My Top 3 Video Game Tunes… And 17 Others

The Top 3

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1. Kokiri Forest The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)

When it comes to my childhood and video games, this trumps even Emerald Hill Zone and Bob-omb Battlefield.

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2. Hill Top Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive)

The wailing sax and the colours of this level are perfect.

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3. Hyrule Field – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)

Self-explanatory.

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Okay, I’ll pick one word.

Glorious.

And 17 Others

(in no particular order)

4. Cool, Cool Mountain Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)

It’s so happy, hyperactive and snowy.

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5. Casino Night Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive)

I once found online an album of jazzed up Sonic themes. The Super Sonic/Casino Night track was awesome. As it happens, the original is equally so. And, again; how beautiful does the level look? Another sublime pairing.

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6. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PlayStation)

Everyone knows this is the best of the lot.

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7. Green GreensKirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy)

I just love it. It’s why I’d pick Green Greens on any Smash Bros. title every time.

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8. Jolly Roger Bay Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)

A relatively mundane course, but the music is just so chilled.

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9. City Street Streets of Rage (Mega Drive)

The best opener ever. Pure class.

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10. Click Clock Wood Banjo-Kazooie (Nintendo 64)

I love all the music in this game. Click Clock Wood? All seasons.

I love this game.

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11. Delfino Plaza  Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)

I’m a sucker for the accordion. This track just fits so perfectly with the course. Everything about it is fantastic. Nintendo’s composers sure do write some amazing music.

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12. James Pond II: Robocod (Mega Drive)

Does it get annoying? Yes. Do I love it anyway? Hell yes.

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13. Starlight Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega Drive)

I find this so wonderfully relaxing, and think it’s just a beautiful piece of music.

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14. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PlayStation 2)

The ’80s.

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15. Streets TimeSplitters 2 (PlayStation 2)

Capture the Flag on this map was my favourite thing about the game. Plus the music was quality.

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And not forgetting these chaps, of course…

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16. Chatterbox FM Grand Theft Auto III (PlayStation 2)

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17. SSX (PlayStation 2)

Rahzel. ‘Song for Dot’. I can’t remember the rest – but it was awesome.

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18. Sonic BoomSonic CD (Mega CD / PC)

There were two soundtracks to this. The song ‘Sonic Boom’ in the opening FMV sequence was awesome. The FMV itself was even cooler. Watch it here.

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19. Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding (PlayStation)

The second best.

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20. Pokémon Red and Blue

No single town. All of it. Who among us, if they heard any of this music, wouldn’t be transported back to their 11-year-old self?

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I had Red.

On a side note: I still remember going with my best friend Andy to see the First Movie at (what I think was) the beginning of the Summer Holidays.

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What are some of your favourites?

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