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Original Composers

Today we are looking at video game composers who began writing iconic video game music in the 1980’s. These original composers were tasked with creating music while being limited by gaming system sound chips that allowed for the use of only 4 tones.

Since you’re probably familiar with the original versions of these popular songs, we are choosing to share some of our favorite acoustic renditions instead of the originals.

Nobuo Uematsu

It is impossible to talk about original video game composers without acknowledging Nobuo Uematsu. He is probably most well known for composing all of the music scores in the original Final Fantasy through Final Fantasy IX. He has also contributed to quite a few other games including Chrono Trigger and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Final Fantasy VII Battle Theme:

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arrangement by: Daisuke Minamizawa
Performed by: Andre Kane


Kenichi Matsubara

We are including Kenichi Matsubara for his work on Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. Interestingly, we discovered pretty quickly that there is a lot of confusion regarding who is actually responsible for composing music from Castlevania II. We are 99% sure that Matsubara composed the “Bloody Tears” song that has been reworked into many Castlevania games.

Castlevania – Bloody Tears:

Composer: Kenichi Matsubara
Performed by: Youtube User Washi981


Kōji Kondō

Kōji Kondō might be the most famous original video game composer of all time. He began his career with Nintendo in 1983. He is most known for composing music for the Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda series. The theme song for Super Mario Bros is arguably the most famous song in video game history. Kondō intentionally tried to ensure that the theme was synchronous with player’s actions.

Super Mario Bros Theme:

Composer: Kōji Kondō
Performed by: Fabio Lima

Legend of Zelda Theme:

Composer: Kōji Kondō
Performed by: Sungha Jung


So, who is your favorite composer? Did we miss an awesome acoustic rendition of a video game song? Let us know in the comments. We will be happy to add a video of it alongside your comment.

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