In Extremis

Soundtrack Saturday: May.30

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Staff Credits” from Mario Party 3.

To wrap our accidental N64 month, we’re looking at the Staff Credits from Mario Party 3. Released in Japan at the end of 2000 and worldwide in 2001. The game contained 71 mini-games, and introduced the duel mode and story mode, where players compete against computer controlled players in a shortened party mode through each board.

With a cute toy-piano chord progression over sleighbells and slow smooth strings, the Staff Credits begins with a heartwarming remembrance of the game. Slowly over more phrases instrumentation is added until it turns into a full, dynamic orchestration that fizzles out into simple instruments. This slow and warm theme continues for some time until we loop back to the beginning after a brief pause.

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