Knees bent. Elbows out. Head down. Thumbs locked…. SWWIIING!
WOW, is that a birdie? Or a Birdo?
Mario and golf go hand-in-hand. The Nintendo mascot and his skittish little brother have been hitting the links since 1984! With the recent release of Mario Golf: Super Rush on the Switch and over 35 years’ worth of putts, sand traps, and water hazards behind him, Ed felt like it was time to celebrate the music of The Greatest Game. Early on, the Mario Golf series featured well-known composers like Koji Kondo and Zelda II’s Akito Nakatsuka. Later on, the reigns were handed over to maestro Motoi Sakuraba, who’s incredible versatility has culminated in wildly varied, always amazing video game scores. Ed invited his Arcane Machine cohost and XVGM Radio guy Justin to grab some balls, share some sweet tunes, and talk about the history of Mario Golf.
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1 – “Title Screen” from VS. Golf (Arcade/ NES, 1984) by Koji Kondo
2 – “Title Screen” from Mario Open Golf (FC, 1987) by Shinobu Amayake
3 – “Title Screen” from NES Open Tournament Golf (NES, 1987) by Akito Nakatsuka
4 – “UK Course” from NES Open Tournament Golf (NES, 1987) by Akito Nakatsuka
5 – “Boo Valley” from Mario Golf (N64, 1999) by Motoi Sakuraba
6 – “Best Shot Replay Mode” from Mario Golf (N64, 1999) by Motoi Sakuraba
7 – “Grace’s Theme” from Mario Golf (GBC, 1999) by Motoi Sakuraba
8 – “Course 1” from Mobile Golf (GBC, 2001) by Motoi Sakuraba
9 – “Mini Golf” from Mobile Golf (GBC, 2001) by Motoi Sakuraba
10 – “Blooper Bay 2” from Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GC, 2003) by Motoi Sakuraba
11 – “Peach’s Castle Grounds” from Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GC, 2003) by Motoi Sakuraba
12 – “Links Club Course” from Mario Golf: Advance Tour (GBA, 2004) by Motoi Sakuraba
13 – “Elf’s Short Course” from Mario Golf: Advance Tour (GBA, 2004) by Motoi Sakuraba
14 – “Seaside Course” from Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS, 2014) by Motoi Sakuraba
15 – “Bowser’s Castle” from Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS, 2014) by Motoi Sakuraba
16 – “Wildweather Woods” from Mario Golf: Super Rush (Switch, 2021) by Motoi Sakuraba
17 – “Wildweather Woods (Speed Golf)” from Mario Golf: Super Rush (Switch, 2021) by Motoi Sakuraba
18 – “Wildweather Woods (Adventure Mode)” from Mario Golf: Super Rush (Switch, 2021) by Motoi Sakuraba