Mario Kart 8’s music is one of Nintendo’s greatest musical soundtracks… but what makes it so good? It turns out the music from this game was 20 years in the making, and there’s a key ingredient in the game’s music that you’re probably not aware of! Here’s my breakdown of Mario Kart music, Japanese jazz fusion, and how those two worlds collided with Mario Kart 8!


DIMENSION: J-Fusion Officially Made Mario Kart Music

(This is the video that got me interested in this topic, so thank you to Cuevas Productions!)
Wikipedia – Le Mans Japanese theme songs

Wikipedia – F1 Grand Prix opening themes

YouTube – F1 Grand Prix title sequences

YouTube – More F1 Grand Prix title sequences

YouTube – More HD F1 Grand Prix title sequences

YouTube – Le Mans title sequences

YouTube – Dimension’s Le Mans album

YouTube – Mario Kart 8 Music recording playlist

Kotaku – Mario Kart 8 sound team interview

Iwata Asks – Kenta Nagata Mario Kart 7 interview

Mario Wiki – Mario Kart 8 liner notes

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