NES Games with the Best Soundtracks

The Nintendo Entertainment System was a revolutionary machine, but people seem to ignore it today. It was so advanced for its time. It had good games, bad games, and a lot of hard games. With those games came great 8-bit soundtracks. These are the best of the best.

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1Mega Man 2

Good List! This should be higher though. (In my opinion. ) Mega Man 3 should be on here too.

It can't any higher lol I'm kidding I know you wrote it before it was number 1 - SunGoku

One of the BEST games on the system with wonderful music... I still remember renting my cart at blockbuster a few hundred of times :3. The DR WILY stage 1 theme is the best doe. In my opinion

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The prologue is the most inviting nes song ever (if you know what I mean). All through the game the music never ceases to amaze me, considering the limits of the 8-bit music. Just listen to wicked child.

I just can't figure out, why they never re-release Wicked child in any newer Castlevania games... It's one of the best track on NES period!

Oh, Castlevania... Definitely one of the hardest games for the nes. The stage one track is simply one of the most memorable nes songs of all time. That song alone practically gives this soundtrack the nuber 3 spot.

Oh god this game is INSANE hard. But very fun and has very catchy music

3Super Mario Bros.

You knew this would be on the list. I mean, who doesn't know the Mario theme?! Yeah, nobody. This could possibly be the most famous video game song of all time. Need I say more?

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4Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse

The best by far. Nearly all of these tracks were redone in future Castlevania games.

Try playing this and not humming the music.


Batman was yet another very hard game for the nes. Like Battletoads, it was still fun to play and had a great soundtrack. I don't have to say much about this one. It just feels like classic Batman.


Battletoads is said to be the hardest game on the nes, or even the hardest game of all time. But that doesn't stop it from being really fun to play, and the soundtrack just makes the game. It's perfect for an action game like this, and each song is unique and just great fun to listen to. When I listen to the soundtrack, I feel like I'm actually playing the game.

7Legend of Zelda

This soundtrack is adventurous. It's pure Zelda music, and nothing more. The reason that this is here on the list is that the soundtrack really is not that broad. People really only know the two songs: The theme and the dungeon theme. But nonetheless, it's an awesome soundtrack.

8Super Mario Bros. 3

This is said to be the greatest Mario game of all time and the greatest nes game of all time. The soundtrack is one of the most well-known in all of retro gaming. It was all so upbeat and extremely catchy. And even the castle themes actually sound like castle themes. And the airship song is simply epic.

One of those soundtracks that simply makes me smile and lets me know I'm playing a good game. The athletic theme is my personal favorite. Mega Man 2 comes a deadly close 2nd though.

9Simon's Quest

Terrible game. What's this dude talking' about? Haha. Awful game, but really good music.

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Contra set the standard for 2D shooters. This game was as hard as it was satisfying, and the soundtrack is the reason why. Like Battletoads and Batman, it pretty much defined the game. It's pure nes action at its finest.

The Contenders

11Ninja Gaiden

This was such a hard game. But it was always worth playing. Most of these nes game soundtracks all have something in common: An action-packed soundtrack that matches the game perfectly. But this specific soundtrack stood out from the others for being so cinematic.

12Super Mario Bros. 2

All three nes Mario games on the same list! It seems like Mario is always spitting out greatness. This was probably the hardest Mario game on the nes. This soundtrack would be a lot higher if it wasn't for the horrible game ending.

13Mega Man 3

The only game with a soundtrack that competes with Mega Man 2. I don't know which I like better. Top 2 for Mega Man.

Maybe the best soundtrack of the series, which is saying a lot.

14DuckTalesDuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and 100 episodes.

The intro song is so badass. I generally waste an hour listening to it. They got it so right.
My childhood television. Those were the days.


This soundtrack was just so spacey! And that was what Metroid was all about. It had sort of an eerie feeling to it, which later metroid games also had. Every nes fan ever knows the Brinstar theme.

16Bubble Bobble

Its such a happy game

17Legacy of the Wizard

If you haven't heard it, I HIGHLY recommend you check it out

18Journey to Silius
19Cave Story
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