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?