Make Your Ringtone Awesome With Retro Video Game Sounds
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Is your text notification the same generic sound that came as the default on your phone? Do you hear iPhone ringtones in public and wonder if it’s yours?

If you’re a video game fan, you can fix this problem in style. Video game music 11 Best Video Game Soundtracks For Studying 11 Best Video Game Soundtracks For Studying Video game music is engineered to allow you to focus while still enjoying background noise. If you need some studying music, look no further than these 11 awesome games. Read More makes for awesome ringtones and notification sounds. Plus, nobody else will have the same tones as you. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone user, we’ll show you the best places to download retro video game music and sound effects. Once you’ve chosen some tracks, we’ll review setting them up on your phone.

Game Music and Sounds

Ringtones are obviously intended to alert you when you get a phone call (if you still receive those), but they work great as alarm sounds, too. Notification sounds are perfect for incoming text messages, emails, or any other quick pings.

To download a track from these sites, right-click on it, then choose Save Link As… and save it to a folder on your computer. We’ll highlight a few recommendations from each franchise if you’re not familiar with them.


The Mario series is one of the most iconic and important franchises of all time Top 20 Platformer Games Of All Time Top 20 Platformer Games Of All Time With thousands of video games, where do you start when you want to play the best? Here's our definitive guide on the best 20 platformers of all time. Read More . Super Mario Bros. on NES made a name for Nintendo and marked the dawn of the platformer. And the series hasn’t slowed down since. Its variety of music makes for great ringtones.

For ringtones, check out Mario Mayhem’s soundtracks page. It contains links to MP3 collections of many Mario games, like Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine. Mario Mayhem also includes plenty of Mario sounds, but we recommend visiting The Mushroom Kingdom for your notification needs. It has a better collection of sound effects, plus it divides them by subject.

A few Mario highlights:

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is second only to Mario when it comes to prolific Nintendo franchises. The incredible action-adventure series blends epic fantasy stories with challenging puzzles and tight combat. Whether you still love Ocarina of Time or just fell in love with Breath of the Wild, there’s a piece of Zelda music waiting for your phone.

You’ll find all the Zelda sounds you need at Dayjo. It covers all the main series games, as well as spin-offs like Hyrule Warriors and Link’s Crossbow Training. For Zelda‘s legendary music, check out Zelda Dungeon’s music page. It even includes some official remixes and Japan-only tracks.

Nobody can go wrong with these Zelda tunes:


Pokemon got a strong start with the original Red and Blue titles on the Game Boy. Since then, it’s seen many successful sequels (including the recent Sun and Moon), TV shows, movies, a trading card game, and more. Its mobile iteration, Pokemon Go, was a smash hit 10 Pokemon Go Tips that Every Beginner Needs To Know 10 Pokemon Go Tips that Every Beginner Needs To Know Pokemon Go can be a little daunting if you're just getting started, so we've made a list of 10 things you need to know to be the very best! Read More in the summer of 2016.

KHInsider holds a ridiculous amount of Pokemon music. Choose the game you’re interested in and you’ll find its complete soundtrack. For sounds, you’re a bit more limited. There’s a collection from KHInsider, but it only includes cries for the 151 original Pokemon. For some reason, they all have several seconds of Japanese speech after them. If you want a specific sound not found here, you’re better off grabbing it from YouTube manually 18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet 18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet Video is the future, as it's now everywhere you look online. In this article we reveal how to download (almost) any video off the internet. Read More .

Any Pokemon fan should enjoy these tracks:


Sega created the blue blur to challenge Mario, and the hedgehog with an attitude gave the plumber a stir back in the 90s. Those days are long gone, as Sonic games now appear on Nintendo systems. Most modern Sonic titles don’t match up to the classics, but you can relive the glory days with some awesome Genesis music.

Sonic HQ is our destination for Sonic‘s fantastic music library. Choose a game from the hedgehog’s catalog and you’ll find all its tunes ready for download. SoaH CITY is another good choice if you need an alternative, though the music comes in How To Extract Files From ZIP, RAR, 7z & Other Common Archives How To Extract Files From ZIP, RAR, 7z & Other Common Archives Were you ever faced with a .rar file and wondered how to open it? Fortunately, managing ZIP files and other compressed archives is simple with the right tools. Here is what you need to know. Read More ZIP files there. For sounds, a user on the SonicRetro forums provided zipped files with all the sounds from many early Sonic games. But they’re not named properly, which makes finding the right one a chore. A YouTube download is probably faster.

Some of our favorite Sonic sounds and tracks are:

Donkey Kong Country

The big ape got his start as the antagonist in 1982’s Donkey Kong arcade game, but he didn’t receive a starring role until Donkey Kong Country in 1994. This masterful platforming experience created by legendary developer Rareware used (then) cutting-edge pre-rendered graphics for a more realistic look. Even better, it had an incredible soundtrack 10 Superb Retro Game Soundtracks To Listen To While You Work 10 Superb Retro Game Soundtracks To Listen To While You Work Some games are instantly forgettable. Those that are not invariably feature an excellent soundtrack. Read More to match.

We’ll visit KHInsider again, this time on its Donkey Kong page. The three original Country games are the highlight here. For notifications, DKC Atlas has collected almost all the DK Country sound effects in one ZIP.

Get your gorilla groove on with these highlights:

Crash Bandicoot

The Crash trilogy was one of the best platformers on the original PlayStation. While the bandicoot didn’t see too many great games after his PS1 days, a remaster of those games is coming to the PS4 later in 2017 2017 in Gaming: New Releases You Must Know About 2017 in Gaming: New Releases You Must Know About 2017 is going to be a big year for gaming. Here are all the game releases you need to know about! Read More . We can celebrate this with some Crash ringtones.

KHInsider once again provides the soundtracks. YouTuber Dom Gilburt’s playlist collects major Crash sound effects.

Try these on for size:


Some video game music doesn’t belong to any of the series above, but it’s so awesome that we had to mention it. Here are a few bonus tracks we recommend adding to your ringtone and notification collection:

Getting These on Your Phone

Now that you’ve downloaded some awesome ringtones and notification sounds, it’s time to get them on your device. To keep everything straight, separate ringtone and notification clips before transferring them. If you want to adjust the volume of any sound or shorten it, you can easily make those adjustments in Audacity 7 Audacity Tips For Better Audio Editing On a Budget 7 Audacity Tips For Better Audio Editing On a Budget Want to move beyond simple cut-and-crop jobs? Knowing just a few Audacity tips can make your audio-editing life a whole lot easier. Read More .

The easiest way to send these to your Android phone How To Transfer Files From Android To PC How To Transfer Files From Android To PC Need to get a file from your Android phone or tablet to your Windows PC? It's actually pretty easy. Here's how to do it. Read More is via Pushbullet Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Find out how you can keep your Android perfectly synced with your PC -- push your phone's notifications to your desktop, share files, and much more! Read More , but you can also use cloud storage like Dropbox. If neither option appeals to you, there are two other choices. You’ll have to do all the downloading on your phone or connect your phone to your PC with a cable.

On Android, you’ll need to place the audio files into the appropriate folders so the system recognizes them as ringtones and notifications. Use a file manager app The 7 Best Free File Explorers for Android The 7 Best Free File Explorers for Android There are a bunch of file management and file exploring apps out there for Android, but these are the best. Read More to move them from their current location (probably Downloads) to the Ringtones or Notifications folder in your phone’s storage. Then, go to Settings > Sound and tap Phone ringtone or Default notification ringtone to change them. The new audio effects show up when you pick a notification sound for a particular app, too. Check out how to randomize your text tone How to Randomize Your Text Tone for Each New Incoming Message How to Randomize Your Text Tone for Each New Incoming Message You probably have custom sound effects on your Android phone, but did you know that you can randomize them for every new message or call? Read More if you’d like to cycle all your new sounds automatically.

For iPhone users, this is a more difficult task. There’s no way to browse the file system locally like Android, so you’ll have to perform some trickery with iTunes on your computer to convert a track into a ringtone. Check out our guide on making your own iPhone ringtones How to Create or Import Free iPhone Ringtones with iTunes How to Create or Import Free iPhone Ringtones with iTunes You can buy ringtones via iTunes, or you can create or import your own alerts for free with this guide. Read More for instructions.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of downloading and moving files over, check out the free Zedge app for Android and iOS. It lets you browse hundreds of ringtones and notification sounds that you can download right to your device. Note that users upload Zedge’s content, so tracks might have confusing labels or suffer from poor quality. There’s lots of video game audio on Zedge, so it’s a great place to check.

Enjoy Your Awesome Ringtones!

Now you have everything you need to remove your boring stock ringtones and replace them with classic video game sounds and music. There are dozens of other games with excellent sounds, so feel free to substitute any of the music above with your favorites. Check out GilvaSunner’s YouTube channel for lots of high-quality game music if you need some more inspiration.

It should only take you a few minutes to collect several new tracks — and don’t forget about Zedge if you’d rather bypass all the manual work!

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Which video game sounds will you use for your ringtone and notification sounds? Share your favorite classic game music and sounds with everyone in the comments!

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  1. Brandon
    March 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Anyone recognize the cell phone ringer from the TV series Tabula Rasa? The detective’s cell phone ringtone. I need it!