Nintendo games easily have the best music

#1BlackBlueButtsPosted 7/11/2014 10:28:09 PM
Super mario, kid icarus, pokemon, super smash etc. They all have fantastic music, more so than ones on playstation and xbox. Does anybody else agree?
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#2Granadico_Posted 7/11/2014 10:29:05 PM
Ther's always the occasional exception, but i agree.
I especially love how jazzy they've been lately.
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#3TimohtepPosted 7/11/2014 10:35:56 PM
Granadico_ posted...
I especially love how jazzy they've been lately.


Me too. It's great.
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#4Luigi4PresidentPosted 7/11/2014 10:38:28 PM
Granadico_ posted...
Ther's always the occasional exception, but i agree.
I especially love how jazzy they've been lately.


This.
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#5usaamahlinkPosted 7/11/2014 10:44:35 PM
I don't particularly like the music in most Nintendo games. Xenoblade being an exception (the original early Nintendo games were all brilliant though, iconic tunes and completely original etc). Now though, Xenoblade Chronicles X has my favourite composer of all time working on it, so I'm very excited for that. I don't really expect music to be a particularly strong point I guess. Xenoblade X will be the best though.
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#6manmousePosted 7/11/2014 10:46:53 PM
in the 3rd-4th-5th generations it was Squaresoft and Sega by a landslide. Nintendo games on SNES like SMWorld and Yoshi's Island ended up having repeating tracks over and over, like 4 songs across tons of levels. and in SMW's case, it was only one melody remixed a couple times for the level music. SMB3 also reused the same couple songs over and over, and yes it was just the NES but Final Fantasy 3(J) had soooo many great songs yet it was also on NES and still managed to push the limits in graphics and gameplay compared to prior FFs. and LoZ:ALttP had some cool music but not nearly the quality of later Zelda OST's.
the best music on a Nintendo IP in those days was in the DKC games, developed by Rare who were fortunately smarter about music's importance than Nintendo was.

but Square? with FF1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-Tactics, Xenogears, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Chrono Cross, etc, think of how many games that is, and realize that nearly every one of them is a contender for the best OST in gaming history.
and Sega with Sonic 1-2-3-S&K, Knuckles Chaotix, Streets of Rage 1-2-3, Eternal Champions, Ecco the Dolphin 1-2, Virtua Fighter, Panzer Dragoon 1-PD2 Zwei, NiGHTS into Dreams, Sega knew how to make great music, even on Genesis with a weak soundchip their first party titles used it like magic (but third parties crashed and burned on that chip). and they also knew, unlike Nintendo, that in a platformer you need to change the music between levels to make you feel like you're seeing more new things and making progress. hell, in Sonic 3 and Sonic&Knuckles despite having levels be split into 2 different Acts, they still completely remixed Act1's themes into new songs for the Act2's. and even bosses got numerous themes:
-Act1 boss theme (S3 alone version)
-Act 1 boss theme (S&K lock-on version)
-Act2 boss theme
-Knuckles fight theme
-semi-end boss theme
-end boss theme

with a few gems aside (generally thanks to Rare) Nintendo didn't shine as much as other companies until the others moved on to using generic buttrock or un-memorable hollywood mood music, while Nintendo finally rose to the top with actually memorable melodies and catchy hooks and unique instrumentation.
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#7Granadico_Posted 7/11/2014 10:48:51 PM
Yeah back then Nintendo had a lot more competition with soundtracks. Tons of iconic music back then
Now? its not even really a contest most of the time.
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#8Felix6464Posted 7/11/2014 10:54:18 PM
Personally, I think SEGA might be slightly better. Heck, the best part of SLW was the exceptional music.
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#9ORANGE666Posted 7/11/2014 10:55:27 PM(edited)
Hard to say. A lot of developers use the same composers, especially Japanese developers, including ones that work on Nintendo games.

The composer for Kid Icarus Uprising for instance, produces a lot of music for Namco. Worked on Tales of series, Dark Souls 2, Golden Sun Dark Sun etc

It's difficult to say a developer makes better music than another, because their composers make similar music for anyone who will pay them
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#10Mandrew257Posted 7/11/2014 10:59:48 PM
I dunno. SEGA is pretty amazing. The Sonic series alone destroys any song Nintendo has imo. And then you add in Jet Set Radio, that's just overkill. Gonna give it to SEGA.
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