There are few games that I can think of that carry as much variety as Mario game, especially the 3D games. One level could have you swimming the depths of an alcove in the sea, another will have you running and jumping across pits of lava. Each level has a theme and they never feel repetitive. So Today I’ve picked a song from their latest installment:
Bonneton (Cap Kingdom): Super Mario Odyssey
I absolutely adored this game. It just felt like a big step forward for 3D Mario games and it really brought the world of Mario to life. As for why I chose Bonneton specifically… it has no real competition in this game. There aren’t really any spooky or otherwise horror themed worlds (there aren’t even any Boo’s) and the closest kingdom thematically is Bonneton. This doesn’t mean it isn’t good though. The music and look have a really strong “Nightmare before Christmas vibe”. Overall Bonneton is a fun theme that celebrates horror or spookiness without being scary, and that’s why I chose it.
As much as I enjoy getting scared there is a certain energy and pleasure that comes with the celebration of horror that also makes me happy. It’s like going to a Harvest Festival or spending the night outside with friends legally extorting the elderly for candy (read: Trick or Treating /joke/). Simply put it’s fun, and I feel it’s important to enjoy these moments too.
Even within horror related content it isn’t always an onslaught of terror. Familiarity does breed contempt as well as boredom so it’s important to have some down time every now and again. In many ways these light playful celebratory moments give us a reprieve from the frights we seek, so that we can appreciate them even more when do do find them.