Video game music has come a long way from its beepy origins, and while those original tunes are classic, sometimes I wonder what a game like, say, Chrono Trigger, was released today for the first time with an orchestral soundtrack. Symphonies and orchestras have performed arrangements of famous video game songs for years now, but one of the finest performances you'll ever hear comes to us from the Orchestral Game Music Concert. Between 1991 and 1996, Japanese orchestras performed famous and beloved songs from SimCity, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy IV, EarthBound, StarFox, Donkey Kong Country, and so many more. CDs of these concerts were released years ago, but the $200 asking price for each volume on the used market is a bit steep for those of us eager to take in the culture and refinement of the "Athletic" theme from Yoshi's Island. YouTube to the rescue! Here are a few of my favorite selections from the series.
If you want more than just a taste, here's the entire playlist: