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Top 5 Underrated Nintendo Songs

Posted by Jakub

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Sure everyone knows the usual Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Castlevania, Zelda, Metroid, Jackal, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon, etc. What I come to realize is how much of an impact it made on enjoying certain sounds and being aware of them at such an early age. Well here it is, feel free to list what you think I missed in the comments, remember the key word is underrated.

5. Town & Country Surf Designs

The surf game no one could beat in my neighborhood, loved the loop and chord change, and the cover oh how great that cover was.
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4. Super Dodge Ball – Kenya Theme

I remember playing this game for hours just to get to Kenya so I can hear those drums, that flute… wellllllll lets not talk about the flute.

3. Blades Of Steel

Oh those lower notes, I loved them, the kid in me would cry if I didn’t put a hockey game on this list so here you go you weird time traveling crybaby.

2. Battletoads

At 0:28 my child mind felt like it was glowing, made we worship delayed sounds every since.

1. Bad Dudes

It almost makes me tear up its soo good, I almost want to knock on my neighbors door now and ask him if he wants to go outside and play guns.

41 Comments Leave A Comment

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Beebo says:

October 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Ummm Jakub, everyone knows that the Megaman series has the best original Nintendo music. C’mon man, get it together!

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Anonymous says:

October 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Double Dragon’s is maybe overrated, or fairly rated, as one of the best ever.

Sounds like that Surf Designs one with the sad ass lead synth line.

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Jakub says:

October 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

@BEEBO is usually in EVERY top 5, up there with Tetris

@ANONYMOUS you think so? I love that melody

@ETHAN that was magical, I will share it with Wisp

@JON That Asian FEEL

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Anonymous says:

October 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Daaaaamn diggin deep on this stuff. Love it all. It makes me sad for the current state of video game music… so bland.

That being said, isn’t Ghostly doing the soundtrack for some indie ps4 title? I recall watching a trailer for it and thinking “that sounds like tycho” and sure enough it was. It’d be cool to see a post on the label’s involvement.

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NAVIS says:

October 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I don’t remember any killer NES jams off the top of my head but lemme tell you, Sega Genesis’ Streets of Rage had some funky grooves. I think towards the 3rd installment of the game, it got a little aggressive. But the first two are awesome.

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Anonymous says:

October 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

T&C Surf will jack up any kid that actually played this game to lvl 99. After that there are just infinite lvl 99s. F U Ninitendo…F U and your impossible to beat games.

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Nick Gatens says:

October 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

Oh man, this is my childhood right here.

Here’s a few more overlooked NES ones:

California Games’ skating music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gdrB1RBXb4&feature=share&list=PL046C4836F6F97378

R.C. Pro AM Theme:
http://youtu.be/8JTtROyminQ

River City Ransom – Roxy’s theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i92sAErD4o&feature=share&list=SP66D630337786F1CC

The Adventures of Bayou Billy: Annabelle (terrible game though):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eihOi0EeajU&feature=share&list=PL00A9D301B3F19B90

And not really underrated so much, but maybe my all time favorite NES track – Batman stage 1:

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Colin says:

October 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

Megaman 3 all the way. That franchise always had the best tunes. And don’t forget the diamond in the rough ‘Strider’. If you didn’t press start and just let the intro music play through.. pure gold. But good luck with the triangle jump…

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Blake Barton says:

October 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Vector Man (Genesis)
Tekken 2 (Playstation)
Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
Snowboard Kids 2 (N64)
EINHANDER (Playstation)
Waverace 64 (N64)
Thrilla’s Safari (NES)…That was the sequel to T&C I believe.

I owned all these games, but Thrilla’s Safari was sooooo difficult.

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Blake Barton says:

October 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

“It almost makes me tear up its soo good, I almost want to knock on my neighbors door now and ask him if he wants to go outside and play guns.”

“Play guns” is a phrase me and my brother used to use. It broadly covered any torment towards each other inside or outside the house.

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Kevin says:

October 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Agreed with NIELSBOT. Blaster Master is amazing. I remember when it got voted best music in Nintendo Power Magazine.

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Beebo says:

October 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Konami always seemed to make great music fo its games, and Lifesforce (the sequel to Gradius), is no exception. Fanatatic music and equally awesome game!

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Marc says:

October 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Championship Bowling was always my fave for NES music. The intro track was crazy good – then it went to an arpeggiated space hillybilly ho-down during gameplay. Loved it.

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Patio says:

November 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

There is no doubt that #1 and #2 are very interesting , they are pretty vanguardist.

I may Add the hole Batman Soundtrack wich a love too much.