Soundtrack: Super Mario Land
Composed by: Hirokazu Tanaka
Mario’s Game Boy debut saw him take a bit a of detour into the unconventional. Super Mario Land‘s Sarasaland comes with strange one-off characters and some frankly un-Mario-like activities, but it also presents an outlet for some of the series’ most eclectic and memorable music.
Tanaka–whose notable collection of past contributions includes Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Earthbound, to name a few–plays well off the unique tone of SML, creating a complementary soundtrack that delivers a melodic dose of the game’s delightful surrealism while remaining as eminently listenable as any other entry.
The Evil Alien Tatanga
Rocket Ship Ride
If you’re in need of more Super Mario Land music and feeling a bit adventurous, put on your dancin’ pants and check out Super Mario Compact Disco, an awesomely esoteric bundle of remixed tracks from the Mario games courtesy of Ambassadors of Funk.
Super Mario Land
Go, Mario, Go!
Albums: inFamous 2: Blue and Red soundtracks
Composed by: Jim Dooley, JD Mayer, Galactic, Brain, The Black Heart Procession
For me, one of the genuinely enjoyable aspects of inFamous was the near-perfect pairing of the game’s soundtrack–the undercurrent of ambient drones and rattles, specifically–to the physical griminess of the city environment. Watch as members of the game’s sound team extract dark, urban tones from a variety of “found objects” gathered and set up in the studio:
In inFamous 2, the city of New Marais comes with a similar set of grungy, wounded musical pieces. Along with the familiar industrial coldness, many of the tracks bear a strain of oozing bayou dread, similar to Left 4 Dead 2.
The Final Piece
Album: Ocarina of Time Reorchestrated
Composed by: Koji Kondo
Arranged and performed by: Zelda Reorchestrated
If the Zelda orchestra segment which kicked off Nintendo’s E3 press conference this year piqued your interest, or if you can’t get your hands on the Ocarina of Time 3D bonus orchestral CD, then Zelda Reorchestrated is undoubtedly suited for you.
The fan-run project seeks to transcribe the memorable music of each game in the Zelda series into a fully realized form, and the quality and breadth of their work is astounding. Though we’re featuring only a small selection of tracks from their Ocarina of Time re-orchestration, the full series of ZREO albums is available on their website. If you like what you hear (and you will), please also consider making a donation.
Hyrule Field Main Theme
Lon Lon Ranch
Great Fairy’s Fountain