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Mario Galaxy 2: Koji Kondo reveals soundtrack details

Mario composer gives us the inside story

Nintendo recruited a bigger orchestra for the soundtrack for Super Mario Galaxy 2, Koji Kondo has revealed.

In the latest Iwata Asks discussion Nintendo composer Koji Kondo revealed the inside story behind the Mario Galaxy 2 soundtrack.

Kondo created all-new music for Mario Galaxy 2 and, once Miyamoto had given the all clear, set about recruiting an even bigger orchestra consisting of 60 members (there were 50 for the first game). The orchestra were conducted by Taizou Takemoto, a classical composer who conducted a Smash Bros. Concert at the HAL offices in Tokyo in 2002.

In addition to the orchestral numbers, they also recruited a further 10 musicians who would play saxaphones, trumpets, trombones and drums for the big band-style music.

Kondo was a supervisor for Mario Galaxy 2 and composed five songs himself including Yoshi Star Galaxy theme, the theme song for the Mario star ship, and a Koopa Jr. theme. He also offered his advice for other members of the musical team, particularly for the world map screen which he felt should feature simple looping music in order to make people skip to the next level quickly.

That's all for now. From what you've heard so far, what do you think of the Mario Galaxy 2 music?


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  1. Axl-Dark Wednesday 26th May 2010 at 20:57

    I spoiled the game a little and went on to Youtube to check out some sounds. So far I think they've done a brilliant job on the soundtrack this time around! I never thought Galaxy 1's soundtrack could get any better!

  2. sask Wednesday 26th May 2010 at 22:42

    kondo makes awesum music.
    enough said.

  3. neongiratina Thursday 27th May 2010 at 09:36


  4. Mmmyeah Thursday 27th May 2010 at 18:50

    I have to admit i am a bit of a sucker for great visuals and music. Its why i bought warioland the shake dimension! I doubt i will forget galaxy 1s soundtrack anytime soon.

    So more, but better. Hooray!

    I honestly think that while gameplay is obviously the most important part of a game, the very best games need to be involving, and visuals and music are one of the best ways to do this. I know that there are great games that look as ugly and sin and sound worse, yet are still fun to play, but i never remember games like that as fondly as i do with beautiful games like galaxy and okami.

  5. layton lover Thursday 27th May 2010 at 20:30

    I love the music they are bringing in, but the real thrill is the music they are ressurecting, like the Princess's secret slide.

    Oh and that levels music should be epic.

  6. MirandaS Saturday 29th May 2010 at 13:08

    The music is what sets the mood, its so good that i sometimes play it again, just for the music :)

  7. Otis P Jivefunk Saturday 29th May 2010 at 16:51

    I want it...

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