ReMix: Super Mario Bros. 3 "Staff Battle" 2:26

By Selecta Novel

Arranging the music of one song...

"Fortress Boss"

Primary Game: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo, 1988, NES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2002-08-13, evaluated by djpretzel

Here's a nice little funky hip-hop bit of SMB3 shiznit from newcomer Selecta Novel that mixes hip-hop beats and numerous hits + fx with a traditional NES-style synth (love that audible release on the ADSR envelope) that's got a bit of delay on it. A dirtier synth joins in at 1'22" and does some jiggy soloing that does give the piece some extra life. Overall, not an amazing effort - could have been more soloing and interpretation and more variety in general - but for a piece like this I think the general attitude is more important. The construction is solid, there's a definite hip-hop flavor to it, and with the NES synth it feels semi-jazz at times. There's room for Selecta Novel to grow, but this initial piece does work, and had me "noddin' my head" (does Will Smith annoy anyone else? I feel like I can't use that phrase anymore . . . ) Tasty.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-09-18 13:06:36

Here's an effective use of this mix:

on 2010-12-31 09:57:27

Okay, so now for something completely different. I don't hate this ReMix. I actually kinda dig the "pac-man low-fi arcade hip-hopish" thing it's got going on. It's weird to describe. It's not annoying, or bad, I just......meh, you know? It's got a good beat, and other than the repetitiveness of this, I just simply don't hate it. Like I said, hard to describe. I think this classifies as the "may grow on me more one day but for now it's just okay" side for me.

on 2008-02-11 16:14:40

Way too low fi for me to seriously get into, I even recognize some of the $15 Casio keyboard samples. The lack of melody makes it uninteresting to me as well.

It's not OMG BAD, but it just feels like no care was put into it either. Didn't like it; sorry.

on 2006-10-29 22:04:08

No one gives Selecta Novel credit! All his remixes are very unique, and I like basically all of them (most are from vgmix). They are most in the style of music where one would expect rap, or music that is heard in a ghetto (a cool ghetto, yeah I make no sense). And yet they're all pleasing. Must be the Video-game Effect. No actually it's that drum programming. His beats are all immensely enjoyable, each song. He needs to submit more stuff!

on 2006-02-07 13:38:50

wow, pretty impressive. very cool mix.

reminds me at ska, such as "the hotknifes" do.

thats why i've to skank around, when i hear this title. :lol:

on 2003-12-24 16:46:50

This song is pretty cool, I don't know why everybody's ragging on it. The bassline is pretty cool even though it's repetitive. I also like the funkiness of all the crazy synth instruments.

on 2003-10-07 02:12:00

The old-style synth was my favorite part of this interesting mix, though it made me think of Pac Man more than Mario. I don't know why everyone thinks it's off-key, sounds fine to me.

on 2003-10-06 22:37:29

[play]random noises... WANK!!!!!!!!! random noises... WANK!!!!!!!! random noises... WANK!!!!!!!![/play]

Kamikaze Noodle
on 2003-05-11 15:03:43

While this a grooving little piece, it lacks polish. The off-key main synth, which seems like it's only off-key when it hits that first note, just kills it for me. I mean, it's like *BOOP* *boodeboodeboo etc.* and that first boop just makes me wince. How hard is it to get it right? Anyway, volume levels are also a little wonky, as the drums eat everything else (yes I know it's hip-hop but let's be reasonable) and you can barely hear the synth that comes in at 1:22. If the main synth wasn't so off I would just be nit-picking and could love this piece. As is though, it makes me cry.

on 2003-05-10 19:29:10

Selecta Novel... what can i say. This is probably one of the worst remixes i have heard. The baseline is repetitive, the notes are off, and i didn't really like the whole execution. It was a great idea, but a poorly executed one. Good try.

on 2002-08-16 20:34:36

Not terrible, just needed a little more variety. I understand where this comes from, like picking the theme from original Mario Bros. It's a nice treat for us who had these strange mute paks that were silent in the beginning. Overall, different. At least it attempted for form and ended, unlike a few other mixes. Mediocre.

on 2002-08-16 08:24:15

Hey I really liked that... but I agree it did seem to go out of key in the second part of it... But I think it was really cool, I really liked the beat and the square wave thing, however, the bass line needs a little more definition in order for people not to think its out of key. But over all... cool idea, I liked it a lot!!

on 2002-08-15 01:25:27

I really like this one. Though it does not suit the game at ALL, it is really cool. Very Funky!

Disco Dan
on 2002-08-14 12:16:53

Actually, "Rapper's Delight" in it's full glory is around 14:30 though on my 12" version, the printing on the inset says 15 even. Anyway...

I realize there is some rhythmic value to this song. I won't dispute that, and the idea is rather unique if not down-right weird, since it took me a while to figure out which theme this was a remix of. However, I will say... that square/triangle wav sound that comes in at :31 is off. Well... no. at :31 it's fine, but at :41 when it does the second part of its riff, it's... sadly out of tune. It maketh me to wince. And every time it repeats that section (:56, 1:13, 2:13) it's just as out of tune. And actually, after relistening to it, the part at :31 (and all of its repetitions) is also out of tune, just not as noticeably so.

Imagine for a moment, you're sailing along in a sailboat, smoothly, quickly, with little to no friction, the wind at your back, and all of a sudden, the bottom of the boat scrapes along a long stretch of steel that's somehow submerged just below the surface and makes this terrible screeching scraping noise as the boat grinds over it, and then after a few seconds, returns to its smooth sailing again. That's what this piece felt like for me. Nice idea, nice instrumentation, but I'd ask that next time, he get someone who isn't tone deaf to take a listen before submitting...


on 2002-08-13 19:08:13

Staff Battle has a good compilation of instruments and Nintendo synth styles. The bass line is awesome and the number of claps, snares and hats used is interesting. The only thing I'm not too keen about is the volume of that "Kiddie" snare (that's what the hip-hoppers call it).

Yes, it's also repetive but really hip-hop has allot of repetitive tracks. Just listen to the 13 minute version of Rapper's Delight by The Sugar Hill Gang.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo, 1988, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Fortress Boss"

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