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GAMEPLAY: Racing Games

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe wide cover
Cover art for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game's original soundtrack was composed by members of Nintendo's sound team, including Shiho Fujii, Atsuko Asahi, and many others, and was performed by the Mario Kart Band.

Music composed for a variety of racing video games, from realistic driving simulations to lighthearted games where half the fun is knocking your friends off the track with a turtle shell!

On this week’s episode, we’ll hear music composed for a variety of racing video games, from realistic driving simulations to lighthearted games where half the fun is knocking your friends off the track with a turtle shell.

We'll listen to pieces featuring full orchestra and chorus, jazz band, synthesizers and lots more.

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance and to Anastasia Scholze for production assistance. Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director. Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

To hear the full episode, click the link above! Here's the playlist:

  1. Soyo Oka - Title Screen (Super Mario Kart) - The OneUps
  2. Soyo Oka - Koopa Beach (Super Mario Kart) - ConSoul
  3. Shogo Sakai - Kirby Air Ride Medley (Kirby Air Ride) - Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Takenobu Mitsuyoshi - Power Games (Sega Rally Championship) - Takayuji Hijikata, guitar; Junko Miyagi, keyboards; Shigeru Okazawa, Tsuyoshi Yokoyama, electric bass
  5. Lance Hayes - Paris-Rouen (Forza Motorsport 4) - Original soundtrack
  6. Masahiro Andoh - Moon Over the Castle Orchestra Version (Gran Turismo 4) - Skywalker Symphony Orchestra
  7. Noriko Matsueda - Loop Demo (Racing Lagoon) - Original soundtrack - Katsuhiko Nakamichi, piano; Jake H. Conception, soprano saxophone
  8. Noriko Matsueda - Ending (Racing Lagoon) - Original soundtrack
  9. Shiho Fujii - Shy Guy Falls (Mario Kart 8) - Original soundtrack - The Mario Kart Band
  10. Atsuko Asahi - Cloudtop Cruise (Mario Kart 8) - Original soundtrack - The Mario Kart Band
  11. David Wise - R.C. Pro-Am Complete Soundtrack (R.C. Pro-Am) - 88bit (Rob Kovacs, piano)
  12. Nobuo Uematsu - Sunset Coastline (Rad Racer) - Dusty Zahrt
  13. Frederic Chopin - Minute Waltz, Op. 64 No. 1 (Gran Turismo 5) - Lang Lang, piano
  14. Taroma Koshida - Holiday (Gran Turismo 5) - Original soundtrack - Taroma Koshida, acoustic/gut guitar; Satoru Ishikawa, drums/percussion; Ryo Sakagami, flute
  15. Seigen Tokuzawa - Eve (Gran Turismo 5) - Original soundtrack - Seigen Tokuzawa, cello; Masahiko Todo, violin
  16. Richard Jacques - Number One (Sonic R) - Original soundtrack - TJ Davis, vocals

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