Best video games ringtones

Top 10 Tuesday: Videogame Cellphone Ring Tones

Welcome to IGN's weekly countdown of the exceptional, fascinating, educational and absurd - something we like to call "Top 10 Tuesday." Every week we'll feature the top ten games, characters, fashion statements or whatever else we can think of that in some way relates to gaming and its history. And just because it's called Top 10 Tuesday doesn't mean it's always going to be a list of the best; occasionally the list will contain the 10 worst of the worst in various categories because we like to razz on stuff just as much as we praise it. From counting down the best consoles ever to revealing the worst use of fish heads in a videogame, this is where it's at.

Here at IGN, no matter how much we try to save face we can't change the fact that we're serious nerds. As people that take their videogames seriously, we've developed eccentric personalities that reflect our obsession; we frequently wear videogame inspired t-shirts, bicker over PlayStation Air Force 1s, and some of us have rigged our cellphones with game music ring tones.

Such as it is, we present the top ten videogame ring tones for general phone usage.

10. Super Mario Bros
Overworld Theme

One of the most important factors in choosing a good videogame ring tone is to find something instantly recognizable. Obviously, the overworld theme for Super Mario Bros. fits the bill. We love the music and we'd rank it higher, but this ring tone is simply too common. Only unoriginal hacks and gaming casuals choose the Mario theme for their cellphone ringer. Douglass C. Perry.

9. Tetris
Music A

Continuing with the idea that a videogame cellphone ring tone has to be recognizable, we pick the classic "Music A" track from the Game Boy version of Tetris to fill the number nine spot on our list. It's about as classic as videogame music gets, though as a ringer it's just a bit too frantic. If nothing else, "Music A" is the perfect tone for the gamer that can't pick favorites.

8. Doom
Stage One

For a slightly more obscure yet still recognizable theme, we recommend this classic Doom track. Its sharp and simple tones work great on most phones, and the song manages to stay fast without feeling crazy and pressing. The track is also just foreign enough to not get everyone's attention—only die-hards will give a friendly nod of acknowledgement.

7. Street Fighter II
Guile's Theme

Guile's theme blares loudly from the start, making it a great noise to call attention to your phone. It's also a pretty pleasant song that may encourage you to keep your caller waiting while you enjoy the nostalgic images the tone elicits. Most of the Street Fighter II songs work well as phone ringers, but for us it's Guile's song that's most instantly recognizable.

6. Final Fantasy II
Chocobo Forest

The Final Fantasy series has always delivered consistently solid music, though most tracks are a bit too dramatic for an activity as mundane as receiving phone calls. However, the various chocobo themes have always captured a light-hearted and joyful feel that perfectly sets up a conversation with your mother about why you don't call her more often. We like "Chocobo Forest" best.

5. Mega Man 3
Snake Man

A great thing about Mega Man music is that it's almost all instantly recognizable as Mega Man music. Mega Man 3 in particular is rife with classic tracks that just bleed blue, our favorite being the Snake Man stage theme. The track begins with a startling arrangement and then moves into something more melodious. We think it rocks, and it sounds good on a cellphone.

4. Castlevania
Vampire Killer

Few music tracks garner the respect a good Castlevania tune can earn, and few Castlevania tracks are as classic as "Vampire Killer." Its punchy NES notes make the track great for cellphones, and it's easily recognizable to the sort of gamers you might care to impress. You know, if impressing fellow nerds is your goal.

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