Super Mario Sunshine
There’s a pattern here: new console generation, new hardware, a step up in music quality. When Mario and Peach’s (and Toadsworth’s?) holiday to Isle Delfino takes a weird turn, Kondo plays along and gives us an all new set of sounds to suit the tropical locales.
Okay, alright, Sunshine might not be everyone’s favourite Mario game (get outta here, FLUDD) but the game is still chock-full of earworms. Standouts include the music of Pianta Square and the a cappella Mario theme. Who’d have thought a four-part scat version of Mario’s tune could be so damn good? I guess old mate Koji did.