Violinist plays Mario soundtrack in real time

In this video, violinist Teppei Okada plays the soundtrack to a real time Mario game live on his instrument. This — as do most creative geeky Japanese videos — was first made popular on Nico Nico Douga. I wonder if he coordinated the moves with the person who's playing the game. Either way, it's pretty impressive.

[via Laughing Squid]



    1. Watching Super Mario Bros. on a wide screen with that awful stretches-more-at-the-edges scaling algorithm makes me sad :(

  1. My money is on the game being a pre-recorded video of a game rather than a real-time live game. Note that there is a DVD player in the picture but no NES.

    1. I think you’re right. Notice how he grabs the hidden 1-up mushroom but it’s game over the first time he dies. That’s not how it works.

      1. Look closely, there’s a subtle cut at around 1:10 That’s what allows the out-of-place “game over”

  2. I love that he’s dressed up in a fancy suit. You just can’t play the violin in a t-shirt and jeans!

  3. Nah, at the beginning you can see the ‘Play’ display box in the lower left, so I think it is recorded and not live. Still pretty great though!

  4. It doesn’t surprise me that this game is pre-recorded. My suspicion that it was seems to be confirmed by the other posters, but I think any disappointment that it’s not live is missing the point. By being able to practice to the recorded game, he can showcase not only his skill with the music, but his uncanny duplication of the sound-effects, which would be extraordinarily difficult (IMO impossible, though I don’t play violin) to do in real-time what with hand-placement and coming back to the score from the sound-effect interruption.

    What he’s really doing is using the game like sheet music–yes, sheet music that he’s practiced to. I say bravo.

  5. its a Famicom with a disk drive. There’s an option there to record chunks of playtime and replay it. Too bad it never came out stateside.

    The funny thing is that if you were to dissect a grey box USA nintendo, and remove the metal cartdridge loader portion, and directly plug in the drive unit – it works!

  6. There’s a group on Athens, GA (with Members of math-rock bands Cinemechanica, We Versus the Shark, among others) that plays the game soundtrack and sound FX live while another person does a speedrun. I’ve seen then do MegaMan, but they’ve done other games (Pitfall and Metroid, I think).

  7. What we need here, is a TEAM of violinists (Or perhaps a full orchestra) so that the music isn’t interrupted for sound quality and such. Then we can make playing videogames look like it’s meant for the rich :D

  8. There is no nes picture but a famicom only released in japan. japanese have different consoles from us

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