Video Game Music of the Week - 7

Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)


Koopa Troopa Beach, Frappe Snowland, Rainbow Road.

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Mario Kart 64 is one of the most well known spin-offs to the Mario franchise and it is the second instalment in the Mario Kart franchise. The Mario Kart franchise was the first to begin a genre known as Kart Racing. Many games followed after, such as Crash Team Racing, Diddy Kong Racing, and even in current gaming, to an extent, ModNation

The first track, Koopa Troopa Beach, Is one of the levels in Mario Kart 64 that was similar to a track in the first Mario Kart. The level is set around an island and the race track circles the island. The track gives a mellow vibe, much like the level. This track keeps the pacing down is is quite nice.

Frappe Snowland is much like Koopa Troopa Beach in the sense that it is mellow. The track helps define the environment of snow and is played during another snow themed level in Mario Kart 64.

Rainbow Road is simply epic. The level is always the hardest track within the Mario Kart games and the music is always more operatic and expansive. When listening to the track you can really get a sense that the level is broad and difficult. Every Mario Kart game has a Rainbow Road, and each track that accompanies each racetrack has a similar motif that runs throughout it. Even the most recent release, Mario Kart 7, has a line of melody that is in this track.

An official soundtrack was released entitled ‘Mario Kart 64: Greatest Hits Soundtrack.’ This was rare to see back when it was released, as there were only a few Nintendo 64 games that got a soundtrack release, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Koopa Troopa Beach

Frappe Snowland

Rainbow Road

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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