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Thundercat offers song as tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi

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Bassist Thundercat has created a musical tribute to former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, who died last week.

Thundercat, aka Stephen Bruner, has created a piece called "Ballad of Bowzer" (sic) that fuses the sounds of the emerging video game era to which Yamauchi, who was president of Nintendo from 1949 until his retirement in 2002, contributed so much.

The musician's most recent album, Apocalypse was released in July 2013. He counts video games as a major influence and a big part of his life, playing Final Fantasy and Sonic the Hedgehog themes to visiting house guests, for example, and recommending Sade as the ideal audio accompaniment to shooting games. Thundercat's work also appears on the Grand Theft Auto 5 soundtrack.

Earlier this week. musician Hip Tanaka posted remixes of the theme music for Super Mario Land and Metroid, dedicated to the memory of Yamauchi, who died on Sept. 19, age 85.