I already explained why the redone version of Mario Kart 64‘s Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 8 is so good last week, but I only briefly touched upon the music. Considering it’s easily one of the best music pieces in the entire series, I felt I needed to shine the spotlight on it for a bit.
The original track was already iconic and beloved; anyone who played MK 64 could recognise it. How could you possibly make it any better? Easy, use a full-blown orchestra. I adore orchestral covers of videogame music so it naturally hit the sweet spot for me. But I think it took a couple of listens to really appreciate how good it is.
I think it’s the horn instruments that make it. They make it sound so glamorous; it sounds like the finale of some big Broadway musical. Which, if you think about it, does suit the course since, if you’re playing the cups in order, this is the last track of the game (not counting DLC, that is). I honestly struggle not to hum along with it, even when I’m desperately trying to grab first place against tough opponents.
Even if you’re not a fan of how much easier or shorter this version of Rainbow Road, you can’t deny how fantastic music is. Try it. I dare you.