I play Nintendo. I have played Nintendo for a long time now. I'm not talking about your Gamecube, or your DS, or what-all, I'm talking about your Nintendo Entertainment System. I have a great many favorite games, and some of them have music which has become endeared to me over a decade and a half of playing them. Every once in a while, for instance, I feel like hearing the opening theme from Kid Icarus, or maybe the first level music from Blaster Master. The rise of such excellent bands as the Minibosses and the Advantage has led to more interest in NES themes than I would expect, and while their covers are great and some flat out rock, the originals never fail to thrill. So, in that interest, I've decided to provide some here on this page. It's really very easy for me to do this; the files are small and capturing the music is a breeze. I am only making these available because the games are so damn old and I don't want someone having to blow on their Megaman 2 cartridge again just to hear the Flashman theme. If I am breaking any laws, I am not aware of them - so just tell me, Konami, if I am outside of my rights here. Without further ado, here are some NES theme songs. You might notice there are a lot of first level themes - I find them to be the most memorable, after all how many times did you die and start over there?
All mp3s are 64kbps mono, and stop after a couple repetitions.
Bionic Commando - Area 1 - driving military beat... must destroy Master-D/Hitler!
Bubble Bobble - Theme - drives you slowly mad as you play the game
Castlevania - Level 1 - nice solo performances - kinda Eurythmics-y (or not...)
Contra - Theme and Area 1 - short theme, gotta put in the code fast
Double Dragon - Title theme - has a very glam guitar solo feel to it
Final Fantasy 1 - Overworld - you'll hear this a lot playing this game
Final Fantasy 1 - Theme - the original, plays on the bridge after defeating Astos
Gunsmoke - Theme - Pretty grim! Nice death march-y sound
Kid Icarus - Theme - Excellent harmonies, nice conclusion though I rarely hear it
Kid Icarus - World 1 - hard to hear over all the dying kobils
Legend of Zelda - Theme - What could i possibly add?
Legend of Zelda - Overworld - I like to listen to it when I'm walking around and imagine I'm fighting molblins
Metroid - Theme - Rarely heard, but familiar. Outer spacey, interesting drum kit
Ninja Gaiden 2 - Area 1 - this is the best Ninja Gaiden. The story is off the hook
Super Mario Bros. - Level 1-1 - Like you need another copy of this. Why did I record it?
Super Mario Bros. 2 - Theme - Listen for ragtime themes...
Super Mario Bros. 2 - Character Select - listen for more than 5 seconds and this song goes off
Super Mario Bros. 2 - Level 1 - great music for gardening :>
Super Mario Bros. 3 - Map screen - how funky is this?! that beat is so hot!
Snake Rattle n Roll - Theme - a personal addition. quite a complete jazz feel
Spelunker - Theme - why does a game about caving have such a mournful, chilling theme? Probably because you DIE so much in it. Give me a break!
Boss Battle Theme
No Dr. Wily. I never liked his stage's music.
By request, here are all 3 of the Rad Racer background songs. I had to use a game genie to get enough time on the clock to let them finish! I can't believe I forgot about these.
Bonanza! Here is the entire Blaster Master canon:
The track names are kinda random but they have ID3 tags. They're a higher bitrate cause I love this game the most.
For those of you interested in more obscure NES music or wanting to do it yourself, there are many ways to go about it. Recording directly from the game (as I have done) is one way, assuming it has accurate sound emulation and you have a real time recording utility, but rather than play through the whole game to get each theme (like I did for Mega Man II - d'oh), it's probably easier to download the NSF file - essentially the game's music tracks, ripped from a cartridge or rom and put into a single file. NSFs can be played with NSF players or plugins for common media players. Here and here are two places you can find one that works - I've found that VirtuaNES works best for me (DL here). Well, what are you waiting for? Go on now, git!
And once again, if I am breaking any copyrights let me know. On the other hand, if you have a request, comment it in and I'll put it up.