Battletoads Soundtrack, David Wise, 1991
If gamers remember Battletoads for one thing decades after its release, it must be its downright sadistic difficulty level. A regular guest on “Hardest Games of all Time” lists, Battletoads’ drastic learning curve saw most players checking out in level three (yep, that speeder bike race). Whether mostly being famous for torturing your audience is a good thing or not is up for debate. Yes, this is one of few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-inspired products from the early 1990s that people can still remember. On the other hand, Battletoads’ punishing difficulty sometimes overshadows the game’s other accomplishments.
Amongst these is what might be David Wise’s best and most creative NES soundtrack. That’s certainly no small feat – after all, Wise scored a whopping 46 NES games during his prolific career. Of course, a soundtrack release was all but impossible in 1991. It took until 2015 – when enterprising game music label iam8bit released a raft of Rare scores on vinyl – that the Battletoads soundtrack received its belated, but very much deserved album release.