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Killer Cuts Was ’90s Nintendo Failing To Be Cool

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s new, daily hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-arse sounds they make. Today’s aural treat (of sorts) is Nintendo’s 1995 freebie album Killer Cuts, which was the soundtrack to Minoru Arakawa’s illegal, underground raves. If “game recognise game,” it follows that “nerd…

Killer Cuts Was ’90s Nintendo Failing To Be Cool

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s new, daily hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-arse sounds they make. Today’s aural treat (of sorts) is Nintendo’s 1995 freebie album Killer Cuts, which was the soundtrack to Minoru Arakawa’s illegal, underground raves.

If “game recognise game,” it follows that “nerd recognise nerd.” And as a nerd, I can tell you that no major 1990s video game company was as hopelessly uncool as Nintendo.

(Disclaimer: Nintendo and Sega were capitalist, corporate entities projecting false images through advertising to get people to buy products, and who gives a fuck if something’s “cool”… but hey! Let’s have fun with this.)

…As I was saying, the really bad part was, Nintendo recognised its coolness deficit vis-à-vis Sega around 1993, 1994 and started trying to be cool. Trying. And if you’re obviously trying, you’re not cool. But suddenly Nintendo was announcing promotions with the Butthole Surfers, exhorting customers to “Play It Loud,” and releasing the cheesy-arse album Killer Cuts.

Very cool:

Also cool and not excruciatingly awkward:

Nintendo / World of Nintendo (YouTube)

The coolest gamer trio you’ll ever meet:

Nintendo / World of Nintendo (YouTube)

(What the fuck was with those pretend NoA employees.)

Anyway, Killer Cuts. Rare’s relentlessly CGI-infused 1994 fighter Killer Instinct (longplay) was a hot ticket in arcades, and to promote the launch of the 1995 SNES port (longplay), Nintendo packed in a remixed soundtrack with the first 100,000 copies or thereabouts. That’s Killer Cuts (playlist / VGMdb), and it’s the sort of garish comedy music Nester, Birdo, Little Mac, and Ken Lobb might freak to should they ever escape their cages below Nintendo HQ.

Let’s play it loud:

Nintendo / KillerInstinctHQ (YouTube)

I mean whatever, it’s…

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