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Nintendo composer makes touching musical tributes to Yamauchi

Hip Tanaka creates Metroid and Super Mario Land remixes to honour his old boss

Countless tributes have been paid to former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi since his passing last week, and now one of the company's most beloved composers has contributed in his own unique way.

Hirokazu Tanaka, best known among Nintendo fans as 'Hip' Tanaka, composed the music for a number of classic Nintendo games in the 1980s.

Tanaka's work included the theme music for Metroid, Kid Icarus, Super Mario Land, Tetris, Dr Mario, Balloon Fight and EarthBound.

Now, in memory of his old boss, Tanaka has released remixed versions of two of his most well-known works. First is the ending theme from Super Mario Land:

Secondly, here's a new version of the ending theme from Metroid.

It's fitting that Tanaka would use the music that marked the end of two classic Nintendo games to also mark the end of the man who made Nintendo the enormous name in entertainment it is today by choosing to change the company's focus from toy and card manufacturing to video game development.

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