Nintendo has always been known for producing some of the most spectacular soundtracks in gaming. As a result, there are countless songs that sometimes you just cant quite get out of your head and some that are just flat out awesome. This list goes a bit against the conventional choices, so try to enjoy my personal top 10 most memorable Nintendo songs.
There are a ton of excellent songs in Ocarina of Time. Heck there are hundreds of great ones in the entire Zelda series. But the Song of Storms was always the one I would find myself humming long after it stopped playing. While it isn't the most useful ocarina song, it is certainly my favorite.
9. Title Theme - Duck Tales
The vast majority of people that have played Duck Tales will list the them from the moon levels as their favorite song of the game. That song is definitely great, and I myself had trouble choosing between it and the game’s title theme. But in the end, I picked the ladder. Even though the title theme is just an 8-bit version of the show’s theme song, it still makes me get all those feelings of nostalgia conjured up. I also spent a lot of time on the title screen since I wasn’t very good at the game as a 4-year-old.
8. Mona Pizza - WarioWare
I’m not gonna pretend this is a good song. It’s ridiculous, crazy and completely irrelevant to anything. And that is why it so perfectly fits into the wackiness that is the WarioWare series. It’s catchy, fun and madly addicting and that’s more than enough to earn Mona Pizza a spot in the top 10.
Some of these choices have simpler explanations than others. The Delfino Plaza theme does its job of making this game feel tropical and well, like you are on a vacation. And that really is the entire theme of Mario Sunshine. I always listen to this song when I’m at the beach and it just feels so right.
Everybody has a game that defines their childhood. For me that was Pokemon Silver. I put hundreds of hours into that game, and I spent most of my time in Johto’s biggest city, Goldenrod. The song is peaceful and relaxing and it easily became my favorite in the game. While it doesn’t quite get you hyped for battle like many other songs in the Pokemon series, it’s a nice change of pace from your otherwise hectic campaign.
5. Rainbow Road - Mario Kart 64
The Mario Kart 64 version of Rainbow Road very well could be the hardest course to ever come out of the series. If you’re a glutton for punishment like myself, then you may have spent hours (or weeks) trying to come in first place on 150CC. This song haunts me, but at the same time reminds me why I love the challenge of Mario Kart.
4. City Escape - Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
Okay, this one is kind of cheating. City Escape actually made its debut in Sonic Adventure 2, which was released on the Sega Dreamcast. The Gamecube released an upgrade of that game, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, and that game was my first experience with the awesomeness that was City Escape. I would play the game’s first level over and over again just to hear this song play in the background.
3. Stickerbrush Symphony - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong-Quest
This song was probably the easiest of any for me to pick. It’s a tune that is always heavily mentioned in these types of list and for good reason. The song is so great that it has been thrown into several other games since it’s introduction, such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. But the original version is still the best.
2. Dragon Roost Island - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Much like with Ocarina of Time, there were tons of songs I could have picked from this game. But Dragon Roost Island is special because it’s really where your journey begins. The island itself is vast and features a ton of side-quest as well as the first real temple of the game. It is catchy, addicting and most importantly it gives you the feeling that your adventure is finally underway.
1. World 1-1 - Super Mario Land
My earliest memory of video games not so coincidentally has me playing Super Mario Land on the original Game Boy. The first level is where my young self spent most of my time, and as a result this tune was ingrained into my mind forever. Super Mario Land will forever hold a special place as my first game while World 1-1 sits as my number one most memorable song.