When it comes to great covers of Nintendo songs, there are plenty to choose from. Indeed, with such projects as Zelda Reorchestrated, OC Remix and Pokemon Reorchestrated out there making covers of entire soundtracks, you could probably find a ton to listen to from those sources alone.
But here are some… slightly more obscure (but still fantastic) Nintendo music covers. The kind on Youtube that don’t ever seem to get enough views for their quality and that arguably deserve the attention more than the big names ever will. Here are eight awesome Nintendo music covers that any of you fans just have to listen to!
8. Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story Final Boss; Orchestral Remix
Now, there have been many, many covers of the fantastic final boss theme from this game. Like, 8 bit ones, 16 bit ones, rock ones, techno ones… you name a music style and someone has probably redone this theme in that style.
But here is possibly the best of them. Behold, the epic orchestral remix of Bowser’s Inside Story’s final boss theme:
Yes, it’s loud as hell. Your ears could well be blasted clean off the side of your head if you play this at maximum volume. But either way, it is epic. Just the perfect thing for a grandiose final boss showdown, regardless of the game.
7. Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga Soundtrack; Orchestrated
Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga is already a game with a phenomenal soundtrack. But do you know what would make it even better?
If the whole thing was redone in an orchestral style using decent instruments. And what do you know, there’s actually someone on Youtube who’s doing just that! Behold Bryan Hermus’ fantastic covers of the Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga soundtrack. Including Stardust Fields:
The main battle theme (as you’d expect):
And the main boss theme, which sounds even better with updated instruments:
You can keep track on his progress on his Youtube channel, as linked here:
He’s only done four tracks so far, but hey, he’s only started this project in June 2015, so give him some slack. Maybe if we’re lucky we’ll get to hear some fantastic covers of songs like Cackletta’s theme and Bowser’s Castle too! Or even something that makes Joke’s End actually sound cool rather than repetitive!
6. The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past; Metal Dark World Cover
Enough said to be honest:
It’s already a great song, and this metal cover of it just makes it even better than it already was. Very well done to CSGuitar89 on Youtube for this cover!
5. Donkey Kong 64; Mad Jack Theme
The original song was already menacing as all hell. This?
Is at least ten times more so than even that. Seriously, if hell had a soundtrack (in the good sense), this would be it. It’s arguably the best Donkey Kong 64 music cover ever made.
4. The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening; Ballad of the Wind Fish Remake
It’s rare that any Nintendo song (or remix) could actually drive us to tears, but this one seems to actually come close to doing so. Remixing the original ending song from the Game Boy classic in a way that makes it sound like a current gen title (or better), Fox Amoore’s amazing Ballad of the Wind Fish remake is one of the best Zelda music covers out there. Brings back the sadness of seeing Koholint Island disappear like the dream it ever was.