Super Mario Symphony

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Kris and I recently had the chance to see Symphony of the Goddesses, a Legend of Zelda symphony. It was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait until they come around again. There’s also a Pokemon symphony as well that we hope to see someday. While we keep our eye out for that one, we recently found out that the producer of Symphony of the Goddesses, Jason Michael Paul, has proposed a Super Mario symphony tour. He’s not sure if it will get approved, but we hope it is!

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We found the article through Gamnesia, where Paul was quoted speaking of his hope to have a Super Mario Symphony. Considering how serious Nintendo is about proposals such as this, I suppose we’re very lucky to have the Legend of Zelda symphony! While I’d rather be in Hyrule than the Mushroom Kingdom, the music is one of my favorite aspects of the Mario games. I would adore hearing old tunes, such as music from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, from a full orchestra. Star Hill, Forest Maze, the Smithy boss fight… All epic music that would be amazing to hear from an orchestra!

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Anything live with a full orchestra is amazing, let’s be real here… Mario music is awesome, but Paper Mario? Paper Mario is the best. I get those songs stuck in my head all the time and I would love to hear that live!

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Paper Mario does have some great tunes, yes. And then Super Mario Odyssey? The music was my favorite part of the game! They’d have so much material at their disposal for a symphony. The article mentioned that Paul also was thinking of a Super Smash Symphony, but even he admitted that it would be a bit too much. He’s thinking of doing Elder Scrolls, and I’m thinking I would love a Fire Emblem Symphony.

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Odyssey would be great. Even just hearing the old school Mario music would be so nostalgic. I would love a Smash symphony as well as Fire Emblem. I’m not too familiar with Elder Scrolls, but music in video games tend not to disappoint. If anything, I would love a Nintendo symphony where they have mixed music from all sorts of games and series.

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A concert with mixed music sounds similar to what a Super Smash Symphony would be. There are a few artists on Spotify — Braxton Burks, Eric Buchholz, String Player Gamer — who have put out some fantastic orchestral tracks for Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros., to name a few franchises, but it would be even better to see and hear the music live on stage!

What other symphonies would you like to see? Do you hope they add a Mario one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker — Great Sea Cover

Why, yes, it’s another Legend of Zelda music cover! The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, has some of the most impressive music to go with its cel-shaded graphic style. Longtime Zelda fans were able to pick out strings of familiar music in the game’s locations from previous Zelda games, smiling at the nostalgia-inducing melodies.

While most Legend of Zelda games have a song for Hyrule Fields or another similar “hub” area, the Wind Waker had the Great Sea. Some folks found the sailing from island to island to be a bit tedious, but the music still invoked that same sense of adventure as the previous Hyrule Field melodies have done.

Josiah Everhart is a YouTuber who mixes his songwriting talents with his love of video games. He has a plethora of video game covers, along with some brilliant original work, and one of our favorites is his cover of the Great Sea. The cover includes guitars, some guest drum work, and the lyrics that Josiah wrote and sings himself. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Undertale: Megalovania Cover

We’ve showcased Taylor Davis on this blog before, and we thought it high time that we do it again.

This time around we’re showing off her cover of the Megalovania melody from the game Undertale. We figured it was a fair fit for around this time of year. Arguably, there’s spookier game music out there for Halloween, but Kris is not a fan of horror games. So you get this awesome rendition of Megalovania’s battle theme performed by the talented Taylor Davis!

The Legend of Zelda Symphony

Last night, we saw The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, and… we’re exhausted, haha!

Honestly, there are no words adequate enough to describe how beautiful the show was. We’ve always been such big fans of the game franchise with the music being a huge factor, and to hear it live from such a talented orchestra was such a treat!

We first heard the show was coming near us way back at the beginning of the year, with us snagging tickets last March for it. We had center balcony seats, a nearly perfect view. The only people that we really couldn’t see were the choir — we only caught glimpses of their feet since the screen that played videos accompanying the music covered the choir from our angle.

The program that we listened to was phenomenal! There were scores from Breath of the Wild, Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, A Link to the Past, Wind Waker, A Link Between Worlds, and Twilight Princess. As a bonus, after the finale, the orchestra performed scores from Link’s Awakening and one final set from Breath of the Wild.

The music just made us want to go on an adventure and relive all of the stories and games once again!

Have you ever been to a Zelda Symphony? How did you enjoy it?

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Super Smash Bros Medley

Today we’re showing off another amazing fan cover of Nintendo music. String Player Gamer has been on YouTube for ever ten years producing orchestrated versions of video game music covers, original music, and the occasional song in a random genre. Diwa de Leon is the mastermind behind the String Player Gamer channel and specializes in string instruments (hence, the YouTube name), such as the violin, guitar, and the hegalong, which is a two-string guitar from the Philippines.

String Player Gamer was known for this Mini Mario Orchestra, showcasing how much effort, time, and talent he pours into these productions. However, while the quality of his recent videos has certainly not diminished, String Player Gamer has stopped his Mini Mario Orchestra as a precaution for his career about two years ago when the Nintendo company went took a rather aggressive stand on copyright issues. While the Mini Mario Orchestra is missed, String Player Gamer’s music is still phenomenal.

Down below is an older video, a favorite of ours, that uses the Mini Mario Orchestra for the Super Smash Bros. series. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and, if you’re interested in some of his more recent work, check out his collab with fellow YouTuber Jayhen for their vocal and guitar cover of Super Mario Odyssey’s theme, “Jump Up, Super Star!

Video Game Bundles

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As kids, Rachel and I tended to wait until Christmas or our birthdays for new video games and consoles but, as adults, we squirrel away some money for these kind of occasions. Getting a new game here or there isn’t bad, but when they’re hard to find consoles or such, bundles look more appealing…

Usually when a shiny new game or console comes out, plenty of stores offer some sort of bundle to include the game or console with other trinkets. Generally speaking, these trinkets usually aren’t anything that we’d be interested in — such as little posters or figurines that, while look cool, would do nothing more than collect dust.

Case in point were the bundles that ThinkGeek were offering with the SNES Classic console. The SNES Classic itself is only about $80… I’m not convinced that the extra toys that come with the console even out the high price of the bundles. Is it really another eighty bucks for a mushroom plush, a mug, and a calendar? Most of the bundles looked nice, especially the Zelda-themed chess set, but I’m more interested in the console itself rather than the add-ons.

Of course, there are bundles that I wouldn’t mind getting. I’m honestly considering the Fire Emblem Warriors bundle that Nintendo is offering. Along with the Switch version of the game, you get a duel-sided poster, art cards, and 3 CDs of the game music. The art cards and poster look nice, but what I’m really interested in is the music. Video game soundtracks are my favorite kind of music, enough so that I don’t know anything on the radio nowadays.

The Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon bundle doesn’t seem too bad either. It comes with art cards and a code to get 200 pokeballs along with a version of each game. Rachel and I were considering it so each of us would get a game out of the deal and she could keep the art cards.

Price-wise, both bundles are about eighty dollars (which seems to be the magic number of this post). It’s about twenty bucks more than what the game would be by itself, but music comes along with it! It’s also the price of both Pokemon games put together, so that doesn’t seem too bad either.

It’s a shame gaming is such an expensive hobby, isn’t it?

Do you take advantage of video game bundles? What do you think of them?

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Pokemon Theme in 20 Styles of the Late 90s

Alright, so we found this fairly recently, and it’s both impressive and hysterical.

Here’s this guy with enough vocal range and musical talent to imitate the original Pokemon theme song in 20 different styles, all from the late 90s era. We’ll admit, we’ve really only heard of most of the groups that are listed (Kris more so than Rachel), but many of them are iconic to be recognizable.

His name is Anthony Vincent and his channel is called Ten Second Songs. He has a decent amount of videos, all boasting songs that he sings in various styles in one go. We hope you guys enjoy (or, at the very least, are amused) at his sheer talent!

What’s your favorite Pokemon song cover? What did you think of the video? Let us know in the comments!

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