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Reason: Music section describes the Nintendocore genre rather than Nintencore; in general, more distinctions to be made between the two in this page. Page needs to be cleaned up.

Not to be confused with the hardcore music genre Nintendocore, Nintencore is a broad aesthetic based around Nintendo-related media, that can be related to nostalgic and happy things. Mostly seen paired with games from franchises/series like Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Kirby, Animal Crossing, Pikmin, and Metroid.


Nintencore is most commonly associated with retro games, especially ones from the NES to Nintendo 64 eras (although others like the GameCube, Wii, and Nintendo Switch also fit the aesthetic). Things such as pixel art and chiptune music are very common tropes. Due to the variety of different genres and art-styles seen in multiple games, you could arguably branch Nintencore into multiple groups (RPGs, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros., etc.)


Nintencore music is a broadly defined music genre that fuses chiptune and video game music with modern hardcore punk, heavy metal, and various associated rock music style frequently features the use of electric guitars, drum kits, and typical rock instrumentation alongside synthesizers, chiptunes, 8-bit sounds, and electronically produced beats.

It originated out of a diverse range of musical styles, including various forms of hardcore punk and heavy metal. (The Japanese Synthpop/City Pop band YMO could be considered one of the major inspirations.)

In addition to these origins, notable Nintencore bands have been influenced by a variety of other genres, such as post-hardcore, metalcore, electro, noise rock, post-rock, and screamo.

Thus, Nintencore groups vary stylistically. Horse the Band combines metalcore, heavy metal, thrash metal, and post-hardcore with post-rock passages. "The Black Hole" from Horse the Band's third album, The Mechanical Hand, is an example of Nintencore, featuring screamed vocals, heavy "Nintendo riffs," and "sound effects from numerous games." Math the Band includes electro and dance-punk styles. Minibosses use Kyuss-inspired heavy metal riffing, and The Advantage is associated with styles such as noise rock and post-rock. The Depreciation Guild was an indie band that incorporated 8-bit sounds, video game music, and elements of shoegaze.

Some bands feature singing, such as The Depreciation Guild, whose frontman Kurt Feldman provides "ethereal" and "tender vocals," and The Megas, who write lyrics that mirror video game storylines. Others, such as Horse the Band and Math the Band, add screamed vocals into the mix. But yet other groups are strictly instrumental, such as Minibosses, and The Advantage. While otherwise diverse, all Nintencore groups "use specific instruments to mimic the sounds of Nintendo games."



  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)


  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)
  • Pokémon (1997-2023)
  • Code Monkeys (2007-2008)
  • Teen Titans Go! (2013-)