Anyone remember these two point-and-click adventures? Guessing not. Know then, that Shadowgate has some of the absolute best NES music. Haunting melodies and catchy tunes blend perfectly together as you trudge through the ominous lair of a rogue warlock, though nothing was as moving as the main theme, which showed up briefly in The Uninvited.
Above: Main theme from the NES Shadowgate. Love it!
Above: A broken radio in The Uninvited screeches the theme before dying
Fun soundtrack fact: We could gush all day about Shadowgate’s soundtrack, and beg you to play the game just to experience the music, but instead you can just download virt’s hyper badass Warrior King remix.
We covered this way back in 2007, with our Halo 3 Easter Eggs roundup, but it bears repeating. Before Halo, Bungie was known for its real-time-tactics series Myth. Its piano theme “Siege of Madrigal” is cleverly tucked away in Halo 3, seen in the videos below.
Above: “Siege of Madrigal” as heard in Myth
Above: 45 seconds in, you’ll hear the same theme in this Halo 3 vid
Fun soundtrack fact: The Halo 2 soundtrack not only compiles the in-game tracks, but also includes songs from Breaking Benjamin, Hoobastank and a bitchin’ four-part instrumental from Incubus. Check it here.
The above video explains it best, but basically there’s this tune that’s been hidden in various Nintendo games for decades, all thanks to composer Kazumi Totaka. Sometimes it’s in plain sight (Mario Paint), others you’re forced to wait for several minutes before it appears (Super Mario Land 2).
Above: He’s also said to be the inspiration for Animal Crossing’s KK Slider
Fun soundtrack fact: Totaka has contributed dozens of long-lasting game tunes over the years, but did you know he’s also provided us the voice of Yoshi? No, not the “breee-booo” sound effect – the actual “Yoshi!”
And now, because this whole “soundtracks that cover soundtracks” idea lacks enough proper examples to continue, I’ll reach a bit and mention this well-known cameo from one of Nintendo’s most popular properties.
Above: Link’s warp whistle jingle that summons a whirlwind
Above: The same tune played in Super Mario Bros 3
Fun soundtrack fact: Mario and Zelda aren’t just household names; they also contain some of the most memorable and world-famous videogame music. One man, Koji Kondo, is responsible for just about every piece of Mario and Zelda music that matters.
Know of any other instances of one game’s music appearing in another? Let us know in the comments below.
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