|By Bucky||Thursday, 11 Jun 2009|
Developer, Publisher: Nintendo
Year: 1988 (JP), 1990 (US), 1991 (EU)
Often recognized as a favorite jump & run platformer for the NES, and one of the best selling video games of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3 enters our top soundtracks list at #20.
I think one of the strongest elements of the SMB3 score is its world themes. I’ve observed that Koji Kondo‘s most admirable aspect as a composer is being able to write music that is simple but extremely effective, and this is exemplified by all of the short tunes played between stages. With some addictive attempts at bossa and reggae beats, the third and fifth world themes have always been my favorite.
One thing that makes this soundtrack stand out is its percussion. There’s a whopping 4.07 kilobytes of space dedicated to 8 percussive samples. This is by no means the largest score in terms of 1-bit samples, as the largest I’ve seen is Super C, using 18 samples at 16.5 kilobytes. However in comparison to SMB1 which had none, and SMB2 which only had one percussive sample for bongos, everything from the timbales to the timpani was certainly a fresh sound for Mario.