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
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?