Last week it was announced that Nintendo’s hometown of Kyoto, Japan will be treated to an orchestrated concert featuring Mario, everyone’s favorite plumber, and his longtime nemesis Bowser (also known as Koopa in Japan). The show will feature songs from the latest Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch to the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES/Famicom and just about everything in between.
The title of the symphony, translated to “Koopa is the Protagonist!?”, is interesting, considering “protagonist” typically refers to the hero of a narrative, so perhaps there will be some sort of story element within the show itself. Will Mario and Bowser display a new rivalry on stage?
Mario’s debut in an orchestrated concert follows those of the Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda series, which toured multiple countries throughout the last seven years. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses had its final season in December of last year. What began as a single presentation at Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference expanded to four total tour seasons, with 175 shows spanning across more than 100 cities in 20 countries. There’s no word yet on whether or not the Super Mario concert will be as ambitious, or if it will even leave Japan at all, but we can always hope. Who doesn’t want to hear the soundtrack of Super Mario Galaxy played by a live, full orchestra?
“Koopa is the Protagonist!?” will premiere in mid-September at the Rohm Theater Kyoto as part of the KYOTO CMEX 2018 festival. Tickets are now available through the show’s official website, ranging in price from 1,000 yen ($8.95 USD) to 13,000 yen ($116.30 USD), so if you’re in the area at the time, don’t miss out on what is sure to be an amazing experience.