Lesser-known Video Game Soundtracks: Magic Johnson’s Fast Break (NES)

Recently, I’ve been looking up and down lists of games to see if any of them have good soundtracks.  It didn’t take too long for me to find this gem.  Magic Johnson’s Fast Break is the NES adaptation of the arcade game of the same name.  This game featured 4 player action using Nintendo’s NES Four Score:

It’s one of the 25+ games that worked with this little guy.  Unfortunately, the game is awful.  Well, maybe not AWFUL for 1990 when the game was released.  It’s kind of unplayable by today’s standards.  There were many many many sports games released for the NES during this time.  This is just another game with no NBA license that features one particular player and slightly flawed mechanics.  If you saw this game sitting in a pile of NES games, you wouldn’t be drawn to it.  Completely unmemorable.

Luckily for us, Tim Follin did the soundtrack which makes the game relevant.  Here’s another example of a game where Tim just totally rocks out despite the fact that he’s completely not interested in the project.  From Follin’s website on the game,  “Magic Johnson’s Fast Break – I think programmed by Kevin Edwards, but I’ve no idea who did the graphics. I’d lost interest by then probably…”

I compiled the whole soundtrack into one YouTube video for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy!


Magic Johnson’s Fast Break
Platform: NES
Publisher: Tradewest, 1990
Composer: Tim Follin

0:00 – 3:36 – Intro
3:37 – 3:41 – Game Over
3:42 – 3:48 – New Quater
3:49 – end – High Score


About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

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