Nintendo Greatest Hits Vol. 1
For the last couple of years, my buddy(ies) and I like to relax outside on the deck or around a table, cracking a few frosties, and playing crib. Yep, cribbage. What an excellent game! What goes well with sun, brews, and crib? Why streaming a lot of classic 8-bit and 16-bit tunes from YouTube, of course!I was listening to The Batman NES game soundtrack (from Sunsoft), which features some of the best NES music ever, and in the recommended column beside what I was listening to was someone’s vinyl rip of this album. I had no idea that there was a vinyl release of classic Nintendo jams. I did some research and found out a few tidbits (a lot of it thanks to Discogs).
Released in 2015, by a label called Moonshake Records, the Nintendo Greatest Hits Vol. 1 album was available in a very limited number. 750 were pressed on a grey/red merge, 250 on transparent red with grey splatter, and 5 test pressings.
From what I’ve discovered, this label is a bootleg label and produces very small quantities of their releases. They released music from The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man 2, Castlevania and Pokemon.
Suffice to say, I was interested and found one on Ebay. Someone had a “make an offer” option open, so I decided to give it a shot and got it for $45. Not too bad considering people selling on Discogs have them for a lot higher.
One thing I don’t like upon getting the release is there isn’t any sleeve with a tracklisting and nothing to be found on the record itself. That leads you to the Internet to find out what’s on it. Wanna know what the jams are? Here you go:
*I’ve linked the YouTube vinyl rips. Click A or B to be taken right to the person’s page.
A1 Contra – Title Screen
A2 Contra – Level 1
A3 Batman – Level 1
A4 Bionic Commando – Level 1
A5 Blaster Master – Level 1
A6 Bubble Bobble – Level Theme
A7 Double Dragon – Title Screen
A8 DuckTales – Title Screen
A9 Mother – Pollyanna
A10 Final Fantasy – Prologue
A11 The Goonies 2 – Level 1
A12 Kid Icarus – Level 1
B1 Little Nemo – Level 1
B2 Punch Out! – Fight Theme
B3 Punch Out! – Training Theme
B4 Mr. Gimmick – Level 1
B5 T&C Surf Designs – Level Theme
B6 Tetris – Theme A
B7 Wizards & Warriors – Title Screen
B8 Adventure Island – Level 1
B9 Faxanadu – King’s Theme
B10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Overworld Theme
B11 River City Ransom – Street Theme
B12 Crystalis – Mt. Sabre
B13 Rygar – Level 5
B14 The Empire Strikes Back – Imperial March
The gamer-geek in me and the NES music lover just couldn’t pass this up. I’m so pumped to crank this with the boys and play some crib. Then I’m sure we’ll continue the madness outside on the deck.
I wish these soundtracks to complete games would be released officially and with quality notes, mixing and mastering as I’m sure there would be a huge market for them. Until that happens, I’ll be on the lookout for other cool classic gaming releases like this.