The USA Library of Congress inducted its first ever piece of game music into the Nationwide Recording Registry yesterday, perpetually marking it as considered one of numerous “audio treasures worthy of preservation forever primarily based on their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance within the nation’s recorded sound heritage”.

Now, I do know what you are considering: “Clearly, they chose Dragon’s Dogma’s Into Free Dangan for preservation on this prestigious assortment of cultural paragons.” Properly, that will make sense. Into Free Dangan—an English adaptation of the B’z music Samayoeru Aoi Dangan made for Dragon’s Dogma’s 2012 launch—is a technical and inventive masterwork. However the Library of Congress went and selected Koji Kondo’s Tremendous Mario Bros. theme as a substitute.

“Few musicians have had their work develop into so internationally acknowledged for many years but stay so comparatively unknown as Koji Kondo,” mentioned the Library of Congress assertion on the Tremendous Mario theme’s inclusion, blissfully unaware of the staggering injustice it was inflicting on each gaming and human tradition at massive, noting that “His major, or ‘Floor Theme,’ for the 1985 game is a jaunty, Latin-influenced melody that’s immediately recognizable world wide right now”. So into the vault it goes.

The Tremendous Mario Bros. theme is considered one of 25 recordings chosen for the Nationwide Recording Registry’s Class of 2023. Additionally inducted had been bangers like Madonna’s Like A Virgin, Eurythmics Candy Desires (Are Product of This), and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven (you will discover the complete listing on the Library of Congress web site). Lots of the inductees have been collated into playlists for Spotify, Apple Music, and different streaming providers, which you will discover right here.

“Having this music preserved alongside so many different basic songs is such a fantastic honor,” Kondo advised the Library of Congress. “It is truly a little bit bit tough to consider.” See? Even he is flabbergasted.

Kidding apart, and within the hope of defending my Twitter notifications from individuals who suppose I’m being 100% critical about this, it is truly fairly cool to see game music as undeniably iconic because the Tremendous Mario Bros. theme be chosen as a treasure of our shared cultural heritage. I am truthfully largely stunned it wasn’t included sooner. 

Nonetheless, whereas I believe it deserves its spot, let’s view this as a possibility to get the stuff that actually warrants inclusion in there subsequent yr: Into Free Dangan, the Deus Ex theme, and your complete Metallic Gear Rising: Revengeance soundtrack. Now we have an obligation to historical past.