We got halfway through some melodic loveliness with Mario with his mainline platformers, so now we're going to venture into his various spin-offs starting off with the Mario Party series! Are any childhood memories popping up listening to any of these tunes?
V261. Mario Party - Eternal Star
We go from focusing on mainline Mario games to the portly plumber's various spin-offs. Mario gets a bad rep by some for essentially being "whored out", but what is the problem when the majority of these games are damn good? What would the point of putting generic characters in Mario and friends' place? Regardless, our first game we'll be listening to is that of the original Mario Party. It's the ultimate board in the game, Eternal Star!
V262. Mario Party 2 - Into the Pipe
A short and sweet song from Mario Party 2, In the Pipe is a very fast and festive song for when the party is being set up. This version of the series is probably my favorite just because Tug O' War is nowhere to be seen. That jerkwad minigame!
V263. Mario Party 3 - Let's Get A Move On
This is the last of the trio of Mario Party titles for the Nintendo 64, Mario Party 3. I consider the game to be the black sheep of Mario's Nintendo 64 parties. "Let's Get A Move On" is a minigame theme played during one of the snow races.
V264. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour - Lakitu Valley
This song comes from the very first course in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Lakitu Valley. The soundtrack, like all Mario Golf and Tennis titles, is composed by Motoi Sakuraba known for his work on the Star Ocean and Tales of series.
V265. Mario Superstar Baseball - Toy Field
Batter up! Baseball season may still be a month away, but why not bring a taste of the ballpark to my favorite VGMs? This song is from the chaotic Toy Field park from Mario Superstar Baseball for the Nintendo Gamecube. An alternate version of the tune and mode is used in the Wii sequel, Super Mario Sluggers.
Next week we will finish of Mario (no, not kill him) with a last look at his RPG and racing spin-offs. Then we're going to move onto a brand new series!