Sound Check 02 - Character Select
NOTE: I deleted an earlier version of this list and came back with an updated and better effort of this list here.
Working out my second video game song list evolved since its initial inception of simply selecting my favorite character select theme songs. It started off just selecting themes from fighting games, which is where this song list theme originated as. Many of my favorite fighting games had strong soundtracks with the character select themes as one of the standout songs. While I was compiling the list, I quickly thought about games outside of the fighting game genre and plucked out a couple more recalling back to some of my favorite games of all time. The majority of the games listed here date prior to 2000, though there were a few games released within this decade that made the list.
There’s other games that have incredible character select themes that I missed, I wouldn’t mind if folks chimed in on their favorites in the comments. In the meantime, here are my favorites as of August 2019. The character select theme may not be as prevalent in games nowadays, but I hope there will be few games in the future that have a kick ass character select theme. Nothing set the tone better than rocking out to a kick ass theme ready to ride with your character into action.