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The Top Ten Best Menu Themes [top ten]
 
Music in games seems often overlooked, and one kind of theme typically ignored in the background is a game's menu music. These tunes are what we hear when we set up the game, and they vary from laidback to lively as they set the mood for the type of game ahead. Shining a spotlight on these commonly underappreciated compositions, listed here are my favourite themes for when I'm making choices.
Posted: 09/28/13, 23:44:17  - Edited by 
 on: 09/28/13, 23:40:54
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Mario Superstar Baseball - Main Menu
A bit of a strange mix of techno-like beats with classic baseball stadium music instruments, this upbeat tune instills the spirit of the game as played by Mario and crew.

 
The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition - Game Select
This may just be another rendition of the iconic main Zelda theme, but it's a dang good one that gets me pumped to select a game.

 
Final Fantasy - Pause Menu
A relaxing piece to listen to when outfitting the party and managing inventory, a nice breather before heading back to adventure in the harsh world of Final Fantasy.

 
Rhythm Haven Fever – Menu 2
After clearing the main set of rhythm games, the menu theme is replaced with this more energetic one as it comes time to play the extra games and go for perfects.

 
Mario Party 8 – Board Tutorial
Most people probably skip the explanations and get right to playing, but sometimes I'll select to read it just so I can hear more of this awesome piece.

 
Tetrisphere - Learn
The techno/trance beats of Tetrisphere can seem a little weird at first, but this fits surprisingly well for the game's tutorial.

 
Mega Man - Stage Select
The original Mega Man still has the best stage select as far I'm concerned, never being topped by its many sequels.

 
Mario Kart Wii – Offline Menu
A bassy tune that swells up with more instruments as you select your choices and advance through the menu screens. I only wish it were the same for online, as the one for that mode is kinda terrible.

 
Super Mario 64 - File Select
Like the calm before a grand adventure.

 
Super Smash Brothers Melee - Main Menu
Wild and energetic, just like the game itself. After over 2,300 hours of this game, it still hasn't gotten old.

 
Some more I had considered for the list includes Rush 2, Mario Super Sluggers, Dragon Warrior, and others I forget now.

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Speaking of password themes, since Castlevania II doesn't really have a menu...

Posted: 09/30/13, 02:08:46
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