Earlier this week, Quinton Sung turned heads with his masterful 8-bit renditions of Radiohead’s certified masterpieces, Kid A and OK Computer, which were created using only sounds from old computer chips and NES games.
That got us thinking: What other 8-bit versions of classic songs can be found on YouTube?
After combing through a staggering number of bleeps and bloops, here are eight of the best 8-bit covers on YouTube, paired with the ideal video game to play while listening
1) Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Video game pairing: Any epic adventure—like The Legend of Zelda—that matches the range of emotion covered by Queen’s grandiose rock suite.
2) Michael Jackson “Thriller”
Video game pairing: Moonwalker for the Sega Master System, of course.
3) Miles Davis “So What”
Video game pairing: I bet Leisure Suit Larry gets down to Miles Davis.
4) Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
Video game pairing: Super Mario Bros 3, after beating each airship level.
5) Nine Inch Nails “Closer”
Video game pairing: I agree with the YouTube commenter who said this compliments the creepy, laid-back vibes of Maniac Mansion nicely.
6) Daft Punk “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”
Video game pairing: Anything that uses the Nintendo Power Pad, like World Class Track Meet or Dance Aerobics.
7) Metallica “Master of Puppets”
Video game pairing: Any battle cut-scene from the original 1987 Final Fantasy.
8) Rolling Stones “Paint It Black”
Video game pairing: Perfect for a marathon session of Tetris
BONUS: Requiem For a Dream soundtrack
Video game pairing: Something creepy like the gothic NES classic, Castlevania.
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