Friday, 18 October 2013

Smooth McGroove - Amazing Acapella Renditions of Retro Videogame Soundtracks


Groove is in the heart

If you love retro game music as much as I do and haven't heard of Smooth McGroove, then you really need to head on over to YouTube post haste and check out his fantastic Acapella renditions of classic videogame soundtracks.

There are loads of instantly recognisable classic tunes here, with plenty of Zelda and Final Fantasy Themes as well as Mario, Street Fighter 2, Castlevania, Sonic, Mega Man, Phoenix Wright, Kirby and even Tetris making an appearance. Even Smooth's cat, Charl, gets involved in the videos and is as adorable as Mr. McGroove is talented.

Smooth and his feline accomplice kicking back in the sound booth


Every single piece is an utter delight to listen to, and is guaranteed to have you grinning from ear to ear, regardless of whether you remember the tunes or not. My personal favourites are:

  • Super Mario World - Overworld Theme
  • Zelda : A Link to the Past - Dark World Theme
  • Super Mario Land - Muda Kingdom
  • Castlevania - Vampire Killer & Bloody Tears
  • Duck Tales - Moon Theme
  • Sonic 3 - Ice Cap Zone - Act 1
  • F-Zero - Mute City
  • Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambience


Smooth is regularly adding new videos to his youtube channel, and I really hope to see more of my favourite retro tunes appear at some point - fingers crossed he gets around to singing the awesome Corneria theme from the original Starfox on SNES.


You can find his channel here and, as this was the first one of his epic vocal renditions I heard, here is the Vampire Killer theme from Castlevania. Enjoy.