Game music of the day: Solstice

Game: Solstice

Song: Title Screen

Composer: Tim Follin

Above: Title Screen from Solstice

Oh, how I have waited to share this genius with you. By now you should be aware of Tim Follin's unrivaled prowess with NES soundtracks, but Solstice, with its comparatively small number of tracks, tops them all. This one song, which plays during the game's brief title screen and gameplay demo, climbs to heights mortals never dared dream were possible on Nintendo's primitive machine.

Above: Give Ryan 8-bit's super-metal version a try, too!

If any 8-bit song could take you on a journey, this is it. From its modest, almost hobbit-like opening to its soaring jig halfway through, the title screen music tramples over all other NES music. I can't say it's my all-time favorite game song, but it's easily the one that blew my mind in the biggest way possible.

On the other end of the spectrum lies the game's primary background tune (possibly called Theme of Shadax). It's considerably more mellow but no less proficient and listenable. Honestly I prefer this as in-game music, because there's no way I could play ANYTHING with that title screen going nuts. Can't say much about the actual game, as it's too goddamn hard (along with its SNES sequel Equinox), but after these songs, do you need anything else from Solstice?


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Game music of the day: Grandia II
Some of the best JRPG battle music ever, from Iwadare



Game music of the day: Metroid II
Ending theme by Ryoji Yoshitomi


  • Tenfey - June 21, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    I hope when I die I melt into my hat. May have to start wearing a sombrero all the time.
  • talkraider - January 19, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    Some parts spund like the scott pilgrim game
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 22, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    My ears pooped out excitement earwax from being inundated with awesome.
  • batmanboy11 - December 22, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    Never played it, but great music!
  • FauxFurry - October 2, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    AmanaWHOchi? This guy is unmatched when it comes to chiptunes.While it was an okay puzzle-platform game,that soundtrack made it feel like the "Portal" of its time. "Scott Pilgrim Versus the World" would have deserved to be called 'an Epic Epic of Epic Epicness' with Tim Follin's soundtrack driving it forward right throught anything that crossed its path. That raises the question of where Tim Follin is now and why he isn't leading the Retraux game composition re/devolution as of this very moment. "Thompson drilit",reCAPTCHA? I guess that describes the soundtrack's effects on a person's psyche in an obtuse way.
  • elpurplemonkey - September 16, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    That sounded like a strange mix of Metroid, Mario Kart and possibly an alternate dimension of Street Fighter. Goddamn that was some unexpectedly great music. It just punches you in the face- blam.
  • abbottfrizzell - September 15, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    and I dk if its just reach being out, but I feel like this could be used in the first halo game on the first mission on the actual Halo sibilled (I79)
  • abbottfrizzell - September 15, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    O DAMN... rock opera YES!
  • MrTea - September 14, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    Jesus! Amazing! Thanks Brett
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - September 14, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    0-8 seconds: "Yeah i'm liking it, pretty good" rest of song: "OH MY GODSPLOSION!!!!!!!"
  • TomMishkin - September 14, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    @everyone who never played Solstice: do yourself a favor, download a NES emulator and the ROM for the game, close the curtains, turn off the lights and try it. It's great game and a terrific experience.
  • philipshaw - September 14, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    Never played the game but the music is great, knew it would be because it's Follin. The metal remix kicks ass
  • TomMishkin - September 14, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    Oh Brett, I would really love to marry you for this. Is it possible? Apart from the obvious Marios and Zeldas, Solstice was possibly my favorite NES game when I ws a kid, together with Faxanadu (another game with great music and unbelieavbly gloomy atmosphere — hint hint). It took me YEARS to finish Solstice, and when I finally did it I rejoyced like never before. Moreover, the isometric perspective was something I really loved to showcase to my friends when I was younger. And the overall atmsphere of dread and peril that oozed from every room of the game is something I dearly remember even today. There was a sense of danger in not being able to kill anyone and in being so vulnerable; it was too strong an emotion for a kid to bear without being permanently scarred. On a side note, I never really liked Equinox, maybe because it was too graphically rich and had lost the magic and simplicity of Solstice. Thanks, Brett, for bringing those memories back to my mind. With my 360 broken and no new games for my DS, I might very well plug in my old NES and replay Solstice this very night, after coming home from work.
  • toastile - September 14, 2010 8:33 a.m.

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  • TheWebSwinger - September 14, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    God that is one bitchin wizard.
  • ShirowShirow - September 14, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    A-MAZE-ING! Why haven't i heard of this game before!?
  • Outlander - September 14, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    That was bad ass.
  • Kenzo - September 14, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    thats seriously the greatest thing i will hear for the rest of my life. not exagerrating.
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - September 14, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    If Jesus had a 2nd coming, he wud hire Tim Follin to do his entrance music.

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