Custom Mario levels used as rhythm section for anime theme medley

In this 11-minute video, a series of cunningly engineered custom Mario levels are used as a rhythm section to accompany a spliced-together medley of chirpy anime soundtracks. The maker (IsoTkhs on YouTube) has set up the levels so that various bumpers and objects keep Mario moving, jumping, flying and bouncing over in-game objects at very precise timing, so that each object's bounce-noise forms part of the percussion for the tracks. The clip goes on and on, which is like the Mario percussion version of Chico Marx looking casually away from his piano, cracking jokes, moving around, while one or both of his hands effortlessly continue to plunk out some insanely complex and witty bit of ivory-tickling. Clearly the maker is saying, "I can do this all day long. You thought that was cool? Check this out. And this. And this. And this. Oh, pick your jaw up, there's still more to come. Yeah, this too. Ha, yeah, that one was pretty good. Now, watch this."

If you only watch one 11-minute YouTube of anime music accompanied by custom Mario levels today, make it this one. Link (via Waxy!)


  1. Anyone else notice the MegaMan 2 theme for the first Wily level at 6:08? It makes me really want to know where the music came from.

  2. Wow… Now my eyeballs are making everything constantly move to the right. This is trippy.

  3. There’s a brief theme from music from the game itself at 8:45. Also, some of the jumps seem manual, which in itself is incredible.

  4. Yeah, if you pay close attention, you’ll see there are specific kinds of blocks (a Yoshi block and a stone block) that actually launch Mario or otherwise alter his vector.

    When I first saw this video on Digg, I was amazed to find there were actually a lot of Mario automata to music on YouTube. I was aware of Mario automata as a genre, but I didn’t realize how many were timed to music.

  5. I know the opening theme is from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱). It’s been a kind of otaku anthem over the last year or so here in Japan, and has also been the subject of several flashmob performances in Tokyo:

    Also recognized one of the recurring Final Fantasy themes at the very end.

  6. Thx Cory. This inspired me to look up some Chico Marx clips. If only these were 11 minutes long.

    Fez covered band backup & not looking at the piano:

    Dream of you with extra flair:

    Playing with an apple:

  7. Anon may have a point up there. Actually, that might be kind of cool… a game like Audiosurf with a low monthly surcharge, but if you score well, you get the mp3 outside of the game.

  8. I like to think this the coolest mix of Line Rider, Super Mario Paint, and Wacky-Asians.

    List of songs:
    This song is ‘The Nico Nico Douga suite’
    00:20 agent yoru o yuku (THE IDOLM@STER)
    01:05 hare hare yukai (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
    01:33 kanbu de tomatte sugutokeru kyouki no udongein (Arrangement of Touhou Project’s BGM by IOSYS)
    01:43 Help me, ERINNNNNN!! (Arrangement of Touhou Project’s BGM by beat mario)
    01:55 nowhere (Madlax)
    02:17 Fang of Critius (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
    02:39 GONG (Super Robot Wars Alpha 3)
    02:50 mori no kinoko ni goyoujin (Super Mario RPG)
    03:02 Butter-Fly (Digimon Adventure)
    03:12 makka na tikai (Buso Renkin)
    03:34 Airman ga taosenai (Do-jin music)
    03:55 yuki vs iji (Tenimyu)
    04:05 Uninstall (Bokurano)
    04:27 Tori no Uta (AIR)
    04:50 you (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Meakashi-hen)
    05:12 marisa ha taihennamono o nusunde ikimashita (Arrangement of Touhou Project’s BGM by IOSYS)
    05:59 Dr.WILY STAGE 1 (Mega Man 2)
    07:02 God knows… (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
    07:27 Motteke! Sailor Fuku (Lucky Star)
    07:49 gacha gacha herutsu figyu@Radio (figyu@mate Carnival)
    08:05 Genesis of Aquarion (Genesis of Aquarion)
    08:26 futari no mojipittan (Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan)
    08:36 tsurupettan (Remix of Touhou Project’s BGM, let’s go! onmyouji and mojipittan)
    08:46 Here we go! (Super Mario World)
    08:55 true my heart (Nursery Rhyme)
    09:09 kiss my lips (saori sakura)
    09:29 overture (Dragon Warrior)
    09:49 gacha gacha gyutto:figyu@mate (figyu@mate)
    10:13 aitsu koso ga tennis no oujisama (Tenimyu)
    10:18 let’s go! onmyouji (Power Instinct)
    10:26 sakura (folk song)

    Other wacky versions: ^my favorite, piano-skills

    ^ePiano with sheet music (for those with free time)

  9. If I had an unlimited amount of time on this earth, I would learn how to do this. With the short span I am allotted, it’s way to intimidating to try.

  10. In some way, this is amazing. However, Chico Marx is 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 times cooler, in my book.

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