Banjo. It always had to be Banjo. Because when I think of video games and Christmas, I think of the Nintendo 64. And when I think of the Nintendo 64, by God I think of Banjo-Kazooie.
Today’s selection, unlike reclining nude in your grandmother’s living room waiting for her to come back from grocery shopping so you can yell “SURPRISE!”, or even imagining such a thing, is wholly appropriate. Get your stockings in position, and then hang big socks by the fireplace, because it’s Christmas Eve, and someone’s about to drop a load on you!
Now this is weeeeird. I’d already planned on posting today’s track sometime during our little calendar here but ANC (wisely) suggested I save it for the solstice which was just too great a call to pass up. And strangely enough when peeking into the mailbox this afternoon, I was greeted with a package from Nintendo. My platinum Club Nintendo membership arrived and as it shakes out, is the soundtrack to the very game featured below!
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What kind of 2013 musical calendar would fail to include a track from Nintendo’s biggest release of the season? Almost this one! But it recently occurred to me that Super Mario 3D World had yet to be represented and today’s clip remedies that!
Something we here at Nintendorks.net were really worried about when deciding which tracks to include in this calendar was forgetting any iconic holiday video game music that was completely obvious. It would have tortured us forever (or at least until next year when we don’t do this again). Today’s pick is one that could have easily slipped through the tracks and I’m so glad it did not.
You’re welcome, Grandma.
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There’s a pretty good chance that Beetle Adventure Racing is my favorite of the genre on the N64 and its certainly in my top ten for the system overall. I just love how out of left field it came at the time, especially with a title like that: Beetle. Adventure. Racing. How could it possibly be anything other than some bullshit rush job well on its way to the bargain bin? Yet BAR defied all expectations and can best be described as the Banjo-Kazooie of 64-bit racers. With massive stages that feature laps that go on for minutes and dozens upon dozens of short cuts and secret paths, this game is one of the crown jewels of my collection. The graphics were incredible and still hold up quite nicely and I’m really, really sad that it never made its rumored appearance for the Wii’s Virtual Console (I’d give just about anything to play it with improved resolution and a GC pad). In any case, today’s theme comes from this under the radar gem:
Donkey Kong Country was a massive sales hit for the SNES toward the end of that system’s lifespan and this was largely thanks to those newfangled (and at the time, revolutionary) pre-rendered graphics. But visuals weren’t the only thing the game had going for it as the lush, atmospheric soundtrack was just as impressive. Today’s musical selection isn’t the first to pop into most people’s minds when talking about DKC (that honor probably goes to “Aquatic Ambience“) but it fits in quite nicely with what we’re trying to do here with this advent calendar thingie so in it goes!
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I could sit here and type out all kinds of complaints that I’ve always had with Mario Kart 64 but in the spirit of the season, I’ll just have to keep my trap shut now won’t I. This is the most wonderful time of year and we will focus on happy things and by God, we will like it. Take this cheerful theme from the 64 bit installment of Mario’s series of silly racing games for instance. If you can make it through a listen without so much as a single head bob, have a fantastic holiday you lousy cold-hearted bastard.
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