Welcome to Slightly Dark

When you were growing up in the 80s and 90s, did you play video games? If you did, you will probably have remembered some of your favorite video game music tunes. Did you ever wonder if there were video game music albums? Maybe you recorded some music to tape, CD, or your hard drive just so you can listen to them. At this site, you will find rare, and out-of-print video game music albums for you to listen. These are actual video game music albums that were published in Japan. In Japan, video game music publishing is big business. Unfortunately, a lot of video game music albums are no longer published, so we hope to bring a little nostalgia to you with rare and out-of-print original video game soundtracks and arranged albums.

Note: We do not put up any albums that are for sale by retail channels (i.e. if you can order an album from Animenation or Gamemusic.com, we do not put it up at this site). If any out-of-print album is reprinted, and we have it on this site, we will take it down immediately. Support the albums you like by buying them.

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SlightlyDark Christmas Mix Vol.8

Posted By Secret Squirrel at Tue 21 Dec 2010, 7:51 AM

I was originally apprehensive about putting together the mix this year. After 7 volumes, I didn't think there was that much left to use, and I haven't kept up with new VGM this year as I have in the past. Luckily I was proven wrong.

For those who are new, Slightly Dark is a website devoted to finding and sharing rare out-of-print VGM. In addition to that, each year we put together a Christmas album comprised of winter-themed songs from video games. While the site is basically on permanent hiatus, it would have been a shame not to continue this tradition, so here is this year's volume:


01 Once Upon a Time... [Okamiden ~Chiisaki Taiyou~ Original Soundtrack]
02 Snow.snow & snow [Mother Sounds EP]
03 White Snow [Super Mario Galaxy 2 Original Sound Track]
04 Sea of Frozen Crystals [Mushihimesama Double Arrange Album]
05 Track 05 [Tenshi no Uta 2 (PC Engine) Redbook Audio]
06 Nord Temple [Guardian's Crusade (PSX) Game rip]
07 Frozen Frequency [Dewy's Adventure Original Music Dictionary]
08 Bright Ice Snow Dance - Theme of Bing Li [You Cheng Huan Jian Lu Original Soundtrack 'Qian Que Huan Miao']
09 Frozen Moon [Akai Ito Original Soundtrack]
10 Inside a Cave from which a Cold Wind Blows [Tengai Makyou Zero Digital Remix]
11 Snowy Mt. Valac [Xenoblade Original Soundtrack]
12 Snowy Night [NeVeRossa ~Mille e una notte~ Sound Track Collection]
13 Stage (Snow Mountain) [Tenerezza ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK]
14 White Shine [Shirokuma Bell Stars Soundtrack CD]
15 Moai, Snow Field, Dragon's Nest [Quiz Magic Academy V Original Soundtrack]
16 A Cold Beat [Seiken Densetsu Heroes of Mana Original Soundtrack]
17 Snowfield Battle [Valkyria Chronicles 2 Gallian Royal Military Academy Original Soundtrack]
18 Snow Falling on Opalus [Arc Rise Fantasia Original Soundtrack.mp3
19 A Frozen Sigh -Field (Battle on the Snow)- [Nobunaga's Ambition Supreme Record Disc 2]
20 A Scenery of a Large Tree and the Time in Winter [Lovekami Complete Soundtrack]
21 COLD LIGHT [Alpine Surfer Music Masters]
22 Let Us Sing Together [The Lord of the Rings Online Mines of Moria Bonus Soundtrack]
23 Cold Wind -Genso Suikoden III- [Genso Suikoden Music Collection ~Celtic Collection~]

You can also find the first 7 volumes up in the music section:



Update: 20 Years Ago Today - April 5, 1990

Posted By Carl at Mon 5 Apr 2010, 9:42 PM

April 5, 1990 -> April 5, 2010
Three Albums Came Out Today

Album Info: Perfect Collection Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
Catalog Number: KICA-1003~4 (CD)

Album Info: Space Manbow
Catalog Number: KICA-1006 (CD)

Album Info: Konami Famicom Music Memorial Best Vol.2
Catalog Number: KICA-1007 (CD)



Update: 20 Years Ago Today - April 1, 1990

Posted By Carl at Thu 1 Apr 2010, 11:55 PM

April 1, 1990 --> April 1, 2010
Three Albums Came Out Today

Album Info: Takeda Shingen (NES)
Catalog Number: CA-4706 (CD)

Album Info: Ultraman Series (NES)
Catalog Number: POCH-2001 (CD)
Note: I don't have this one, if anyone else does, post a reply

Album Info: Cyber Cross (PC-Engine)
Catalog Number: POCH-2002 (CD)



Update: 20 Years Ago Today - March 21, 1990

Posted By Carl at Sun 21 Mar 2010, 12:29 PM

March 21, 1990 -> March 21, 2010
Five Albums Came Out Today!

Album Info: Ys III J.D.K. Special
Catalog Number: KICA-1002 (CD), KITA-1002 (Cassette)

Album Info: Akumajo Dracula Famicom Best
Catalog Number: KICA-1005 (CD), KITA-1005 (Cassette)

Album Info: Scitron Video Game Music Best of the Year 1989
Catalog Number: PCCB-00022 (CD)

Album Info: Game Boy Music -G.S.M. Nintendo 2-
Catalog Number: PCCB-00023 (CD)

Album Info: Zan -Kagerou no Toki-
Catalog Number: TOCT-5654 (CD), TOTT-5654 (Cassette)



Update: 20 Years Ago Today - March 13, 1990

Posted By Carl at Sat 13 Mar 2010, 6:48 PM

March 13, 1990 -> March 13, 2010
One Album Came Out Today

Album Info: Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest IV Guided People
Catalog Number: APCG-9001 (2 CDs), APTG-9001 (2 Cassettes)