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‘The music in video games is less memorable now than it was in the old days,” says Midori Kurihara, vocalist with YMCK, and she should know: Her Tokyo three-piece band emulates the sound of classic scores to games on the 8-bit Nintendo Famicom console (known in the West as the Nintendo Entertainment System) that gave “Super Mario Bros.” to the world in 1985.

“These days video-game music is more cinematic,” counters Tomoyuki Nakamura, who co-writes the band’s music and handles animation for their suitably pixelated music videos. “But it’s not as impressive as before.”

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