Retro Videogame Music Collections

Click on any of the albums below to learn about that release and download it for free!

How I Put These Albums Together

I'm very proud of my videogame music collection. It's large and meticulous - basically a project all of its own, even outside of these archives!

Though it only includes tracks from games I’ve played and enjoyed, it still tips the scales at 37,000+ tracks and about 162 GB in size. It has taken years to do the following for each and every file to the best of my ability:

  • Convert them from many different non-standard audio formats into mp3s (320 kbps when possible)
     

  • Research the proper titles for songs
     

  • Translate any names that were never localized to English
     

  • Name them properly for a modern format with correct capitalization, punctuation, and grammar
     

  • Edit the ID3 tags completely
     

  • Credit the correct composers
     

  • For games that never had official soundtracks, I assign my own track order to what I believe makes sense. For soundtracks that were officially released for games, I make sure the track listing matches the original cassette or disc
     

  • Fix up and apply hand-picked, high quality cover art resized as close to 1000x1000 pixels as possible
     

  • Apply gain tags to ensure that all volume matches a normalcy of 89db on devices that support such tags
     

  • Sort the music into folders separated by game system

I can’t share the entire collection here since some of it is from the current era of games. Instead, I have created these themed compilations full of retro (older than 15 years) favorites as well as rare, hard-to-find audio so that these incredible tunes and jingles are not forgotten with time.

What were the sources for these files? Oh, there were plenty! Whether they were grabbed from IRC, downloaded from P2P programs like Napster and Limewire forever ago, found on doujinshi collections, ripped or recorded from the actual games myself, extracted from YouTube or likewise sites… If anyone left a comment in the original files for a credit, I definitely kept it in. If such a tag was never created, I have no memory of where some of them originally came from.