Music in games is arguably the most important aspect of any game, as game soundtracks can make or break the game experience. Imagine if world 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. didn’t include that iconic theme song, would it still be a held up as one of the greatest games of all time? Perhaps, but then I wouldn’t have a rockin cell phone ringtone.
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NES – P.O.W.
From Double Dragon to Battletoads, the NES was ripe with beat ”˜em up games with P.O.W. being one of the finest. Originally developed for the arcade, P.O.W. was produced by SNK nearly three decades ago on 1988. The objective of the game was simple: get from point A to point B while killing enemies X, Y, and Z.
SNES – Star Ocean
Star Ocean unfortunately never made it outside of Japan due to the closing of the American Enix offices, but due to fans of the franchise, a fan translation exists for all to enjoy. Â Developed by tri-Ace, Star Ocean features a real-time battle system similar to Chrono Trigger. With a si-fi setting and a compelling storyline, fans of the RPG genre should give Star Ocean a go.
N64 – Jet Force Gemini
Back when Rare still made games that were good, there wasn’t a developer around that could match the brilliance of the British video game developer. Now Rare has been reduced to creating Avatars for Microsoft and Wii Sports knock offs for Kinect. It wasn’t always this way though, as Jet Force Gemini is one of the finest titles in the N64 library.
Gamecube – The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
There were only a few titles that used the connectivity of the Gamecube and Game Boy Advance to its fullest potential, and Four Swords Adventures was one of them. Developed at the tail end of the Gamecube life cycle, Four Swords Adventures was best played with three buddies. If you can find the means to play this game properly, please do so. It is one of the best examples of classic Zelda gameplay around.
Wii – de Blob
If you haven’t given de Blob or its sequel a shot, do yourself a favor and do so, immediately. The funky soundtrack alone is enough to justify a purchase in my eyes. Originally developed as a free to play downloadable title for PC by eight guys attending game design school, de Blob is a very enjoyable title offers unique gameplay. If this soundtrack doesn’t make you want to do a jig or start to boogie, then something is wrong with your internal funk machine and you should probably go get that checked out.