A TRIBUTE TO VIDEO GAME ENDING SONGS

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GANBARE GOEMON MONONOKE SUGOROKU (N64)
Composer: Unknown

CREDITS IN MP3 FORMAT

Sorry, no screenshots available for this game because it was only released in Japan and I don't own a copy of it. It's apparently some kind of Mario Party-style game with Ganbare Goemon characters. This ending song is really silly and just has to be heard to understand what I mean.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. I just put this one up for fun.


   
GARGOYLE'S QUEST 2 (NES)
Composer: Sato

ENDING THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI (VERSION 1) CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

MIDI (VERSION 2) CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

I converted two midis of this one. Both came out pretty good, I think.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. I considered it, but it's not one of my top favorites. For the record, the best song in this game is the Hinom Woods theme.


   
GRADIUS 3 (SNES)
Composers: Kazuki Muraoka, Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko & Yukie Morimoto

"GOOD LUCK!" IN MP3 FORMAT

That's a lot of people who worked on this game's music, so I'm not sure which one(s) actually wrote this piece. I really like the way this one ends. Makes me want to salute.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Probably. My favorite thing about it is the very last part.


   
THE GUARDIAN LEGEND (NES)
Composer: Miyamo Shant

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY MACHIAVEL

The ending music for The Guardian Legend is a rather simple melody that I really like. The Guardian Legend has an excellent soundtrack all around, with mostly energetic music. This ending song is softer, slower, and more melodic than the rest and is the perfect piece to say, "You got the job done. Rest awhile, and then head off for your next adventure." Machiavel's midi is a really lovely saxophone and piano remix with added harmony that brings out the full potential of Miyamo Shant's original composition.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Not sure. I like the midi more than the actual game song because it's more fleshed out.


   
HYPERZONE (SNES)
Composer: Jun Ishikawa

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI (PIANO VERSION) CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

MIDI (ACCURATE VERSION) CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

I really enjoy this tune that plays at the end of HyperZone. It has a good beat and a cheerful feel, like a lot of Jun Ishikawa's work (as she's better known for her work on the Kirby soundtracks). I used to play this in the sound test all the time and even listened to it a lot before I ever beat the game.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Yes! This one's just so uplifting that I recommend downloading it even if you've never played or beaten the game and never plan to.


   
ILLUSION OF GAIA (SNES)
Composer: Yasuhiro Kawasaki

"VICTORY" IN MP3 FORMAT

"SPECIAL ENDING" IN MP3 FORMAT

Illusion of Gaia has a really long, two-part ending theme. Like so many other epic ending songs, the second part incorporates bits and pieces of songs from the rest of the soundtrack into it, most notably, the remake of the title song at the very end.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Probably. I find myself listening more often to the "Victory" portion of it than the rest because it's very long.


   
INDIANA JONES & THE INFERNAL MACHINE (N64)
Composers: John Williams & Clint Bajakian

ENDING CREDITS THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

Okay, so it's just a new version of the Indiana Jones Theme (aka "The Raiders March") with some Russian music mixed in, but it's a great version that really comes across convincingly thanks to the MusYx tool. And, really, who doesn't love that song?

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. Love this song, but I was trying to stick to music originally composed for videogames.


   
JOURNEY TO SILIUS (NES)
Composer: Naoki Kodaka

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

I put this one up by popular request. I love Naoki Kodaka's soundtracks in general, but I think this song is only "okay", especially compared to rest of the music in this game. But a lot of people love it and it was easy enough to get a recording of it, so here it is.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No.


   
KARTIA (PS1)
Composers: Hidehito Aoki, Kenichi Tsuchiya & Masaki Kurokawa

"KNIGHT OF LIBERTY TOXA" IN MP3 FORMAT

"PROCESSION OF SAINTS" IN MP3 FORMAT

Kartia gives us two really great ending songs, one for Toxa's quest and one for Lacryma's quest. I personally prefer "Procession of Saints" (Lacryma's ending theme), but they're both really good. This game has a magnificent epic soundtrack overall.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Probably. "Procession of Saints" if not the other one.


   
KID ICARUS (NES)
Composer: Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY JOHAN FALL

MIDI CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

I really like Hip Tanaka's NES music. His soundtracks really define the games. Kid Icarus and Metroid have two of my top favorite ending songs.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Probably. I think a lot of NES music is more effective if you've actually put the time into the games, though.


   
KING'S FIELD (PS1)
Composer: SOUND KID'S Corp.

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY RIE LENKA

King's Field is a so-so Generation 1 Playstation game, but damn, did this ending song make all the trouble of beating it worth it! The MP3 here contains the entire second and third piece of the music. The MIDI only contains the third piece. I didn't include the first piece of the ending music in the MP3 because there is talking during that part, but it's not as good as the second and third parts anyway. Nice melancholy piano work in the third part, very fitting for the game's mood. If you don't plan to play (or finish) King's Field (and I doubt few people will) then I highly recommend downloading this because it's worth hearing and it will save you some trouble.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Definitely! You owe it to yourself to download this if you never plan to finish this game.


   
KIRBY'S ADVENTURE (NES)
Composers: Jun Ishikawa & Hirokazu Ando

ENDING THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY NAKAYA

This one makes me want to sit by a campfire and sway back and forth. Very dream-like quality to this one, which is fitting considering that the Kirby games take place in "Dream Land".

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. I considered it, but it's not one of my top favorites.


   
KIRBY'S DREAM LAND 3 (SNES)
Composers: Jun Ishikawa

CREDITS IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY ????

I had sort of forgotten about this one even though I beat this game long before I originally wrote this article. This is the music from the game's true ending. You'll get a false ending if you beat the game without obtaining all the secret heart/star thingies. The real ending, naturally, has better music. This one also has an appropriate dream-like quality. I like the last part of it the most.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: Probably, yes. I had forgotten about it over the years, but since rediscovering it, I've listened to it quite a few times. I would take this over Drakkhen's theme, at least.


   
LAGOON (SNES)
Composer: Hideki Suzuki

"MOONCHILD" IN MP3 FORMAT

Lagoon has an excellent, obviously Ys-inspired soundtrack all-around, and "Moonchild", the final ending song, is one of the best in the game. I really like the metal guitar used in much of this game's music.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Yes. "Moonchild" isn't my top favorite Lagoon song, but it's still pretty damn good.


   
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA (NES)
Composer: Koji Kondo

ENDING THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

I got a couple of requests for this one back when the article was a Top 50. Not really my favorite ending song in the world, but it's fun, it's happy, and it sounds like polka music. Essentially an extended rework of the "Game Over" theme.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. Put up by request.


   
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST (SNES)
Composer: Koji Kondo

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY HAKON MARTHINSEN

CREDITS THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY HAKON MARTHINSEN

Some of Koji Kondo's best work is present here. The version of the original Legend of Zelda theme that appears in the credits sequence is one of my favorite variations of that song.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Definitely! Way too good to pass up. The best of the Zelda ending songs I've heard.


   
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK'S AWAKENING (GB)
Composers: Koji Kondo, Kazumi Totaka, Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa

ENDING THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY YOSHI (MARCOS DINO33)

This game has a lot of people credited for composing its music, so I'm not sure which one is responsible for this number, although it's a variation on Koji Kondo's original Legend of Zelda theme. I just love how happy and uplifting this piece is, one of my favorite variations of that classic (and very well-known) game tune.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Maybe not. I still really like this song, but it's got some tough competition, and sometimes I felt a little weird about having it on there in the first place.


   
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME (N64)
Composers: Koji Kondo

STAFF CREDITS THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY ASA

Like so many other epic game ending songs, this one mixes in several of the themes heard elsewhere in the game, including "Zelda's Lullaby" and "Saria's Song". It would've been even better had it also included the "Song of Storms" and "Gerudo Valley", but maybe that's asking a little too much. Incidentally, this game's ending sequence is very reminiscent of Return of the Jedi.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. I just put this one up for fun.


   
LITTLE NINJA BROTHERS (NES)
Composer: Neon Kidd

HAPPY ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT (NES VERSION)

HAPPY ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT (SNES VERSION)

MIDI CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

Guilty pleasure time! Words can't describe this one. It's one of the most screwed-up ending songs I've ever heard. The Super NES version isn't as funny as the NES version, on account of the "Pop! Pop! Pop!" and the "Bloop! Bloop! Bloop!" being changed to a lame "Ring. Ring. Ring." But I thought I'd include it anyway.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. I just put this one up for fun.


   
LUFIA & THE FORTRESS OF DOOM (SNES)
Composer: Yasunori Shiono

"FIELD MOTIF" IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY SINCLAIR C

"A REUNION" IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY SINCLAIR C

"JOURNEY'S END" IN MP3 FORMAT

Nowhere near as good as Lufia 2's ending music, but I'm still rather fond of these ones. The first song is an extremely sad version of the main overworld theme. The second one is a bit more uplifting. The third is the obligatory "happy RPG credits roll" music. Check!

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. I just put this one up for fun.


   
LUFIA 2: RISE OF THE SINISTRALS (SNES)
Composer: Yasunori Shiono

"TO THE FUTURE" IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY SINCLAIR C

Sometimes I think this game is overrated, but there's one aspect of it there's no denying is great: its music. "To the Future" is definitely one of my favorite game ending themes, even though now when I listen to it, it sounds more like a soft rock ballad than epic. But, oh well, it's still good stuff. I've consistently noticed that SinclairC's Lufia midis often sound better than the songs do in the actual games.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Definitely! Although I wasn't impressed by many aspects of the game itself, this music blew me away.


   
MAGI NATION (GBC)
Composer: Jerry Lim

"NOSTALGIE" MIDI SEQUENCED BY MATTHEW TX & CHRISTOPHER SALCIDO

Didn't like this game too much, but some of the music was allright. The ending song, called "Nostalgie" is really nice and the piano-only midi here is beautiful. Definitely worth downloading.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. To be honest, the only reason I put this one up is because I really like that midi. I can't even remember now how it sounded with the Gameboy samples.


   
THE MAGIC OF SCHEHERAZADE (NES)
Composer: Neon Kidd

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI (VERSION 1) CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

MIDI (VERSION 2) CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

PRINCESS THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

These two are essentially the same song, except that the first one is a very fast, upbeat number, and the second is slower and more melodic. The second of the two, the Princess Theme, is actually used elswhere in the game (each time you complete a chapter and rescue a princess), but it had the most resonance with me in the ending. It's the last song you hear as the epilogue text scrolls up the screen and leaves us with the ominous message, "The Time Door will open again someday..." This was the first RPG I ever completed, and I can't help but feel a little emotional whenever I hear these songs, even the happier one, because of the bittersweet ending and the memory I associate them with.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Yes. That princess theme just gets me every time.


   
MEGA MAN (GB)
Composer: Unknown

MIDI SEQUENCED BY DAVE COUZELIS

The Game Boy version of Mega Man borrows a lot of music from its "big brother" for the NES, but the ending theme is unique to it.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: No. I just put this one up for fun.


   
MEGA MAN 2 (NES)
Composers: Ogeretsu Kun, Manami Ietel & Yuukichan's Papa

ENDING PART 1 IN MP3 FORMAT

ENDING PART 2 IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI (PARTS 1 & 2) SEQUENCED BY TREVOR KUPREL

The second part of this song is an extended remix of Mega Man 2's title screen music. I remember beating this game over and over again just so I could hear this one. Thank goodness for the internet, MIDIs, and NSFs. (I have no idea what is with the third composer's name, but that's what it said in the ending credits. I sometimes wonder if these NES game developers who used goofy nicknames in the credits ever regret not having used their real ones.) Incidentally, Capcom attempted to remake this song in the ending of Mega Man 4, but it sounded kind of bad there. This is definitely the better version.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Definitely! I didn't play through the game that many times for nothing, you know.


   
MEGA MAN 3 (NES)
Composer: Bunbun

PROTO MAN'S THEME IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY DAVE CHOE

Sometimes I think I'm easily manipulated because I actually thought the ending of Mega Man 3 was rather touching when I first saw it years ago. This Proto Man whistle tune had a lot to do with it, too. What's really cool is that the song in the game's NSF actually goes on a lot longer than it does in the end credits. There's much more to it that you never hear in the game. Thank goodness for NSFs and MIDIs because now we can hear the whole thing.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Yes. The song struck an emotional chord with me years ago, and it was an added bonus to find out later that there was even more to the song than I had originally known.


   
MEGA MAN 4 (NES)
Composers: Ojalin & Bun Bun

ENDING (TRAIN RIDE) IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY MAELGRIM

This is the train ride part only because the credits uses a terrible remix of the Mega Man 2 ending. But the train ride music is really good; it might actually be my favorite song in the game. I love the slow, smooth style of it. It's reminiscent of the ending themes of The Guardian Legend and Skyblazer with that "job is done and we're going home now" type of flavor.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: Yes. I really should have included this one and the only reason I didn't is because I already had two other Mega Man ending songs on the list. But it's still one of my favorites that I listen to quite often.


   
MEGA MAN X (SNES)
Composers: Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, & Toshihiko Horiyama

CASTINGS IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY JAREL JONES

It was sort of an unusual way in which I remembered this one. It's been years since I've played Mega Man X and I had no memory of what the ending music sounded like. But then one day I came across this excellent remix, and I suddenly recognized the melody as being one of the songs I used to listen to often in the in-game sound test.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: No.

WOULD IT HAVE MADE IT?: Maybe. Had I not forgotten about it, it might have at least been considered.


   
METROID (NES)
Composer: Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka

ENDING IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY ERIK

MIDI CONVERTED BY FLYING OMELETTE

When this article used to be a Top 50, I had this very close to the top and it was well-deserved. This song is just phenomenal, and the impact it's had on me is especially impressive considering the limitations of 8-bit technology. Whenever I have to say goodbye to someone for awhile, I always think of this song. The first MIDI here includes the music for the escape sequence before the actual ending credits theme starts.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Absolutely! This might have been the first game ending song that totally blew my mind.


   
METROID 2: RETURN OF SAMUS (GB)
Composer: Ryohji Yoshitomi

MIDI SEQUENCED BY FIRE MARIO

While not quite as emotionally-charged as the original Metroid's ending theme, this is still a great little number, especially considering the limited processing power of the original Game Boy's sound system. Even though I love the game, I didn't care for Super Metroid's ending song as much as I did for the first two in the series.

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Not sure. It's a good enough song, but the competition is tough.


   
NINJA GAIDEN (NES)
Composers: More Yamasan, B. Hasake & Miyazaki

"DEATH OF KEN HAYABUSA" IN MP3 FORMAT

"RYU AND IRENE" IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY TSU RYU & TAKEUCHI YUKA

"CREDITS/BASILISK MINE FIELD" IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY DEUCE

MIDI (REMIX) SEQUENCED BY TSU RYU & KUSANOKI MANAMI

Ninja Gaiden has several really great ending songs. The first part, the music for Ken Hayabusa's death scene, is only available as an MP3 because I couldn't find a midi of it anywhere. The second one, for the sunrise scene, is probably my favorite of the three. I'm cheating a bit with the third one because it's the same music used for the Basilisk Mine Field earlier in the game, but it's my favorite stage music in Ninja Gaiden, and since it's used as the end credits song, I can count it (especially since it has a slight variation at the very end, anyway). In fact, I'll present two midis of it since I like it so much. =)

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Absolutely! I've already said enough reasons why.


   
NINJA GAIDEN 2: THE DARK SWORD OF CHAOS (NES)
Composers: S. Kajiya, Mayu & Miyazaki

"A LONG WAY TO GO" IN MP3 FORMAT

MIDI SEQUENCED BY TSU RYU & TAKEUCHI YUKA

There's something about songs with the words "Long Way" in their titles that I like. I love Supertramp's "Take the Long Way Home", and "Long Way to Go" from Final Fantasy 4, and here's "A Long Way to Go" from Ninja Gaiden 2. Coincidence? I think NOT!

ORIGINAL TOP 50?: Yes.

WOULD IT STILL BE ON IT?: Yes. This song is one of my favorites in the game.


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