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10. Flying Warriors: Introduction

Kinda below-average side-scrolling beat-em-up, but the music sure as hell made you want to play it anyway. Or watch Superman.

9. Blaster Master: Forest (Level 1)

One of the most infamously long and difficult NES games, but you sure as hell wanted to play it after that awesome intro sequence played and this song accompanied it. Sunsoft were definitely in their element musically.

8. Battletoads: Introduction

Say what you will about Rare's games - occasionally crappy (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Nightmare on Elm Street) and always frustratingly hard, but they always had damn good music. Battletoads was one of their highest points both musically and in terms of colossal challenge to overcome.

7. Ducktales - Moon Base

Capcom did licensed property games right, and Ducktales is probably the prime example. Not only is it a fun game to play, but the soundtrack is superb - I don't think there's a single NES owner out there that doesn't remember and love the Moon Base theme.

6. Shadowgate: Main theme

Not only a part of the very well-crafted Icom adventure game trilogy, but it also featured some very atmospheric music that only added to the creepiness of the game. The first tune you hear has to be my favorite though.

5. Ninja Gaiden II: Level 2-2

The second of the notoriously tough NES trilogy, and probably also my favorite, providing a much more fair challenge rather than relying on cheap shots and enemies swarming you constantly. The kick-ass musical score certainly helped it too, and this song in particular is one of the most memorable I've ever heard.

4. TMNT3: Scene 2 (Surf stage)

Not only one of the best stages the NES had to offer - iconic of all things TMNT and lovable early 90s action-cheese - but it had a damn memorable music track to go with it.

3. Maniac Mansion: Fat Patty - The Boys are Still Back (Dave's theme)

Lucasarts sure as hell knew what they were doing in the sound design department, and Maniac Mansion is proof enough of that, pushing the NES' sound chip to its limits and creating some truly amazing (and surprisingly realistic) guitar themes. It's just a pity that they cancelled their planned port of Zak McCracken - we could have gotten some even better tunes than this one.

2. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - The Beginning

Castlevania II is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it game in the franchise. However, Konami went back to form with Castlevania III, adding in numerous gameplay tweaks, new characters, and one of the best 8-bit soundtracks ever composed for good measure, even including an extra sound chip in the Famicom cart just to make it sound that much better. Sadly, the NES wasn't able to support extra sound chips, so we got a slightly downgraded (but still awesome) version.

1. Mega Man 2 - Metal Man

My favorite Mega Man game of all time, and the music had a lot to do with that. Once you heard Metal Man's iconic theme, every other NES tune you'd heard up to that point took a step down in comparison, and nothing that followed could possibly hope to match it. Long live Metal Man!
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