Classic Video Game Themes Sound Even Better Played Backwards

Video games like Super Mario Bros. and Tetris included some of the most catchy background music ever put on a cartridge. But would you recognize those same classic video game themes played backward?

August 15, 2017

An artist created an album featuring four memorable game themes performed in reverse, and we can’t stop listening to them. “Sorb Oiram Repus,” Stemage’s backward version of the Super Mario Bros.theme, still has remnants of the original in it. Performed on an electric guitar (or at least a simulated one) the track would quickly improve even the worst Mario rip-offs. (We’re looking at you, The Great Giana Sisters.)

“Sirtet,” the Tetris theme played backward, is easily our favorite track on Stemage’s short Retrogression: Vol. 1 album. But “Tuo Hcnup” (Punch Out) and “Snilbog n’ Stsohg” (Ghosts n’ Goblins) also deserve honorable mentions. 

What backward game themes you think would work well for Retrogression: Vol. 2? DuckTales? Mega Man? F-Zero? Let us know in the comments.


By Andrew Liszewski

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