This video was created in 2004!
My friend Luigi and I created this video before YouTube publicly existed! This video first appeared on gprime.net and became a viral video.
On October 18, 2007, this video received the following YouTube Honors:
#1 – Top Rated (All Time) – Japan
#1 – Top Favorites (All Time) – Japan
#1 – Most Discussed (All Time) – Japan
#1 – Top Favorites (All Time) – Music – Japan
#1 – Most Discussed (All Time) – Music – Japan
#1 – Top Rated (All Time) – Music – Japan
#1 – Most Viewed (All Time) – Music – Japan
#3 – Most Viewed (All Time) – Japan
#3 – Most Linked (All Time) – Music – Japan
#5 – Recently Featured – Music – Hong Kong
#8 – Recently Featured – Hong Kong
#49 – Most Discussed (All Time) – Music
#71 – Most Linked (All Time) – Japan
#98 – Top Favorites (All Time) – Music
Koji Kondo composed the music!
This video has been viewed 45 million times, approximately. When YouTube came out in 2005, at least 64 people posted this video on their YouTube channels. Some of those posted videos received up to 5 million views.
As a result of this video, in 2005, I gave a video game music solo recital at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. I gave 23 encores after my performance. A few months later I gave a solo recital at the Penny Arcade Expo. Also, on July 6, 2005, I performed at the Hollywood Bowl for 11,000 people. To this day I have performed video game music in 17 countries. I continue to perform video game music both offline and online.
Fun trivia: In 2009 I was invited to appear on a funny Japanese television show as a result of the popularity of this video. Unfortunately I had to decline the offer due to having a full schedule and school responsibilities.
Video Game Pianist (VGP) aka Martin Leung is one of the first musicians to play video game music on the internet. In 2004, a video of the formerly called The Blindfolded Pianist playing Super Mario pieces with the Super Mario theme played blindfolded premiered on eBaum’s World and gprime.net. The video soon became viral, and about one year after the premiere of the video, VGP performed at PAX 2005 at the Meydenbauer Center, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as part of the Celebrity Guests Signature Series with 21 encores after VGP’s concert, and the BradyGames booth at E3. In 2006 VGP performed at PAX 2006, the BradyGames booth at E3, an iam8bit party at Gallery 1988, Harucon II, The Union Club of Cleveland, was featured in MTV’s “The G-Hole,” and appeared in an article on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Arts section. The article is titled, “Pianist Makes a Name as Video Game Virtuoso.” In 2007 VGP performed at the 4players.de booth at the Games Convention (Germany), Solon Center for the Arts, and Case Western Reserve University.
More recently, VGP performed at PAX West 2018, PAX West 2016, the Jonathan Club, San Francisco Comic Con, Indianapolis Comic Con, and at Tampa Bay Comic Con. In March 2019 VGP will perform at Britton Recital Hall at the University of Michigan. VGP’s website is videogamepianist.com, and his YouTube channel is youtube.com/MMLeung.
Here's a list of video game pieces I have performed on YouTube: