Long before Guitar Hero and Samba de Amigo, the original Nintendo brought us iconic music in simple but brilliant midi ditties. Not only did our favorite classics have awesome soundtracks, but Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Legend of Zelda tapped into our budding imaginations with magical whistles which later, in Zelda’s case, became the ocarina. The ocarina, a 12,000 year old instrument, eventually morphed into an iPhone app by Smule giving iPhone users the ability to rock out and pretend we’re Link.
As if that wasn’t perfect enough, an eBay seller “nes_harmonica” has continued the trend of NES musical influence by bringing us the 8-bit Nintendo cartridge / harmonica!
Funny enough he’s built the harmonicas, quite appropriately, into a gold cart Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dick Tracy! I’m pretty sure this is where brilliant meets absurd with brilliant winning. Will we see YouTube videos of people playing their harmonica along with their favorite NES game? Time will tell… (As a disclaimer, I don’t know the seller; however, he was kind enough to give me permission to use his photos. I’m not sure how well these work, but I certainly admire this creativity.)
If you’re more interested in an ocarina on your iPhone than in your NES cart, you can find the Ocarina app and other games at iTunes: All Your Music, All In One Place