Paper Mario is one of our favorite Nintendo RPGs with its unique graphics, simple story, and charming characters. The soundtrack is one of our favorites to listen to, as well, and one of the most iconic tunes from the game is Toad Town.
A few years ago, a trio of talented musicians came together and created a cover of Toad Town. The YouTuber known as MichelleHeafy was on piano while 8BitBrigadier played the flute. ThunderScott was, well… everything else. I’ll admit, I was really amused to see him use the triangle in the cover!
All three of these musicians have their own channels dedicated to covers of beloved video game music. We hope you enjoy their Toad Town cover enough to visit some of their other videos!
While we’ve always enjoyed video game soundtracks, even the pixel-y tunes from retro games, video games nowadays have huge orchestras backing them up. It’s awesome to me, and I just want to go to concerts that perform these songs. Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, two of the Nintendo Switch’s biggest games, have full theme songs with “Jump Up, Superstar!” and “Lifelight.” I got goosebumps the first time I heard those songs in conjunction with the opening of those games.
I enjoy the fact that Nintendo is stepping up a bit when it comes to theme songs for some of their most popular games. It’s totally unexpected but it brings a new light to the game. When they announced the story mode for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate with the voice acting, movie trailer-like sequence, and the song, I was blown away. It was kind of weird, sure, but it was well done.
It was well done! I enjoyed finding and listening to covers of those songs on Spotify, especially since most video game music just sounds epic. The opening movie for the game reminded me of when I first became enamored with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. That opening sequence still is one of my favorite video game theme songs, if you will.
I agree. And having live performances is a step up too. I mean, they had someone perform Jump Up, Superstar at the Game Awards in… 2017? 2018? I forget when actually but it was a cool performance. I always enjoy those shows because they usually throw in a live band or orchestra, dancers, or something of the like.
I believe that was the original singer as well, which made it even better. The live orchestra performances are also one of my favorite parts of the Game Awards, E3, etc. It throws me back to when we went to the Legend of Zelda orchestra show, and I just want to enjoy more concerts performing video game soundtracks. It goes back to how, whenever we start up a new game, we tend to wait on the title screen to see if a theme song or trailer will begin playing.
I would love to see the Zelda orchestra again. But you’re right, we do wait on the main menu for a bit because the song is often epic and showcases the game like a movie trailer. Skyward Sword is still my favorite opening, by the way. The movie and sequence along with it were gold.
I would love to see an Octopath Traveler orchestra! Another franchise that has pretty good openings and theme songs, in my opinion, is the Fire Emblem franchise. I cannot wait until I’m able to turn on Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the first time and see how they animate that opening. I believe the opening trailer has been available for a while, but I’ve avoided it in order to experience it for the first time when I actually get the play the game.
Octopath Traveler would be amazing to see live! I listen to the soundtrack on a loop in my car. I’m sure Fire Emblem: Three Houses is amazing as well. In fact, we should definitely play it today. I’m looking forward to hearing some new music!
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Lindsey Stirling is one of our favorite musicians at this time. She does violin, mostly electric violin, and we don’t believe we’ve showcased her here a couple of times before on the site, but it’s been a while.
While Lindsey does mostly original songs right now — her next album is actually coming out near the end of this September — she does have a few gaming-related music videos up on her YouTube channel. The latest one was done a couple of years ago for the game RiME. While we’ve never played RiME, the music was beautiful, and Lindsey did a video for one of the original songs, Forgotten City. We hope you enjoy it as we do!
This is a rather silly music video that Rachel discovered recently. Using assets from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games, the YouTuber MaximumVolty created a music video to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”
While there’s no rapid sequences of flashing lights, as all the scenes come from the games themselves, there are some quick transitions to go along with the beat of the music, so please be careful if you are sensitive to that sort of thing. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy this!
About a year ago, we showcased a music video from a YouTube channel called CrazyGroupTrio, who did covers and remixes of music from video games. One album the artist has done is Temples of Ocarina, featuring songs from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Considering one of the games we’ve been streaming lately is Ocarina of Time, we thought we’d celebrate again how wonderful the soundtrack — and the plethora of covers there are — is. This particular song is for the Forgotten Wind Temple, a temple in the game that seems to have been cut out of or merged with the Forest Temple in the final version of the game. We hope you enjoy it!
Remember Dance Dance Revolution? It was a game we personally never had, but I remember playing it years ago at a good friend’s house. One of the best songs we enjoyed playing was Butterfly.
Recently we discovered a channel on YouTube called Claire Anne Carr who does some “crazy piano” mixes covering various types of songs, including ones from video games. It was nostalgic to hear Butterfly again, even as a remix, and it was fun to watch the video with all the notes that were used during the remix. We thought you guys would enjoy it too!
This month’s music video is a cover from a game that we don’t even have. Spider-Man for the PS4 has quite the fanbase and, even though we don’t have a PS4, we can admit how much fun the game looks to play!
This rock cover of the video game’s main theme is by Epic Game Music. James Ronald is the name of the man behind the guitar (and, in some music videos, the Nintendo Labo). He’s been on the YouTube scene since March 2007, almost always breathing new life into video game tunes with his guitar.
We just recently discovered him, so we hope you enjoy his music too as we dive down the rabbit hole of his videos!
This month’s featured music video is from a talented man who goes by the name Smooth McGroove. We actually never miss an upload from this guy, but I don’t think we’ve ever showcased him on our blog before, which is being rectified today.
Smoothie has been created acappella music videos of video game tunes since the end of 2012. While he did go on a hiatus for a little while, he has been making more music lately. He did remake one of his very first videos recently, which is the title theme to Ocarina of Time.
Rachel and I really enjoy his works (as well as his cat’s cameo in nearly every video!), and we hope you do as well!
It’s the end of the first month of 2019! How’s everyone doing? Your resolutions holding up? Discover any awesome new games in January, or are you focused on finishing up some of 2018’s games?
Rachel’s and my Spotify playlists are a bit dominated by video game soundtracks, but there are a few that are missing from the streaming service. One such soundtrack is Octopath Traveler, which I was grateful enough to receive for Christmas, but since the CDs are in my car, it is also nice to have the soundtrack readily available on the computer or something for while we’re working.
Enter BrawlBRSTMs3 X. Rachel discovered this YouTube channel fairly recently. Whoever is behind this channel seems to somehow upload full soundtracks. Each song is individual and most of them are put on a loop for about thirty minutes or so, so if there’s a particular song that’s your favorite, you can continue to listen to it for as long as you like.
This song is from Octopath Traveler, titled Decisive Battle II. We adore the fast-paced battle themes of this game, and we hope you like it too! If not, take a couple of hours to dive down the rabbit hole that is this YouTube channel. There are so many soundtracks and songs on there, it’s almost too good to be true!
As someone pointed out on Twitter, the uploader does not allow these videos to be played on other sites. You can follow this link to YouTube to listen to it there!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! Similar to last December, this month’s music video is celebrating songs from winter and ice levels from a plethora of Nintendo games.
This compilation was done by Henriko Magnifico, who’s channel is dedicated to all sorts of video game music. Aside from his YouTube channel, he also has a Twitch channel for his gaming and music. We first discovered this guy when we were searching for some background music to work to and realized he has a 24/7 radio dedicated to Nintendo and other video game music.
We hope you enjoy this compilation just as we did!