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It’s been about a year since the release of Mario Kart 8, the latest installment of Nintendo’s popular all-star racing series. Well-received as the game has been, though, nearly 12 months on fickle gamers are no doubt starting to be tempted by newer titles from the Kyoto-based developer’s rivals.

That’s why Nintendo is getting ready to drop a new Mario Kart 8 DLC pack into the marketplace. Making a video game expansion doesn’t just involve a team of programmers and visual artists, but musicians too, as shown by this high-energy live performance of an awesome tune from Nintendo classic F-Zero.

This will actually be the second DLC batch for Mario Kart 8. Scheduled for release later this month, the bundle gives players three new characters, four new karts, and eight new courses.

Those racing tracks all need music tracks too, and in the case of Big Blue, long-time Nintendo fans are in for a double dose of nostalgia.

▼ Big Blue, old and new

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Big Blue shares its name with a circuit in F-Zero, a launch title for the Super Famicom (known as the Super NES internationally) in 1990. One of the most polished racing games ever, not only does F-Zero remain fun to play even today, its soundtrack is still a blast to listen to.

▼ A wide-angle shot of Mario Kart 8’s Big Blue course

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That’s why for the Mario Kart 8 Big Blue circuit, Nintendo decided to keep the same composition of the course’s background music from F-Zero, but to rerecord it with live instruments.

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Back when F-Zero was released, putting games on CD was still a bold, new idea, one which Nintendo wouldn’t really get behind until the release of its Game Cube console in 2001. As such, hearing the Big Blue background music in its new arrangement, with pounding drums, driving guitar, and wailing saxophone makes the 25-year-old piece of music feel fresh and revitalized.

▼ A second video, released by Nintendo, shows more of the track itself.

Of course, the original version, synthesized version from the Super Famicom is no slouch either.

The new Mario Kart 8 DLC bundle comes out April 23 at a price of 800 yen (US$6.70), or 1,200 yen in a combo pack with the game’s first DLC batch.

Source: Hachima Kikou
Top image: YouTube (1, 2) (edited by RocketNews24)
Insert images: FC2, YouTube (edited by RocketNews24)