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  • The current day in October corresponds with the day listed above (ie: October 5th is Day 5)
  • When making your list (Day 1 through 30), please confine it to a single post and edit it as the days go on. And when linking the song videos, make sure they are text links, not in-thread videos.
    • Day 31 will be an exception as it will be an entirely separate list.
  • If you would like to participate, but are worried that you might not be able remember to keep updating your list, you can just post it ahead of time(On or After October 1st).
  • Please mention which Difficulty you want to try and use for your list. The choices available are:
    • Free Play/Custom
      • Make Your Own Rules
    • Easy
      • Multiple Tracks from the Same Game
      • Returning Participants:
        • 5 Tracks from Previous List Allowed
        • 15 Games from Previous List Allowed
    • Normal
      • 2 Tracks from the Same Game at Most
      • Returning Participants:
        • 1 Track from the Previous List Allowed
        • 10 Games from Previous List Allowed
    • Hard
      • 1 Track Per Game
      • Returning Participants:
        • No Tracks from the Previous List Allowed
        • 5 Games from Previous List Allowed
    • Maniac
      • 1 Track Per Series
      • Returning Participants:
        • No Tracks from the Previous List Allowed
        • 1 Game from Previous List Allowed 
    • Lunatic
      • 1 Track Per Franchise
      • Returning Participants:
        • No Tracks or Games from Previous List Allowed(DOES NOT INCLUDE SERIES/FRANCHISES)


  • Even though this won't start until the 1st, feel free to reserve your post spot ahead of time(if you would like to do so).
  • If you have any questions about anything, just ask. Any questions will be answered in the post below this one, along with some clarifications for some days.


With that out of the way, let the fun begin... on Oct. 1st!

Wait... it's October 1st?


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Transcribed Day Chart and Explanations If Needed

 Day 1 - Title Screen

Day 2 - Desert Area

Day 3 - Nintendo Exclusive - The game must have only been available on a Nintendo console for at least 1 year since it originally released. 

Day 4 - Game from Last Decade

Day 5 - Jazz

Day 6 - Underground Area

Day 7 - Indoor Area

Day 8 - 8-Bit Music

Day 9 - Arranged, Covered, or Remixed

Day 10 - Water Area

Day 11 - Funny/Hilarious - As long as you associate it with humor of some sort, it'll work.

Day 12 - Awful/Hated Music

Day 13 - Sports Game

Day 14 - Boss Battle

Day 15 - Victory/Stage Clear

Day 16 - 16-Bit - Including Neo Geo and Sega 32X

Day 17 - Sky Area

Day 18 - Arcade Game - Must be from the Arcade Version if Home Console Ports Exist

Day 19 - Music Using Samples/Heavily Inspired by/ Sounds Very Similar to Other Song - 

IE: Sonic CD's JPN Boss Track(samples 'Work That Sucker to Death' by Xavier) or NES Pictionary's  Mini Game Theme 1(sounds similar to "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen)

Day 20 - Sega Exclusive - The game must have only been available on a Sega console for at least 1 year since it originally released.

Day 21 - Fighting Game

Day 22 - Ambient Music

Day 23 - Industrial/Mechanical Area

Day 24 - 32/64-Bit Era Music

Day 25 - Techno

Day 26 - Fire/Volcano Area

Day 27 - Scary/Startling -  As long as you associate it with you being scared/startled, it'll work.

Day 28 - Final Boss

Day 29 - Ending/Epilogue

Day 30 - Credits

Day 31 - Create a New List Using Songs from the Other Participants - Take your favorites of the other participants(as long as you did not use the same song too) and compile them into a brand new list. Your difficulty selection doesn't need to be enforced here, just pick your favorites.



Affects Custom, Maniac, and Lunatic Difficulty Participants

So any game and its sequels(if there are any) can be considered both a series and a franchise. In order for a 'spin off' to be considered its own series, there should be at least 3 titles to make up that series. Or if there are 3 games unrelated to the 'main series', but are not similar to each other, that can warrant a 'Spin Off' series. 



  • The Final Fantasy Franchise
    • Main Series(1, 4, 7, 12, 14)
    • Tactics Series(PS1, Advance, A2)
    • Crystal Chronicles Series(Original, Ring of Fates, The Crystal Bearers)
    • Chocobo Series(Chocobo's Dungeon 2, Chocobo Racing, FFF: Chocobo Tales)
    • Dissidia Series(Original, 012, NT)
    • Spin Offs(Mystic Quest(SNES), 4 Heroes of Light, World of Final Fantasy)


  • The SaGa Series/Franchise(Final Fantasy Legend 1, 2, and 3 are part of this series despite the name change for the US).


  • The Kirby Franchise
    • Main Series(Adventure, Squeak Squad, Triple Deluxe)
    • Spin Offs(Pinball Land, Star Stacker, Tilt 'n' Tumble)


  • The Metroid Franchise
    • Main Series(Original, Super, Fusion)
    • Prime(1, 2, 3)
    • Prime Spin Offs(Pinball, Hunters, Federation Force)

And to potentially help someone out: the Donkey Kong (Country, Jungle Beat, Barrel Blast), Yoshi (Island, Story, Touch & Go), and Wario (Land, World, WarioWare) games would be considered their own franchises, not part of the Mario franchise.

Hopefully, this helps with the differentiation of what is considered a series and/or a franchise. 

From this point on, I'll leave it up to judgement's of "The Brave Few" to make the best call of whats what.


@Gaia Gensouki asks: I have a question regarding the distinction between series and franchise. Let's imagine something such as Final Fantasy. Does something like Final Fantasy Tactics/Crystal Chronicles/Legend or Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon etc. belong to the same series or the franchise? Where exactly do you draw the line?

Please check the section above this.


@Hammerfestus asks: What do you do?

So starting October 1st, you look at the chart/list of whatever day it is(so Day 1), find a video game track on You Tube that would fit the category for that day(Title Screen), then link it back in your list post here. You keep doing this for the remainder of the days and... yeah.

Here's a link to the first challenge that was done back in June. 


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31-Day Video Game Music Challenge II - Hard Difficulty

Day 1 - Title Screen: Jagd Flieger - Herzog Zwei - 1989

Day 2 - Desert Area: Scorching Dunes - Shantae and the Pirate's Curse - 2014

Runner Up: Sand Hell - Thunder Force IV  (No returning TF4 just yet)

Day 3 - Nintendo Exclusive: Taking Over the Halberd - Kirby Super Star - 1996

Day 4 - Game Made Since 2010: Underworld 2 - Blaster Master Zero - 2017

Day 5 - Jazz: Bushroot's Forest - Darkwing Duck - 1992

Day 6 - Underground Area: Lion Heart - Gimmick! - 1992

Day 7 - Indoor Area: Laser Lab - Mega Man X5 - 2000

Day 8 - 8-Bit: Scrap Brain Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog - 1991

Day 9 - Arranged/Remixed: Battle 2 - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (Arranged by Stone McKnuckle, Original by Ryuji Sasai and Yasuhiro Kawakami) - 2020/1992

Runner Up: Supremacy - Arranged by SIDNIFY, Original by Jeroen Tel - 2017/1991

Day 10 - Water Area: The Grubby Dark Blue - Thunder Force III - 1990

(1 Game Reused, 4 Remain)

Day 11 - Funny: Chu Chu Polka - Sexy Parodius - 1996

Runner Up: Anything Else from 'Sexy Parodius'

Day 12 - I Hate It: Full Throttle - Thunder Force VI - 2008

Day 13 - Sports Game: Main Theme - Wii Sports Resort - 2009


Day 14 - Boss Battle: Crisis - Summer Carnival '92 Recca - 1992

Day 15 - Stage Clear/Victory: End of Chapter - Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door - 2004

Day 16 - 16-Bit(plus Neo Geo and 32X): Seascape - Knuckles' Chaotix - 1995

Day 17 - Sky Area: Stage 3 - Alisia Dragoon - 1992

(2 Games Reused, 3 Remain)

Day 18 - Arcade: The 4-Heroes - Cadillacs and Dinosaurs - 1993

(Almost used a remix of "Like a Squall" (also from C's&D's) for Day 9)

Day 19 - Inspired By/Sounds Similar: Luxurious Overture - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - 2019

The Similarly Sounding Song: The first 10-12 seconds of "The Justice Ray Part 2" - Thunder Force V - 1997

(If it doesn't sound similar then that means I'm just crazy 🙃)

Day 20 - Sega Exclusive: Tidal Surge - Vectorman - 1995

Day 21 - Fighting Game: Invisible Full Moon - Scarlet Weather Rhapsody - 2008

Day 22 - Ambient: Golden - Celeste - 2018

Day 23 - Industrial: Of Devious Machinations - Shovel Knight - 2014

Day 24 - 32/64 Bit Era: Chaos Breaker - Blast Wind - 1997

Day 25 - Techno(?): Laboratory - Shantae and the Seven Sirens - 2020

(I don't really know what is considered techno so I'm just winging it)

Day 26 - Fire/Volcano Area: Chains of Fire - Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 - 2020

Day 27 - Scary/Startling: Guardian Battle - Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 2017

(I'm not a fan of Horror games so this was pretty hard for me. And then I remembered my first time hearing this. 3 years later, this isn't really scary or startling, but its the only thing I can remember that fits for today.)

(Also, 3 Games Reused, 2 Remain)

Day 28 - Final Boss: Immortal Abstract - Devil Engine - 2019

Day 29 - Ending/Epilogue: Ending - Mega Man V - 1994

Day 30 - Credits: Stand Up Against Myself - Thunder Force IV - 1992

(Here, have a remix too)

(also, 4 Games Reused, 1 Remained)

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I'll give it a shot this time, missed out last go.

Ok, I'm just going to custom lunatic it for maximum selection potential.. a little more variety..

Day 1)  - Title Screen - Paperboy [C64 Version] 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfrvw4f2Z6Q&t=12s  Takin' it way back to start.

Day 2)  - Desert - The Adventures of Dino Riki - Level 2 - Desert area #1.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_SbnwBD9U4&t=879s There are two additional desert levels; Level 4-2 which borrows the music from level 3 (mountain area) and Level 4-4 which uses the boss battle music the whole way; just talkin the original desert music on Level 2.

Day 3)  - Nintendo Exclusive - Journey To Silius


Day 4) - 2010 + - Final Fantasy VII Remake - Battle Theme -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o_PBYrUNcY  I haven't actually played this one, but I hear this tune a lot

Day 5)  - Jazz -  Chrono Trigger - Johnny's Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL_cycOa7Fs  "Ride The Wind, Babe."

Day 6) - Underground - Stanley The Search For Dr. Livingston - Let's just call this one "The Primary Beat."  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_stcWkrMU70&t=6s - It's used above ground as well, but this game has quite a bit of "underground."  It's nothing fancy but I've always found it to be really suitable for exploring the jungles of the Congo.

Day 7) - Indoor Area - Wardner - To Underground


Day 8 - 8-Bit - Silver Surfer - BGM1 -


Day 9) - Remix - Megaman 2 - Metalman Remix


Day 10 - Water - Treasures Of The Deep - Training Dive Music - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4B6kc_ifUg&list=PLsvQ8H-asu5J1mRvUgYYEtlU3q9IRJKQI&index=3  This one sounds to me like it's waiting for a Dub-Step Remix.

Day 11) - High-Larious - Earthworm Jim - Andy Asteroids - 


It def. helps to imagine an earthworm riding a rocket like a bull at a rodeo while yelling "Whoa, Nelly!"

Day 12) - Awful - Legend Of The Ghost Lion - Battle Theme - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU69pU-eYyI  This is one of those tracks where the developers must have had a goal of getting the kids' parents to take the game away.  I find it tolerable if I keep the sound down low.  I guess it's the price to pay if you want badly enough to play a lost and exotic dragon-warrior-esque game...

Day 13) - Sports - Quattro Sports - Baseball -


Day 14) - Boss Battle - TMNT (NES)


Day 15) - Stage Clear - Bram Stoker's Dracula (NES)


Day 16) - 16 Bit - Virtua Racing Deluxe (32X) - Result

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucT83cgfK1w&list=PLQCu_Oy2TRyrbim0WfyoaliCb-IDC9H57&index=11  You really need to hear this one through proper monitors to fully appreciate.

Day 17) - Sky Area - Cool World - Ocean Plaza Hotel

https://youtu.be/4_saBHsoP-0?t=742  The final level revolves around the player scaling the outer surface of a tall skyscraper to reach the top - that's sky in my book.

Day 18) - Arcade - Fantasy Zone - Keep On The Beat - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prm-VT6TZ1Y&list=PL-vD6rIjXrcJR4QPqWpzeqNLpf8B9GJdq&index=5  I'm pretty sure that this track got fed into an A.I. and the A.I. spit out La Roux's "Bulletproof" in order to pacify all us nostalgic goons.

Day 19) - Inspired By / Sounds Similar - Contra Hard Corps - Jurassic Dope

https://youtu.be/1velVMs7vqM?t=401  lol, this one sounds like a kinky night club for T.Rex's Only.  Also, reminds me of Kefka's Theme in FFIII / VI. 

Day 20) - Sega Exclusive - Herzog Zwei - The Fighter Called Emergency To Base - 

https://youtu.be/w_PLmXBrNQw?t=49  All Suspense, Baby.

Day 21 - Fighting Game - Primal Rage - Conquered Land (32x)   

https://youtu.be/A5bmdgwppTY?t=350  I don't care for any of the other versions of this track (and there are lots) that I've heard, including the original arcade version.

Day 22) - Ambient - Kolibri (32x) Track 01

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GW15P6i17Y  Seems like a lost track from the future in Chrono Trigger...

Day 23) - Industrial Area - Insector X - Grooving Diver Round 3 City Area - 

https://youtu.be/foYZE_MSt1w?t=469  Totally wicked electro track - The in-game sound FX add a lot as well..

Day 24) - 32bit / 64bit era - Q*Bert 1999 (ps1) - ???Mystery Track???

https://youtu.be/jp52W0oNInw?t=159  Not sure what you call it, except a perfect fit for the nature of the game...

Day 25) - Techno - Wipeout 3 - Xpander - 

https://youtu.be/V974MkN7v94?t=1  Arguably the greatest track in the known universe to ever accompany the sight of a racing vehicle...

Day 26) - Mario 64 - Lethal Lava Land - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6NgA48KWc0  Love that Sitar / Subahar / Tabla / Synthesizer ...

Day 27) - Scary - Super Castlevania IV - Opening - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyL8tt2OkeA  Youpoop hit me with a commercial for "Belmont" University when I punched this up = Shameless.  Imagine choosing to dedicate a half decade of your life to a University because you like Castlevania?  That IS scary.

Day 28) - Final Boss - Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones - Princess Noiram Battle - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjsYP-y5FhQ  For an additional scare - Imagine entering a decrepit old mansion and the organ starts playing this all on its own.  Additional Fun Fact: Sacred is an anagram for Scared.

Day 29) - Ending - Truxton - Down Fall - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhUun74S46A  A little rough around the edges, but I think it conveys a good sense of the Hero's Journey coming to an end, riding off into the sunset and so on...

Day 30) - Credits - Kabuki Quantum Fighter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mfYDtFbMJ4  This one makes me feel like it's not going to be over for long...  ...but it was... We were even promised at the end of the closing credits - "I'll be back.  Watch for my next adventure."


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I have a question regarding the distinction between series and franchise. Let's imagine something such as Final Fantasy. Does something like Final Fantasy Tactics/Crystal Chronicles/Legend or Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon etc. belong to the same series or the franchise? Where exactly do you draw the line?

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Went hard last time, may as well go lunatic this time. Just for reference, that means I can't pick anything related to Mario, Mega Man, Castlevania, Dragon Quest, Metroid, Sonic, Pokemon, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Ridge Racer, Chrono Trigger, Kirby, or Ninja Turtles.


Day 1 Title Screen: Time Trax - Title Screen [GEN]

Gaia Gensouki already got Pictionary, so we're going with another Tim Follin OST. The game was completed and reviews can be found in issues of EGM and GamePro, but it never made it to store shelves. ROMs are available for those interested. Tim Follin also has the 1st comment on this video and gives some insight into the project.

Day 2 Desert Area: Desert Strike - Main Theme [GEN]

It's only day 2 and we're already bending the rules a little. It's not just a desert area, the whole game takes place in the desert. This theme by Rob Hubbard and Brian Schmidt couldn't sound any more like it came from a Genesis, it's ripping and full of 90's 'tude. The rest of the game sounds like the sound chip just shit all over itself, so don't bother. Fun Fact: This is one of the first game Amy Hennig (writer and creative director of the Soul Reaver series and Uncharted 1, 2, 3) was credited on in 1992.

Day 3 Nintendo Exclusive: Winter Gold - Main Theme [SNES]

I believe this is the last SNES release to feature the FX chip and came out only a couple months before the N64. Solid house track from Jereon Tel, another prolific composer who started out working on the Commodore 64. I think at this point, this list's theme will be "Great Music From Not So Great Games".

Day 4 >2010: Snipperclips - Retro Reboot D [NSW]

Playing this game with my son can be infuriating sometimes, but this swingin' jazzy track sounds like it could be coming right out of Pokemon Pinball on GBC (Which has another stellar OST). Composed bt a relatively young artist named Calum Bowen who also did music for Lovely Plant and Pikuniku.

Day 5 Jazz: Persona 3 - Iwatodai Dorm [PS2]

Very Contemporary Rhythmic jazz, something I'd never listen to in real life, but sounds so cool Persona. And frankly, everyone and everything in the Persona Universe is so much cooler than real life. Music by Shoji Meguro, who's been composing at Atlus for the past 25 years and has done practically every Persona game, and much of SMT as well.

Day 6 Underground: Sub-Terrania - Crystal Space [GEN]

This track quite complex and really highlights what was possible on the Genesis sound chip. This is some early work by Jasper Kyd, who everyone has heard before even if they don't know it.

Day 7 Indoor: The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle - Building [NES]

This one will get your toes a tappin', provided by Hiroyuki Masuno. He's already been featured on some other lists with games like Shadowgate, Deja Vu, and Uninvited.

Day 8-bit: Gauntlet III - Title Music [C64]

Break out the laser lights for this epic intro. Another Tim Follin joint, and one of his last compositions for the Commodore 64.

Day 9 Arranged/Remix: Ys III - Morning of Departure [Various]

Also known as "Departure at Sunrise" depending on the translation, this was originally composed by Mieko Ishikawa and arranged by Junichi Kanezaki for the album Super Arrange Version Ys: Wanderers from Ys. This game was released in the west for the Genesis, SNES, and TurboGrafx-CD in 1991.

Day 10 Water: Ristar - Planet Splash Down 2-1 [GEN]

I would have used something from Ecco the Dolphin, but I think my last has had enough from from Tim Follin (for now). Here is Ristar, a late Genesis release developed in house by Sega and composed by Tomoko Sasaki (NiGHTS series, Sonic Adventure series).

Day 11 Funny: Lego Racers - Build Mode [N64/PC]

Not the best song, but it's silly and dopey. Composed by Eric Nofsinger in his early career before focused on game development with his company High Voltage Software.

Day 12 Awful: Terminator [NES]

This whole OST is awful, so I linked it's entirety if you care to test it. This was one of the first games Paul Wilkinson composed for so I'll cut some slack, but there's no song progression and very little structure. It's just awful music in an already awful game.

Day 13 Sports: Nintendo World Cup - Title [NES]

Another peppy fun NES track, this one from composer Kazuo Sawa. He did a lot of work throughout the late 80's to today, including over half a dozen River City games.

Day 14 Boss: River City Ransom - A Tough Fight [NES]

So here's the boss battle from River City Ransom composed by the previously mentioned Kazuo Sawa.

Day 15 Victory: Breath of Fire 3 - Victory Dance [PS1]

It's certainly not as iconic as FF VII, but this hip little jazz number at the end of BoF3's battles makes me want to dance. Yoshino Aoki and Akari Kaida, two internal sound designers for Capcom, worked together on this.

Day 16bit: Top Gear - Circuit A [SNES]

Another good game with an even better soundtrack, Barry Leitch nails it with this one. This game was so revered in Brazil back in the day, it inspired Aquiris Game Studios to create Horizon Chase, which Barry Leitch also composed.

Day 17 Sky: Pilotwings 64 - Birdman [N64]

It's just so fuckin' smooooth. Really chill track from Dan Hess while you play the free flight mode. I believe this is the only game he's ever worked on.

Day 18 Arcade: DDR 3rdMix - Captain Jack - Captain Jack (Grandale Mix) [ARC]

The only reason my friends and I even knew who Captain Jack was because of DDR at the local bowling alley, so I'm counting it here.

Day 19 Inspired By: Wild Arms - Overworld Theme [PS1]

It's not surprising that a lot of this RPG with a wild west setting features music "inspired" by Ennio Morricone's The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. This particular track is a rip of Ecstacy of Gold.

Day 20 Sega Exclusive: Mr. Bones - Guitar Solo [SAT]

This is kind of a weird one. So this level of the game requires to to string together different riffs with each riff tied to a different controller button and this is one of the better ones I've heard. The whole game features music by famed blues rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose.

Day 21 Fighting: Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 - Carnival Stage [DC]

This is one of the most iconic fighting game songs for me. Composed by Tetsuya Shibata and Mitsuhiko Takano, this whole soundtrack features a horn based jazz mix that was originally panned by reviewers, but I love it.

Day 22 Ambient: Resident Evil 7 - Save Room [PS4/X1]

This is supposed to be a safe place, but this music is still super unsettling, great job by Akiyuki Morimoto, Miwako Chinone, and Satoshi Hori.

Day 23 Industrial: Brawl Brothers - Rooftop Battle [SNES]

Half this game takes place in industrial areas, but this is probably the best track, even though it's a bit all over the place. This one was composed by Atsuyoshi Isemura and Hajime Uchida.

Day 24 32/64bit: Goemon's Great Adventure - Edo Castle [N64]

This game had too many credited composers to list, but this track (as much of the OST) has a real successful mix of eastern and western influences.

Day 25 Techno: Waterworld - Mission 2 Theme [SNES]

Add another to the "not great game with great music" list. Composed by Dean Evans, this track leans more on the chill side of the techno spectrum. This link is to the original composer's youtube posting with lots of interesting comments.

Day 26 Fire/Volcano: The Little Mermaid - Underwater Volcano [NES]

This track by Yasyuaki Fujita doesn't really have the flavor of a fire/volcano level, I assure you there is red stone and flying fire balls everywhere.

Day 27 Scary: Silent Hill 2 - The Darkness that Lurks in Our Minds [PS2/Xbox]

This track by Arika Yamaoka is more atmospheric than a structured song, but it's creepy none the less; not surprising coming from a Silent Hill game. 

Day 28 Final Boss: Eternal Sonata - Scrap and Build Ourselves [PS3/X360]

Chopin is one of my favorite classical composers, and for those who don;t know, this whole game is inspired by and shaped around his life and music. This is an arrangement by Motoi Sakuraba and performed by pianist Stanislav Bunin.

Day 29/30 Ending/Credits: Game Boy Camera: Credits [GB]

Kind of a cheat as this was originally a song by Hip Tanaka for Mother (which is a series I used already) on NES, but since North merica didn't get it, this is the first time we heard it.


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I decided that I wanted to do something a bit different for this challenge. Instead of picking original songs, I'm going to pick covers and remixes of video game music. This was inspired by having a super long day 19 from the last challenge. Now, a large portion of the remixes I'm familiar with come from the games I'm most comfortable with (your Zeldas, Marios, Undertale, etc.), so I'm going to make my own difficulty rules. To keep the arrangements themselves diverse, I'm not going to reuse any cover artists / arrangers. So without further ado, let's get started.

Day 1 (Title music): The First Look at Gold - RebeccaETripp - The Legend of Zelda (Title), this category was a bit tough. I didn't have a whole lot of remixes that fit. I settled on this song from RebeccaETripp. It's good but not my favorite from her (that would be Divine Princess of Destiny from aLttP). Honorable mention: Heroes Fall - housethegrate - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Almost picked this but decided not to because it covers other songs as well), Legend of Zelda Intro Live! - ConSoul - The Legend of ZeldaSuper Mario 3D World 8 Bit Remix - Bulby - Super Mario 3D World (My favorite, but I'm saving Bulby)

Day 2 (Desert area): Lullaby of the Desert - Rodok - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Gerudo Valley), I could not think of a desert area with memorable music with the exception of Gerudo Valley. So, my pick and honorable mentions are all Gerudo Valley remixes. Now I have a high bar for Gerudo Valley remixes and have heard many that I don't like, but this stood out for being a bit different. I really like how they turned it into a haunting ballad. Honorable mention: Gerudo Valley - Orchestral Jazz Big Band Version - The 8-Bit Big Band - OoT (a really good but more standard Gerudo Valley remix), Gerudo Desert Party - Reuben Spiers - OoT (I can't place why this song makes it above the fold for me, it's probably the jazzy accordion)

Day 3 (Nintendo): The Legend of Zelda Suite - Japan Game Music Orchestra (JAGMO) - The Legend of Zelda Series (various), this is a very generic category for me as most of my remixes are Nintendo related. So, I decided I should pick a orchestral series wide suite as those don't fit well into other categories. With that criteria, I picked my favorite video game music orchestra covering my favorite series. JAGMO also has several other great suites. Honorable mention: The Legend of Zelda Suite - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (SCORE) - TLoZ (I also like SCORE so here's their Zelda suite), Super Mario Suite - JAGMOSuper Mario Suite - SCORE (JAGMO and SCORE also have Super Mario Suites), All of the music from Symphony of the Goddesses (I've seen them in concert and loved them)

Day 4 (2010s): UNDERTALE Medley - Senzoku Game Music Brass - UNDERTALE (various), I decided to do a similar thing as Day 3. When I think of music from the 2010s, the game that comes first to my mind is Undertale. There are a lot of Undertale remixes (and specifically so many Megalovania covers). But just like Day 3, I decided on picking an orchestral suite. This medley from Senzoku Game Music Brass certainly covers a lot of the soundtrack and the band seems pretty good (recording quality could be a little better but it's not the worst). Honorable mention: Symphonic Gamers 3 - Undertale - JAGMO (another good JAGMO suite), Glitterbomb - LongBoxofChocolate, Philippe Delage - Undertale, Spooktune - LemonDrop - Undertale, Megalovania - ConSoul - UndertaleFallen Down - Jackson Alexander Parodi - UndertaleDetritus (Ruins) - Sean Schafianski - Undertale, Dummy! - Thomas Kresge - Undertale, La Historia de Abajo - Thennecan - UndertaleThe Legend - The Game Brass - Deltarune (and one Deltarune remix for fun)

Day 5 (Jazz): Tetris / Korobeiniki - Fast Ragtime Piano Cover - Dave Wave, another very wide category for me. I love Jazz, so a lot of my remixes are Jazz remixes. I ended up picking this really well done ragtime Tetris cover. I love ragtime and Korobeiniki is a great target for remixes. Honorable mention: Fleaman's Groove - Nostalvania - Castlevania, Frosty Britches - LongBoxofChocolate - Super Mario 64, Bros with Dix - Nase - Super Mario Bros., The Guru - Wiesty, The OC Jazz Collective - Ocarina of Time, several of the Undertale remixes from yesterday

Day 6 (Underground area): Link Goes to New Orleans - Neskvartetten - The Legend of Zelda (Dungeon), similar to the desert day only two songs came to mind. Super Mario Bros' Underground and Zelda 1's Dungeon music. However, most of the songs that use these seem to only use them for part of the song. My pick was the only one I liked that was entirely based on an Underground song. Honorable mention: Big-Band Battlefield - The University of Toronto 10 O'Clock Big Band - Super Mario 64 (only uses SMB Underground briefly), Bros with Dix from yesterday also only uses it briefly

Day 7 (Indoor area): Thelonius Temple - MC - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Temple), I had some trouble figuring out what exactly Indoor area means. My first thought was OoT's or Zelda 2's house theme, but I didn't find any remixes I liked. Branching out a bit more, I figured the temples in Zelda 2 are indoor areas. So, with that decided I picked this really nice jazz cover of Zelda 2's Temple music. Interestingly it's one of OCR's first remixes, number 82 from 2000. Honorable mention: "Luigi's Mansion" Brass Ensemble with Theremin - The Game Brass (A mansion is indoors I guess. This has an awesome music video btw), While the Wind Fish Sleeps - bGevko - Link's Awakening (the covered song is listed as House by the Bay but sounds like Mabe Village as well (They are very similar))

Day 8 (8-bit): World Bowser 8 Bit Remix - Bulby - Super Mario 3D World, there was two ways I could go with this category: modern covers of 8-bit songs or 8-bit styled covers of any song. I decided the latter would be more fun. With that established, there is only one choice for the artist, Bulby. He is my favorite pure 8-bit cover artist. Honorable mention: Ghost Fight 8 Bit Remix - Bulby - UndertaleSteam Gardens 8 Bit Remix - Super Mario Odyssey (two more Bulby remixes), the rest of my picks are more "chiptune" then pure 8-bit, Wicked Chip - Erik Vreven, Jorito - Vampire KillerLinear Groove - Ben Briggs - TetrisFirst Time on Outset - halc - The Wind WakerTechnicolor Thunderstorm - Lemonectric - A Link to the PastFace Your Nightmares - Lemonectric - Link's AwakeningThunderstruck - Big Giant Circles, Jeff Ball - Ocarina of Time

I've been trying to figure out what I should do with day 9. I can't think of anything obvious that's a remix of a remix, and inverting to just by an original track is way to wide open. So, I think I'm settling on saving this category as a wild card pick for the end. That will still fit the rules and let me feature someone who I think deserves it, but I wasn't able to find a category that fit right.

Day 9 (Remix): Zelda Twilight Princess - Hyrule Field on Marimba - Mart0zz, so this is a very unusual group. All their songs are three dudes on a marimba (plus some other mostly percussion instruments). They have been putting out songs (mostly Zelda covers) since 2009 at a rate of one per year. Although it's not the type of instrumentation I normally prefer, I do like their songs. TP Hyrule Field is probably my favorite of theirs and is also why it is my favorite Hyrule Field song as well. Honorable mention: Zelda Breath of the Wild - Main Theme on Marimba - Mart0zz (another great Mart0zz), Catch Me - RoeTaKa - Shovel KnightThe Peddler's Legacy - Vurez - TetrisDreams of Home - Chris ~ Amaterasu, waltzforluma - Link's Awakening (my top 3 OCR songs that I haven't mentioned elsewhere in this list)

Day 10 (Water area): Waterfall - Charles Ritz (feat. Multiplayer Fusion Ensemble) - Undertale, this a fun Undertale cover written for a charity album. Not much else to say. Honorable mention: Soggy Carousel - worldsbestgrandpa - Ocarina of Time (I almost made this my pick because I love the accordion), Aquatic Interlude - Brad Smith - Super Mario Bros. (a classic), Hoy, Small Fry! - HyperDuck SoundWorks - The Wind WakerMega Man 1 "Ice Man" Brass Quintet Cover - The Game Brass (I mean ice is just frozen water)

Day 11 (Funny): Undertale - Bonetrousle (Papyrus Battle Theme)... KAZOO'd! - Tsuko G., I couldn't think of anything for this category for awhile (well I did think of one right away, but I'm saving that artist). But then I remembered KAZOO'd. I don't think a kazoo ensemble could possibly not be funny. The same guys has 90+ kazoo covers, but this one is my favorite. Honorable mention: Mii Channel - Otamatone Cover - TheRealSullyG (thought of this one later, was used last challenge by AsteralSoul), "Bowsette" New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Brass Quintet - The Game BrassHi, We're the GameCube - The Game BrassChrono Trigger "Wind Scene" Wind Quintet Cover (not Brass!) - The Game Brass (these three were April fools jokes, I really like them but I'm saving The Game Brass)

Day 12 (Awful): Funk Fiction - Sun's Song - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, I wasn't really sure what to do for this one. There are plenty of songs I don't like, but just because I don't like them doesn't mean they're not awful. At the same time I'm sure there are a bunch of really crappy covers all over youtube (search "popular song" + "recorder", for example), but I don't think that really fits the spirit of this category. In the end, I just went with a Zelda EDM album that I remembered seeing previously. I don't like EDM much so I could have picked any song in that album, but I just listed the first.

Day 13 (Sports): Dat Yugo - UV Sir J - Indy 500 (Arcade), this category took forever to figure out. I don't play many sports games and had no remixes in my library. Eventually, I realized that racing games could count as sports games. So, my go to was to look for Mario Kart remixes, but I didn't really find anything I liked. Eventually after going through OCR I found an album about Sega Racing games and the song I liked the most was Dat Yugo. Honorable mention: Let's Play LIVE #2 - Mario Kart 64 w/FULL ORCHESTRA! - The 8-Bit Big Band (An interesting concept of playing music over "live" gameplay), Out Run "Passing Breeze" Brass and Rhythm - The Game Brass (feat. ConSoul)

Day 14 (Boss): Dummy! - Thomas Kresge - Undertale, so this might be a bit of a cheat. I'm planning on using The Game Brass later and there is a lot of overlap between the performers, but it's different enough to not be exactly the same. Either way I really like both the source material and rearrangement of it. I love jazz banjo and clarinet. Honorable mention: Boss Battle Medley - Symphony of the Goddesses - Zelda (Various) (I nearly picked this, but Zelda boss themes are not my favorite), Metal Crusher - David Peacock, Augustine Mayuga Gonzales - UndertaleSpider Dance - David Peacock, Augustine Mayuga Gonzales - Undertale (I usually don't care much for piano only covers but these two are well produced), The World Revolving (From "Deltarune") - The Game Brass (Saving The Game Brass for later), Ghost Fight 8 Bit Remix - Bulby - Undertale (Already used Bulby)

Day 15 (Victory): A Timely Victory - Lemonectric - Chrono Cross, literally the only victory theme cover I could find that I somewhat like. It isn't my favorite, but the problem is more with the source material than the actual mix.

Day 16 (16-bit): Come to the Dark Side, It's a Funky Place - Nostalvania - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, for the 8-bit day I picked an 8-bit styled song, but for this category their aren't a whole lot of pure 16-bit styled songs. Instead I went with the other interpretation of a cover of a 16-bit song. Of course my go to was a aLttP song. Honorable mention: Technicolor Thunderstorm - Lemonectric - A Link to the Past (I originally picked this one, but went back on it when I finally found one for day 15), The Triforce of Sorrow - Doc Nano, Denis Bluteau, Jeff Ball, Kristin Naigus - A Link to the Past, Zelda: A Link to the Past "Hyrule Castle" Brass Quintet Cover - The Game Brass (another aLttP one for good measure), Super Mario World "Ghost House" Brass Ensemble - The Game BrassAthletic Theme from Yoshi's Island - Big Band Jazz Version - The 8-Bit Big Band

Day 17 (Sky): Lullaby of the Sky - Jillian Aversa, zircon - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, another hard category. I thought there would be more Skyward Sword remixes that I liked, but I didn't find any.

Day 18 (Arcade): Classic Video Games Medley | Orchestral Cover - VGOScore - Various Arcade Games, I don't have many remixes that feature arcade games, but this one alone features a dozen or so (including pong, lol). My favorite one is at 1:47. Honorable mention: I only found one other I like, but I'm saving it for another category

Day 19 (Samples): Luigi's Mansion Theme - Classic Big Band Swing Version - The 8-Bit Big Band, there are a lot of remixes that reference other video game songs, so for this category I think it makes sense to only include songs that samples or is heavily inspired by a non video game song. I think there are still a lot of remixes that fit this criteria, but I'm horrible at identifying references. The one exception was my pick, it is very obviously inspired by Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing". Although I couldn't think of many others, I really like this arrangement. Honorable mention: Wii Shop Channel Music but it's Austin Powers - The 8-Bit Big Band (another 8-Bit Big Band remix), Wii Shop Bling (the previous honorable mention reminded me of this)

Day 20 (Sega): Gotta Start from Somewhere - Jorito, Hank "The Spank Tank" Jankerson, Trev Wignall, The Nikanoru - Sonic the Hedgehog, Not my favorite remix. I didn't have a whole lot, and the ones I liked the most are by bands I'm using elsewhere. Honorable mention: Spring Yard Zone - New Jack Swing Big Band Version - The 8-Bit Big Band - Sonic the HedgehogCastlevania: Bloodlines "The Sinking Old Sanctuary" Brass Quintet (feat. @Doug Perry) - The Game Brass

Day 21 (Fighting): Guiles Theme (from "street fighter 2") - ConSoul, by far my favorite fighting game song. Combined with a great jazz arrangement makes for a great remix. There is nothing more to say. Honorable mention: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Menu 8 Bit Remix - Bulby (There are probably more Smash Bros. remixes, but this is the only one I remember of the top of my head), "Lifelight" SSBU - 664 Member Orchestra Version - The 8-Bit Big Band Virtual Community Orchestra (jk, I remembered this one as well)

Day 22 (Ambient): Reflecting Pool - JohnStacy - Super Mario Bros., I normally don't care much for ambient music. It's fine to listen to in the background, but it doesn't really do much for me. So, I might as well go for something a bit more weird and avant garde. I'll be honest, the other reason I picked this is it's a french horn choir which is my primary instrument. If you are confused how this matches the source material, try playing it at 2x speed, or better yet listen to it at ~9x speed (posted by the composer in the YouTube comments). Honorable mention: Aquatic Ambiance - Big Band Jazz Piano ft. Smart Game Piano - The 8-Bit Big Band - Donkey Kong Country (I feel like this is a lot of peoples go to ambient song. I don't care much for it, but this is a good arrangement at least)

Day 23 (Industrial): Chemical Blip - Anti-Syne - Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the first games that came to mind were the sonic games (Scrap Brain Zone and Chemical Plant Zone). I didn't like most of what I found, but this one was okay. Honorable mention: Nine Inch Super Mushrooms - bLiNd, Chimpazilla - Super Mario World (for fun I also looked at the industrial tag on OCR. I don't like industrial music, but this one was also okay)

Day 24 (32/64-bit): Village of Shadows - Eric Buchholz - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, this is a nice orchestral Kokiri village cover. The album that this is from is pretty solid but doesn't have a whole lot of standouts. Honorable mention: Soggy Carousel - worldsbestgrandpa - Ocarina of Time (I nearly picked this one for day 10 and this day), Frosty Britches - LongBoxofChocolate - Super Mario 64 (fun holiday remix), The Guru - Wiesty, The OC Jazz Collective - Ocarina of Time (another good song of storms cover), Termina's Last Hope - Fredrik Häthén - Majora's Mask (an orchestral Majora's Mask arrangement), Zelda: Majora's Mask "Pirates' Fortress" Brass Quintet Cover (from Materia Collective's FATE) - The Game Brass (The Game Brass also has a nice Majora's Mask remix)

Day 25 (Techno): First Time on Outset - halc - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, I'm not great with music genres, so I'm going with anything that's marked as one of the EDM categories in OCR. As I've said previously, I don't like EDM, but this song is enough on the periphery that I enjoy it. Honorable mention: Technicolor Thunderstorm - Lemonectric - A Link to the Past (I almost picked this for a second time, but remembered I couldn't use it on day 16 because I used another Lemonectric song on day 15), Psy Castle - B-laze - Super Mario World (I feel like I should hate this song based on the musical stylings, but I actually kinda like it)

Day 26 (Fire): Sugar, Water, Purple - Shnabubula - Metroid, I wouldn't have thought that this category wouldn't be that hard, but I could not seem to find anything I liked. Eventually, I thought to check for Norfair remixes and found this one. It's a really nice piano solo. Apparently, it was entirely improvised, which blows my mind a little.

Day 27 (Scary): Koopa vs. Kefka - Dhsu - Super Mario World & Final Fantasy VI, I choose to interpret this category more as eerie since I don't think many songs are outright scary on their own. My pick is a mashup of SMW's Sub Castle music mixed with FFVI's Dancing Mad. The song starts of as ominous piano, but shifts to menacing when the organ is introduced.  Honorable mention: Monstrous Turtles! - zircon - Super Mario World (another SMW Sub Castle remix), Gaster's Legacy - DS - Undertale (and now some ominous Undertale on piano), Termina's Last Hope - Fredrik Häthén - Majora's Mask (eerie orchestral), Spooktune - LemonDrop - UndertaleMario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Spooky Skirmish for Wind Quintet - Medllix (I'm not sure how scary the last two are, but they both have spooky in the name so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ), and last but not least the entire album Brasslevania: A Tribute to the Video Game Macabre by The Game Brass (I mean it's a Halloween themed video game album. Here's a few more good songs I haven't mentioned on this list yet: Spirit of Hospitality (From "Celeste"), Final Fantasy VI "Phantom Train", Grim Fandango Suite (feat. Mariachi Entertainment System))

Day 28 (Final Boss): Symphony of Power - Sam Dillard - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, I like a lot of the remixes by Sam Dillard, but I couldn't find a category that fit. So, I was going to use by wildcard pick. But, after going through his album, Zelda Cinematica: A Symphonic Tribute, I realized that this song was of the ganondorf fight (which I guess is technically the penultimate boss, but let's just say it's the first phase). Honorable mention: Great King of Evil - Eric Buchholz - Ocarina of TimeMegalovania (from "Undertale") - ConSoulUndertale - Megalovania on Marimba - Mart0zz (Of course I had to include a couple Meglovanias)

Day 29 (Ending): Legend of Zelda ending theme "Brierized" on piano - Tom Brier, I deemed that any song that plays over the credits and isn't named "ending" as a credits theme. So, of course my two favorite ending themes are Zelda 1 and SML1. I couldn't find anything I liked for SML1, and I was struggling to find something I liked for Zelda 1 until I stumbled across the Tom Brier version again. Tom Brier is a brilliant ragtime pianist, and my understanding is a friend of his occasionally arranges video game songs for him to sight read (yes, that song was sight read). In particular the Zelda 1 ending theme lends itself very well to be preformed in ragtime. Honorable mention: Super Mario World Ending Theme sight-read - Tom BrierSuper Mario Land 2 Ending Theme sight-read - Tom Brier (two more Tom Brier ending themes), The Triforce of Sorrow - Doc Nano, Denis Bluteau, Jeff Ball, Kristin Naigus - A Link to the Past (a cover of the Triforce Chamber theme. I nearly picked this one but opted to feature Tom Brier)

Day 30 (Credits): A Happy Ending? (From "Splatterhouse") - The Game Brass, If you haven't figured it out already, The Game Brass is probably my favorite video game cover band. Being a brass player, I've always loved brass covers of video game music, and The Game Brass has really well produced and well arranged brass covers. I picked the original song in the last challenge, so I might as well just copy that write-up for the song description. "I did not know basically anything about this game until very recently (I still haven't played it, but now I want to) when I heard a cover of it (which is great and you should listen to as well). Most of the soundtrack for this game is more along the lines of intense horror. But the ending track subverts this with a very subtle, haunting tune with a melody taken from when you meet Jennifer (see the plot for more context)." Honorable mention: Epilogue ~ End Credits - Eric Buchholz - Ocarina of Time (a nice orchestral arrangement of the OoT credits)

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😮 IT'S FINALLY HERE! Hell yes I'm in!

I'll also go ahead and go with Hard difficulty again, as that felt like a good sweet spot for me last time.


My 30 Day VGM Challenge List II - Hard Difficulty


Day 1: (Title Screen) | Opening - The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
I think I'm going to try and make it a pattern to use Legend of Zelda Title Screens on the first days of these challenges until I run out of themes to use, just for some level of consistency among my lists. This one's very nostalgic for me, as Spirit Tracks was the very first game I ever got on launch day.

Day 2: (Desert) | Desert - Terraria
Another song I'm very nostalgic for, with Terraria being one of my favorite games and all. One of my personal favorite desert themes from any game.
Honorable mention:
Tostarena: Ruins - Super Mario Odyssey (I probably would've used this one instead, but I'm trying to avoid re-using too many games from my previous list so I can save them up for later. This one's my secondary pick, though.)

Day 3: (Nintendo Exclusive) | Magmoor Caverns - Metroid: Samus Returns
Figured this would be a good pick, given the semi-recent triumphant return of the Metroid series. I've only ever played Zero Mission and a bit of Super Metroid myself, but I've very familiar with the soundtracks to most of the games.
Honorable mention:
Surface of SR388 - Metroid: Samus Returns (One of my favorite overworld themes from any of the Metroid games)

Day 4: (Recent Game) | Metallic Madness Zone Act 1 - Sonic Mania
Figured I'd go with a song from one of my favorite games in recent years, Sonic Mania.

Day 5: (Jazz) | It's Raining Somewhere Else - Undertale
One of my favorite tracks from a game I look back on very fondly.
Honorable mentions:
Jump Up, Super Star! - Super Mario Odyssey
Studiopolis Act 1 - Sonic Mania
White Collar Crime - Payday 2 (Was very close to selecting this one instead, you should give it a listen)

Day 6: (Underground) | Underground Theme - New Super Mario Bros. Wii
I mean, how could I not? All variations of this theme are classics.
Honorable mention:
Underground - Terraria (I'm much more nostalgic for this one personally, but I already used Terraria in this list, can't use it again.)

Day 7: (Indoor) | Inside a House - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Might as well go for the classic, right?
Honorable mention:
Home - Undertale

Day 8: (8-bit) | Bloody Tears - Castlevania II
Had to sneak some Castlevania music in this list somehow, now seemed like a good time.

Day 9: (Cover) | Woods of Mystery (Lost Woods) by Theophany - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask | (Original by Koji Kondo)
One of my absolute favorite covers of all time. In hindsight, I'm glad this was relegated to my honorable mentions last time, since that means I can use it this time around. Plus it gives me an excuse to use another Zelda track.
Honorable mentions go to all of Theophany's work, as well as all the other artists I mentioned last time around. Seriously incredible stuff, check out Theophany's channel if you liked this cover, all of his stuff is absolutely amazing, and he's working on the OST for a brand new game as well. About time too, he's ridiculously talented.

Day 10: (Water Area) | Into the Unknown - Subnautica
The ultimate water area music, since the entire game takes place in an unexplored alien sea! Seriously fantastic game as well, highly recommend it. One of my favorite survival-type video games, and one of the few that actually has a great story as well.

Day 11: (Funny) | Armogohma Battle Second Half - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
It's worth using up one of my game repeats for this song. Absolute classic.
Honorable mentions:
Temmie Village - Undertale (One of my personal favorites, and what I probably would've used for this day if I hadn't already used an Undertale song)
Tem Shop - Undertale
Can You Really Call This A Hotel, I Didn't Receive A Mint On My Pillow Or Anything - Undertale (OK, this one's only funny because of the title, but I mean... c'mon, I had to include it)
Checker Dance - Deltarune
Lancer - Deltarune
Rouxls Kaard - Deltarune
Those last two are only really funny if you know the characters they're associated with, but... well, if you know, you know.



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Day 12: (Music I Hate) | Mappy Medley - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
I don't care if this is cheating.

Day 13: (Sports) | Main Theme - ARMS
OK, this is probably cheating, but I mean... listen.


It may be a fictional sport, but it's still technically a sport, so technically ARMS counts as a sports game, right?


...right...? 😅
Honorable mention: (and alternative pick in case ARMS is cheating)
Main Theme - Punch-Out!! (Wii)

Day 14: (Boss) | Gladiator - DOOM Eternal
I guess every one of my lists is going to have a slightly uncharacteristic metal song now.


Eh, oh well.

Day 15: (Victory/Clear) | All Clear - Castlevania Chronicles
Not much to say about this one, just a really solid victory theme, and probably my favorite out of all the various stage clear themes in the Castlevania franchise.
Honorable mentions:
Stage Clear - Castlevania Chronicles
Stage Clear - Castlevania: Dracula X
Ending - Castlevania: Dracula X (This one I'm super nostalgic for. This plays during a short cutscene right after you beat the final boss, Dracula, but before the credits, so I think this would technically count as a victory theme)
Stage Clear - Sonic Mania
Great Victory! - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Boss Victory Fanfare - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Victory Fanfare - Final Fantasy VI
And there was one more I was thinking of, but I forgot it in the course of making this list of honorable mentions and I'm kicking myself for it. Oh well.

Day 16: (16-bit) | Fear Factory - Donkey Kong Country
I was really spoiled for choice on this day. I would've liked to have used a track from DKC3, but I already plan on doing that on one of the later days. So I figured, what the hell, why not give the original some love.
Honorable mentions: (This one's gonna be a doozy)
Hyrule Field - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Hyrule Castle - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Dark World - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Black Mist (Death Mountain) - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Aquatic Ambiance - Donkey Kong Country
Life in the Mines - Donkey Kong Country
Gangplank Galleon - Donkey Kong Country
The entire Donkey Kong Country 2 OST because the entire thing is a masterpiece
Treetop Tumble - Donkey Kong Country 3
Rockface Rumble - Donkey Kong Country 3 (One of my absolute favorite DKC tracks)
Simon's Theme - Super Castlevania IV
Bloody Tears - Super Castlevania IV
The entire Castlevania: Dracula X OST, another masterpiece IMO
Stage 1 - Contra III: The Alien Wars
Stage 2 - Contra III: The Alien Wars
Stage 4 - Contra III: The Alien Wars
Sonic the Hedgehog 1,
Sonic the Hedgehog 2, &
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles OSTs, they're all classics

Also, I remembered the Victory themes I was thinking of yesterday that I had forgotten!
Dixie & Diddy Kong's Victory Themes - Donkey Kong Country 2
Stage Clear - Contra III: The Alien Wars

Day 17: (Sky Area) | Cloud Tops - The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
One of my favorite tracks from one of the most underrated and underappreciated entries in one of my favorite series. Can't really go wrong there I'd say!
Honorable mentions:
Palace of Winds - The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Sky - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Cloudtop Cruise - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Sky Sanctuary (Modern) - Sonic Generations (One of my favorite tracks from the whole Sonic series)

Day 18: (Arcade) | Main Theme - Space Ace
To be completely honest, I know very little about the actual game this theme comes from, I've just heard it a few times offhandedly and I really love it. Never been much of an arcade guy personally, so it took me a little while to come up with a good selection for this day.

Day 19: (Samples/Inspired) | Ice Cap Zone Act 1 - Sonic 3
Sampled Song: Hard Times - The Jetzons
Combined version of both songs to show just how similar they are
One of the most well-known examples of this sort of thing I'd say. Don't even really have to point out the similarities, they're virtually identical. There's a whole story behind this involving Michael Jackson originally working on the soundtrack to Sonic 3, Brad Buxer, MJ's keyboardist was involved in the OST as well, Brad worked on this originally unreleased Jetzons song before working on the OST, there's too much to cover in a short paragraph. Here's a very, very interesting and good video covering the entire topic around the bizarre history of Sonic 3's OST and Michael Jackson's involvement with it.
Honorable mentions:

Stardust Speedway Present JP/EU - Sonic CD (0:55 in particular)
Sampled Song: Walk the Walk - Shakatak (0:14 in particular. Very good song, actually)
As well as pretty much the entire DOOM OST, tons of tracks in that soundtrack are very heavily inspired by other songs. Here's a comparison video that lists the many examples of this throughout DOOM's OST.

Day 20: (Sega Exclusive) | Iron-Blue Intention - Castlevania: Bloodlines
Honestly never been a huge fan of the Genesis' sound engine, but it can definitely produce some gems for sure. Didn't want to go with the obvious pick of another Sonic song, so I decided instead to choose a song from one of the only other Genesis games I've ever really played: Castlevania: Bloodlines, probably one of the least well-known classic CV games. Fun fact, this game is actually very significant in that this was the very first Castlevania game Michiru Yamane ever composed for! Very glad she was picked for this game and all the others after it, Castlevania just wouldn't be the same without her outstanding music.
Honorable mentions:
Reincarnated Soul - Castlevania: Bloodlines
As well as all 3 of the original Sonic OSTs, as I've already mentioned.

Day 21: (Fighting Game) | Jogging/Countdown - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Using Super Smash Bros for this category is definitely bordering on cheating since there's so many different songs to choose from, but hey, it's one of the only fighting series I've ever really played 😛 I would've liked to have used a song from one of the Punch-Out!! games, but I think of fighting games as multiplayer focused games, and the Punch-Out!! series is primarily single player, so I think it doesn't quite count as a fighting game in the traditional sense.

Day 22: (Ambient) | Track 2 - Universe Sandbox ²
Speaks for itself, really. Absolutely beautiful soundtrack for a beautiful game. Really fits the wonder and beauty of space.
Honorable mentions:
Mesos - Owlboy
Aquatic Ambience - Donkey Kong Country
The Wind Can Be Still - Stardew Valley

Day 23: (Industrial) | Nuts & Bolts - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Been looking forward to this day for awhile. One of my favorite DKC tracks, I could listen to this track all day and never get bored of it.

Day 24: (32-64-bit) | Requiem for the Gods - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Figured I might as well go with one of my favorite tracks from one of the best video game soundtracks of all time. Love this song so much.
Honorable mentions:
Dracula's Castle - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Wood Carving Partita - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Crystal Teardrops - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Rainbow Cemetery - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Lost Painting - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Wandering Ghosts - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
The Tragic Prince - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
(I really like the Symphony of the Night soundtrack, if you couldn't tell 😛 )

Day 25: (Techno) | Electrodrome - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Lots of good techno-sounding tracks to choose from, but this is the track that immediately came to mind when thinking about what I should use for this day, personally.

Day 26: (Fire) | Lower Norfair - Super Metroid
Despite the fact that I haven't played very much Metroid, for some reason Norfair is the first place I think of when it comes to lava areas in video games.
Honorable mentions:
Magmoor Caverns - Metroid Prime
Lethal Lava Land - Super Mario 64
Fire Temple - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Lava Reef Zone Act 1 - Sonic Mania
Lava Reef Zone Act 2 - Sonic Mania

Day 27: (Scary/Startling) | For this day, I actually have two different selections. 1 for Scary, & 1 for Startling. If I have to stick by the traditional rules of only having one main selection for each day, then consider the Scary selection the main one, and the Startling selection a secondary one.
(Scary) | Children's Room - Fatal Frame/Project Zero
!!! VOLUME WARNING !!! (Startling) | Medical Treatment - Fatal Frame/Project Zero 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse !!! VOLUME WARNING !!!
So, for those that don't know, the Fatal Frame series (AKA Project Zero, or simply Zero overseas) is a survival horror game series in which you exorcise ghosts with a camera. Sounds kinda goofy in concept, but man, in my personal opinion, the Fatal Frame series is one of the most shit your pants scary horror game series in existence. I'm in the process of replaying the first one, and man, playing that game still unsettles me to the core, despite how familiar I am with it (I've known about the series since I was a child.)

So, now that we have the context for the series out of the way, time for a fun fact! If you listen closely in the Children's Room song, you can hear children faintly chanting some kind of a song. Unless you can speak Japanese, you likely won't underatand what they're saying, and that's because they're singing the lyrics to a Japense children's game. The lyrics are as follows:
Kagome Kagome Kago no naka no Tori wa
Itsu Itsu deyaru? Yoake no ban ni
Tsuru to Kame ga subetta.
Ushiro no shoumen dare?
English Translation:
Kagome, Kagome, the bird in the cage,
when will you come out?
In the evening of the dawn,
the crane and turtle slipped.
Who stands right behind you now?
For context on what this actually means: "Kagome, Kagome is a popular Japanese children's game, similar to the European games 'Ring Around The Rosie' or 'Poor Mary'. To play, a child who was 'it' (called the 'oni' or 'demon') would stand or sit with their eyes covered, encircled by four or more other children. The children in the circle would then dance around in a circle singing the song. When the song finished, the child in the middle would have to guess the identity of the child standing behind them. If the child guessed correctly, then the person behind them would be the new 'oni'." Pretty spooky stuff, I'd say. Especially the part about having to guess who's standing behind you right now 😉
Honorable mentions:
More Ropes - Fatal Frame/Project Zero
Kirie's Curse - Fatal Frame/Project Zero
Found Takamine - Fatal Frame/Project Zero
Long-Armed Man - Fatal Frame/Project Zero
The Tsukimori Song (Pipe Organ) - Fatal Frame/Project Zero 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Broken Neck - Fatal Frame/Project Zero (Fun fact about this song: The faint breathing you hear is what it would sound like if someone were to survive a neck break, and this song plays when you fight a ghost with a severely broken neck, implying this ghost was alive for some time after their neck was initially broken. This likely means this person's death was extremely slow and painful. Fun!)
Strangling Ritual - Fatal Frame/Project Zero
Encounter to Himuro Mansion - Fatal Frame/Project Zero (The song that forever traumatized me and imprinted this series on my brain forever. Good times.)
Cheat honorable mention, since this is TECHNICALLY part of the soundtrack to the game, even though I don't think you could classify it as music. Fair warning that I wouldn't recommend listening to this one if you intend on sleeping well tonight:
The Whimpers of Hell - Fatal Frame/Project Zero 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse

And now, since using the Fatal Frame series is honestly kind of cheating, here's some non-horror game honorable mentions:
Run Rambi, Run! - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Hot Pursuit - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Cerberus - Castlevania: Dracula X

Day 28: (Final Boss) | The Gadfly Suite - LittleBigPlanet 2
Well, since I used Battle on the Ice, the final boss theme for LittleBigPlanet 1 on my last list, figured I might as well stay consistent with this list, right? Another one of my all-time favorite final boss themes for sure. Interestingly, this theme doesn't actually originate from the game itself, much like Battle on the Ice. This theme once more comes from a Soviet historical drama film, this time "The Gadfly" from 1955. Again, much like Battle on the Ice, the version of this theme that was used in-game was also sped up, the original one has a much slower pace (and, once more like Battle on the Ice, I actually kind of prefer the original slower version.) I dunno where they got the idea to use amazing songs from decades old Soviet historical movies as final boss themes, but whoever came up with that idea is a genius, because both of these songs are absolutely fantastic and work very well as final boss themes in my opinion.
Honorable mentions to all of the final boss themes I mentioned in my previous list.

Day 29: (Ending/Epilogue) | Ending - Castlevania: Dracula X
I thought I would've used up this game by now, but surprisingly, I actually didn't! So, I figured this former honorable mention would fit this day pretty well. Very nostalgic for this song, as this was among one of the first few games I ever beat (and, at the time, probably the hardest too.)

Day 30: (Credits) | Staff Roll - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)
And once more, the list comes full circle, and we end with the same franchise that began the list...


As always, this has been incredibly fun @AverageOliver98 and I already look forward to the third iteration of this, whenever that may be. I'll be in Texas for the following week or so to visit family, but I'll get to work on my Day 31 list as soon as I can.

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Day 1 (Title Screen): Shadowgate (NES) - Title Screen - Figured I'd start off the October version of this challenge with a spooky classic.

Day 2 (Desert Area): Sonic 3 (GEN) - Desert Palace - This was the first song that came to mind, a bit surprised I'm already using my Sonic 3 card, but there's many more games to share. 🙂

Day 3 (Nintendo Exclusive): Shatterhand (NES) - Area D - Surprised I somehow missed a track from this game on my first list, well here we are now.  Natsume had some awesome composers and knew how to rock the 2A03.

Day 4 (Made Since 2010): Mega Man 10 (Multiplatform) - Solar Man - Speaking of rocking tunes, this track blew me away when I first played through the game. 🤘

Day 5 (Jazz): Deja Vu (NES) - Peoria Streets 

Day 6 (Underground): The Immortal (NES) - Lair of the Norlac / Barrel Ride - This is basically two tracks which make up the scene, one when you're going down and the second when you're being chased.  It's awesome and really heightens the mood.

Day 7 (Indoor): Beyond Good and Evil (PS2) - Playing Shuffle Puck / Fun and Mini-Games- This game is quite unique and dynamic, and that goes in part with its unusual but masterfully composed soundtrack. Whoever composed it definitely went all-in, and had some fun too. I remember walking into this area and was like, what? The rest of the soundtrack is worth a listen too. Great stuff!

Day 8 (8-Bit): RushJet1 (2A03 musician) - Out of Reach - For my list I'll use 8-bit music composed in the modern era. Here's a track from 2008 by one of my favorite modern NES composers.  Honorable mentions: SLiVeR - For the Meek (2A03, 2006) - This was one of the first modern chiptunes I heard and it still stands as one of the greats. One more, an original composer of the day who still makes great 8-bit music, Jeroen Tel - Nothing Wrong (C64, 2012)

Day 9 (Cover): Deus Ex (PC) - Main Title Piano Version - Sivak, 2004 - I actually don't listen to many video game covers, but I find myself coming back to this one a lot.  And yeah, it's by the same person who made Battle Kid!

Day 10 (Water Area): Rabbacan - Waterlands (Atari 8-bit, 1993) - A bit obscure being a demoscene track, but I've always enjoyed this demo's music. 

Day 11 (Funny): Chessmaster - Title Theme (SNES) - This track is so goofy lol.

Day 12 (Annoying/Awful) Rocky and Bullwinkle (NES) - I actually find it hard to dislike game music, I've once listened to all the tracks from Action 52 and even thoroughly enjoyed some. BUT, Rocky and Bullwinkle on NES, just aggravating lol.

Day 13 (Sports): Arch Rivals (NES) - Pretty simple but memorable, one of the few sports games I actually played a bit.

Day 14 (Boss): Rance III - Boss Battle (PC98) - Haven't played this but dig the soundtrack.  Also, on another note, there's this nice little upbeat boss tune on Amiga:  Premiere - Stage 4 Boss (Amiga, 1992)

Day 15 (Victory): Wave Race 64 - Victory (N64) -  BONZAAAIIIIII, played this a lot at cousins' house back in the day, but just now appreciating its soundtrack more. Something about the announcer's enthusiasm and the cool Japanese jazz fusion style soundtrack. 

Day 16 (16-Bit): RASTER.RAD - By Void/Reality (DOS/OPL2/Ad Lib) - Love this track

Day 17 (Sky Area): Sonic 2 - Sky Chase Zone (Genesis) - Okay, not being super original here but it's such a classic.  Or, how about another sky zone which doesn't even use the Sky Chase Zone theme: Sonic Pocket Adventure - Sky Chase Zone (NGPC) - It takes place in the sky, but don't be fooled this isn't the same Sky Chase Zone theme from Sonic 2, it's an 8-bit version of Azure Lake from Sonic 3.

Day 18 (Arcade): B.Rap Boys - Stage 1-3 (Arcade) - Word yo ~~~ 👈

Day 19 (Sampled/Inspired): War in the Gulf (NES, 1991) || Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train (1980, Randy Rhodes Guitar Solo) I like finding these, so here's a few more:

Day 20 (Sega): Segagaga - The Singing Alarm (Dreamcast [JP], 2001) - Long live SEGA

Day 21 (Fighting): Cyborg Justice - Stage 1 (Genesis) - Classic jam

Day 22 (Ambient): Magician - Meryl Forest (NES) - This track always stood out to me, something about Neil Baldwin's creative use of the 2A03, which for this track I envision myself in a dark forest with merely the ambient sounds of little creatures chirping.  Atmosphere!

Day 23 (Industrial Area): Sonic Spinball - Toxic Caves (Genesis)

Day 24 (32/64-bit Music): Death Crimson - Main Theme (Sega Saturn)

Day 25 (Techno): Sonic R - Living in the City (Sega Saturn) - Not sure what this genre is exactly but I think it's within the techno realm somewhere. 

Day 26 (Fire/Volcano): Gun Nac - Stage 2 (NES) - Love the melodies in this one

Day 27 (Scary/Startling): Been waiting for this one, welp here's my ehmm, list. Some spooky, eerie, ghastly, startling tunes! 🎃

Day 28 (Final Boss): Summer Carnival '92: Recca - Final Boss (FC) - One of those sh** my pants moments when I was quickly greeted to this intense final boss fight.  The music sums it up well.

Day 29 (Ending): Demon Sword - Ending Theme (NES) - One of my first NES games, took me years to beat.  Just a nice simple tune and a classy cinematic.

Day 30 (Credits): Journey to Silius - Staff Roll (NES) - Great tune, another game that took me years to finally beat, but I was pleasantly rewarded with a great ending/credits theme.

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RdRunner's Picks II

Difficulty: Lunatic Custom:

  • ONE game from last time.
  • Generally avoiding major franchises.
  • NES games only (unless otherwise required)

Day 1 Title: Tecmo Super Bowl (NES), Prologue 2 - Right off the bat using a repeat game, but I had promised myself I would use this as my title game this time.  Perfect mood setter for this!

Day 2 Desert: The Lone Ranger (NES), Overworld - It helps when the entire game takes place in a desert.

Day 3 Nintendo: Adventures of Lolo 3 (NES), World Map - Sticking up for a series in desperate need of a remake.  Was Kirby so popular that HAL had to abandon poor Lolo and Lala entirely?  If a name as derivative as King Dedede can survive, surely there must be something they can do.

Day 4 2010's: Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, Stage 1 Boss - Excited to see this awesome game coming back on Switch. Was lucky enough to buy it on Xbox before it was delisted, but missed out on expansions.

Day 5 Jazz: Anticipation (NES), Title - Not a big Jazz Music fan.  Not even sure what exactly fits the genre, so here's a random stab.  And yes, I actually like this game, just don't get me started on the "Walkman" answer.

Day 6 Underground: Battletoads (NES), Turbo Tunnel - This game/stage is better known for other reasons, but the music is still really good.

Day 7 Indoors: Little Nemo the Dream Master (NES), Nemo's House - Haven't done too many Capcom games, but they really do know their stuff when it comes to gaming music.  Nice little fun house Nemo dreamed up here too!

Day 8 8-Bit: Mission Impossible (NES), Stage 4 Snow Area - This is one of those ultra-tough games by "Ultra Games", but man does it have a great soundtrack.  Wish the snow segments lasted longer so you could hear this song more often.

Day 9 Remix: The Adventures of Bayou Billy "El Lagarto", by Evil Horde - Easily one of my favorites on OC Remix.  Sweetly combines a couple of the main themes, picks up the tempo, and adds a little flair!

Day 10 Water: Blaster Master (NES), Area 5 - This (and Donkey Kong Country) is pretty much what I think of when it comes to water stages.  It's about as relaxing as that blasted crab boss is frustrating.  Interesting contrast, I always thought.

Day 11 Funny: Cabal (NES), Stage Clear - So big, strong, tough, commando dude finishes blowing up everything in sight and the very next thing he does is run like this...

...okay so that's my official pick (NES and all, blah blah blah).  Here's what I think is the funniest track in gaming: BattleBlock Theater, Secret Area!  The whole game is a riot too, thanks mostly to this talented/disturbed individual heard here and throughout.

Day 12 Hate: Snake Rattle 'n Roll (NES), Stage 6/9/10 - This song sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise awesome game.  All the other songs are catchy and fun, but apparently not enough for Rare, who decided to air this other song THREE times instead of reusing the others even once.  I get that the tune was put with the harder levels to create tension, but this was a bit much.

Day 13 Sports: American Gladiators (NES), Title Screen - Not exactly the TV tune everyone remembers, but it's still a really good listen.  I was obsessed with this show growing up.  Not so much for the juiced-up gladiators but rather the events pitting them against the much smaller contestants.  Everyone loves an underdog!

Day 14 Boss: Fester's Quest (NES) - Silly games like this have zero business having music this good, but yet here it is.  One of the best boss tracks on the NES!

Day 15 Stage Clear: Legendary Wings (NES) - If I had listened to this song without having played the game, I would have guessed this was for beating the whole game, not just one stage.  Game is pretty epic too, despite the whole Gradius syndrome thing.

Day 16 16-Bit: Chuck Rock (SNES), Title - He's not exactly the world's greatest platformer, but Chuck has quite a band!  His whole soundtrack is a mainstay in my playlist, with the title screen being my favorite.

Day 17 Sky: Contra Force, Stage 4 - Here we have a game that sold so poorly that modern Contra anthologies don't even mention it as part of the franchise.  This aerial battle where you jump from plane to plane is easily the best part.

Day 18 Arcade: Quartet, Main Theme - Coolest game I've barely played.  Only place I've ever seen this machine was at Funspot.  I feel like it should have been more popular than it was.  4-joystick Contra-ish multiplayer.  What's not to like?...

...bonus: Mr. Do's Castle, Main Theme - I said it in another recent thread and I'll say it again: This game is in desperate need of a port on a modern console (along with many others made by Universal).

Day 19 Sampler: Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy (NES), Zak's Castle - SO many fun options here, but I gotta go with this offshoot of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Classic!

Day 20 Sega: Powerball (Genesis), Menu - No, not the lottery drawing, but a futuristic sports game based on football, soccer, and martial arts.  Not at all bad for a sports game, plus it has a rockin' soundtrack. I also almost put this song for Day 19, for reminding me of Shakedown by Bob Seger.

Day 21 Fighting: Flying Warriors (NES), Stage Theme 2 - This is one of those games that I keep forgetting about in the massive NES library.  Pity, as it's a solid game worth remembering.

Day 22 Ambient: Legacy of the Wizard (NES), Main Dungeon - Took forever to pick a slow, backgroundy thingumawhatzit for this day, but I think I nailed it.  I can have this playing while I work and it helps me focus without distracting me.  Ambient, no?

Day 23 Industrial: Batman (NES), Stage 2 - I'm actually not a huge fan of Batman's NES adventures.  Good thing I am a fan of Sunsoft's NES music!  The whole soundtrack does a remarkable job of making this game seem way more fun than it actually is.

Day 24 32/64-Bit: Blast Corps (N64), Simian Acres/Beeton Tracks - Interested to see how many people pick a RareWare game today.  I went with Blast Corps mostly to avoid a big name franchise, but there are otherwise sooo many awesome choices!

Day 25 Techno: Silver Surfer (NES), Title - Someone should seriously just do the whole challenge using music by Tim Follin.

Day 26 Fire: Life Force (NES), Stage 3 - Okay final five days deserve a curtain call, so loosening up a bit on the franchises.  First up, hard to find more fire from the NES than on this stage!  I still remember getting ambushed by the waves of flames for the first time.  It used to freak out 10-year-old me!  (nice timing with Day 27...)  Honorable mentions go to the fire cave from Ninja Gaiden 2 and Volkmire's Inferno (Stage 7) from Battletoads.

Day 27 Scary: Zelda II The Adventure of Link (NES), Great Palace - Trying not to go for the obvious horror game.  This tune used to always make me nervous.  The final palace in this classic is full of nasty surprises, including little jump scares like this, even if they're mostly harmless.  Honorable mention to Wizards and Warriors, for dumping you into a tree full of beehives after you bribe the first knight (why would anyone guard such a thing?!).  Had to turn the sound off to brave this scene as a kid.

Day 28 Final Boss: Vice Project Doom (NES) - This was always one of my favorite final battles.  It's like Zelda 2 in reverse, fighting the evil twin first followed by the monster (no Thunder spell required).  Epic ending to an underrated game.  Honorable mentions: The Lone Ranger's locomotive gunfight, Rush'n Attack's poorly-defended secret weapon, and Castlevania III's triple-formed Dracula.

Day 29/30 Endings/Credits - Gauntlet (NES) and Metal Storm (NES).  Since the two kinda go hand in hand, I'm going to combine these for the finale.  I tried to pick stuff that people may not have heard.  Gauntlet's ending is special both for the fact that an ending exists on what's mostly an arcade port and that it's so hard to reach.  Metal Storm's "true" ending is similarly hard to get to, requiring that you beat the game twice to actually see the credits.  The tune is nothing special, but I bet most gamers have only heard the first half of the song.  That second loop is rather brutal!

Oh right, honorable mentions... (I love this category! 🙂 )

Ninja Gaiden II

Mega Man II
Solomon's Key
Immortal (stay with it a minute...)

Castlevania III
Kid Icarus
Super Dodge Ball

TMNT II The Arcade Game

Vice Project Doom
Gradius II
Super Mario Bros 2

With that, we've reached the end of the month.  I hope everyone enjoyed my list as much I enjoyed making it.  Great stuff from everyone else as well!


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I'm making my own rules but I'm going to try to not reuse songs from the last list. 

Day 1 - Title Screen Music: Final Fantasy IX - The Place I'll Return to Someday

Day 2 - Desert Area: Tales of Symphonia - Desert Flower

Day 3 - Nintendo Exclusive: Octopath Traveler - Frostlands

Day 4 - Game from 2010s: Dark Souls II - Majula

Day 5 - Jazz Music - Hotel Dusk: Room 215 - Monochrome

Day 6 - Underground Music: Earthworm Jim 2 - Subterranean

Day 7 - Indoor Music: Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019) - House

Day 8 - 8-Bit Music: Crystalis - Town

Day 9 - Remix/Cover Music: Mega Man 6 - Wind Man (Genesis Remix)

Day 10 - Water Level - Donkey Kong Land - Kremlantis

Day 11 - Funny Music - Conker's Bad Fur Day - Poo

Day 12 - Music You Hate - Yoshi's New Island - The Yoshi Clan

Day 13 - Sports Game - NBA Jam: Tournament Edition - Menu Theme

Day 14 - Boss Music - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - Battle 2

Day 15 - Stage Clear - Battletoads & Double Dragon - Stage Clear

Day 16 - 16-Bit Music - Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse - Level 3-1

Day 17 - Sky Theme - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Sky Chase Zone

Day 18 - Arcade Music - OutRun - Passing Breeze

Day 19 - Music Using Samples - EarthBound - Jackie's Cafe

Day 20 - Sega Exclusive - Comix Zone - Stage 1-1

Day 21 - Fighting Game - Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition - Character Select

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31-Day Video Game Music Challenge - Lunatic Difficulty

  • Day 1 - Title Screen: Pictionary - Title Theme - Tim Follin
  • Day 2 - Desert Area: Golden Axe III - The Scorching Sand- Naofumi Hataya, Tatsuyuki Maeda
  • Day 3 - Nintendo exclusive game: Wave Race 64 - Title Theme - Kazumi Totaka
  • Day 4 - Game From Last Decade: Ever Oasis - Town A - Sebastian Schwartz (This is an often overlooked and underrated Action RPG by Grezzo, who also made the Zelda remakes on the 3DS. I love this tune especially since it's so light-hearted and cheerful. It always made me feel relaxed when I came back from a dungeon and heard this fine tune.)
  • Day 5 - Jazz: Mario Kart 8 - Dolphin Shoals - Shiho Fujii, Atsuko Asahi, Ryo Nagamatsu, Yasuaki Iwata
  • Day 6 - Underground Area: Yoshi's Island - Underground - Koji Kondo
  • Day 7 - Indoor Area: Neverwinter Nights - Castle Theme - Jeremy Soule (This one was extremely difficult, because I originally wanted to use the Inside A House theme from TloZ:OoT, but it was already chosen and I don't want to post the same song. So I chose this one from NwN since I've heard it so often and it always brings me back to those simple days where I would play this game for hours on end. Good times. It's also a really nice and calm song.)
  • Day 8 - 8-bit Music: James Bond Jr - Level 1 - Neil Baldwin (If you've followed my exploits on the NES thread you might have noticed that I really liked James Bond Jr on the NES. It's not just a very fun game, imho, but it also features a pretty decent OST. This one stood really out and it never became boring even though the first level could take up to 45 minutes. It's just such a dreamy, melancholic piece with really nice drums.)
  • Day 9 - Arranged, Covered or Remixed: Thunder Force IV - Lightning Strikes Again/Metal Squad - S.S.H. (Now it's time for the heavy weights! This has got to be one of my favorite covers of any video game song ever! Saitama Saisyu Heiki does some amazing stuff in general, but this here takes the cake!)
  • Day 10 - Water Area: Banjoo Kazooie - Treasure Trove Cove - Grant Kirkhope (A lovely little tune that puts me in a good mood. I especially like that playful part starting around 0:40 or the light-hearted flute.)
  • Day 11 - Funny Music: Disgaea - You Go Girl - Tenpei Sato (Nin nin! You've gotta love this playful tune about our favorite apprentice angel wannabe ninja girl Flonne, who has to assassinate an evil demon overlord, but decides to teach him about love and peace. Right from the start you know you're in for a treat when you hear that baseline and then follow it when the song becomes richer and maybe almost a bit funky? Anyway, it's a great tune and I love that game.)
  • Day 12 - Music I Hate: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends - BGM #2 - Mark van Hecke (I've really been waiting for this one! Ever since participating in the NES competition this game has tormented me! This may just be the worst NES game I've ever played/finished. This music is so horrendous and awful, it pierces through my ears and almost hurts physically. And I've heard that this is supposedly even worse on original hardware when those bombs go off. Seriously, what where they thinking?! The title theme was a close contender, because that melody is so annoying.
  • Day 13 - Sports Game: Blood Bowl - Main Theme (The only sports game I really like…)
  • Day 14 - Boss Battle: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - Boss Battle - Ryuji Sasai, Yasuhiro Kawakami (You can say many things about Mystic Quest, but one thing you can not say is that the music is bad. Because it's absolutely awesome! This was my first turn-based RPG and it kickstarted my love for the genre, so it has a soft spot in my heart, even if it may not be a top-tier game.)
  • Day 15 - Victory Music: Secret of Evermore - Victory Fanfare - Jeremy Soule, Julian Soule (The most iconic victory themes that I think of immediately are the ones from Final Fantasy and the first Super Mario Bros. But I did not want to waste my slot for these franchises so I took this one from SoE. And tbh, this is a good one, too. I was always happy hearing this in the game.)
  • Day 16 - 16-bit Music: Plok - Boss - Tim Follin (Another Tim Follin track! But I wanted to give the awesome music of this great game its spot in the limelight. This boss theme is also unusually intense and immediately tells you, that things are about to get serious!)
  • Day 17 - Sky Area: Illusion of Time - Sky Garden - Yasuhiro Kawasaki (It's time for one of my favorite games! I pretty much love every track of this game and for this day I chose the Sky Garden music. It's that one dungeon on a floating island above the nazca ruins. A really fun dungeon, too, with a bunch of nice puzzles and mazes.)
  • Day 18 - Arcade Game: Street Fighter II - Ken's Stage - Yoko Shimomura, Isao Abe (Honestly, the first arcade game I've ever played was maybe two or three years ago. Before that I've never seen an actual arcade cab, so I have absolutely zero nostalgia or knowledge about arcade games. But I did play Street Fighter II on the SNES, so I chose one of these soundtracks. And Ken's ist actually my favorite, even above Guile's theme. I like how it's so upbeat and energetic. Really gets you pumped!)
  • Day 19 - Music Sounding Very Similar to Other Song: Ys VIII - Lracrimosa of DANA Opening Ver. - Yukihiro Jindo (This song sounds, imho, very similar to "Farewell to Sue" by Noriyuki Iwadare for Grandia. Just compare the two: https://youtu.be/X6-Ok2nsROA And on a side note: both games and their respective OSTs are awesome!)
  • Day 20 - Sega exclusive game: Tougiou: King Colossus - An Old Sad Dance - KNU (This is from my personal favorite game on the Sega Mega Drive. I love the calm, melancholic and oftentimes mysterious feel of this game's OST. It reminds me a lot of Illusion of Time/Gaia.)
  • Day 21 - Fighting Game: Killer Instinct - Main Theme - Graeme Norgate
  • Day 22 - Ambient Music: Ecco the Dolphin - Track 8 - Spencer N. Nilsen (tbh, I still don't know, what exactly counts as ambient music and whatnot. So I'm just throwing this OST out there hoping that it fulfills the condition. My other alternative was Skydiving from Pilotwings, SNES)
  • Day 23 - Industrial Area: Donkey Kong Country - Fear Factory - David Wise, Eveline Novakovic, Robin Beanland (Just an overall great track from a fantastic game. At first I wanted to use Aquatic Ambience earlier on, but I found another great water song instead. Overall, I personally prefer the music of DKC 1 over the music from DKC 2.)
  • Day 24 - 32/64-bit Era: Goldeneye 007 - Dam - Graeme Norgate, Grant Kirkhope (Another day and another song from a Rare game. Plus, it's from another James Bond game! I don't know why I have so many of their soundtracks here. Maybe they're just doing really good music, which usuallym doesn't belong to long-running series. And that's obviously great for a lunatic challenge.)
  • Day 25 - Techno: Extreme-G - Track 2 - Simon Robertson, Stephen Root (This was probably my favorite racing game on the N64 outside of Mario Kart 64. And I really liked the fast-paced and cool music of this game. A classic in my book.)
  • Day 26 - Fire Area: Star Fox 64 - Sector Y - Kouji Kondo, Hajime Wakai (Pretty awesome and intense track from this game. The Flame Stag stage theme from Mega Man X2 was a close second.)
  • Day 27 - Scary Music: Silent Hill - My Heaven - Akira Yamaoka ("Beautiful" track from SH. Those weird sounds are from a dentist's drill. So if you're getting freaked out, that may be why.)
  • Day 28 - Final Boss: Final Fantasy VI - Dancing Mad - Nobuo Uematsu (You know someone had to do this! It's just one of the most iconic and best final boss themes out there. Although I have to admit that I usually listen to the Distant Worlds or Black Mages version, but the original is still great.)
  • Day 29 - Ending/Epilogue: Lufia 2 - To The Future - Yasunori Shiono (It was a nice journey with you through this month. I laughed, I rocked hard, enjoyed the music and found a bunch of new cool music. Why am I starting to get really sappy? Maybe that's because of this awesome track on Lufia 2, which just so happens to be my favorite game of all time. I could have chosen something like one of the many battle or boss themes, but I always though that this beautiful track was a bit underrated. Anyway, I've still got to compile the rest of my list for the 31st. It's really difficult to pick just one song per day, but I'll do my best.)
  • Day 30 - Credits: Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts - Credit Theme - Mari Yamaguchi (Today's music is sponsored by a game of which I didn't even know that it had an ending theme/credit song! Only in recent years did I manage to finally beat this game and hear this awesome tune! Earning to listen this one feels so sweet and this is a game that I can just play over and over.)
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Lunatic, baby!

Day 1 (Title Screen): World of Goo - World of Goo Beginning
Even years after this game came out, the haunting title theme still remains one of the most iconic things about it.

Day 2 (Desert Area): Paper Mario The Origami King - Desert Battle Theme
I can't believe I expended the Mario franchise already, but this game's entire soundtrack is just too much of a banger.

Day 3 (Nintendo exclusive): Shadow of the Ninja - Stage 1
Since we're not doing Stage 1 music this time, this will cover for that. One of the most hyped up openers for a classic action game I've tried!

Day 4 (Post 2010): Shantae: ½-Genie Hero - Cape Crustacean
½-Genie Hero was a massive disappointment to me. Not that it was terrible, but making a Kickstarter really sold this game as Wayforward doing the game they dreamt of, but instead they made this super lazy cashgrab.
Well, one guy that didn't faff about was Jake Kaufman who gave it his all with this soundtrack, drawing from inspirations everywhere. I love how much this sounds like 90s-era demoscene tracker music.

Day 5 (Jazzy): The Neverhood - Klaymen Shuffle
I always thought of this soundtrack as incredibly jazzy, but going through it I found there were actually very few straight up "jazz" tracks on it. Anyway, I'm not a genre buff, but I think this one qualifies.
Incredibly unique and memorable soundtrack, I wish more games would do something like that.

Day 6 (Underground): Terranigma - Underworld
I love Terranigma's inversion of the trope, starting you in the underground, only letting you lose in the barren overworld after the prologue.
The music that plays in this underworld is one of the most memorable parts of the game to me.

Day 7 (Indoors): Banjo-Tooie - Banjo's House Blues
This one was probably the hardest for me. Of course there are plenty of areas in games that take place entirely indoors, which could be an easy copout, but it's hard to think of games that play specific notable tunes when you enter a building, outside of the Zelda series.
Either way, the Banjo series is one of those games that are great at reusing motifs but changing the mood entirely based on where you are on the stage. Entering Banjo's house in the second game gives you a uniquely sad take on a typically happy tune.

Day 8 (8 bit game): Ninja Gaiden III - Stage 4-2
Way way too much to choose from, so I just did the honorable thing and picked a random track that I like.

Day 9 (Cover): Sonic Generations (3DS) - Boss: Big Arms
The 3DS version of Generations is nowhere near the surprisingly high standards of the console version, but one thing it did have over it is more classic stages missing from the "real game". I'm especially disappointed about missing the Big Arms fight, if only because it means missing out this awesome Ys-style cover version of the original Sonic 3 boss theme.

Day 10 (Underwater): Toki Going Ape Spit - Underwater stages
It's kinda hard for me to pick a game that's not just going to be the most obvious choice here (DKC, Mario, etc.)
Fortunately the MegaDrive-exclusive sequel to Toki exists, and has a super catchy theme for the underwater areas that weren't in the original game.

Day 11 (Funny): The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
I love audio gags, but of course it's really hard to think of them once you're put on the spot.
The Monkey Island series is famous for turning every piece of dialogue into a gag, and this song is a bit of a classic. It's basically a dialogue puzzle where you need to end the song to progress the game, but the only way to do so is by picking a line they can't rhyme on. 😛
Of course, playing the game you'll be sure to pick every line just to enjoy how it affects the song.

Day 12 (Hate/Awful): Evergrace - Buying Goods At Palmira
I couldn't make myself post music that I genuinely dislike, so I'll settle for Evergrace which... definitely is unique.
I think most people will find it grating, and those who don't will at least find it fascinating that it even exists. There's really nothing like this.

Day 13 (Sports game): Daytona USA - Let's Go Away!!
I had to pick the video where the composer/singer performs the song himself to the original backing track, just because of how invigorating it is to witness how much he loves his own work 😄 

Day 14 (Boss music): Octopath Traveller - Battle At Journey's End
JRPGs have a tendency to have great soundtracks, but to me nothing has really been as memorable as the genre's 90s heyday... until this game. It's crazy that Yasunori Nishiki isn't getting any more attention, he could easily be the next Uematsu.
Every battle theme in the game is great, so it's hard to pick just one. Each character has three "tiers" of bosses going through their story, and this is the third and final one of them. The game has a "real" final boss too, and this one you get to hear eight times. 😛

Each character also has their own brilliant little "intro" leading into the boss music, here is an example of how that works.

Day 15 (Victory music): Star Ocean: The Last Hope - Golden Goal
I don't know what to say about this one - I really didn't want to expend fantastic soundtracks like Chrono Cross or Seiken Densetsu 3 just for their victory jingles.
Motoi Sakuraba's Star Ocean 4 soundtrack doesn't get that much love, due to most of what he's doing being very formulaic and somewhat repetitive. But I think it's consistently very good, and Star Ocean 4 is probably one of his better works alongside Valkyrie Profile and Dark Souls.

Day 16 (16-bit generation): Seiken Densetsu 3 - Decision Bell
Back before this game was even released - when everyone still thought we would be getting this as "Secret of Mana 2" - I recall reading in magazines about this game, and how Square really wanted every instrument to stand out individually on the soundtrack, which is definitely admirable, compared to the muddled sound that would be the standard for most orchestral SNES music.
Considering this was only Hiroki Kikuta's second composing job, it's really amazing what a fantastic feat he pulled off with it, and it compliments the incredible pixel art perfectly.
Kikuta would, of course, go on to direct Koudelka on the PS1, proving that he had more in him than just music.

Day 17 (Sky area): Etrian Odyssey IV - The Land Beyond The Clouds
I'm too drunk to do into details. But who'd argue against Yuzo Koshiro anyway?

Day 18 (Arcade): Blazing Star - Ascenseur
This is such a carte blanche it's hard to pick which one to go with. So much great stuff. So I figured the ideal thing to do would be to go with one of the more abnormal examples out there. The stage 3 theme from Blazing Star is very unusual for a shooter, but it's just so god damn groovy.

Day 19 (Inspired by): 3D Dot Game Heroes - Main Theme
I thought the most ideal way to represent this category would be with a game whose entire identity is being derivative of classics like Dragon Quest, and... well, if a single screenshot didn't do the job, the music really gives away its biggest source of inspiration.
The soundtrack in general is amazingly good, and it's impossible to pick just one track. Shoutouts to the mountain area and wilderness too, for sure.

Day 20 (Sega exclusive): Ranger-X - Stage 6-1
This really is another carte blanche. So much good stuff. But I feel like this category would be best utilized to highlight some quality FM work, so the fantastic Ranger-X soundtrack is almost a given!

Day 21 (Fighting game): Super Street Fighter II Turbo - Blanka's Theme
I hade to pick such a conventional option, but despite having played like a billion fighting games, I don't really feel any relationship to any music from any of them outside of the classic Street Fighter II (and the only potential unconventional choice I know of was used up back in June)
Can't possibly hate on early Yoko Shimomura.

Day 22 (Ambient): Metroid Prime - Tallon Overworld
It's hard to make an ambient soundtrack that's still vividly memorable, but Metroid Prime is one of the few games that excels at it.

Day 23 (Factory): Nier - The Wretched Automatons
Finally an excuse to post Nier music. I love how this one manages to mix the traditional industrial mechanical beats with the game's patented sence of melancholy.
Fun fact you're probably already aware of - although all the vocals in the game are gibberish, every track in the game is inspired by a real world language, and this is the one that was based on English. So I guess that explains why a lot of it sounds like unintelligible lyrics moreso than just a language you don't understand.

Day 24 (32-bit gen): Mr. Driller G - Go->
I prefer the arcade soundtrack, but the PS1 version of Mr. Driller G has some really awesome tracks that were unique to that version (at least until Drill Land came out), and if this song doesn't communicate start of an adventure, I don't know what does. Even if the adventure is just drilling through a bunch of colored blocks. 😛

Day 25 (Techno): Contra: Shattered Soldier - Battle Train
Contra SS has an incredible soundtrack that'll get you pumped like nothing else, and is one of the few soundtracks I actually bought on CD (alongside Nier, SOTN, and Chrono Cross).
It's hard to pick just one track from it to represent the "techno" category, so here are some awesome runner-ups:
Super-Powered Robot Yokozuna

Day 26 (Fire): Gradius 2 - Burning Heat
The firey first stage of Gradius 2 happens to also feature one of the most iconic bangers of the franchise, so why not!

Day 27 (Scary/unsettling): Ecco the Dolphin - Lonesome Search
One of the first comments you'll usually hear whenever someone brings up Ecco the Dolphin is how creepy and scary they found the game despite feeling it wasn't meant to.
I think it was absolutely intentional. The open sea is a scary place, and the atmospheric music definitely did its part. The amazing CD soundtrack on the MegaCD version went pretty new age'y at times, but it also manages to build the unsettling feeling very well.

Day 28 (Final boss): Lost Odyssey - Roar of the Departed Souls
Feels like someone told Nobuo Uematsu to make the most Nobuo Uematsu final boss theme he could, and then he did.
Besure to stick around for the Japanese rapping at 3:20

Day 29 (Epilogue): Gravity Rush - Douse Shinundakara
Let's end the game with a scene where all the characters get ice cream while an upbeat song in a made-up language goes on about how everything is meaningless because everyone is going to die anyway.
Had this awesome song stuck in my head for days after playing the game.

Day 30 (Credits): Chrono Trigger - Outskirts of Time
Decided to go with a classic for the final day. For a soundtrack as celebrated as this, I find it a little surprising how little attention the brilliant credits theme usually gets.
It's a perfect ending to an amazing adventure, and I find it impossible not to get a little bit emotional.

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Im just gonna do what i can.  Not really choosing a challenge level, so custom I guess.

Day 1(title):  Dragon Warrior 1.  I mean, come on i love rpgs and what better way to kick this off if not for my first rpg 🙂


I almost went with mega man 3 theme

Day 2(Desert):  Diablo II desert music  

Day 3(Exclusive):  ALTTP

Day 4(2010+):  Borderlands 2

Day 5(Jazz):  Fallout 3

Day 6(Underground):  SMW

Day 7(Indoors):   Contra

Day 8(8 bit):   MM2

Day 9(Covered):   SMB rendition, feels cheaty, but still my favorite honestly.

Day 10(Water): TMNT(nes)

Day 11(Funny): Tiny Tina

Day 12(Awful): BTTF

Day 13(Sports): Tecmo Super Bowl

Day 14(Boss):  Atma

Day 15(Victory): FF7

Day 16(16 bit): CT

Day 17(Sky area): SMRPG

Day 18(Arcade): 😏 ?  @ZeldaFreak

Day 19(Sample):  Doom  I had to ask for help with this one....I don't know much about muzak

Day 20(Sega Exclusive):  Ecco

Day 21(Fighter):  SSFII

Day 22(Ambient):  SM64  Also found this

Day 23(Industrial):  FF3/6

Day 24(32/64 bit):  BB

Day 25(Techno):  RA2

Day 26(lava):  SM64

Day 27(scary): RE2

Day 28(final boss):  SMRPG

Day 29(ending):  FF

Day 30(credits): DW2

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On 9/26/2020 at 4:54 PM, Aguy said:

Went hard last time, may as well go lunatic this time. Just for reference, that means I can't pick anything related to Mario, Mega Man, Castlevania, Dragon Quest, Metroid, Sonic, Pokemon, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Ridge Racer, Chrono Trigger, Kirby, or Ninja Turtles.

You can still use the franchises/series from before, just so long as there aren't the same games from before. If you want to continue with no repeat series/franchises though, feel free to.


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13 hours ago, AverageOliver98 said:

You can still use the franchises/series from before, just so long as there aren't the same games from before. If you want to continue with no repeat series/franchises though, feel free to.


Well, I wouldn't be much of a lunatic if I backed down now, so I shall forge ahead with my unnecessarily hard choice. It's not like there aren't plenty a games to choose from, right? Right? Am I talking to myself? Probably.

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