Aside from the obvious game play, character development, and pretty colors, nothing solidifies a video games stance in history like its music and soundtrack. Throughout the history of the arcade/console/hand-held video game, characters have come and gone, titles have amazed and disappointed, and systems have stood high and fallen fast, yet the music from so many still sticks on our collective minds. The following ten video game themes are far and away the most well know as they have spawned more sequels between them that the populations of third-world nations. So, sit back, relax, pull up a controller, and enjoy.
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Something so sweet emanates from this digital recording from the NES version of this game. It's so MIDI, yet so clear that it is instantly recognizable anywhere. I remember when I first got this game -it came with the se we got for Christmas one year, possibly 87-88, something like that- and I played the hell out of this game. I'm proud to admit I made it to level 65 without any assistance. Just many hours of ignoring everything else around me.
9) MORTAL KOMBAT
The soundtrack that launched a dance phenomenon a few years ago... unfortunately. Yes, we all knew this theme was ripe for conversion into a sweaty, writhing dance track with as much over-dubbing and tweaking as a rappers car, but at the rate it became overplayed and decidedly annoying, sixteen more mediocre sequels could have been made. Oh, wait...
8) HALO 2
Two part raucus metal, two parts 80's 'Ass-Rock', mix thoroughly, sprinkle liberally with sassy piano, you get Halo 2. Far and away better than the original or even the third installment, the theme accompanies one of game-doms biggest multi-player onslaught video games. Very cool.
7) THE ELDER SCROLLS IV: OBLIVION
From somewhere out of Middle Earth, the haunting and ethereal theme from Elder Scrolls is at once beautiful and treacherous, especially for those familiar with the game. It combines everything you find throughout the game, and just enough more to make it stand out all on its own.
6) FINAL FANTASY
So many games, yet one strong theme reverberates throughout them all. I was always a bigger fan of the original four or five FF's, but I have played the newer ones and I appreciate the fact that they've always managed to slide the one strong theme somewhere in the game.
Undoubtedly one of the classics. Just hearing this intro brought me right back into the game I loved so very much growing up... well, as a teen, at any rate. Honestly, the strength of the current Castlevania titles have maintained their strength souly on game play and music exactly as the original did.
4) METAL GEAR SOLID
Does anyone remember the original Metal Gear from the NES? Yeah, me too...
3) DONKEY KONG
To really see the best that this classic video game has to offer, you need to check out THE KING OF KONG. Excellent documentary on to of this game's finest players.
2) THE LEGEND OF ZELDA
Instantly recognizable. The Legend of Zelda theme, as the game itself, was easily one of Nintendo's greatest achievements. Every game since has only expanded on it's perfection and looks to do the very same for future generations.
1) SUPER MARIO BROTHERS
And there you have it: by far the most well known song matched with easily the most well known video game icon of all time. I DARE YOU TO ARGUE!