Once upon a time, Mario Kart 64 sounded very, very different from what fans got to experience.
Recently, games preservation enthusiast Forest of Illusion tweeted out what seems to be a prototype title tune for the classic racing game – back when it was just in development as ‘Mario Kart R’. The track was likely just a mere placeholder, and it really shows. Take a listen for yourself below.
Fun fact: For the early prototype builds of Mario Kart 64, Nintendo used this theme for the title screen of the game. The theme was likely used as a placeholder throughout development and first created for use in a 3D demo by SGI. (The company who developed the chip set for N64). pic.twitter.com/fmLtTRKE9G
— Forest of Illusion (@forestillusion) April 28, 2019
Not exactly that inspiring or blood-pumping, in our opinion. For comparison, here’s what Nintendo fans finally got when the game actually launched for Nintendo 64:
They pretty much sound like two completely games! As usual, it’s interesting to see how drastically some Nintendo titles evolve as they approach release – with Mario Kart 64 as no exception.
We’ll always be reporting back on any cool retro tidbits in the future, so stay tuned.