The title pretty much says it all: two gamers from the Youtube channel AccordingtoSCIENCE spent over 2500 hours listening to the soundtracks of N64 games to determine what exactly the best songs from the revolutionary system. The hardware capabilities of the N64 gave it the ability to have more complex music, with varied instruments that made music on the N64 significantly more complex than the simple loops of previous generations. Don’t get me wrong, I love music from the older generation, like Kirby’s Dreamland Theme or Bloody Tears from Castlevania 2 (and pretty much all following Castlevania titles). But it is true that the N64 was a big advancement as far as music in video games. The makers of the video say it better than I do, so here’s their description:
“What are the best songs on the N64? With so many games and genres of music available on the platform, that question is daunting to answer. The N64 lived through a period of rapid evolution in video game music, as synth technology came into its own. Though historically comprised of cheerful melodic loops, video game music now had the ability to explore the scale, create unprecedented depth, and use a wide variety of sounds. Because of this added variability it’s easy to see why there is little consensus on what N64 music stands above the rest. That’s why we’re here.
We tackled this question with the goal of minimizing our own personal bias. As two guys who grew up with an N64 we knew there would be songs that would be influenced by nostalgia. To reduce this, each of us listened separately to as much N64 music as we could get our ears on, and giving a score of 1 to 10 to each song. Then we compared our scores, taking the average of both, which gave us an initial ranking. And then the real work began – debates and more debates over song order, and song inclusion. It took us a full year to complete this process.
The resulting ranking is what you see before you; the fruit of our labors. All that’s left now is for you to sit back and enjoy the music.”Tweet