As Nintendo moved into the Gamecube era, main composer Koji Kondo moved into more of a supervisory position. This resulted in changes in Nintendo's sound team.
Videogame music has always been a big part of Nintendo's legacy. In this topic lets discuss how Nintendo is currently doing in this area.
- Mario: Recent 2D titles have been very forgettable; 3D titles have remained strong due mainly to the involvement of newer composer, Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo still composing a select few main themes.
- Mario Kart: Has always been good, not great. I consider 64 the strongest.
- Zelda: Has undergone some decline since Wind Waker. While newer soundtracks are exceptionally well produced and still contain great themes themes, the series is no longer linked with iconic music the way it once was. Some games like "A Link Between Worlds" make use of older themes, to great effect.
- Metroid: The "Prime" games were musically superior to the already fantastic NES/SNES scores
- Donkey Kong: The "Country" series has been stronger than ever, under the care of the Kenji Yamamoto and main series composer David Wise.
- Animal Crossing: Consistent? (personally haven't played all the games), New Leaf was musically strong.
- Fire Emblem: The most recent Awakening had maybe the series' best score.
- Yoshi: Yoshi's Island DS and seemingly Yoshi's New Island have very poor soundtracks.
- Smash Bros: Brawl was a fantastic homage to video game music, in general. Info on Smash Bros U's soundtrack is scarce.
Overall: You can tell that Koji Kondo is no longer composing all of the Mario and Zelda music, like he once did. The 2D Mario and Yoshi games seem to have suffered the biggest drop in quality. Recent musical highlights include Mario Galaxy/3D World and the new Donkey Kong County games.