In Super Mario World, the music definitely sets the tone for each level, whether it's a playful and quick romp with Mario's cape or a quiet tiptoe through an echoing cave. Today we celebrate a recurring track that should get credit as the primary factor in making each koopaling's sub-castle so tense and foreboding. The sub-castle levels were some of the most memorable in SMW, and this BGM is what triggers all that nostalgia.
While this is a great track on its own, I also picked it as an excuse to draw attention to one of my favorite Overclocked remixes of all time, "Monstrous Turtles!" by zircon, which draws from both the Sub Castle BGM and Map 5 (Forest of Illusion) tracks from Super Mario World.
Above: Monstrous Turtles! by zircon. Download it here
Zircon is a maniac, and this remix is incredible because it brings out the best parts in the original track while still asserting its own style - it complements the original without overpowering it. I'd definitely recommend checking out his other remixes too if you like this one.
When you hear this song, which sub-castle does it bring to mind first? It's hard not to think of punching koopas as you climb across the grates in Iggy's castle, but Lemmy's castle in Vanilla Dome with those teleporting magicians is a close second. Which koopaling's castle was your favorite?
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