Thursday, July 9, 2015

Top Ten Victory Jingles

Imagine if you will that you just completed a difficult and excruciating level or just beat what you thought was an impossible boss. Now, the feat alone is impressive, but what makes it even more special is a theme to accompany your victory. That is actually what this top ten list is all about. These are the jingles and themes that play when the battle is won, the level is completed, and the mission is a success. Just click on the yellow links to hear the themes I will be talking about on this victorious list!

10) Sonic CD (SCD)


After Metal Sonic is destroyed, another one of Dr. Robotnik's machines has been vanquished, or something as simple as making it to the end of Act One, this U.S. version of the stage clear theme rocks with its great guitars, horns, and awesome sound.

9) Monster Hunter Tri/3 Ultimate (Wii U, Wii, 3DS)


Success! Not just towards the defeat of a behemoth-sized monster, but it's also what this triumphant victory theme with deep brass and majestic strings is called. Take the opportunity after battle to carve up the lifeless body of your defeated prey while you have the chance. Sure, that's a bit macabre, but alas, that is the life of a monster hunter.

8) Mega Man X (SNES)


It doesn't matter if it's Ice Penguin, Storm Eagle, Spark Mandrill, or any of the other five Mavericks that Mega Man X has to take down. This is the victory jingle that plays after X has outsmarted and outmaneuvered the Maverick in battle. You earned that Maverick's special weapon, X, much like the player earned the ability to hear this sensational synth jingle.

7) Mario Kart 64 (N64)


No Mario Kart game has a greater celebration for the ears for coming across the finish line in first place than Mario Kart 64. With just a handful of ascending notes and pitches comes a victory theme that makes the player clench his or her fists in triumphant, knowing that they outraced the other seven opponents on the track.

6) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)


Based off the boss clear theme from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, A Link Between Worlds's boss clear fanfare booms with impressive brass. It's an overall more victorious sound that engulfs the player's ears after a successful battle against one of the many dungeons in the game's formidable foes.

5) Kirby (Multi)


After battle against a big boss, Kirby can't help himself but shake his groove thing and enter a celebratory dance. It doesn't matter if the battle was against Whispy Woods, Kracko, or whomever was foolish enough to tango with everyone's favorite pink puffball, this is the brief melody that is heard while Kirby shakes what his mama (or whoever) gave him.

4) Super Mario World (SNES)


Passing through the goal of a level, this is the theme that plays, accompanied by synth banjo. When this theme plays, Mario, Luigi, and sometimes Yoshi can temporarily rest, knowing that the challenging obstacles are for now behind them. Well, that is until the next level where a whole new batch of problematic hazards await them.

3) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN)


A victory theme so nice that it has since been used for a majority of future Sonic the Hedgehog games, including a good portion of the modern 3D games. This jingle brings back memories of beating an act's boss and patiently waiting as Sonic's ring total gets converted into points and perhaps extra lives, too.

2) Final Fantasy (Multi)


Those opening notes are so darned prolific in gaming that there probably isn't any reason to have to explain why Final Fantasy's victory jingle is number two on my list. However, I will do so anyway. For most mainline Final Fantasy games, this jingle played after every successful battle has been an important musical part of the series, and one cannot help but love its sound each and every time it is played, no matter the version.

1) Super Mario Bros. (NES)


This is a totally cliche choice, so I apologize ahead of time. However, it's also one of the most classic victory jingles / level clear themes in gaming history. Through either riding down the castle's flagpole or being told that Mario's princess is in another castle, this theme congratulates you on a successful run through one of Super Mario Bros.'s challenging levels.

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