It's one of the most well-known video game themes ever created, but you have probably never seen or heard it played quite like this.
Video games have naturally come a long way in the past 30 years and have more detail today than anyone could have possibly imagined. As with everything in the entertainment realm, there are also a lot more games released nowadays than ever before. Those of us who have been gaming for 20 years or more would likely agree that most of today's games are missing something.
There's a reason that despite the likes of Tetris and the original Sonic the Hedgehog, games are still revered and played to this day. We can play them over and over again yet still enjoy them and always get that pang of nostalgia. Part of that nostalgic feeling is brought about by something that game developers don't seem to get as right as they did in the past, the music.
If you grew up playing the iconic Super Mario Bros. game on Nintendo, then you can almost definitely hum the theme at the drop of a hat. If you really loved the game it might even be your ringtone. It has been covered, reinvented, and played on pretty much every instrument imaginable over the past three decades. However, we may have found our favorite version yet.
The theme has been covered by AaronGrooves on an instrument known as the marimba. It looks a little like a giant xylophone. As if playing anything on an instrument that big wasn't hard enough, Aaron is using four mallets. At times, we can't even keep up with the notes he's playing with our eyes, so we can't even imagine how hard it must be to play them. You can check it out for yourself above.
At the time of typing this, the impressive performance has racked up almost four and a half million views on YouTube. Deservedly so too. Personally, we would like to see Aaron tackle some more video game themes on the marimba. If he's taking requests, the track from Emerald Hill Zone from Sonic 2 on the Sega Genesis would be at the top of our list.