The 8-bit and 16-bit games of yesteryear were particularly skilled at worming their way into your brains with their music. Few video game tunes are as widely known and instantly recognizable as Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. theme. The most popular and common genre of the era was the side-scrolling platformer, and each of the various kinds of levels in that type of game had its own musical feel.
That’s one way to think about this fantastic video from YouTuber Seth Everman, which goes through a wide variety of musical motifs such as "menu theme," "water level (that everyone hates)" and "racing mini-game." Everman did a spectacular job of capturing various styles of music, from the soft, stage-setting synths of "unskippable cutscene" to the end-credits sequence, which subtly restates the theme from the menu music.
Everman’s "music genre: video game" is a wonderful trip through old-school video game music in just 101 seconds — despite that confounded complicated puzzle.