Wednesday, August 23, 2017

MIDI Week Singles: "GBA Bowser Castle 1" - Mario Kart 7 (3DS)

"GBA Bowser Castle 1" from Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS (2011).
Composer: Koji Kondo
Album: No Official Release

Well, if ever there was going to be some minor confusion about information regarding a song (besides previously featured Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), this would be a great place for it all.  

The song featured this week is the music from Bowser Castle 1 from Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS which was written and arranged by Kenta Nagata, and Satomi Terui.  However, this track is a re-arrangement of the music that was used for Bowser's Castle in Mario Kart Super Circuit that was released in 2001, with music written and arranged by Kenichi Nishimaki, Masanobu Matsunaga, and Minako Hamano, which also did not receive a soundtrack release.  (And after a bit of sleuthing, I was unable to uncover who among the credited composers wrote and arranged which songs, hence everyone being lumped into the composed and arranged category).  However, the music for these two tracks was an remixed version of "Koopa's Theme" from Super Mario 64, which was originally written by Koji Kondo; if you listen to "Koopa's Theme" sped up about 1.5 times, you can hear it a little more clearly; I might have been able to pick up on this reference if I had actually played beyond the first level in Super Mario 64.  So do I credit the original composer, or do I credit the person who re-arranged the original song into something that sounds at least 47% different?  

Hence the somewhat confusing nature of crediting the correct composer for today's song.

I decided to use this song because I am currently replaying this one stage over and over in (hopeful) preparation for the Nintendo World Championship qualifying events, one of which is being held outside of Seattle, WA next month.  The other reason I wanted to use this song is because aside from the first six to eight seconds of the song, I could not really tell you what the music actually sounded like as I am apparently too focused in on the direction of track, the location of the Thwomps, the timing between the fireballs, and the angle of the power slide to notice anything other than there being background noise in the form of music.

So today's choice was partly for myself, but also because it is a pretty good heavy metal style remix of an already heavy chugging song.  Now if I can only nail that stupid wall jump cheat/exploit that apparently everyone is using (which I still think is a bullshittery move).


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