Super Mario 64 & Texas Metal Is the Mashup We Always Needed
When you think of video game music, the Mario series has some of the most memorable & iconic songs out there. When you think of iconic metal bands, Pantera certainly ranks highly on that list. We've certainly seen Pantera used in video games before (just ask the makers of Doom), but I never thought to put the two together, but someone has. And thanks to people recreating classic songs into a Super Mario 64 version, you can hear Pantera songs with the Super Mario soundfont.
What is the Super Mario 64 soundfont?
Essentially what it is, it's a remaking of classic songs & recreating them with the sounds & music used in the Super Mario 64 soundtrack (originally done by Koji Kondo).
In 2023, we've seen many artists like Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Metallica, Queen, The Beatles all remade using the SM64 sound font. Even Radiohead's album In Rainbows was remade using this, with Jonny Greenwood himself praising the album on his Twitter page.
Here's an example on what the SM64 soundfont sounds like:
And with that, someone finally has made some of the Texas metal legends, Pantera
A YouTuber user by the name of Padrigg89 decided to make his own SM64 soundfont songs of some Pantera classics. To show you how they sound with the SM64 soundfont, I'll first show the original songs.
The original Cowboys From Hell
Super Mario 64 Cowboys From Hell
Original version of Walk
Walk if it was in Super Mario 64
Pantera - I'm Broken
Super Mario 64 I'm Broken
Someone even recreated Pantera's entire Cowboys From Hell album in Super Mario 64
You can definitely hear a difference between the original songs & the SM64 renditions. They're not perfect but they're very unique & creative. (They're also not the most simplest of songs to recreate either so props to him for the attempts!).
With 2023 being the year of so many people taking classic songs & turning them into Super Mario 64 remixes, I think this year can be a great year for MORE of these songs to come out. I'd personally love to see more Pantera songs, and more Texas bands, get this treatment. (ZZ Top, At The Drive-In, The Sword & Butthole Surfers would get my vote).