It’s a special-special episode for this week.

To begin, we’re celebrating Mariachi Day, on January 21st, to honor this music genre that is the pride of Mexico. While it is widely known for its heritage, mariachi has expanded from Mexico to other parts of Latin American and even across the ocean to Japan (search for Samurai Mariachi). Most recognize the music for the instruments (guitars, trumpets, violins, accordion), its members (traditionally male but now may have both male and female or all female), and its passion.

But what does mariachi have to do with video game music?

Allow me to introduce a mariachi cover band that has been performing covers of video game music for several years and were live at Pax South and MAGFest – Mariachi Entertainment System.

Sit back and enjoy the sounds of mariachi and the melodies of video game music…


Mariachi Day (National Day)


Mariachi Entertainment System (YT, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Patreon)



Track Listing by Album

“Mariachi Entertainment System”
“Bloody Tears” – [Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest] – composed by Kenichi Matsubara
“The Moon” – [Ducktales] – composed by Hiroshige Tonomura
“Guardia Millenia Fair” – [Chrono Trigger] – composed by Yasunori Mitsuda

“Con Sangre de Gamer”
“Guile’s Theme” – [Street Fighter II] – composed by Yoko Shimomura
“Mute City” – [F-Zero] – composed by Yumiko Kanki
“Star Wolf” – [Star Fox 64] – composed by Hajime Wakai
“Terra” – [Final Fantasy VI] – from “Omen”, composed by Nobuo Uematsu
“Inner Shade – [The King of Fighters 2000] – composed by SNK NEO Sound Orchestra

“Hecho En Hyrule”
“Hyrule Castle” – [The Legend of Zelda] – composed by Koji Kondo
“Tal Tal Heights” – [The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening] – composed by Koji Kondo
“Death Mountain” – [The Legend of Zelda] – composed by Koji Kondo
“Safety in the Sanctuary” – [The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past] – composed by Koji Kondo