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Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated Will Give Fan-Favourite "Hidden Gems" The Symphonic Treatment

Posted by Jowi Meli

Using high-quality MIDIs to imitate a live orchestra

Nintendo soundtracks include some of the most celebrated pieces of video game music in the long history of the industry. From the ubiquitous theme of the original Super Mario Bros. to the waterworks-inducing tones of Koji Kondo's wholly epic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time score, nostalgia and a rising appreciation for video games as a medium have seen orchestrated renditions of popular tunes come to both studio recordings and live shows.

While it's nice to see the most cherished of blips and bleeps get a symphonic makeover, however, Colin McIsaac of Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated is determined to see some of Nintendo's lesser-known "hidden gems" get the limelight.

Inspired by other Nintendo-themed music projects such as Zelda Reorchestrated and the Banjo-Kazooie Symphony, McIsaac began a Kickstarter to fund this tribute to the most underappreciated pieces of Nintendo's music library. NUREO's basic objective is to build an album of 20 lesser-known fan favorite tracks, rearranged and orchestrated using MIDI sounds to imitate live instruments; McIsaac cites WarioWare's "Ashley's Theme," Super Mario RPG's "Beware the Forest Mushrooms," and Mario Kart's "Rainbow Road" as examples of the underdogs he hopes to reinvigorate.

With a humble financial goal of $6,000 and an enticing list of stretch goals — which include live soloists, art accompaniments for each track, and guest arrangements by Symphony of the Goddesses composer Eric Buchholz and Pokemon Reorchestrated mastermind Braxton Burks — this project is yet another awesome way Nintendo fans will get to jam out if it hits its funding goal on 27th April this year.

Will you be pitching in to help Colin McIsaac realize his dream of getting Nintendo's undervalued treasures the attention they deserve? What musical "underdogs" would you be interested in seeing make their orchestral debut through NUREO?


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Kaze_Memaryu said:

It's hard to convince people with so few samples to present.
All we know is that he's planning to reorchestrate some tracks from Nintendo games that aren't quite as famous as others.
What we DON'T know is what kind of composition style will be employed, how far this project reaches in the first place, and how it sounds in the end. These are the most important things to consider if McIsaac wants to fundraise music.

But what he presents there doesn't sound really good, and much less professional enough to invoke that orchestral atmosphere. It's very generic and flat. It would be best if he actually had a finalized track ready for us.



Maelstrom said:

Haven't heard any of his remixes before. Great idea, but I don't see it becoming another Twilight Symphony, or anything quite as epic and original as Theophany's remixes (Molgera, Time's End) I guess time will tell, but I'll skip any possibility of contribution



mystman12 said:

This isn't the sort of thing I'd back on Kickstarter, but I would love it if he ended up doing Mining Melancholy from DKC2. It's my favorite song from the series, and every remix I find is way too electronic for me. I want something with strings, a powerful grand piano, and low voices to replace the zinger part of the song!

Edit: I watched the Kickstarter video, and he seemed to put some emphasis on DKC2. Definitely a good sign!



pokemoneinstein said:

@Kaze_Memaryu Hey there! Colin McIsaac here!

What you heard in the video aren't samples of NUREO's finished product; they're clips of fully mastered songs I've made in the past. The problem is that I don't have access to terribly high-quality MIDI samples, which results in the "flat" sound you're describing—but that's exactly what I'm hoping to fix through this crowdfunding process! What you heard is what I've done with this less-than-stellar equipment, but if this project reaches its goal, I'll be able to accomplish something much more invigorating.

To answer your "don't know" list, both the composition style and the final sound will be similar to the clips presented in the video, albeit with a much more organic sound. As for how far the project "reaches," could you please elaborate? If you're referring to the diversity of source material, I can assure you I've gone extremely deep into the annals of Nintendo's history for a few songs, while others are quite well-known, yet oddly enough haven't seen many fan arrangements through the years. If you're looking for a specific tracklist, you're out of luck... It's a secret for now!

Whether or not you contribute, I promise it will be well worth a listen when it's released.



ueI said:

Whatever you do to Ashley's theme can't be any worse than Super Smash Bros. Brawl. That rendition sucked.



Mr_Video said:

I have to say I like his list of music sources, particularly Fire Emblem and the Mother series. But this sort of project sounds like the type Nintendo would shoot down in a heartbeat, unfortunately.
But I wish him the best of luck reaching his goal. It's definitely something I'll keep an eye on.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

@pokemoneinstein Well, if the samples are older projects, I revoke my criticism. Everyone has to start somewhere, I thought those were actual examples.

With 'how far it reaches', I meant not only how deep you go to dig out hidden gems of soundtracks, but also how big the result will be - not a tracklist, but a rough outline of how much content you'll produce.

But hey, it's not like I see it as failed from the start. I just outlined the difficulty of convincing potential backers when you're fairly new. I can see it succeeding nonetheless, since you're one ambitious dude.

Also, thanks for responding, and good luck!

@Mr_Video Nah, Nintendo is actually pretty lenient when it comes to fan arrangements. Just Look at Metroidmetal, Symphony of the Goddesses, and many other projects I can't remember right off my head. Some projects even made it through crowdfunding. I don't think Nintendo will be against this.

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