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Retro Thursdays: NES Game Music Vol. 2

Feb 07, 2014

Retro Thursday...released on a Friday?

Yup! Sorry about that everyone, I've been under the weather a little. But I'm back with some more retro tunes from the NES that have stuck with me over the years. Can you believe It's been 4 months since our last look back at 8-bit music? Some of you may have forgotten, but I asked you to nominate some songs for spotlight and this week on top of my own selections, I have selected 3 awesome pieces chosen by you, the Kidzworld fans.


Still one of the best D-Pads ever made.Still one of the best D-Pads ever made.Courtesy of Nintendo

The Legend Of Zelda

Song: Title Theme Composer: Koji Kondo

The first Zelda game released for the NES, the Legend Of Zelda's title theme, composed by Koji Kondo, is one of gaming's most recognizable themes. Koji Kondo is getting the spotlight twice today, which will come as no surprise when you see what else he has composed. And incase you missed it, here's our Top 5 Zelda Games.



Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword Of Chaos

Song: Act 3-2 Theme Composers: Ryuichi Nitta & Mayuko Okamura

Ninja Gaiden always featured great music as a series, even rivaling the music from the Mega Man games for some fans. The below, sweeping piece of music is one of just many stand-out compositions from Ninja Gaiden II and to this day, takes my imagination to some pretty cool places.




Song: Title Theme Composer: David Wise

From Rare, the game developers that went on to create the Donkey Kong Country series, Banjo Kazooie and Goldeneye; Battletoads was hard. Very hard. Thankfully the music was awesome and kept you focused on the difficult action that lay before you. David Wise, an in-house composer for Rare is also credited with all aforementioned Rare games as well as the new upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Retro Studios), coming soon to Wii U. Also...the last minute of this track is just filler, so you can skip the end after the first 1.5 min or so.

Fun Fact: Battletoads was originally created to rival the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games.




Song: Vampire Killer Composer: Satoe Terashima Chosen by: xPrincessPikachux

From the long running and well known Castlevania series, Vampire Killer was an easy one to include as it's widely considered to be a masterpiece of the NES era. Only one person came forward recommending this spooky, edgy track...which tells me way to little of you have heard it. Welcome to NES music school, your teacher, is xPrincessPikachux.




Song: Main Theme Composer: Toshio Kai Chosen by: The Names Jesse

6 seconds of epic, memorable, classic music from one of gaming's oldest series, Pac-Man. Sorry, The Names Jesse! Toshio Kai kept it short but sweet!



Super Mario Bros.

Song: Main Theme Composer: Koji Kondo Chosen by: Naruto200

Naruto200 suggested music from Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 or 3. When it comes to choosing just one song to highlight from the incredible Super Mario Bros. series, it has to be the Main Theme from Super Mario Bros. The second song featured from composer Koji Kondo, Mario's title theme isn't just a famous tune amongst gamers, but its catchy melody is recognized by non-gamers alike. Some have never played a Mario game in their life and would still recognize this wonderful 8-bit track.

Hands down one of the best songs composed for the Nintendo Entertainment System and a piece of music that will forever be remembered and loved.


There you have it. Hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past. Until next time, game on!

Have Your Say!

Which was your favorite of the above tracks? Also...Leave a retro song recommendation you think should get featured next time!