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May 31, 2004

{     12 Beeps & Bloops (NES edition)     }    

_Being a wholly biased list of 12 great video game soundtracks for the Nintendo Entertainment System._ 1. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest 2. Super Mario Bros. 3 3. The Legend of Zelda 4. River City Ransom 5. Bubble Bobble 6. Dr. Mario 7. Bionic Commando 8. Tetris 9. Mega Man 2 10. Gradius 11. Goonies 2 12. Metroid


Cue discussion of the new Advantage

Posted by: Eric at June 1, 2004 4:47 AM

Gawrsh! Now how did I miss this?

They sure do have one of the ugliest websites( I've ever seen.

Posted by: benjamin at June 1, 2004 7:31 PM

While I won't deny the audio superiority of the Super Mario 3 soundtrack over the OG Super Mario Bros. sndtrk, I have to prop OG SMB for sheer stuck-in-my-head nostalgia. I get chills every time I hear the "underground" theme from world 1-2.
I'm glad to see Goonies 2 and Bionic Commando representing- but where the Kung-Fu love at? Okay, that game had an awful soundtrack and there was nothing original about it, but it's endless repetition of the same notes used to really get me psyched- every level brought even more of the same challengers, even more of the same deadly hornet's nests. Such fun!
I recently heard somebody trash-talking the tunes from Blaster Master, but I always remembered them as being pretty ace. Anybody want to chime in and help me out here?

Posted by: Adam at June 3, 2004 9:40 PM

Blaster Master was actually on my list until the very last minute. I've never gotten very far in the game, but I've always enjoyed the music. It was actually vying for a position with River City Ransom, but in the end I had to give props to my boy K. Sawa.

As for SMB vs. SMB 3. . . well, I did say it was biased. Plus I'm replaying SMB 3 right now. I think I was choosing on tune variety. . . there are only 4-6 different bits of music in SMB1. In the same vein Zelda 2 arguably has better music than Zelda 1 (with no other improvements whatsoever).

Man, I tell you what I always loved for no good reason was the theme to Ice Hockey. It's only about 20-30 seconds long, but it's awesome!

Posted by: benjamin at June 4, 2004 4:27 AM

Ice Hockey's theme was awesome! I totally forgot about that game. I was also thinking about how much I love the Balloon Fight music.
On the topic of short bursts of brilliance in game music, and to take it back to 4-bit, one of my absolute favorite moments in gaming history is when you finally assemble all the ingredients in the Kool-Aid Man video game, and Kool-Aid Man comes busting through the wall, kicking everybody's ass.
The Masters of the Universe game had a similarly rousing theme, though it played throughout and wore down on you a bit.
I think Burgertime had a pretty rockin' theme too, if memory serves me correct. Of course, I was playing on the technologically advanced INTELLIVISION GAME SYSTEM, so everything was just that much cooler anyway.

Posted by: Adam at June 4, 2004 6:12 PM

where is marble madness?

Posted by: minithin at August 16, 2004 5:19 AM
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