The 'Shroom:Issue 135/Palette Swap
Hi, everybody! How about that E3, huh? I'm super hyped for Octopath Traveller and the Torna: Golden Country DLC for Xenoblade. Also, Spring Man for Smash! That's all.
Recently, I picked up Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido for my Switch, and I've been having fun with it! It helps that it's not a full-priced title, as I know it bothered some people that Nintendo wanted so much for what is basically a mobile phone game with monster collecting. But, if you like games like Pokemon Trozei or Bejeweled or heck, even Candy Crush, you should really give this one a try. There's a nice demo in the eShop, too, so you can play a few stages and listen to the voice acting, which is actually pretty good. It's also available on the 3DS, too, so if you want it even cheaper, ou can get it there as well.
This month we feature our two musical sections for you to listen to, with themes around Luigi! Everyone's favorite green plumber deserves more time in the spotlight since the Year of Luigi ended, so let's show him some love, too!
Section of the Month
Well, we only had once section last month, so it's a pretty easy conclusion to make. But WOW did we get a turnout. Yoshi876 (talk) received a whopping 37 votes for his What's on the Box? section on Wario Land 2. That's a ton of votes! Thank you to everyone who voted, and please keep it up for this month as well!
Ongoing Fan Projects
This month is all about Luigi, so it is only fitting that this month’s featured song gives us a better look into Luigi’s mind. Yes, ”My Year: A Song from Luigi’s Point of View” offers Levar Allen’s take on what the perennial second fiddle might be feeling. Levar admits that he wasn’t fond of Luigi until he wrote this song, and it is not hard to see how the song might have caused him to see the character in a new light. Unlike many other songs which have been featured in this section, “My Year” doesn’t really attempt to tell a story. There is no easily recognizable beginning, middle, and end; the song feels more like a momentary glimpse into Luigi’s reflections on who he is and where he wants to go. Emotional lyrics which clearly connect to the character are superimposed on a strong rhythm which is itself built on sounds taken straight from some of Luigi’s shining moments. The main theme from Luigi’s Mansion and Luigi’s flamenco introduction theme from Mario Strikers Charged are sampled extensively to create the driving rhythm of the song. Listen closely, and you can even hear Luigi’s voice clips used in the background at some points in the song. References to Mario Power Tennis, other games in the franchise, and nerd and popular culture garnish an already solid song. Lines like “Everybody Loves Raymond / I’m the other Barone / So low-key / my life is baritone” are full of clever references and wordplay. The end product is a poignant and nerdy hip-hop song which leaves listeners reevaluating their views of Luigi. This is a song designed to move its listeners and offer a fresh perspective on what it might be like for the plumber in green.
Of course, just because this is the Luigi special does not mean that I cannot mention other songs. That said, I want to point out that Levar has a great collection of songs, many of them inspired by Nintendo franchises. Like “My Year,” most of them are reflective hip-hop songs which take a closer look at the emotions tied up in videogames and characters. Levar’s work contains accessible themes, from recognizing and overcoming challenges in life to evaluating one’s relationships and goals, which everyone can connect to. Some of Levar’s songs, like ”Hat’s Off (Super Mario Odyssey Rap Remix)” are definitely character-focused, but they all contain a realistic touch.While one can reasonably argue that ”The Clouds,” “Take on the World,” and ”Another Castle” are told from Mario’s perspective, it would not be difficult to imagine a real human being singing these songs. Levar’s pieces have a clear connection to the human condition. Some of Levar’s songs have even been the products of his own experiences and reflections. ”Lessons Learned from Pokémon” is explicitly stated to be inspired by Levar’s reflection on playing Pokémon Red. These songs humanize the characters and situations in videogames. They all add a layer of depth to characters like Mario and Luigi which players do not normally see or consider. Even if someone who had no knowledge of the games which inspired these songs were to listen to them, there are plenty of ways for them to connect to the messages of Levar’s work. Of course, these songs are not simply psychologically-intense monologues; they connect to the games which inspired them with clever references in the lyrics and great use of sampling to turn familiar sounds into new music. Go listen to Levar’s music, and be sure to check out his YouTube channel. It has plenty of original songs which I did not link to in this article, metal covers of videogame music, remixes, and miscellaneous videos.
Before you do that, though, let me point you in the direction of some other Luigi-centric songs, in case you cannot get enough of
That's everything for this month. Enjoy Levar’s songs and the assorted Luigi songs!
HI, everyone! I'm your valiant writer, Tucayo, here with another edition of Take Cover!. I had a hard time sticking to the theme of this special issue, but I will try to give you a special section nonetheless!