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Please watch the first few seconds of gameplay of the following two SNES games:

  1. Pocket Monster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbPw6-Z2pkU
  2. Disney's Bonkers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaIh0Lcdhrc

They use the exact same title screen music! I suspect other games use it as well. What is the source of this song, what's it called, and why does it appear in multiple games?

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The reason for this is that Pocket Monster is an unlicensed SNES game released in September 1998, and in being an unlicensed game, it does not need to uphold itself to Nintendo's licensing standards. It stole both graphics and audio freely from many games, including the title screen music from Disney's Bonkers.

I would imagine that the same stolen music track would be found in many unlicensed games because doing so saves development time, which brings down the cost of production.

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    Not just the title music -- per your "bootleggames" wiki link, all of the audio in the SNES version of Pocket Monster is from Bonkers. For example, you can hear the same soundtrack at 2:06 in the Bonkers playthrough and at 7:33 in Pocket Monster.
    – Miles
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 4:10

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