Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fav VGM: Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7)

With E3 2014 having long since concluded, I’ve decided now would be the best time to introduce a new series that I’ve been meaning to start: “Favorite Video Game Music.” Title pretty much says it all! On occasions, I will create a post tol feature a selection of my favorite video game music.

The only thing that I love more than video games is the music. Nothing else does a better job setting up the mood. It tugs your heartstrings during emotional cutscenes, revs up your adrenaline during boss battles, and congratulates you for a job well done during the credits after you finally beat the game. Without the music, videos games would be nothing more than bland images moving across the screen--bland high-def graphics! Music gives games the emotion, the thrill, and the drive it takes to play through them.

What better selection to start off this new series than the music from my favorite Mario Kart track? In all of its neon-color brilliance, Rainbow Road is simply awe-inspiring to gaze upon, especially in the N64 version. But the only thing more beautiful than the track itself is the music.

The song used for the track is great in whatever version, but the best version by far is the remix in Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. This song is what you’d imagine hearing traveling through a rainbow-strewn starfield. The music is very spacey, almost dreamlike, especially when combined with the neon-colored visuals. Sometimes I feel sleepy just listening to it. But fortunately, I never fall asleep while behind the wheel. That’s just a recipe for disaster!