Best Video Game Song Tournament, 2009-2012: Nominations

It’s that time again!

All songs originating from games released between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2012 are eligible. This covers the last few PS2 stragglers, the back half of the DS and PSP, most of the back half of the Xbox 360, Wii, and PS31, and the very start of the 3DS, PS Vita, Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One2. However, please note that we are strictly following years here, not console. 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” is allowed, most Guitar Hero covers are not)
  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 special nomination process! Do NOT nominate in the comments!

Instead, submit your nominations through this handy form:

You can also see a list of all nominated songs here:

To cut down on duplicate nominations, please check to see if your song’s been nominated before submitting. You can sort the list by game name if you want, which should make things easier (the form is read-only, so don’t worry about messing anything up!)

Nominations will be open until Saturday, June 12th at 10:00 PM Pacific Time