The Game Awards were certainly an eventful night. While the ceremony looked different this year due to Covid-19, it still managed to appropriately celebrate the best in gaming excellence that 2020 had to offer. The Game Awards also paid homage to the 35th anniversary of a game that is widely recognized as one of the most influential games of all time– Super Mario Bros., with a beautiful medley of some classic Super Mario tunes.
It’s a shame that there wasn’t a live audience to experience the joy of these melodies parading through their ear canals.
The masterfully executed medley, performed by the legendary London Philharmonic Orchestra, was filled with classic tracks from many games in the iconic series, including: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Odyssey. At just over two minutes long, it would have been nice to have a longer performance, especially for a series that contains such a legendary music library it could entertain multiple orchestra events, each one featuring a different playlist. Nonetheless, it was still a pleasant performance, and a special treat to hear the angelic harmonies of a series that has captured the hearts of gamers worldwide for generations.
Super Mario Bros. was released in 1985 on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES; the original Nintendo.) It has since become one of the highest selling video games of all time with over 40 million units sold, and other installments that are also among the most celebrated. With everyone’s favorite plumber as their leading man, the Mario franchise has not only expanded to many game genres, including puzzles, racing, and role playing, but it is the best-selling video game franchise of all time. The Super Mario Bros. series specifically is the third highest selling.
Here’s to 35 more years of Super Mario games, music, and memories!