Super Mario Land

Earlier this week former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away at 85 years of age. He'd led the company from 1949 to 2002, overseeing a revolution as Nintendo became the world's leading video game console manufacturer. By leading Nintendo to such success in the industry, Yamauchi-san can also be attributed a substantial role in driving the evolution and growth of the wider video game industry that we know today.

Plenty of tributes have rightfully been made, and it's perhaps those from former employees that have the greatest poignancy. In that respect two new tracks from Hirokazu Tanaka are worth noting, as he was a composer and audio producer for Nintendo between 1980 and 1999, working on a number of projects; he's now a chiptune artist that works under the names Chip Tanaka and Hip Tanaka. Two of his soundtracks were for Super Mario Land and Metroid, and he's produced remixes of those two dedicated to the former Nintendo President.

Both are below, and are well worth a listen.

Super Mario Land