Eight-Bit Symphonies

Who's responsible for the best music of the 1980s? Nintendo. Who's finally discovering it? Everyone

Game faces: Phoenix's Minibosses lead the national craze for Nintendo rock.
Christian Johnson
Game faces: Phoenix's Minibosses lead the national craze for Nintendo rock.

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Scheduled to perform as part of the three-night Hospice Rocks benefit on Tuesday, February 14
Hollywood Alley in Mesa

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And it is invariably guys, by the way. This is a fascinating slice of humanity, but not a particularly sexy one. "It's funny, actually, 'cause one of the few things I've read about the Minibosses, one of their quotes was, 'Yeah, playing in a Nintendo cover band isn't a good way to meet girls,'" Milner recalls. "I would agree with that. We meet lots of rad people, but you don't really get so many screaming teenage girls. That wasn't exactly the goal." When it comes to Mario's classical music pedigree, girls might not know, but the perpetually adolescent boys sure understand.

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