A New Game for Super Mario’s Maestro

 Famed for Ringtone Heard ‘Round World, Japan’s Kondo Tackles Wii Music Project


Most Americans haven’t heard of Koji Kondo, but they’ve probably heard his music. The lilting, Latin rhythms of the theme for Super Mario Bros., one of the most successful videogames of all time with more than 40 million copies sold, were Mr. Kondo’s first solo project at Nintendo more than 20 years ago.

Since then, the theme has spread to orchestral arrangements and cellphones, where it’s been on Billboard’s ringtone chart for more than four years and outlasted pop singles from Britney Spears and Green Day.

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