"Slider" in Super Mario 64
|First appearance||Super Mario 64 (1996)|
|Latest appearance||WarioWare: Move It! (2023)|
"Slider" is a musical theme composed for Super Mario 64 by Koji Kondo. It is a frantic bluegrass/country interpretation of the "Super Mario 64 Main Theme" motif, played in D major at a presto tempo. The name "slider" is used in Japanese for the "slide" type of level.
In Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake Super Mario 64 DS, "Slider" is the background music in, as the name implies, all slide areas; it also plays in Tick Tock Clock, Rainbow Ride, Tower of the Wing Cap, Vanish Cap Under the Moat, Wing Mario Over the Rainbow, and during Koopa the Quick's footraces. In Super Mario 64 DS, it plays in Battle Fort and in all four stages in Vs. mode.
The melody is played on harmonica, and the countermelody on whistle, with banjo, piano, acoustic bass, and drumset as accompaniment.
The following list does not include ports and remakes.
|Minecraft: Wii U Edition / Minecraft / Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition||"Slider" is included as a part of the music for the Super Mario Mash-up.|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||"Slider" is included as a selectable track titled "Slide" and can be played on the Peach's Castle stage.|
|Mario Party: Star Rush||"Slider" is one of the tracks available to play in Rhythm Recital, titled "Slide".|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||"Slider" is included as a selectable track titled "Slide" and can be played on any Super Smash Bros.-series and Super Mario-series stage.|
|Super Mario Maker 2||"Slider" is a sound effect in the music category, represented by the Nintendo 64 logo. It has a new fast version for when the Time Limit decreases below 100 seconds.|
Mario Party 2
In Mario Party 2, the beginning of the track "The Blue Skies Yonder" uses the first few notes of "Slider".
| The Blue Skies Yonder - The arrangement heard in Mario Party 2||File info|
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy 2
In Super Mario Galaxy 2, an arrangement of "Slider" is used for the slide in Tall Trunk Galaxy, and while rolling the Star Ball or Purple Coin Ball in Rolling Coaster Galaxy. In the latter case, it adjusts in tempo and intensity to match the speed of the ball, fading into a sparse version played on sine synthesizer, two recorders, and harp if it is kept still, and increasing in speed (affecting the pitch continuously, as opposed to an increase in tempo) when the ball accelerates down the rail launchers.
| Slide - The arrangement heard in Super Mario Galaxy 2||File info|
| Slide - The idle version of the arrangement heard in Super Mario Galaxy 2||File info|
Super Mario 3D World
| Plessie's Plunging Falls - The arrangement heard in Super Mario 3D World||File info|
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
| Bonus: Coins Galore! - The arrangement heard in Super Mario Bros. Wonder||File info|
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, an orchestral arrangement of "Slider" titled "Rainbow Cruise" was arranged by HAL Laboratory composer Shogo Sakai for the stage of the same name. The arrangement also incorporates the Underwater Theme from Super Mario Bros. In the Super Smash Bros. Melee: Smashing...Live! album, the arrangement is played by a live orchestra.
The song returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (titled "Rainbow Cruise (Melee)") and can also be played on Rainbow Cruise. This arrangement again returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, where it can be played in Smash Run, and in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where it can be played on the Delfino Plaza stage. It is once again titled simply "Rainbow Cruise" in both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions. The arrangement returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, titled "Slide (Remix)", and can be played on any Super Smash Bros.-series and Super Mario-series stage.
| Rainbow Cruise - The arrangement heard in Super Smash Bros. Melee||File info|
| Rainbow Cruise - The arrangement heard on the Super Smash Bros. Melee: Smashing...Live! album||File info|
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
| Go Go Trolley! - The arrangement heard in Paper Mario: Sticker Star||File info|
In Nintendo Land, an arrangement plays on the Slide Hill stage of Mario Chase, with the second bar adding in the opening six notes from the Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme. The tempo increases when the timer reaches 60 and 30 seconds.
| Mario Chase: Slide Hill - The arrangement heard in Nintendo Land||File info|
| Mario Chase: Slide Hill (60 Seconds Left) - The arrangement heard in Nintendo Land||File info|
| Mario Chase: Slide Hill (30 Seconds Left) - The arrangement heard in Nintendo Land||File info|
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Another big band arrangement was created for Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The arrangement opens with an original introduction played on trumpet and electric guitar, the former of which is used for the main melody for the remainder of the song, and trumpet, saxophone, and electric guitar solos are added partway through the song.
| Slider - The arrangement heard in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games||File info|
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
| Slider - The arrangement heard in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games||File info|
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
| Coins Galore - The arrangement heard in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker||File info|
WarioWare: Move It!
| Slider - The arrangement heard in WarioWare: Move It!||File info|
Nintendo Live 2023
List of Super Mario appearances
|Super Mario 64||Nintendo 64||1996||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Mario Party 2||Nintendo 64||1999||Arrangement||"The Blue Skies Yonder"|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||Nintendo GameCube||2001||Arrangement||"Rainbow Cruise"||Shogo Sakai|
|Super Mario 64 DS||Nintendo DS||2004||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Wii||2008||Past arrangement (Super Smash Bros. Melee)||"Rainbow Cruise (Melee)"||Shogo Sakai|
|Super Mario Galaxy 2||Wii||2010||Arrangement||"Slide"||Mahito Yokota|
|Paper Mario: Sticker Star||Nintendo 3DS||2012||Arrangement||"Go Go Trolley!"|
|Nintendo Land||Wii U||2012||Arrangement||Ryo Nagamatsu|
|Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games||Wii U||2013||Arrangement||"Slider"|
|Super Mario 3D World||Wii U||2013||Arrangement||"Plessie's Plunging Falls"|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS||Nintendo 3DS||2014||Past arrangement (Super Smash Bros. Melee)||"Rainbow Cruise"||Shogo Sakai|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||Wii U||2014||Past arrangement (Super Smash Bros. Melee)||"Rainbow Cruise"||Shogo Sakai|
|Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker||Wii U||2014||Arrangement|
|Minecraft: Wii U Edition||Wii U||2015||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games||Wii U||2016||Arrangement||"Slider"|
|Mario Party: Star Rush||Nintendo 3DS||2016||Original||"Slide"||Koji Kondo|
|Minecraft||Nintendo Switch||2017||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition||New Nintendo 3DS||2017||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker||Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch||2018||Past arrangement (Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker)|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Nintendo Switch||2018||Original||"Slide"||Koji Kondo|
|Past arrangement (Super Smash Bros. Melee)||"Slide (Remix)"||Shogo Sakai|
|Super Mario Maker 2||Nintendo Switch||2019||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Super Mario 3D All-Stars||Nintendo Switch||2020||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury||Nintendo Switch||2021||Past arrangement (Super Mario 3D World)||"Plessie's Plunging Falls"|
|Super Mario Bros. Wonder||Nintendo Switch||2023||Arrangement|
|WarioWare: Move It!||Nintendo Switch||2023||Arrangement|
1 - Added as downloadable content on July 31, 2015
|Super Mario 64 Original Soundtrack||1996||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Nintendo 64 Original Soundtrack Greatest Hits||1996||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee: Smashing...Live!||2003||Arrangement||"Rainbow Cruise"||Shogo Sakai|
|Happy! Mario 20th - Super Mario Sound Collection||2005||Original||「スライダー」 (Suraidā)||Koji Kondo|
|Super Mario Galaxy 2 Original Soundtrack||2010||Arrangement||"Slide"||Mahito Yokota|
|Super Mario History 1985-2010||2010||Original||"Slider"||Koji Kondo|
|The 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros. Music||2015||Original||「スライダー」 (Suraidā)||Koji Kondo|
|Nintendo Live 2023||2023||Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, Washington, USA||Arrangement||Super Mario Super Big Band|
Names in other languages
- GameXplain. (Oct 5, 2023). "TONS of Mario Wonder Gameplay from GameStop Demo + SECRET Game Over Bonus Stage?!". YouTube. Accessed October 22, 2023.
- GameXplain. All Nintendo Microgames in WarioWare: Move It (Metroid Dread, Mario Pinball Land & More!)." (November 2, 2023). YouTube. Retrieved November 2, 2023.
- Hitbox Hero. Nintendo Live 2023 - Super Mario Super Big Band uncut full show. (September 3, 2023). YouTube. Retrieved November 2, 2023.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee Smashing…Live! VGMdb. Retrieved June 26, 2023.