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Soundtrack Saturday: Jul.18

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to music from the Option menu in Mario Kart Wii.

Another game released in 2008, Mario Kart Wii is the 6th game in the series, and featured motion controls to mimic steering controls augmented by the wii wheel accessory. According to the Guiness World Records, Mario Kart Wii is the best-selling racing game of all time. The music was composed by Asuka Ota & Ryo Nagamatsu.

The Options menu featured one of the more lively, upbeat, and strange tracks of the game. The track features two phrases, a funky four-measure bassline and a two-measure phrase that is heard after at least two repeats of the other phrase. Over the four-measure bassline are a number of odd sounds in addition to the multiple synths and electric piano sounds used for a melody. The percussion sounds metallic-invoking a garage?-while there are phone sounds used to accent the melody.

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