Musical Roundup #1

And You Thought The Smash OST Was the Only Smash Music To Look Forward To

This new “roundup” just had to come to fruition as it’s impossible in the days of Reddit and Youtube to simply not pass over countless fan-made covers and renditions of all the classic Nintendo pieces, both old and new.  Plenty are low-quality covers (though made with genuine passion nonetheless), but every now and then there are a few nice gems in there and it’s hard to sort through that stuff!  That’s why I’m gonna do that for you.  Please, for the music lovers, take your time to listen to a couple of these bad boys and check out their other stuff if you’re so inclined.  Let us know what you think in the poll below and if you have any suggestions or ideas for how to make this musical editorial more rewarding for yourself.  And with that said, let’s get right to it!

 

Musical Roundup #100

1. Harmony of Heroes

Harmony of Heroes is exactly what it says; a harmonious collage of the heroic series’ which make up the Smash Bros. catalogue, and for that matter, the legendary halls of Nintendo fame.  Now, this idea isn’t brand new of course, but I’ve heard plenty of the tracks already I can guarantee you that this is something of a higher pedigree.  The video below is merely for show, but they are offering a FREE torrent download via their facebook page (Their main site is unfortunately down at the moment)  Check this out!

From their Facebook About page:

Harmony of Heroes will focus on music from all three Super Smash Bros games and feature some of the most cherished and loved franchises in Nintendo history, including Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Kirby and Pokémon. We also want to assure people that the Metroid franchise will be suitably represented in Harmony of Heroes. I can confirm that some musicians from our previous projects will be contributing music to this album, as well as brand new musicians hoping to make their debut for the first time. Harmony of Heroes will be assisted by Pyro Paper Planes and Buoy, two musicians from Harmony of a Hunter.

 

2. Epic Game Music Presents “World Bowser” From SM3DW

This guy here takes some of the better, not necessarily greatest, hits from Nintendo’s musical catalogue and does them justice not purely in terms of quality and musicianship, but also in adding a bit of an “original” element to help round out the track.  The end result is something that now has more of a stand alone “song” quality; something that is much more listenable within your pre-existing itunes collection, so you’ll actually want to give it a go without feeling like your listening to “videogame” music.  This sucker here is great for exactly that reason, take a listen.

Epic Game Music has been doing this for many other classics as well, not just the video above.  He’s covered everything from Pokémon, Mega Man, to Final Fantasy, and he has no signs of stopping.

Epic Game Music is a show that takes all your favorite video game music and remixes the songs into original masterpieces of sonic goodness. Featuring music videos shot in exciting locations to accompany the tones and riffs we all love. From the retro game era to the current console generation Epic Game Music’s guitar covers breathe new life into all corners of gaming music. Join James Ronald as battles his way across the history of game music with his trusty electric battle guitar of justice!

 

3. Diddy Kong’s Quest’s BEST

This game is without a doubt one of the titles responsible for putting video game music on the map for those enjoying the SNES at the time.  It gave music space to be enjoyed within a visual environment just lush as it’s soundtrack.  Some think it’s pretentious to give the label “Art-Rock” to some modern rock musicians, and whether it is or isn’t may be another question, but it does at the very least objectively show that there is a fan recognition of a clear dichotomy between what currently is, and something else.  Ever since the Roger Ebert diatribes the videogame community has become hyper-sensitive to such kinds of discrepancies and categorizations, but for those who played this game they know that it was indeed something else.  The track below is a cover of arguably the most well-known song from that game, and boy, it’s a doozy!

 

4. Kokiri Stop-Motion Cover, With Beer Bottles!

It has become a recent trend on youtube to make stop-motion videos with the camera cycling through various frames of different instrumentation used within the song.  I don’t care if it’s trendy or if it’s starting to wear thin, cause for a song like this it’s awesome!  As we said he makes use of beer bottles, but also utilizes the likes of a homemade pipe marimba, a guitar, a violin, a cello, glass bowls, and last but not least, whistling!

This same fellow made another piece as well, but this time in tribute to the Milk Bar setting from both Majora’s Mask and a Link Between Worlds.  He sure is keen on mixing things up with the instrumentation because this one has its own laundry list; it’s got everything from your trusty guitar and bass, but also now throws in a viola, kazoo, glasses, rubber bands, a jar of seeds, and last but not least, hand claps!

Please check this guy out!  I don’t even know him, but I really think he’s done something useful with his spare time.

 

5. Animal Crossing + Super Mario Galaxy

Conceptually this makes an interesting choice, and musically, it’s hard to mess up in terms of at least sounding interesting.  It’s rather flat, but worth a listen as the originals for both are stellar.  I was going to describe it, but I honestly laughed reading his description for the video, so I think this will be a better substitute:

This cross between Mario Galaxy and Animal Crossing is something quite different. Sometimes one must cross a road with the chicken to get to the other side. Other times, it’s just as easy as jumping across, flapping your wings, and soaring across the sky. Your way, your choice, do what makes you happy! All animals can fly in your dreams. All you’ve gotta do is believe!

 

We Want to Know

What Do You Think!

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Let’s make this a series, let me know which kind of nintendo music (style, series, old favs, etc.) you want to see!

 

 

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I'm an EarthBound kinda guy but I love everything Mario and certainly anything Nintendo related. I was born in North America and live there presently.