Super Mario World Soundtrack Restored Thanks To Nintendo Gigaleak

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In the wake of the Nintendo Gigaleaks, a group of Super Mario World fans have restored the game’s soundtrack, thanks to samples found in the leak.

Nintendo’s now infamous Gigaleak has had some unexpected bright sides, including the full restoration of Super Mario World‘s original soundtrack, thanks to an intrepid group of fans. While the leak revealed a significant bit of information that was previously unknown to the rest of the world (some of it rather questionable), said fans found a way to shed at least some positive light on an otherwise unconscionable breach of privacy.

Nintendo’s Gigaleak was undoubtedly one of the biggest security leaks in gaming history, and ostensibly the most damaging. It revealed source code, prototype character models, previously unseen asset files, and a cavalcade of private data. More to the point, it raised major security questions around companies like Nintendo and their cybersecurity, particularly in an age where the use of a player’s private data is now considered part of the everyday experience.

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But while the leak caused a hefty number of problems for Nintendo, it did offer the fanbase a chance to gain some insight into Nintendo’s long and rich history, and how the gaming giant constructed its now infamous worlds and characters. The information gleaned certainly came in handy when some friends of Twitter user @lebrickster stumbled across the source code for Super Mario Advance, which had music samples from Super Mario World embedded in it. They learned which instruments were used in creating the tracks, which helped them to restore the soundtrack to its full potential, without the compressed aural limitations of early 90s tech. The group uploaded the tracks via YouTube and Twitter, as reported by IGN, and which can be checked out below:

The result is a soundtrack that is cleaner, clearer, and with more depth and distinction than the original, which is unsurprising given that audio technology has grown leaps and bounds since the days of the SNES. And while diehard purists will undoubtedly prefer the original untouched 16-bit OST, lebrickster and their friends’ efforts are still appreciated by those who wondered what the soundtrack could’ve been like without the compression required by the SNES.

The data revealed from the Gigaleak is still being parsed and explored, and it offers new insight into how Nintendo classics came to be, which is a plus for every fan and curious would-be developer or modder. And it provides lots of information to toy with for anyone looking to learn from Nintendo’s classic titles. There’s still a bit of moral dilemma over the data, including these tracks, especially considering how they came to be. But the leaks didn’t necessarily make the restoration possible; they just made it easier. One could argue it was really more of a fan taking the chance to make the best out of a bad situation and give a remarkable gift to fans of Super Mario World.

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Source: IGNlebrickster

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