Music Mondays: Mario, Amiga, Ys, and more

Here’s another batch of terrific video game music that I’ve listened to recently and wanted to share with you! Today we’re going to start with “Everyone’s a Super Star” from Mario Party 64. Just a crazy, cheerful track that has a few Mario tune reprises tucked in there.

I’ve only looked upon the Ys series from afar, but I gotta say that I really like “First Step Towards Wars” (although not the name, ugh). So peppy and inspiring!

“The City” is so heartbreakingly sad while offering just a small, tiny sliver of hope. It’s such a different type of music track than you’d normally hear in a game — almost church-like in its purity.

I love me some good Amiga tunes, and “Theme” from The Humans is a great example of why this system boasts some of the best retro computer tunes. It’s fast-paced, tribal, and extremely memorable. Let’s play it again!

If you want music that puts you in a good and relaxing mood, you usually can’t go wrong with a Sims soundtrack. I’m going through these song compilations and am finding them to be perfect writing music.

Retro Reprise Episode 5: Goldeneye 007


The name’s Syp. Just Syp. And I’m definitely not a super secret agent, nor a covert Russian spy, nor a particularly savvy podcaster. But I do know what I like when it comes to video game music, and 1997’s Goldeneye 007 has probably my favorite Nintendo 64 score. It’s the perfect soundtrack to all of life’s activities, granted that you’re infiltrating Cold War-era bases and blowing away scowling terrorists!

Episode 5: Goldeneye 007 (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Main Theme” and “Wrist Clock”)
  • “Runway”
  • “Dam”
  • “Chemical Warfare Facility”
  • “Escape from Missile Train”
  • “Elevator Music”
  • “Cradle”
  • Outro (feat. “Main Theme Acapella” by Triforcefilms)

Battle Bards Episode 84: Ultima


Need a podcast with a world sampler? Look no further than this episode, where co-hosts from the USA, Switzerland, and New Zealand join forces to discuss the Ultima Online games — and yes, there’s more than just one! Scott AKA Mylin subs in for Steff this week as the Battle Bards explore three Ultima titles and the fantastic music behind each.

Episode 84 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Stones” from Ultima Online and “The Hero’s Call” from Ultima Forever)
  • “Cove” from Ultima Online
  • “Hail, Lady of Britannia” from Ultima Forever
  • “Misty Forest” from Ultima X
  • “Buccanneer’s Den” from Ultima Online
  • “Despise the Light, Live in Shadows” from Ultima Forever
  • “Townlife” from Ultima X
  • “Rule City” from Ultima X
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Explore (Day 2)” from Skyrim, “Cable Car” from No One Lives Forever, and “Cold Steel Coffin” from NieR
  • Outro (feat. “Victory” from Ultima Online)

Retro Reprise Episode 4: Chrono Trigger


One of the most beloved video game soundtracks of all time gets a capital treatment in this episode, thanks to special guest star Syl of Battle Bards. Syl and Syp talk about their memories of the game, favorite picks, and the legacy that this score produced in the 20-odd years since Chrono Trigger’s release.

Episode 3: Chrono Trigger (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Title Screen” and “Gato’s Song”)
  • “Battle Theme”
  • “Frog’s Theme”
  • “Robo’s Theme”
  • “Kingdom Trial”
  • “To Far Away Times”
  • “Memories of Green”
  • “Corridors of Time/Shala’s Time”
  • “Guardia Castle”
  • “Delightful Spekkio”
  • “Fanfare”
  • “Brink of Time”
  • “At the Bottom of the Night”
  • “Millenial Fair”
  • “Yearnings of the Wind”
  • Outro (feat. “Yearnings of the Wind” by Blake Robinson)

Retro Reprise Episode 3: Space Quest


What do you get when you take a space janitor and throw him into head-imploding danger? He dies, an awful lot — but it’s pretty funny when he does! In this episode of Retro Reprise, Syp takes a journey through the Space Quest series and its decidedly quirky soundtrack.

Episode 3: Space Quest (show page, direct download)

  • Intro
  • “Introduction” from Space Quest
  • “Auto-Nav Button” from Space Quest
  • “The Skimmer” from Space Quest
  • “Droids B Us” from Space Quest
  • “Main Theme” from Space Quest III
  • “Fester’s World of Wonders” from Space Quest III
  • “Astro Chicken” from Space Quest III
  • “Let’s Shop!” from Space Quest IV
  • “Skate-o-Rama” from Space Quest IV
  • “Introduction” from Space Quest V
  • “Starcon Academy” from Space Quest V
  • “Soylent Jingle” from Space Quest VI
  • “Mission Complete” from Space Quest VI
  • Outro

Battle Bards Episode 82: Dragon Nest


This week on Battle Bards, the crew dips its toes into the “candyland” world of Dragon Nest. It’s a game that belies stereotypical expectations, being both dark in theme and rich in music. Of course, Steff declares herself a wet blanket from the onset, but will she be won over by the show’s end? Listen and find out!

Episode 82 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Dragon Nest – Fluttering Leaves of the Tree of Life” and “Apocalypse Battle”)
  • “Song of the Goddess: The Eternal Path”
  • “Dark Lair”
  • “Main Theme”
  • “Mana Ridge”
  • “Horse Racing”
  • “Prairie Town”
  • “Calderock Pass”
  • Which one did you like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Flicker of Life” from Dragon’s Prophet, “Happy Street” from Happy Street, “Titles” from Little Inferno
  • Outro (feat. “Colosseum”)

Retro Reprise Episode 2: Top 10 favorite SNES tunes

It’s the 25th anniversary of one of the best video game consoles of all time, and to celebrate, Syp is counting down his top 10 favorite Super NES tunes. It’s all about personal choice, fond memories, and new discoveries in this second episode of Retro Reprise!

Episode 2: Top 10 favorite SNES tunes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro
  • 10. “The Road is Full of Dangers” from Super Mario RPG
  • 9. “Dark World” from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • 8. “Boss Battle” from Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  • 7. “Gang-Plank Galleon” from Donkey Kong Country
  • 6. “Terra’s Theme” from Final Fantasy 3/6
  • 5. “Bloody Tears” from Super Castlevania IV
  • 4. “New Junk City” from Earthworm Jim
  • 3. “Overworld Theme (with Yoshi)” from Super Mario World
  • 2. “Frog’s Theme” from Chrono Trigger
  • 1. “Corona” from Starfox
  • Outro