When the Genesis was good, man was it good. Thunder Force IV and Shinobi 3 take the cake for me there. I think Sonic & Knuckles used the same soundfont as Shinobi 3, or had some of the same composers, I'm not positive though... I can kind of hear it though.
But yeah it doesn't get more metal than those two.
For NES, I'll give a nod to Sunsoft's stuff. Blaster Master and Journey to Silius, holy crap.
Many (most?) examples mentioned in this thread have nothing to do with sound fonts but are simply instrument definitions. I attribute this to the increasing casualization of vgm terminology along with things like MIDI, wavetable, etc that are almost always used in the wrong context
Post by ommadawnyawn2 on Feb 11, 2017 4:36:22 GMT -5
But to say they have nothing to do with each other seems wrong too when you can use samples of those instruments as a sound font, even if the result is not quite the same from what I've heard of for example YM2612 FM.
I guess the term sound engine or sound design could be used instead.