Game music of the day: Super Mario Galaxy

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May 21, 2010

Game: Super Mario Galaxy

Song: Purple Coins

Composer: Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota

Above: Purple Coins from Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy arrives to save your Wii in just 48 hours. We've already heaped our highest praises onto the game, and to further celebrate its bountiful joy we're sharing two top-notch tracks from the 2007 original. Galaxy 1 and Galaxy 2 both feature stunning orchestral scores that shame every other game on the platform, and these two songs are the best.

Up first we have the music that plays while you attempt to collect the elusive Purple Coins. It's a song you rarely hear, but when you do it's usually alongside the most intense, palm-sliming levels in the game. The soaring strings make you want to just leap out the window and fly away to the Mushroom Kingdom - a feeling that's been entirely absent from most our lives since we passed into (and through) adolesence.

The other choice is obvious. Though it's technically for "Good Egg Galaxy," this song has become the default tune associated with Mario Galaxy, and for good reason. It's played early in the game, so you're hit over the head with a rich, deeply touching piece of orchestra almost right out of the gate. Within mere minutes you know Mario Galaxy is going to be something different, something special. Never before has a Mario soundtrack been treated with such reverence.

Oh what the hell, here's another one. There's no end to our love for Mario Galaxy. Now if you'll excuse me, I have stars to collect.


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  • elpurplemonkey - May 25, 2010 8:14 a.m.

    This is one of my favorite 'Game music of the day' articles. Super Mario Galaxy's soundtrack is probably the only time I can recall videogame music moving me on an emotional level. Fucking great.
  • lovinmyps3 - May 25, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    Listening to this makes me want a Wii...
  • RonaldRayGun - May 24, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Holy cow! I love this game's music. Truly beautiful.
  • RamenDragon - May 24, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    I just started playing SMG2 today, and the music immediately stood out to me as superb. I was really glad to see they weren't just recycling the music from the last game. Unfortunately, the soundtrack for 2 isn't available, and I can get 1's soundtrack for the low, low price of $135, but I really enjoyed this GMotD. Brought back some great memories from the first game.
  • goochbiscuit - May 23, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    Amazing music, I wish I actually took the time to finish this game. Oh well, that won't happen with SMG2 coming out.
  • Cheech360 - May 23, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    Great choice! IS there a page for all the Game Music of the days? That would be awesome.
  • super0sonic - May 23, 2010 6:46 a.m.

  • Grif - May 23, 2010 5:26 a.m.

    I'm setting my alarm clock to Gusty Garden Galaxy
  • shyfonzie - May 22, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    When I play Galaxy, the music always makes it magical. It's just sowondrous and wide eyed! Good choice, Mr. Elston.
  • RareHero - May 22, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    Never finished Galaxy unfortunately but the music was definitely one of my favorite things about it.
  • linkganon - May 22, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    Well, nintendo hit a milestone... one called creating more than one mario game where you collect stars to advance. the concept was originally on the 64, but the next one was on the gamecube, then the third one is for the wii and the forth, well the forth one you should know breaks the cycle of 1 mario game per console being released for every console.
  • Grif - May 22, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    Man I love the Good Egg galaxy music, I need to download it.
  • Conman93 - May 22, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    Great choice by Nintendo to make the Gusty Gardens theme the main one for Galaxy 2. I need SMG2 NOW!
  • philipshaw - May 22, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    This game was amazing and the soundtrack is fantastic. I hope SMG2 is as amazing
  • camelfro - May 22, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    not a huge galaxy fan though i finished it but i couldnt agree more about the music LOVE IT!
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 21, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    I love the music that they play over their SMG segments in the podcast - it's so happy and uplifting. I can't wait to hear what the new Legend of Zelda sounds like. BTW, Kotaku did a big feature on the music of SMG and why it works. They broke it down math-wise, which I thought was amazing, even though I understood approximately none of it. Check it out.
  • atomgrad - May 21, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    I love how the music in this game changes when you dive underwater. Buoy Base galaxy is a great example and features my favourite song in the game.
  • somthing42 - May 21, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    I LOOOOOOOOOVE the Gusty Garden Galaxy music. can't wait for SMG2.
  • Gable - May 21, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    EPIC music for an EPIC game. I hope Galaxy 2 music to be as wonderful as this one is.
  • Strangleme - May 21, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Great fucking choice.

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