10 Classic NES Themes Played on the Guitar


Despite being simply the background music to video games, the themes to Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda are about as recognizable as any song to appear on the Billboard Top 100.  Anyone born in the 1980s or later will instantly recognize those themes, along with countless others from the days of 8-bit gaming.  I still can’t decide whether it’s because the themes are really catchy or because of the endless repetition, but Nintendo themes seem to have an uncanny ability to lodge themselves into your head for days.  I still find myself humming the music from the one-on-one “versus” part of Trojan.

Anyway, some people have actually taken the time to learn and play Nintendo themes on the guitar,and some of them are pretty damn good.  I put 10 of my favorites below.



Double Dragon


Super Mario Bros. (underwater)


Metroid (Kraid’s Lair)






Final Fantasy (battle theme)




Pro Wrestling


River City Ransom



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