You may have recently heard that a SimCity prototype for the NES was unearthed near the end of 2018. Although not 100% finished, the game (which was never released on the NES, but instead developed for the SNES) does have a full score composed by Soyo Oka, who also composed the SNES version.

Nearly entirely different from the SNES score (only sharing “Metropolis”), the ten-song soundtrack is great. Each track helps tell the story that you get to build (just like later SimCity releases), but is even more stripped-down and raw, due to the hardware limitations. It’s a fantastic precursor to what became a fantastic game series, and can be heard in its entirety below. Happy listening!

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Adam Johnson is a man of many hats. A husband, a father, a gamer, a copy editor, and a writer (among many other things), his first video game memory is of playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Since then, he's branched out, finding passion for game music, RPGs, and retro-styled pop culture of all sorts. Having just moved back home to Iowa, Adam enjoys checking out the local bar-cades, tabletop gaming, and networking with other video game enthusiasts. He has written articles on a wide variety of subjects for several publications, including, The Northern Iowan, and most recently, the Decatur (IL) Herald & Review. His growing portfolio can be viewed at