Best NES/SNES/Genesis Music

Full disclosure: I’m not going to do the Best of #Churchtweet post tonight.  I’m going to do it tomorrow.  Why?  Because I have Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and I fully intend to spend the entire evening playing it.

In the meantime there is a question I’ve always wanted answered: which NES/SNES/Genesis game had the best music of all time?  There will be all sorts of Mega Man love (Mega Man 2 had some phenomenal music) as well as props for Final Fantasy (I, IV, and VI) and Chrono Trigger.  But there were also some lesser-known games that had spectacular music such as Legacy of the Wizard (I sometimes listen to the dungeon theme on repeat while I’m at work), the Guardian Legend, and Maniac Mansion (Dave’s Theme was awesome!)

There are a host of others with great soundtracks like Bionic Commando, Crystalis, Blaster Master, Clash at Demonhead, Arcana, Earthbound (theme from Winters is so schnazzy), pretty much any Castlevania game, and Phantasy Star IV.

So, all you old-school gamers and/or musicians, which one takes home the trophy for the following categories?

1.  Best overall soundtrack

2.  Best song

3.  Most inventive music

4.  The soundtrack that has always stuck with you

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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