The 15 Best 8-Bit Covers Paired With Video Games

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You wake up in a pixelated dreamscape, a technicolor world where round things are roundish and slightly jagged, where turtles are bipedal and some princess somewhere is always being kidnapped, your every move controlled by an invisible puppet master. (We promise this isn’t the plot of Gamer.) And the music, these wondrously catchy wordless loops of bleep-blorps. Never again would you hear a plucked string or a cymbal crash.

That last part is either Will.i.am’s dream or Dave Grohl’s nightmare, but on the internet it can be your reality (thanks, internet!). There’s a whole universe of 8-bit remixes on the information superhighway, so if you only wanted to listen to your favorite songs in neutered video game form, you could. Just know that most of the 8-bit hits out there sound horrible, like a haywire hearing test meets aural epilepsy.

But sometimes, SOMETIMES, a GarageBand guru does it right. Below, we’ve listed 15 8-bit hits that are actually worth your time, and we’ve paired them with Nintendo games that could totally vibe to them. At the very least, this list gives you a reason to throw that Nintendo party you’ve been putting off.

1. Lana Del Rey — “Video Games”

2. Lady Gaga — “Bad Romance”

3. Guns N’ Roses — “Sweet Child O’Mine”

4. Europe — “The Final Countdown”

5. Daft Punk — “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

6. Michael Jackson — “Billie Jean”

7. Nirvana — “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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