For the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series, Nintendo held a series of special concerts in various countries around the world (though mainly in North America). Those concerts have been so popular that new dates are still added regularly to this very day, and it looks like it won’t stop any time soon.
In fact, it’s because the Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts have been so successful that Nintendo decided to do something similar for the Super Mario Bros. series. Apparently, the company has been trying to find the right opportunity to hold such concerts for a quite white, and obviously, the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series was the perfect opportunity for that.
This morning, we learned that Nintendo would hold two concerts for the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary in Japan, in Tokyo and Osaka. Those are called the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Live, but this time around, there will be no orchestra or anything. Instead, the music will be performed by a band of musicians called the Super Mario Special Band:
– Music Director and Keyboards: Masanori Sasaji
– Bass: Shingo Tanaka
– Drums: Kawaguchi Shisato
– Guitar: Kenji Kitajima
– Percussion: ASA-CHANG
– Trumpet: Koji Nishimura, Luis Valle
– Trombone: Eijiro Nakagawa
– Bass Trombone: Asari Katsuhisa
– Saxophone: Osamu Yoshida, Takuo Yamamoto, Ryoji Ihara
– Violin: Toshihiro Nakanishi
+ special guests, including people involved in the Super Mario Bros. series (Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, etc.).
The two concerts will take place on:
– September 20th: Osaka International Convention Center, Main Hall (doors open at 5PM JST, concert starts at 6PM JST)
– September 21st: Tokyo International Forum, Hall A (doors open at 5PM JST, concert starts at 6PM JST)
For more information about the concert, including the price of the tickets and how to buy some, please check out the official website!
Unfortunately, we don’t know if Nintendo will hold similar concerts outside Japan, or if those two will be streamed live on NicoNico.
Since the very first game, in 1985, the various games in the Super Mario Bros. series have sold over 314 340 000 units worldwide.