GAMEPLAY: Classics

Jul 30, 2020

Samus Aran from the Metroid series

This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll sample music from some of the classics: games that are not only huge critical and commercial successes, but that have also withstood the test of time. 


Many have expanded into decades-long series, deepening their stories and sometimes reinventing themselves. 


They’ve been played and loved for many years, and these games keep on winning over new fans today.

We’ll hear a variety of selections from games like Tetris, Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Metal Gear Solid and much more!

Join us for an adventure on Classical IPR Saturday at 1 p.m. This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance. Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.


Full episode:




Episode tracklist:

  1. Koji Kondo - The Legend of Zelda: Suite - Andrew Skeet/ London Philharmonic

  2. Koji Kondo - Super Mario Bros: Themes - Andrew Skeet/ London Philharmonic

  3. Hirokazu Tanaka (arr) - Tetris Theme (Korobeiniki) - Andrew Skeet/ London Philharmonic

  4. Spencer Nilsen - Echos of Ecco (Ecco the Dolphin) - The String Arcade

  5. Tommy Tallarico - Earthworm Jim - Emmanuel Fratianni/ City of Prague Philharmonic

  6. Hirokazu Tanaka, Kenji Yamamoto - Metroid - Eimear Noone/ City of Prague Philharmonic

  7. Nobuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy: Main Theme - Andrew Skeet/ London Philharmonic

  8. Nobuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy: Battle and Victory Theme Medley - Arnie Roth/ Distant Worlds Philharmonic

  9. Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi - Mega Man - Eimear Noone/ City of Prague Philharmonic

  10. Yoko Shimomura - Dive Into The Heart - Destati (Kingdom Hearts) - Original game soundtrack

  11.  Michiru Oshima - Ico - You Were There (ICO) - Laura Intravia and Omar Najmi, vocalists/ Eimear Noone/ City of Prague Philharmonic

  12.  Harry Gregson-Williams - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Theme - Andrew Skeet/ London Philharmonic