Here's some context from the Youngstown Vindicator:
“The study of video-game music is quickly emerging as a legitimate academic discipline,” said Steven Reale, assistant professor in YSU’s Dana School of Music and the lead organizer of the event. “This conference will focus on how soundtracks for various video games serve to heighten the game’s story, amplify its interactivity, position it culturally or serve as touchstones for music pedagogy.”
More information, including registration details, is available at YSU's website.
Now sample some Super Mario World hits below.