Notable scores: Metroid Prime trilogy, Advance Wars: Dual Strike, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!
While his work gets overshadowed by a fellow Nintendo man who we’ll shortly be typing words about, Yamamoto is still an incredible musician. Hell, his work on Metroid Prime is so visceral and compelling, we can barely imagine wiping out alien life in a skin tight bounty suit without it.
The music on the original Prime is absolutely drowned in the sauce of awesome. Understated but constantly filling you with a sense of curiosity and slight dread; it captured the sense of exploring a hostile, barren world perfectly. Listen to the score from Tallon Overworld below if you want to give your ears some of that good aural lovin’.
Notable scores: Shadow of the Colossus, Sky Odyssey
Shit. Pull it together, son. Pull it together. Excuse us for a second here. Right, sorry about that. It’s just we go all wrong in the ear canal when we think of Otani’s mesmerising music in Shadow of Colossus. We love it so much in fact, it’s the guy who’s done typed these fancy word thingies favourite gaming score ever.
While his work outside of Team Ico’s enchanting adventure isn’t much to sing home about, we frankly couldn’t give a deep-fried shit. Colossus’ music is simply too good for the man not to warrant a mention. Equal parts haunting, exhilarating and mournful, each of the game’s titanic boss battles is given a wonderful sense of pacing by the context sensitve musi.. f*ck, we’re going wrong again, Just play the damn tune…
Notable scores: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Star Fox 64
What the Shigster is to Nintendo's legacy of incredible game design, Kondo is to the company's history of stupidly hummable tunes. Make no mistake: Koji is the absolutely daddy of game composers. He's scored nearly every megaton Nintendo game over the last two decades, including every proper Mario and Zelda title.
His work on the original Super Mario Bros. is still his most iconic. Created with the mantra of composing short melodies that could be repeated over and over again without getting boring, it's safe to say, as we sit here humming Mario's the main theme 25 years on, that he succeeded. Our personal favourite piece of his, though, has to be the Temple of Time theme from Ocarina. Seriously, when we hear that, we might as well be sat in front of a TV on Christmas Day 1998, passing on Xmas dinner and human contact to play the shit out of Link's landmark quest.
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