There are several video game soundtracks that have been uploaded (almost certainly without permission from the publishers) to Spotify and sometimes some other digital platforms. These include:
- Super Mario 64 (28 singles, 4 created by me in MusicBrainz)
- Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Zero (41+1 singles)
- Game Monsters, which uploaded the soundtracks of Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Luigi’s Mansion
- Controller Mode, which uploaded the soundtracks of Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion, Diddy Kong Racing, Kirby Triple Deluxe and 1080° Snowboarding
- Tendo Kid, which uploaded parts of the soundtracks of Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee
as well as a number of other artists.
Most of these tracks, according to the Spotify desktop app, were discovered by Spotify users through an apparently comprehensive set of about 100 playlists created by Nintendo OST – Just Damian 3, whose profile picture is a text-only image:
makes the lists,
So you can
The playlists appear to be a mixture of official and not-so-official releases. The Trials Of Mana playlist, for example, is just all the tracks from the actual soundtrack album; the developer Square Enix is listed correctly in both the C and P copyright fields, and the ISRCs were registered in 2006.
Most of the bootleg uploads can be identified by being uploaded as singles with “(Original)” or “[Original]” in the single title and " - Original" in the track title. All of the tracks apparently have ISRCs (all registered in 2019 in Japan), although at least one of them (JPGAM1956601) is assigned to two different tracks: “Title Theme” from Super Mario 64 and “Whale Bay” from Diddy Kong Racing.
Anyway, the questions I was originally going to ask:
- Is there a way to batch upload these as singles? All of the singles apparently have their own barcodes, so it wouldn’t be possible to combine them. However, each account only uses one or a few album covers for all of their singles. It takes me about five to ten minutes to create a new release manually, and there are about a thousand singles [Edit: there are about 563]. Needless to say, I’m not going to do that.
- Should the ISRCs be added? Some/all of the actual game soundtracks published by Nintendo already have ISRCs.
- Should all of the releases use the existing recordings? It is possible that the uploader(s) used different sources or manually emulated some of the soundtracks (or that the original source(s) of the audio files did so).