Whether it's an incredible rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" or a beautiful cover of "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses, the koto and other traditional Japanese instruments just seems to add a timeless quality to already classic tunes. Given the nostalgic charm of music from old Nintendo games, it's no wonder that this awesome video from Famikoto, which shows an awesome medley of classic Nintendo game themes covered by koto, shakuhachi, and shamisen, seems to have an extra fuzzy feeling to it!

The group, whose name combines the Japanese name of the original NES and the traditional instrument the koto, takes the endearing music we listened to as we gamed in the good 'ol days and gives a gorgeous traditional Japanese instrumental twist to it. Classics like Fire Emblem, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros all get an audio facelift, and the result is awesome.

Fortunately, there's more. Famikoto has also performed "To Zanarkand” from Final Fantasy X, as well as numerous songs from Mother.

Not to mention, Kazushi Okimasa, a koto player in the group, has his own YouTube channel that features some surprising but wonderful koto covers, including "Let it Go" from Frozen and the >em>Sailor Moon opening theme.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.