Mario Kart 64 has a special place in many of our hearts, a game that transformed the look of the series and introduced a number of classic tracks. It has some great music too, and a project that we've enjoyed listening to throughout today has been Skario Kart: A Ska Tribute to Mario Kart 64.
It's an album you can listen to on Bandcamp (and also purchase if you want a download copy), with some fantastic arrangements from various artists that add a different spin to the game's music. And really, the name and cover art alone make it worth your time.
"Drawing inspiration from Skatune Network, I wanted to transform Mario Kart 64's soundtrack into a ska-filled celebration," comments GameGrooves producer Allen Brasch. "With the help of Brent and Jer from Skatune Network, I was able to contact several artists in the ska community, and together with existing GameGrooves artists, we created a one-of-a-kind album for fans of ska and video game music alike!"
The full track listing for Skario Kart: A Ska Tribute to Mario Kart 64 is as follows:
1. Mario Kart 64 Theme
2. 3 Raceways / Mario Stadium
3. Moo Moo Farm/Yoshi Valley
4. Koopa Troopa Beach
5. Kalimari Desert
6. Set up and Kart Select
7. Toad's Turnpike
8. Frappe Snowland/Sherbert Island
9. Choco Mountain/Battle Arenas
10. Koopa Castle
11. Battle Arenas
12. DK's Jungle Party
13. Banshee Boardwalk
14. Rainbow Road
15. Trophy Presentations
16. Victory Lap
Be sure to give it a listen and let us know what you think!
Man this is nostalgia in two glorious flavors. My inner Rudy sheds checker-patterned tears for this beauty.
@Broosh are those two flavours in two tone?
@jump 🤯 Well played! 😎
Alright, now I kind of want this to listen to in my car.
Pretty cool. A lot of Mario Kart music already kinda sounds like ska. The theme for baby park in double dash in particular comes to mind.
The dream of the 90s and those ska kids are still living it. <3
This is good! They have an Electronic tribute to Star Fox 64 and a Punk tribute to Ocarina of Time in their back catalogue which are also good!
Well, this is the Ska music I never knew I needed.
@nocdaes Thank you for this gift.
Oh yeah, this rules. Thanks, Nintendo Life!
The Suicide Machines rendition of You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch is the greatest modern Christmas song.
Banshee Boardwalk is coming like a ghost bop
They should do a song with Okilly Dokilly, well should have since Okilly has quit.
Not trying to be negative but a lot of the tracks didn’t sound very ska. Also a lot of sampled trumpets. Still I love Mario Kart 64s soundtrack it’s one of my favorite N64 soundtracks.
Personally the Banjo Kazooie soundtrack is my favourite of all time. I woke up my 20 year old autistic daughter with Clanker’s cavern today, she was smiling from ear to ear. And I was too! Might make Nintendo tunes a part of her morning wake up routine.
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