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The National Recording Registry, maintained by the Library of Congress, is a list of recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.” Every year since 2002, the National Recording Preservation Board selects and announces the inductees it has deemed “significant,” with each recording being required to be at least ten years old. There are 25 National Recording Registry inductees for 2023, including the Registry’s first inductee from a video game, the Super Mario Bros. theme composed by Koji Kondo, referring to the theme as “perhaps the most recognizable video game theme in history.”

Other inductees this year include Mariah Carey’s ubiquitous Christmas hit “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” and Madonna’s album “Like A Virgin,” among others, though none of those folks had a record-shattering movie hit theaters in the past week like our man Mario did, so it’s clear who the spotlight should be on. Sorry, Madonna.



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As a lover of gaming and the written word, Jaxson currently fills his time not only with playing games, but also writing about them. Ready for anything, Jaxson’s passion for puzzle games, JRPGs, tough platformers, and whimsical indies helps him bring a well-rounded opinion to Nintendo Wire’s reporting.