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The Epic Orchestra of Super Mario Galaxy 2

Joshua Iyer

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Published: May 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM [UTC]

One of my favorite video games is called Super Mario Galaxy 2. It's for the Nintendo Wii. You may have heard of it. I really enjoy it not only because of its great gameplay, but also its music, which, unlike many video games, is engendered through a symphony orchestra.

I remember the summer of 2010 (the game came out in May of that year) and I was playing a lot, attempting to go through it all. The soundtrack is huge, featuring a lot of original songs and a lot of songs from past Mario games. For example, the "Sliders theme" from Super Mario 64 is present, and the violin solo in that piece is now remastered, for this time around real heart is put into that violin, not just a MIDI file from the computer. There are also plenty of original themes, with epic choir sections, intense brass sections, and beautiful strings sections. The orchestral soundtrack of this game, and the one that came before this one, is wonderful; I believe this game has one of the best soundtracks ever, and, if I possibly do any composing for video games in the future, I'll be sure to put in some epic orchestra pieces.

UPDATE: It IS a MIDI violin from the computer. The Space Storm Galaxy, for example, which I'm listening to currently, combines synth with an awesome violin section and epic low piano. :)

Listen to the soundtrack!

From Tyrone Wilkins
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM
I LOVE Super Mario Galaxy. I haven't played the second one though, but the first is amazing. The soundtrack is what brings the game to life. My favorite song from that game is this
From Joshua Iyer
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Yes; that song was one of my favorites as well. I really love the upper strings' beautiful melody and the lower strings' rumbling bounce.

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