From Tetris To Metroid: The ‘Hip’ Tanaka Mixtape

Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka’s music is infectious. It gets in your blood. Metroid, Tetris, Kid Icarus: if you own a Gameboy, or a Nintendo you’ve had one of his songs stuck in your head. Possibly for a week.

This week on the Kotaku Mixtape, we take a look at one of the great composers of all time, a man who’s work extends from the gleeful Super Mario Land to eclectic Earthbound.


Super Mario Land – Overworld Theme

Dr. Mario – Ending Theme

Famicom Wars

Metroid – Theme (Arranged)

Mother – Eight Melodies (Arranged w/ Keiichi Suzuki)

Tetris – Type B

The Hirokazu Tanaka Song

Gyromite – Stage Theme

Earthbound – You’ve Come So Far, Ness (w/ Keiichi Suzuki)

Kid Icarus (Famicom Disk System Ver.) – Theme

Game Boy Camera/Mother – Credits/Twinkle Elementary

Also, how weird is The Hirokazu Tanaka Song?

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