It could be a coincidence, but the Super Mario Brothers theme sounds like the sheng tone, an old Chinese instrument dated back to 1100 B.C.
The more iconic video game audio track played with an ancient woodwind. The resulting sound is pure 1980s nostalgia, it resembles to 8-bit synthesized electronic music produced by the sound chips of vintage computers, video game consoles, and arcade machines.
It makes wonder if Nintendo actually used the sheng in their sound effect conceptualization.
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