Most Iconic Video Game Sound Effects Of All Time

Video games are often remembered for the things you do in them, the areas you explore, and the sights you see, but imagine what they’d be like without sound. More specifically what would classics like Sonic the Hedgehog, Doom, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time have been like if they didn’t have sound effects? Or what if that Shotgun sounded like a spud gun? It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Hadouken! – Street Fighter 2

While anyone who was cool in 1992 was playing Street Fighter 2 on the SNES, the game shot to worldwide fame on its release into gaming arcades in 1991. The fighter was a sensation, delivering beautiful hand-drawn graphics and depth rarely seen in a game of this type.


Everyone has their favourite Street Fighter character, but many opted for Ryu and Ken due to their similar move sets (in the lore, Ryu and Ken are rivals and former training partners). Of all the sound effects it’s the Hadouken, the actual word shouted out when one of the two characters pushes a ball of spirit energy across the screen, that resonates most with players.

PlayStation Startup Sound (1995)

SEGA and Sony had been dominating the games console market for most the late 1980s and first half of the 1990s. The NES and Master System, and the SNES and Mega Drive were all people really wanted to play (despite their being a bit of competition from elsewhere).


That sound must give SEGA and Nintendo nightmares as the PlayStation went on to wipe the floor with the competition, catapulting Sony into the market leader position. The newcomer had made a machine that was more powerful and far cooler than the rest, and the boot sound said just that.


Sony has gone on to give its consoles memorable boot up sounds in every console since the original PlayStation. There’s no doubt that the first, signaling its entry in the console market, is the most important.

1-Up! – Super Mario Bros. (NES, 1985)

This list could feature tens of Super Mario Bros. sound effects, but the 1-Up sound is clearly one of the most memorable and iconic. Tied to Mario collecting a green mushroom, the tiny little jingle captures the feeling of joy perfectly.


As with a lot of Nintendo sound effects, the 1-Up has been used in loads of Mario games since and the 1-Up mushroom can be seen on clothing, bags, and more. The image has become synonymous with the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, in part thanks the wonderful Mario games and partly down to that catchy tune.

Source – Gaming Whatculture

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