Following are some SNES, N64 and GBA soundfonts I've ripped over the years. Use 'em however you want -- I don't own these sounds. Put
them to good use!
Here's some SNES soundfonts I've ripped from various games. The demo tracks I've written only use sounds from the corresponding soundfont, hopefully giving a taste of what it sounds like.
Battlemaniacs Soundfont // Battletoads and Double Dragon Soundfont - Two-pack! The two SNES Battletoad soundtracks were written by the inimitable David Wise of Donkey Kong Country fame, and I even recognize a few instruments from DKC in these. But the draw here's certainly all of the sweet rock instruments -- lots of power chords and drums that cut through. Rockin'!
College Slam Basketball Soundfont - I think it's the smallest soundfont I've ripped: only twelve instruments and almost half are percussion. The loop points might sound a bit wonky but that's actually how they sound in-game, if you can look past that though it really is a solid little sound bank. The percussion sounds great and it has a nice booming timpani.
Harvest Moon Soundfont - One of my favorite games as a kid, and the music had a lot to do with that. There's quite a few interesting instruments in this one, including an accordion and even a church bell! All in all a very unique and idiomatic sound bank.
Kirby Super Star Soundfont - Love this game. Lots of cute, fun, vibrant instruments here. I especially like the synthy instruments and the snappy percussion. And of course, if you need panflutes Kirby's always got ya covered.
Magical Drop Soundfont - Tiny and cute is the best way to describe it. The glockenspiel and toy piano are exquisite, and I really like the strings in this game. There's almost no percussion save for a solitary snare drum patch, but these soundfonts are meant to be mixed and matched, so it's no big deal.
Pilotwings Soundfont - One of those tiny soundfonts again, this time with twelve instruments. Expertly used by Soyo Oka in the original game, all of the leads are really smooth sounding and primed for melodic riffing, and the minimalistic set of percussion instruments help round things out. Also, how about that vocal sample in there? Have fun with that one!
Rockman & Forte Soundfont - Also known as Megaman and Bass, this soundfont's full of surprisingly rich synth sounds (the synth voice is a favorite), jazzy keys, and raucous guitars. Perfect for everything from high-octane fusion jams to low-key synth jazz. So good.
Yoshi's Island Soundfont - A fun, medium-sized soundfont from an excellent game (it's my favorite platformer, bar none -- seriously, if you haven't played it, you're missing out). This soundfont is my own personal spin on Yoshi's Island sound set, it's not the main one used in the "Make Music, Throw Music" compilation I was a part of. There's a few added instruments in this one and the instruments are single-cycled, but besides that they're pretty much the same. I used it in the demo video above too.
I've also ripped some N64 soundfonts. They tend to have more instruments per game, as well as having no real restriction on sample size or polyphony. Add to that the fact that most instruments are actually multisampled, it's no surprise the sound of the N64 is much different from the SNES.
Glover 64 Soundfont - The Glover 64 soundfont is huge. There are almost 200 patches here if you include the drums (and why wouldn't you?). The Glover soundtrack is one of my favorites, the drum loops combined with the often-bizarre melodies make it sound like hip hop from another dimension. And the soundfont is extremely versatile, there are tons of melodic instruments, drum hits, and sixteen unique drum loops. I love this soundfont.
Let me explain the organization scheme a bit. Instruments 1 - 46 I found in the main instrument bank. 47 - 73 are sounds strewn throughout the ROM that sounded melodic enough, including some sound effects. 74 and 75 are edits I made to try and remove some clicking in the original samples. In the percussion bank, 1 - 36 I found in what seems to be the main percussion set, while 37 - 74 are miscellaneous hits and SFX. 75 - 90 are drum loops (one of the highlights of the font, for sure), and 91-120 are instruments I manually created by cutting out samples from the drum loops.
In other words, I love the sounds in Glover so much that I omitted almost nothing, and in some cases even created sub-sounds. What'd I tell you? I love this soundfont.
Kirby 64 Soundfont - Some of the best music on the system, there's a lot of fun instruments here. My personal favorite is probably the accordion! Or maybe the array of synths.
Now let's give the Gameboy Advance a shot! I guess they sound somewhere between the SNES and N64 for the most part. For the basic GB channels seek out some square wave samples or a chippy VSTi. Magical 8-bit plugin should be enough to start with!
Drill Dozer Soundfont - This game is so underrated. There's a lot of sweet electric guitars/basses here along with your standard VGM sounds. I also included a bunch of voice samples and some SFX, 'cause why not?
MOTHER 3 Soundfont - This is a huge 300-instrument soundfont, weird and wacky and full of heart. Great instruments. <3 So many instruments in fact, that I released an entire album of MOTHER 3 jams on Ubiktune in 2015 -- links to the album and soundfont here!