I’ve just discovered, via the magic of the Interweb, a set of astoundingly high-quality covers of the music from Super Mario World on Archive.org. But it’s not what you’re probably thinking. You’ve heard covers of this music before, and they’re usually just a bunch of stupid samples from the original game cut together with some crappy techno music.
These recordings, on the other hand, must have been done by a group of professional musicians (or, as it turns out, one multi-talented individual). I urge you, if you’ve heard the Super Mario World music even once, download these tunes immediately. This man, Jason Cox, has translated the entire thing into something totally new. It’s all being done with real instruments. Acoustic guitars, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins, electric guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, percussion of all sorts. I am so incredibly pleased with the outcome that I’m actually getting tears in my eyes just listening to it.
Go! Download it now! If you don’t know which link to click on, just click here. That’ll get you high-quality versions of all the songs.
My favorite is track 13, presumably called “Star Road.” Wow.