Video Game Music of the Week - 288
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, Switch)
Main Title, Toad Harbor, Final Results, Dolphin Shoals, Shy Guy Falls
Mario Kart 8 released on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014 and has recently released on the Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game is the best-selling Wii U game to date and features the most tracks and playable characters thanks to its inclusion of downloadable content.
The introductory track to Mario Kart 8 features an extremely diverse array of instruments and various sounds. The song also features a new version of the melody from the original Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo.
Toad Harbor is the second race track from the second cup, the Flower Cup. It has a sunny, waterside town theming to the stage and the background music features a very breezy and clean guitar melody.
This track plays at the end of each race, when the rankings are displayed and when the player has placed in the top 6. It has a very funky and lively backing with its jump piano notes, slap bass and slick percussions.
This track is another water themed stage. The background music's most notable aspect is easily the saxophone solo that plays throughout the theme.
Shy Guy Falls
Shy Guy Falls features an almost old-Western style feel to it that plays at a fairly fast pace. The stage itself is a wild race track that takes you over large ravines and down rapid waterfalls.
Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.