Maestro Mario

Best Video Game Song Tournament – Prehistory (Before 1983) – Nominations

We’ve all had a lot of fun deciding what our favorite Nintendo video games are throughout history. But now it’s time to get real. What are the best game songs? We start with all games released prior to 1983. Unlike the Best Game series, there are no requirements based on console of origin; we’re going strictly by release year. If it came out on or before December 31st, 1982, then I don’t care if it’s on the PS5, it counts.

Full Rules:

  1. If you aren’t sure your song counts, nominate it! There’s bound to be grey area so don’t be afraid to push the boundaries.
  2. The song should originate from a video game. Covers and other alternate versions of pre-existing songs are acceptable if they substantially alter the original work (e.g. BioShock Infinite’s barbershop cover of “God Only Knows”)
  3. If there is a difference between regions of release for a game, all release dates are considered valid. For instance, if a game came out in Japan during one tournament’s time frame and North America during another’s, its songs would be valid in both tournaments. HOWEVER: you can’t nominate a song that’s been nominated during a previous tournament. Games can double-dip, but songs can’t.
  4. Remixes/new versions of previous songs are allowed so long as they are substantively different from the original version. There’s no explicit criteria here, so use your best judgment.

We’re also using a new nomination process! Do NOT nominate in the comments!

Future iterations of this tournament will feature hundreds upon hundreds of nominations, which will almost certainly bork Disqus. So, I’m trying something different. Make your nominations through this Google form:

You can see all the nominated songs here:

This means that every single nominated song (that isn’t disqualified) will make it to the group stage.

This tournament is something of a dress rehearsal; if you have any feedback or ideas about the rules, nomination process, or anything else let me know!

Nominations will be open until Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00 PM Pacific Time