Underworld BGM - The Legend of Zelda (NES)

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Underworld BGM
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Composer Koji Kondo
Arranger Koji Kondo
Released 1986-02-21
Length 0:19.32
BPM 90
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Game The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

The Underworld BGM tune plays in underworlds 1-8 in The Legend of Zelda (NES). It has a nice lower, mysterious sound to it that keeps a feeling of dread in the underworlds.

Listeners have noticed similarities between this song and the Deep Purple song "April". Compare Underworld BGM at around 0:15 to April at around 2:00.


The title comes from Famicom 20th Anniversary - Original Sound Tracks, Vol.1 album. The song is track 4 in the NSF file.


The song plays at 90 BPM and is in the key of G minor. It also uses the triangle channel as its lead instrument, which was usually used for bass.

Koji Kondo used a trick to make a reverb effect; by every second note played by the second square wave channel, the notes are able to overlap each other.

Sheet Music