How's this for a silly, game-related tidbit that's likely to shock at least a few of you: back when I was a junior or senior in high school, I was completely obsessed with the Saturn version of Sega's Daytona USA.
I suggest that may surprise some of you because I'm hardly known for my love of racing games. In fact, the only examples of the genre I've ever given much attention here are F-Zero and Super Mario Kart, if memory serves. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.)
At any rate, I became more than a bit smitten with Daytona USA after picking it up on a whim during my days as a Saturn owner.
That game's slick, exhilarating gameplay obviously had a little something to do with my aforementioned infatuation, but there were other instigators, too--with its energetic, effervescent soundtrack being a particularly noteworthy case in point.
I bring up all of this because I've had one of Daytona USA's songs ("Sky High," listen to it by clicking on the video above) stuck in my head for the last few days.
Also, reminiscing about the Daytona USA period of my life--and the hold a number of its ditties had on me at that time--prompted me to think about some of the other "game tunes" from my youth that left similar marks on my memory.
For example, there's the "Map Theme" from Yoshi's Island:
I remember humming that one on the regular while I obsessively worked my way through the pastel-filled platformer that has since become one of my all-time favorite games.
Another such song that causes feelings of a different sort to surface is Final Fantasy IV's "Welcome to Our Town," which can be heard below.
Even as a teen, that track broke my heart, or nearly did so, thanks to its almost unbearably melancholy tone.
Rather than bring me to tears, Kid Icarus' "Castle Theme" often caused shivers to run up and down my spine.
Shining Force's third battle theme, on the other hand, never failed to get my blood pumping for one of this 16-bit strategy game's many thrilling skirmishes.
How about you? Are there any game tunes that prompt you to think about the "good old days"?