Gaming's most incestuous soundtracks

Shadowgate -> The Uninvited


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.

Myth -> Halo trilogy

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.

Totaka’s Song -> Everything

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!”

Legend of Zelda -> Super Mario Bros 3

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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  • GamesRadarBrettElston - August 12, 2009 7:20 p.m.

    I am the first to care.
  • KillDrone - August 12, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    Lies! Damn Lies! The article.... is ok. While I don't put all my videogame music on shuffle while I'm moving furniture around my house. I also don't care about videogame music at all.
  • sixboxes - August 12, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    This doesn't surprise me. Especially in the 8-bit era, it seemed like everything was developed be the same 5 or 10 people. You could tell a sprite or a MIDI from Konami/Ultra, Capcom, Nintendo, or Sunsoft without even having to know the game. And "Vampire Killer" is the most epic 8-bit track ever - every game should have it as an easter egg. I had it as my ringtone, dammit!
  • Hurricrane - August 12, 2009 7:40 p.m.

    how the hell would someone just happen find that egg in Halo?
  • Samael - August 12, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    Wow the Halo/Myth one was surprising. I honestly thought I had found all the easter eggs in those games.
  • CaptainHead - August 12, 2009 8:03 p.m.

    I really liked that, is that song from FF4 still in the DS remake?
  • SmashTVAnt - August 12, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    Pretty good article man. I am liking Week of Geek so far.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - August 12, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    @Schnipke That opening tune is the general Final Fantasy theme, present in just about every FF game. I do love it so, and both FFIV DS and FFXII have great renditions.
  • mirthor - August 12, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    thats aahsome.. i am really shocked that i never noticed any of these except the ff and mario rpg.... seriously
  • MechGyver - August 12, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    01000110 01110101 01100011 01101011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100001 01101100 01101100 This message is for you...
  • TanK001 - August 12, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    Has anyone else noticed that the Ghost 'n' Goblins tune also sounds like the tune in the final fight between you and Gary in Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow?
  • Robusken - August 12, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    Wow I was suprised with that whole totakas song.
  • RushofBlood17 - August 12, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    I have definitely heard Luigi hum Totaka's song in Luigi's Mansion! But it's been so long I can't remember how it happens.
  • somthing42 - August 12, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    the last comparison reminds me of where in world 3 of SMB3, the music sounds like from zelda. I can't remember specifically because it's been a long time. recapcha: president olcott
  • lucashintz - August 13, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    @MechGyver: Well that's not nice at all...I enjoyed the article.
  • Ensoul - August 13, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    Totaka’s Song stuff; unbelievable.
  • AnonymouZ - August 13, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    @Mechgyver Such a potty mouth... also... dayum, that guy who has his tune hidden on a shitload of games? hahahah he PWNS. EVERYBODY. i mean, how many did know about this? and how many have found ALL? This guy played us all ... and played us good.
  • Spybreak8 - August 13, 2009 7:50 a.m.

    I love VGM, thanks for the Crysis soundtrack btw, and am often creating sounds that are probably inspired from the games I play or have played. Just wanted to let people know that if you head over to and go to the free stuff they have the music available for download.
  • Csheroe - August 13, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    Hmm, Mega Man... Cool article.
  • Felixthecat - August 13, 2009 1:41 p.m.

    Obviously the best place to find most of the ones from Kazumi Totaka is SSBB.

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