Yesterday marked the release of OverClocked ReMix‘s 48th community arrangement, Super Mario 64: Portrait of a Plumber – and it’s really something else.
The 21 tracks that make up Super Mario 64: Portrait of a Plumber were performed by 16 artists, each inspired by the breathtaking work of Koji Kondo, composer of the Super Mario 64 original soundtrack.
Super Mario 64 was the first game to truly define what it was to be a 3D platformer. Just like the paintings lining the walls of Princess Peach’s castle, the game is a masterpiece that – in spite of some cumbersome camera controls – still holds up to this day.
Upon listening to Portrait of a Plumber, I was lost in a sea of nostalgia. I felt like I was 10 again, tromping about the castle gardens, fighting my way to King Bob-omb in Bob-omb Battlefield, racing that giant penguin in Cool, Cool Mountain, and fearing for my life at Big Boo’s Haunt. Each of the game’s many stages is well represented, brimming with the same heart and soul that made the original mixes of these tracks so timeless.
I’m especially fond of the Dire Dire Docks remix, “Sunken Secrets.” The original track is one of my favorites from Super Mario 64, and the artist really hit it out of the water park with his take on the song.
All in all, the album is quite consistent and incredibly polished. Other noteworthy tracks from Super Mario 64: Portrait of a Plumber include:
- “The Third Dimension” (Title Theme)
- “Peach’s House Party” (Inside the Castle Walls)
- “Supersnowman” (Snow Mountain)
- “Grab the Blue Coin!” (Cave Dungeon)
- “See You Next Time” (Staff Roll)
You can download the entire album for free on the OverClocked ReMix website, available in MP3 and FLAC formats. If you have a few bucks to spare, there’s also a donate button – I’m sure the musicians behind this project would appreciate your support.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our #NowPlaying for Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin, OC ReMix’s 40th release and an impressive re-imagining of the Final Fantasy VI soundtrack.