Growing up as a kid, video games were always a treat. I was lucky enough to grow up in the era where I saw expansive change happen in the industry. One thing that has always been a huge part of the childhood nostalgia surrounding video games will be the video game music. For many, including myself, the 16-bit beats inspired my love for electronic music. As the quality of the games grew so did the music. All across the board there was a influx of repetitious music that fit in at a rave just as well as it fit into the game. Big name artists like Knife Party, Porter Robinson, and Savant -to name a few- have brutalized the ubiquitous sounds that many of us grew up with. Taking the sounds of our youth and carrying it into our young adult hood. In the spirit of nostalgia, here are five video game inspired tracks sure to hit you right in the childhood.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="432"] “If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.”[/caption]
Kirby Smash- Foxsky (Free Download)
While I didn't grow up playing Kirby, I was introduced to the puff ball in Super Smash Bros. and was subsequently introduced to a world of hurt by any foe that played him. Innocent looks aside, Kirby is one brutal MoFo and Foxsky has done a wonderful job of combining Kirby's fun, adorable side, with the unrelenting pain he brings players. The track in a bouncy, beat laden Moombah smash with lots of fun Kirby/Smash Bros. sounds to really bring you back to that miserable beating you took at the hands of Nintendo's most innocent looking killer.
Legend Of Zelda Theme Dubstep- Digital Math
Legend of Zelda is a franchise that is close to the hearts of many people. Remixing the titular theme takes a love of the game and a strong understanding of what fans connect to. Digital Math has hit each of these points on the head. While Zedd has a fun Zelda Remix, he just failed to get the best parts across. What I love about Digital Math's version is all the attention to detail. It is a remix for fans by fans and that shines through. Even if you aren't a huge fan of the game, the awesomeness of the track itself will draw you in. Lots of bass, lots of drops, lots of fun. This is one of my favorite Zelda remixes and I hope it will soon be on your lists as well.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Look at how well video games and electronic music go together. It's a match made in 16-bit heaven.[/caption]
Victory Road- Pychic Type
It wouldn't be a nostalgic fun-fest without a little Pokemon action would it? Psychic Type knows how to bring that bad-ass feeling of being ten with a brand new Pokemon game loaded into your gameboy and strutting into school. Other children eye you with envy and you an king of the hall. Loud trumpets and louder bass herald your arrival when you blast "Victory Road" in your car. It even nets you that same stare from all the kids, young and old. With an enormous Trap sound, Psychic Type captures you as effortlessly as you captured that first Ratata.
Tetris- Doctor P
There a few few people who don't know the Tetris theme. Or at least haven't played it. Tetris, a Soviet matching puzzled game paved the way for titles such as Candy Crush. As the bricks fall, one must position them to fall into a line which you must then clear. The more lines you clear, the more points you get. Simple right? Wrong. Each level gets harder and harder, frustrating even the most skilled of gamers. Somehow, Doctor P has captured the hectic, fast-paced, insanity into his version of the classic theme. It starts off easy enough and as the track progresses, the craziness levels rise. Implementing some fun and well-time expletive triggers, Doctor P really makes you feel like you are playing a round of Tetris.
Super Mario World Levels (JWKTJE remix)- Avicii
You may think I'm trolling you on this one, maybe I am. However, you can't deny JWKTJE's fun, creative, remix of Avicii's most well-known hit. Taking sound bites from Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and turning it into a special remix. This has always been a favorite of mine as it combines the feel good sound of Avicii with one of my personal favorite systems. It's like remixing two birds with one stone...er... something witty to that effect.
Those are five of my personal favorite video game remixes. It is in no way all inclusive as there are so many more massive hits to be found. Share some of your favorite video game remixes with us in the comments section. What takes you back to simpler times?