Playing with super sound: SNES soundtrack library set standards

Beat.trip.gameThe Super Nintendo had one of the best lineups for games and the soundtracks that accompany them are also among the best. Here, we explore our favorites and give you recommendations on what should be in your collection.

 

1. Super Metroid: Dark and melodic, Super Metroid’s soundtrack is the perfect complement to the game that beckons adventurers and relic hunters alike. Super Metroid’s soundtrack fits perfectly with the lonely atmosphere of Zebes and the horror of fighting on an unknown planet.

 

2. Aladdin: The movie is hilarious and heartwarming, and the game is just as fun. Supporting that romp through Agrabah is one of the best movie-to-game soundtracks ever created. With arrangements of familiar tunes from the movie and new tracks that highlight the game’s and movie’s best sequences, this is a diamond in the rough.

 

3. Super Castlevania IV: Moody and foreboding are what immediately come to mind when describing the haunting soundtrack for Super Castlevania IV, the gorgeous retelling of the original Castlevania. This is a must-have for the Super Nintendo based on the soundtrack alone.

 

4. Super Mario Kart: Mario has done it all and one of the best things he’s ever become is a go-kart driver with his friends and enemies from the Mushroom Kingdom. Super Mario Kart is the one that started it all and has one of the best soundtracks in the series. In fact, most of the later games make a call back to this soundtrack, so it has done something right.

 

5. Super Mario World: Mario’s initial outing for the Super Nintendo has plenty of classic tracks to accompany Mario’s soaring trek throughout Dinosaur Land. Whether he’s traversing through the Vanilla Dome or the Forest of Illusion on his way to the Valley of Bowser, Mario has his hands and ears full with a great backing track throughout.

 

6. The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt: A great adventure platformer in the Addams Family brand, Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt looks like The Addams Family: The Animated Series and plays like the original game for the SNES. The soundtrack is just as iconic as the original game, too, with great additions like the Attic level, bathroom and the interior of the house.

 

7. Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers: Yes, it’s the same old Street Fighter II that you’re used to but it never sounds better than here in the Super NES version. Though this is the definitive version of Street Fighter II released for the Super NES, and you want to play that version because of this reason, the other reason why to track this down is because it’s the introduction of the titular new challengers: Cammy, T. Hawk, Fei Long and Dee Jay.

 

8. Final Fantasy V: We at GI consider Final Fantasy V to be the masterpiece of former Square longtime composer Nobuo Uematsu’s career. Every track in the role-playing journey to save the elemental crystals is fitting and appropriately grand. From the opening Prologue and the Town Theme to the Ancient Library, every track in the game is sublime. This is one of the few soundtracks that GI has ever imported.

 

9. Wordtris: Wordtris must be played to be believed. It’s a puzzle game in the vein of Tetris, but instead of making lines, it’s words that are being made. And even with the interesting premise and neat gameplay, the soundtrack is killer. Every level features a unique track that’s worth remembering and will have you whistling while trying not to drown in a well of unmade words.

 

10. Killer Instinct: A killer app for the Super NES, indeed, Killer Instinct has a phenomenal soundtrack to go along with the gameplay that it is still known for today. The character themes are what make the game, but even the opening theme is rocking. The Killer Cuts version of the arcade favorite fighter is a great addition to your soundtrack library when you want moody and brooding bass.

Where to download

 

We have two primary sources for SNES soundtracks: SNESmusic.org and Kingdom Hearts Insider’s download repository.

 

Both locations are great and feature large catalogs, so chances are you’ll be able to find almost any series that you’re looking for. If you want to download an entire soundtrack at once, head to SNESmusic.org; if you’re looking for individual tracks, you can use either site.

 

With SNESmusic.org, you will need a converter to change the tracks from .rsn to the format of your choice. We highly recommend using Foobar 2000 to accomplish this.