I put together a little treat for all of you, I compiled some of my favorite NES music tracks into one kick-butt playlist! 37 tracks–one full hour of pure NES in-game rock! This is the music that I played to as a kid, and still listen to all the time to drive me and push me forward to get crap done. Enjoy!

22 thoughts on “Blips

  1. Wolf says:

    Nintendo always had the best music. Cept for the Mario has died music. But who doesn’t know that iconic Mario theme.

    1. gabe says:

      Aw, bad memories huh with the mario death music? 🙂

  2. Lamar the Revenger says:

    We weren’t allowed to play video games if my grandfather came over. The flashing screen & the sounds drove him crazy.

    1. gabe says:

      What do old people know anyways? He probably thought that it was all done with puppets.

  3. Savage says:

    Great bunch of songs Gabe! Big thanks!

  4. Scotty T says:

    I just came across your comic. Dude, it is awesome. I grew up during the same time, everything you write and draw about hits home. It’s almost like your writing about my childhood! Did you ever read Calvin & Hobbes? That was huge for me as a kid. I remember switching between Nintendo and my Calvin and Hobbes Collections on raining days. Don’t know if you were into it or not, but that would be awesome to see a strip about Calvin & Hobbes. Keep up the great work!

    1. gabe says:

      I loves me some Calvin and Hobbes, it’s one of he reasons I make Life In The Analog Age 🙂

  5. Chris Sobieniak says:

    I can see how some parents would less amused by the ‘noise’ emanating out of the room. This was certainly our soundtrack and I recall being really impressed at hearing those tunes coming out loud ‘n clear out of someone’s house sometime before I even got a Nintendo!

    1. gabe says:

      I love ’em. I think the limitations are what made it so interesting.

  6. The music was pretty hypnotizing. It’s like it kept calling out to you and begging you to play more, and more.

    1. gabe says:

      Ha! Awesome! Glad you liked it!

  7. fluffy says:

    I love chiptunes, then and now. As a musician I find it occasionally helpful to compose a song as a chiptune first before fleshing it out, as the limitations of the medium are great for inspiring creativity. It’s also fun to make fictional NES game soundtrack versions of existing songs, too.

    (I do prefer the C64 SID chip to the NES’s sound generator, though; it only has 3 channels, but they can do WAY more.)

    1. gabe says:

      I love the C64 chipset too, but there are a lot more memories wrapped around that NES sound!

      Cool songs!

  8. Scotty T says:

    Man, I still randomly get the Legend of Zelda tune stuck in my head from time to time.

    1. gabe says:

      I think it should play every time you leave your house to go do something 🙂

  9. Tony says:

    When I hear these songs, I also hear all the sound fx as if I were playing the game. Especially Contra Waterfall.

    1. gabe says:

      Awesome, just don’t scroll me off the bottom of the screen!

  10. Jay says:

    I think the first game that I remember digging the music enough to just sit and listen to it was DuckTales for the NES. It’s still got some of my favorite 8-bit music of all time. Somewhere I have a dusty tape of all the tunes from the game, made by holding a cassette boombox up to the TV speaker.

    1. gabe says:

      Awesome! I ove that music! I used to do the exact same thing! I still have my tape too 🙂

      1. Jay says:

        This is a great compilation — a big step up from cassette-tape mix tapes! Some real obscure gems — T&C Surf Designs, Fester’s Quest, Blaster Master… thanks!

        1. gabe says:

          My pleasure! I have more too, been scrounging them up for years 🙂

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