This theme-and-variation is also a hallmark of Super Mario World and Virtual Boy Wario Land (the latter of which was also composed by Totaka). Shogo Sakai’s remix places a more sinister, gothic style to the music, but still retains the comedy and ‘safeness’ inherent to the original. It’s up there with other Mario ghost house themes, and a perfect addition to the Halloween lineup.

One final note: this track fades out when normally it would loop back at the beginning. Some game tracks have natural ‘fade out’ points where the composition ends and the loop begins. In this instance, I simply faded the track out a little earlier to give it a cleaner closing.

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