You played videogame music on WHAT??

Devoted fans have been covering their favorite videogame theme songs for ages on guitars and violins, on synthesizers and in high school bands. But some fans go to the extreme and turn their very choice of instrument into an artistic statement. Just add Tesla coils and suddenly a tired old rendition of the Super Mario Bros theme is magically made new again. We’ve collected some of our favorite bizarre, unique videogame music performances for your enjoyment.


Super Mario Bros

The Super Mario Bros theme song is probably the most recognizable videogame ditty in history, and therefore is the most covered. These, however, stand out from the pack for their bizarre and wonderful choices of instrument.


  • soren7550 - May 15, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    I remember this one Australian dude on YouTube who played a bunch of songs on beer bottles hanging on strings. Maybe he did a video game theme? (only one I remember him doing is Inspector Gadget.)
  • MailMan - May 13, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    every time i see that 'still alive' choir vid, I can't help thinking, do the parents even get the black mesa reference? or is this just some school in a magical location were all the parents actually appreciate games and have played half life and portal?!
  • NotBraze - May 13, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    There was some pretty cool stuff on here but when it has to stand against the tesla coils there's no contest. I mean you just can't beat music played with lightning.
  • philipshaw - May 13, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    These are all amazing,I'm sure Brett would love this feature
  • speno93 - May 13, 2010 7:10 a.m.

    man ,that zelda tesla coil was so cool and badass. I love it when fans go to extremes
  • marioman50 - May 13, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    I've never heard of "musical" Tesla coils until now. That was pretty cool though.
  • lukel127 - May 13, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    I was wondering when Still Alive was going to be on here. Best for last, eh?
  • FrozenImplosion - May 13, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Tesla coils were awesome! Also: When a gamer has control of a large group of kids apparently awesome things come out of it, that was freakin awesome.
  • ventanger - May 13, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    The musical tesla coils are balls out insane! Honorable mention goes to the three people with the tetris bottles, those are some true geek friends.
  • spulungkin - May 12, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    Tesla coils were fucking awesome!!!1 especially the zelda one...
  • CurryIsGood - May 12, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    I know a guy who plays bvohemian phapsody on guitar
  • Koouunn - May 12, 2010 11 p.m.

    that bottle mario song 1 was insane and fucking sweet
  • redmight - May 12, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Being a musician myself I can see this as being really amazing and creative ways to make game music, especially the Tesla coils I would of never thought that possible, the legend of zelda on tesla coils just sounds epic
  • GodofPS314 - May 12, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Second, Chop stick drumming was amazing. Plus Still ALive oby the choir, pretty epic.
  • phoenix_wings - May 12, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    I bought my boyfriend and Ocarina because he liked the sound of it. I ended up playing The Market Song on it pretty well. Having very little musical talent, I figured it was awesome. And it was!

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