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Watch in awe as violinist Teppei Okada soundtracks a live game of Super Mario Bros.
Composed by Nintendo sound designer Koji Kondo, the music and sounds of Super Mario Bros. are distinctly upbeat, peppy and addictive.
Everything from hitting a brick block, to squashing an enemy Goomba or absorbing a Super Star, has its own quirky musical theme.
A tempting challenge for any video game-loving musician to recreate then, no?
Enter Teppei Okada, a Tokyo-based violinist with a penchant for recreating iconic game music themes.
Watch as a level of Super Mario Bros. unfolds, and Okada simultaneously accompanies the gameplay with a faultless and thorough violin rendition of the sound effects...
Violinist performs incredible cover of Super Mario themes and sound effects
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Posted to his YouTube channel in 2020, Teppei’s virtuosic performance has almost racked up 250 million views.
Clearly, the allure for the viewers is the unexpected cover; most had anticipated a rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme alone, not Teppei’s mesmerisingly accurate string portrayal of the iconic Nintendo sounds.
One viewer commented: “The sound of coins is so real that I can’t believe it.”
And if we’ve piqued your interest for virtuosic Mario music, you’ll likely enjoy this sprightly melodica rendition...
Super Mario Bros, from the Melodica Men