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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Do Yourself a Favour: Listen to "Line Them Up! A Paper Mario Concert"

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Nearly 40 minutes of beautiful renditions of already-amazing music.

While it's not unheard of, usually I don't write articles that are just, “Go listen to this game music.” HOWEVER, since KoopaTV went and gave the Best OST of 2020 award to Paper Mario: The Origami King, I think it makes plenty of sense to promote this concert for that game's music, since it deserves waaaaaay more views and attention than some other recent “viral” fan works:

Line Them Up! A Paper Mario Concert was a collaboration by vgmtogether, a three-day online gaming music event (that happened already ten days ago) made by gaming music fans. The concert had over 160 musicians involved (including guest stars like Rare Ltd.-associated musicians Robin Beanland, David Wise, and Grant Kirkhope), and a LOT of production effort as well, directed by Laura Intravia. I enjoyed it big-league and you will too. If you pay attention, you'll probably find some musicians that you weren't aware of that seem likable and talented enough and maybe follow them.

Covered songs include the main theme, Red Streamer Battle, Event Battle, Picnic Road, Autumn Mountain, Stage Play, Shy Guys Finish Last, Vellumental Battle, Scorching Sandpaper Desert, a Yellow Streamer medley (including Snif City), Singer Spotlight (the Elastic Entertainer and other vocalised themes), a medley of the Legion of Stationery boss themes, Exploring the Great Sea, and final boss music. ...So there may be some music spoilers, if that's a type of spoiler you don't like. (Very minimal visual spoilers though!) Very far from all of the songs in the game, of course, and not even all the best ones. ♪

I received a reader request, and I intend to do it... sometime in 2021... to write a full review for Paper Mario: The Origami King after I wrote the review of Paper Mario: Color Splash four years ago. You already know I love the music. As for the rest of the game? You'll have to wait and read my eventual review.

Ludwig's opening paragraph throwing shade on recent viral fan works includes the reimagined Sinnoh remakes trailer that he likes less and less as time passes. He hopes the concert video-on-demand doesn't get cease-and-desisted or something like the links on his article for the Kirby Café soundtracks did.

Ludwig wrote the review of Paper Mario: The Origami King in the last week of 2021.


  1. I already saw it, and yes it was terrific. That being said, it almost makes me wish that this new direction paper mario has taken was instead a spinoff or new IP entirely. These recent soundtracks have been lacking that weird vibe older tracks had. Maybe it's different composers, or different sound fonts, i digress. Autumn Mountain battle theme is best song forever!

    1. Lacking the weird vibe is a good thing, if you're talking about TTYD.
      TTYD's music is weird and I don't consider that a good thing.

      But TTYD and Origami King share Yoshito Sekigawa (formerly known as Yoshito Hirano) as sound people!


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