Mario & Zelda Big Band Live
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Publisher: N/A
Release date: October 21st, 2003 (Japan)
Encoding: Region 2
Discs: 1
Running time: approx. 115 minutes
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The "Mario & Zelda Big Band Live" concert was held on September 14th, 2003, at the Nihon Seinenkan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The DVD recording of this event was bundled with the Japanese gaming magazine "Nintendo Dream" vol. 101.

Mario & Zelda Big Band Live was, as the name suggests, live performances of Mario and Zelda music arranged into jazz, Latin, country, and bluegrass. The host, Ashura Benimaru Itoh, started off the concert with an awesome guitar arrangement of the Super Mario Bros. "main theme" and "underworld theme." The performances that followed were divided almost evenly between the Tokyo CubaBoys Jr. (The Big Band of Rogues) and Mr. Yoshihiro Arita (with his band).

Listed in order of appearance, with relevant game credits.

  • Koji Kondo (sound composer for SMB series, Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario Sunshine, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)
  • Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario and Zelda)
  • Takashi Tezuka (listed in many Mario and Zelda game credits)
  • Kazumi Totaka (sound composer for Yoshi's Story)
  • Kenta Nagata (sound composer for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)

Highlights for Mario fans include Shigeru Miyamoto playing a short bluegrass tune on his guitar (unfortunately not a familiar song), Koji Kondo on keyboard during the SMB medley, and a "Yoshi on the Beach" xylophone/guitar duet with Kazumi Totaka on the xylophone.

Music chapters

  1. Opening (from Super Mario Bros.)
  2. Super Mario 64 Opening ~ Overworld Theme
  3. Super Mario Bros. Medley
  4. Go Go Mario (vocal rendition of SMB main theme)
  5. Super Mario Bros. 3 Ending Theme
  6. Yoshi's Island Athletic Theme
  7. Yoshi on the Beach (from Yoshi's Story)
  8. Wind Waker Title Theme
  9. Dragon Roost Island Theme (from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)
  10. Epona's Song (from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
  11. Delfino Plaza Theme (from Super Mario Sunshine)
  12. Zora Band (from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask)
  13. Goron City Theme (from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
  14. Shop Theme (from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
  15. The Legend of Zelda Medley
  16. Super Mario Sunshine Ending Theme
  17. Encore: Slider (from Super Mario 64)

Not included is "Mario Scat Version" (Super Mario Sunshine bonus level theme), which finally surfaces as track 4 on the M&ZBBL CD.

After every performance or two, the host talked to the guests a little bit, presumably about the music they just heard and the game it was from.

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