Best Video Game Song Tournament, 1983-1989: Top 16

Now it’s time for the top 16. We’re getting down to contenders now, no need for multiple parts.

You can listen to the entire top 16 here. See the bracket here.


Voting will be live until Sunday, November 10th at 10:00 PM Pacific

Results from last round:
Mega Man 2 – Air Man (11) vs Super Mario Bros 2/Doki Doki Panic – Overworld (10)
The Legend of Zelda – Dungeon Theme (4) vs Akumajou Densetsu – Mad Forest (13)
Akumajou Densetsu – Beginning (8) vs Bubble Bobble – Main Game (12)
Super Mario Bros. – Overworld (12) vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Boss Battle (7)
The Legend of Zelda – Theme (15) vs Maniac Mansion (1987) – Opening (4)
Ys I & II (Turbografx CD) – Opening (8) vs Mega Man – Elec Man (7)
Castlevania II – Bloody Tears (16) vs Ninja Gaiden – Unbreakable Determination (2)
Ducktales – Moon Theme (15) vs Blaster Master (NES) – Music – Area 1 (7)

Some close ones with one shocking result. SMB2’s Overworld was beloved in the group stage, winning its group with the second most votes of all songs. But, it forgot to only take the E-Tank at the very last moment, and so it could not defeat Airman. Ys I & II also advances by a single vote; I’m assuming most people here were unfamiliar with this song before the tournament, but it’s undeniable, so into the top 16 it goes.

Fun facts about the top 16:

  • Songs by source game:
    • 3 songs: Mega Man 2
    • 2 songs: Castlevania
    • 1 song: Contra, Final Fantasy, Tetris, Metroid, Akumajou Densetsu, Bubble Bobble, Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Ys I & II, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Ducktales
  • Mega Man 2 remains well represented, though for the first time the combined representation of all Castlevania games eclipses it. Combined the two series account for just under half of all spots in the top 16
  • I commended Metroid and the Legend of Zelda both last round for remaining unscathed. That did not continue; both games are down to just one song each.
  • Ys I & II and Tetris are, to the best of my knowledge, the only non-NES1 games still alive