In Extremis

Soundtrack Saturday: May.16

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Staff Credits” from Mario Party 2.

Mario Party is, as evident by the name best enjoyed as a party game. Released in 1999 in Japan and 2000 worldwide, the game sees players fight for stars and defeat Bowser to secure the rights to an amusement park. This takes the form of mini-games that often pit the players against each other and eventually Bowser himself.

After a nostalgic and heartfelt introduction, the more relaxing theme begins. With a smooth bassline and bouncy melody that is carried by many instruments, over a series of changing percussion scenes this staff credits theme is no exception to Nintendo’s tradition of having relatively lavish credit themes (looking at you as an exception, Breath of the Wild). After trading the melody a handful of times, a string-heavy variation more akin to an expanded beginning section leads us back to the relaxing and bouncy section.

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