Sunday Game Soundtrack: Super Mario Kart (SFC/SNES)

It’s Sunday.  Time to highlight another legendary soundtrack!  Today, we’ll listen to Nintendo’s Super Mario Kart, one of the most influential games of the 90s.

Some cold hard facts:  Super Mario Kart has sold more than 8 million copies since its release in 1992.  It single-handedly launched the entire kart racing genre of games.  It was the first game to feature multiple Mario series characters in a non-platforming game.  Bet you didn’t think you’d learn that today?

This game is scored by Soyo Oka.  Her other original works include Pilot WingsWario’s Woods, and the SNES port of Sim City.  She also did all the arranging and original composition for Super Mario All-Stars.  Given her work, I’d say that Super Mario Kart represents her magnum opus.  Her use of style (from latin jazz to metal to steel drums) makes this soundtrack interesting.

An interesting aside:  Super Mario Kart was not originally developed as a game that would include Mario.  Shigeru Miyamoto stated that the original designs had a man in a cart driving around tracks.  They decided about 2-3 months into development of the game to include Mario.  How weird would this game have been without Mario characters?

Left: Super Mario Kart      Right: Super Generic Kart

Okay, let’s listen to the music.  Here’s the complete soundtrack below, posted on YouTube by f4m1lyGuy10.

Enjoy as always!  Expect to see some more posts about an upcoming concert I have with my band Beta Test Music on December 1st.  We’re playing some awesome stuff so stay tuned!


About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

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