Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Music

Check the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 album out on iTunesSpotify and Amazon MP3.

Nowadays, it’s a bit hard to believe that Sonic the Hedgehog was once a successful and beloved franchise. Between all the terrible spin-offs and flat, unnecessary side characters that have been introduced to the series in the past few years, the appeal of the early Sonic games can easily be lost in the haze.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 musicHowever, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a shining example of everything fans love (or loved) about the franchise. Widely considered to be the greatest Sonic game ever made, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 had everything you could expect from a great sequel. Improved graphics, bigger levels, a revolutionary new save system — you name it, this game probably had it.

The soundtrack, of course, is as good as ever. The Sonic franchise has always been known for its upbeat and incredibly catchy tunes composed by industry legend Masato Nakamura, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 does not fail to deliver in that department. Compared to the original Sonic the Hedgehog, 2 gives a lot more attention to energetic guitar riffs and fast-paced percussion, but this change was not a poor decision, as it is a perfect match for the slightly more action-heavy sequel.

It’s difficult to choose which tracks were the best, but my vote goes to the Metropolis track. In a soundtrack full of pulse-pounding chiptunes, that one got my heart beating the fastest. Another favorite track is the final boss theme, which features a blaring snare drum and a rather charmingly dated synthesized orchestra.

The glory days of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate what we already have. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was an instant classic. It had great action, timeless gameplay, and a wonderful soundtrack. If you’re a fan of 8-bit music and you have yet to give a listen to this little gem, take your chance now! 🙂

The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 album is out now on iTunesSpotify and Amazon MP3.

Sonic the Hedgehog Music

Please check my renditions out on iTunesSpotifyAmazon MP3 and Google Play Music.

In recent years, Sega’s iconic Sonic the Hedgehog series has become something of a punchline in the gaming industry. Thought the company is slowly winning back fans with its return to the classic Sonic formula, the series was in a sort of critical limbo from the late 90s to the 2000s. Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), for example, was almost legendary in its awfulness, and the deluge of annoying and unnecessary side characters found in later games was enough to turn fans off of the franchise forever.

Sonic the Hedgehog Music

However, there was a reason why Sonic ever got popular in the first place. Released on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive in 1991, the original Sonic the Hedgehog was a cheery and fast-paced answer to Nintendo’s wildly popular Mario series, and quickly caught the attention of gamers worldwide.

Part of the game’s appeal was its equally cheery and fast-paced soundtrack, composed by Masato Nakamura of Dreams Come True fame. Though the soundtrack was fairly small for the time period (the game featured 11 background tracks and 7 incidental tracks), it introduced some of gaming’s most iconic music.

Any child playing games in 1991 had the Green Hill Zone theme drilled into their head at some point. Bright and cheery, the track is often the first piece of music people think of when asked about the series. The drowning theme – a loud and harsh, yet strangely catchy piece which plays when Sonic touches water – terrorized countless players. Another notable track is Scrap Brain Zone, which utilizes the game’s distinctive bass-heavy style most effectively.

Though Sonic’s glory days are long gone, his games consistently deliver in the music department. This goes all the way back to the game that started it all. Catchy and fun, the music of Sonic the Hedgehog set the gold standard for games of the early 1990s, and is still being enjoyed over 20 years later.

The Sonic Soundtrack tribute is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and Google Play Music.

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

“In the late 80’s, I was Michael Jackson. I stepped into a darkend night club, flipped a coin into the jukebox, and suddenly a chiptune version of Smooth Criminal started playing…” 

After releasing the albums Thriller and Bad, Michael Jackson was not only the reigning King of Pop, but also a Prince of Videogames (with Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog as the untouchable supreme rulers).

In the SEGA Michael Jackson gameMoonwalker you could be MJ himself on a mission to save kidnapped kids from the evil “Mister Big”. The game was accompanied by chiptune versions of Michael Jackson’s most memorable hits.

After releasing the critically acclaimed albums Mega Man 2, Donkey Kong Country and Tetris, video game dj The Greatest Bits now releases a tribute album to Michael Jackson as a video game star. This Moonwalker music album contains the songs Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Another Part of Me, Billie Jean, Bad and Thriller. All restyled in retrogame sounds.

Check the 8-bit Michael Jackson music out on iTunesAmazon MP3 or Spotify.