Game music of the day: Super Mario RPG

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June 9, 2010

Game: Super Mario RPG

Song: Booster's Tower

Composer: Kondo/Uematsu/Shimomura

Above: Booster's Tower from Super Mario RPG

About 15 billion years ago, Nintendo and Square were an inseperable duo. This partnership began with several NES/SNES-exclusive games (including Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger) and culminated in Super Mario RPG. As you might expect from anything born of these two companies, the game was exceptional and, more relevant to this article, featured music from both teams' top artists.

Booster's Tower is a laid back track that sounds like it'd play over an Arabian landscape, maybe a breathtaking vista of geology... or perhaps the lobby of a very fancy department store. Instead, it's a dingy, trap-laden tower. So the song doesn't exactly synch up with its in-game counterpart, but it's a great listen regardless. If you like today's song, check out McVaffe's version on OverClocked ReMix.

I realize Mario RPG has piles of great music (such as the battle theme above), as well as a couple of musical nods to its Final Fantasy roots, but I really wanted to get this one out there for nostalgia's sake. Plus, I have a feeling it'll ring some bells for you too.

If you're feeling particularly giving, you can also track down the official soundtrack instead of listening via YouTube. Just throwing it out there!


Game music of the day: Circle of the Moon
The Sinking Old Sanctuary by Yamane


Game music of the day: Mario Kart 64
Inspiring credits music from Kenta Nagata


Game music of the day: Shadow of the Beast
Welcome by Whittaker, Howlett and Henderson


  • philipshaw - June 10, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    I remember playing this at my cousin's house and hearing this soundtrack now always makes me happy and think of simpler times
  • powerpc127 - June 10, 2010 5:15 a.m.

    I'm going to assume you didn't mention forest maze because everyone already knows it...
  • garfunkling - June 10, 2010 4:58 a.m.

    My mom had won some money from a sweepstakes when i was younger ,not a lot mind you but enough to allow me the choice of any game i wanted. I picked this game. Never regretted the decision for an instant.
  • 8bitBaby - June 10, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    nice! i really like that remix too!
  • awsomemaster - June 10, 2010 1:51 a.m.

    look at marios eyes i think some one has been having a little to many mushrooms.
  • BlackElement17 - June 10, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    I really love that game
  • GoodGuyWithACrappyJob - June 10, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    Someone once said that music is no different than opium. The Someone was very right. Keep up the article. I need my daily dose of good stuff.
  • phoenix_wings - June 10, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    I loved Super Mario RPG. I still do, despite it's cheesy kiddie nature. I wish they'd do a remake of this :P
  • IveGotNewSocks - June 9, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    God I love that battle theme
  • Spybreak8 - June 9, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    Yuuummy, good audio food. Am I a marshmallow or frog?! ^^
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 9, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    I've wanted this and Super Metroid for GBA for a long long time, but that's most likely never happening. They won't even put it in a portable format for the fans.
  • Tenfey - June 9, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    That music is so damn dignified. Makes me want to become a dapper gentleman.
  • rafa_slash - June 9, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    This is not the Forest Maze song, WHAT THE HELL!!
  • WillisTron - June 9, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    ^ Maybe even top 3 it's a close call
  • WillisTron - June 9, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    This game is like in my top 10 favorite games EVARR
  • Ratsor - June 9, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    I like you. I like this. I like what you're doing here.
  • FETALJUICE - June 9, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Hell yeah! This game had a beasty soundtrack! Good to see it get recognized by the fine folks at GR.

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