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Super Mario Bros. Overworld BGM (Koji Kondo)

October 20, 2009

The very first track I present is the Overworld BGM from Super Mario Bros., also known as “The Mario Theme.” This is perhaps the most famous song in videogames, and one of the most recognizable and has been remixed and reworked dozens of times. This particular track is from the album Super Mario World (1991), which featured soundtracks from Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. The track is from the Famicom version of the game, which had a superior sound system to the more familiar Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version.

Super Mario Bros – Overworld BGM (Koji Kondo)

The song has a Jamaican, almost jazzy feel to it, while simultaneously evoking “cheesy Vegas lounge music.” The song’s success within the game is due in large part to its perfect mimicking of the happy, free nature of the Mushroom Kingdom’s Wonderland-esque magical landscape while the musical range replicates the obstacles and jumps Mario makes as the player explores this world, a design that Zach Whalen generously expands on in his discussion of Super Mario Bros. A remixed version in Super Mario All Stars (1992) on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System added bells and flutes. Read the rest of this entry ?