Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, May 18, 2015

VGM Monday: Super Mario 64 Water Theme

Most Mario music is very upbeat and fast paced, which is all the better to keep your adrenaline pumping with excitement and keep you playing the game. The water theme from Super Mario 64, on the other hand, is the exact opposite—and yet, it fits the game and its water levels so well:

"Serene" is the best word to describe this music. It sounds and feels like the music you would hear in a candlelit spa while you’re soaking in a bubble bath with a green algae mask with cucumbers on your eyes, the type of music that helps you relax after a long, gruelling day of work. And indeed, the water levels, set to this music, are extremely relaxing to play—that is, until you come across that nightmare-fuel inducing eel! (Oh, and you start losing breath and drown!)