Monday, September 23, 2013

Hirokazu Tanaka delivers a chiptune remix tribute to the memory of Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi

It's next to impossible to eulogize a man like Hiroshi Yamauchi, the former president of Nintendo who lead his company from the playing card business into the video game industry.  After serving as president for fifty three years, Yamauchi left a considerable void behind him that Nintendo struggled to fill in 2002.

Now, following Yamauchi's death, the outpouring of love from former colleagues and friends has been nothing short of amazing.

Veteran video game composer Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka worked in Yamauchi's Nintendo for nineteen years, and recently put up a pair of chiptune remixes dedicated to the memory of the man who lead the company to become one of the most preeminent forces in the gaming world.

While chiptune remixes might seem like an odd honorific, Hirokazu chose the ending/credit themes of the Super Mario Land and the original Metroid for his tribute.  Knowing where the original tracks factored into their respective games makes the effect of these two songs nothing short of poignant.

Super Mario Land (original version)

Metroid (original version)

If there's a better way to eulogize a man out there, I'd like to hear it.