Opinion; Five Modern Nintendo Games that Need a Soundtrack CD

As you likely know, Pokemon X and Y got a soundtrack earlier this month.  And as you might also know, Super Mario 3D World is getting an amazing 70+ track one in the near future too.

But most Nintendo games aren’t so lucky.  And so here are five modern Nintendo games I think should also get a soundtrack sometime in the near future.

Hang on though.  Before we begin, I’d like to explain something quickly.  I don’t list any game which already has or is likely to have a jukebox in.  So no Smash Bros and no Dream Team, since you can easily just rip the music from the game minus the sound effects yourself and hence have no real need for a CD.  And with that said, let’s start the list…

5. Super Mario 3D Land

To start off the list, we have this game.  Super Mario 3D World’s predecessor on the Nintendo 3DS system, it was a classic Mario title which wasn’t particularly noted for an amazing soundtrack back in the day.

But with its sequel getting a CD, I think it’s due time the first Mario game with ‘3D’ in the title got one as well.

It’d also help with two certain boss themes that are impossible to get at any semblance of a high quality (the ones played when against Boom Boom and Pom Pom), since I’m sure every Mario fan out there would just love to hear it without the pesky sfx.

Let’s see a Mario 3D Land soundtrack sometime in late 2013 Nintendo.

4. The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds

The second choice on the list is an amazing Zelda game due out on 3DS in a month’s time, the Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds.  We’ve already had one good sample of its music thanks to the official website for the game:

But come on, we can’t be the only ones hoping for a full soundtrack, right?

Because the Hyrule overworld theme isn’t the only good song in this game, and I’d really love to see the tunes for the dungeons, bosses, Dark World and various others end up as available in a high quality format.

So come on Nintendo, one Link Between Worlds soundtrack available to buy.  Make it happen!

3. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

This should be the most obvious thing ever, but I guess I’ll reiterate it again regardless.  Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze needs an official soundtrack CD, simply because of how amazing a composer David Wise is.

Seriously, the guy composed the music for the first two SNES Donkey Kong Country games, titles with such amazing songs as Jungle Hijinx, Fear Factory, Gangplank Galleon, Stickerbrush Symphony and Haunted Chase.  Just listen to this stuff, and you should know exactly why his Tropical Freeze work is going to be incredible:

But that’s just about a tiny sample.  Every song the guy has composed has been amazing.  Everything we’ve heard so far in Tropical Freeze has been amazing:

Forget pretty much every other Wii U game.  Forget 3D World, Pokemon X and Y and all those other ‘big’ titles, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze will likely have a soundtrack that blows them all out of the water.  It needs an official soundtrack CD, enough said.  Those amazing songs have to be heard with no sound effects.

2. Mario Kart 8

The next game on the list, is an odd one.  I mean, a Mario Kart game on the list of Nintendo games that need official soundtracks?  Are you out of your mind?

Well no actually.  No I’m not.

Mario Kart 8 needs an official soundtrack.  Let me explain why.

For starters, Mario Kart games always have pretty great music.  Remember, Airship Fortress was a Mario Kart track, and that had an amazing song playing in the background:

But that’s not the only reason.  No, the main reason is more pragmatic.  Namely, the blimming engine sounds.

You can’t record music directly from a Mario Kart race in progress, since the engine never shuts up.  Which is fair play, it’s a car engine, they’re never exactly silent.

It does however kind of wreck audio quality of any recordings though.  And so I want to see a Mario Kart 8 official soundtrack, for both listening and audio recording purposes.

1. Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon

Finally, we get to the end of the list.  And Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, as you’d probably have expected, is the winner.


Because the game is in the one most awkward situation of all Nintendo titles, at least music wise.

It’s both got one of the best soundtracks of all time and no official CD in sight.  Oh sure, the ‘Year of Luigi’ edition soundtrack made exactly ONE boss theme sound effects free, to epic effect:

But that’s just one theme.  We still need a good quality version of the music from the other four Possessor fights.  Like this one without the clanging sounds in the background:

And that’s not even getting started on the theme to Ambush Maneuver, which is completely unavailable outside a single boss battle where you’re locked in a tiny arena with a Big Boo boss and a constantly moving train:

For the interest of the people, the many Nintendo fans who played this game out there and likely want to put some of this game’s music on the iPods or whatever, for the Youtubers who want to upload the songs in HD, for everyone.  Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon needs an official soundtrack CD, as well as a download on iTunes.  No ifs or buts about it.

And that ends my list of modern Nintendo games that desperately need an official soundtrack CD (along with a release on iTunes).  Do you agree with any?  Disagree?  Post your thoughts here or at Nintendo 3DS Community.com today!


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