Gradius III was one of Konami's first releases for the SNES and took the popular shooter franchise into the 16-bit realm for the first time. As is the case with many Konami games, it featured an excellent soundtrack by Konami Kukeiha Club, the company's in-house music team.

In its pure, untouched form it's a lovely selection of music that fits perfectly with the on-screen action. However, when retrograded to sound like it was made for the NES, the soundtrack moves onto an entirely new level of awesome.

Chiptune artist Wally Chantek has used FamiTracker to create something remarkable - and you can check out the entire album in the video below. If you want this on your iPod - or an alternative music-playback device - then you can download the entire album here.

[via gonintendo.com]