A VideoGame tune, sometimes the BackgroundMusic, is turned into a huge orchestral version by the game developers. (Or, in some cases, another band.) It is not often used within the game or series and is only available online or in stores, though there's a chance it could show up in a remake or sequel, depending on the budget.

This is usually done because the game itself has limitations on the quality of the music if it is an 8-bit, 16-bit, etc. game.

The music is not always the same thing, and is sometimes extended. [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks It may also be worse than the original music depending on who you talk to.]]

Not always limited to video game music, but is rarely seen in other media.

Not to be confused with OrchestralBombing. See also BossRemix.

----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Action Adventure]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' with most songs.
** The group Zelda Reorchestrated rearranged each one of the game soundtracks. For a starter, here's the[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOAchv3GUBg Light World dungeon theme]] from ''ALinkToThePast''.
* Done with many ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' themes, such as "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5auAouxoq4 Entrance Hall & Chandeliers]]" from ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Adventure Game]]
* The original ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' [[http://www.allowe.com/Larry/musicdownload.htm theme song]] was composed for the PC speaker - which can only produce single-tone sine waves. For the seventh game they redid it as a full-blown professional jazz recording.
** The sax was played by none other than Larry Laffer's spiritual father: Al Lowe. Get the intro from [[http://www.allowe.com/Larry/musicdownload.htm#Larry7 here]], and all of the other tunes from the game(s).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fighting Game]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' The soundtracks for ''Melee'' and ''Brawl'' do this for lots of older Nintendo themes.
** Also a literal orchestra version. Several of the Melee themes have been performed by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and released as an album called ''Smashing...Live!''.
* ''DoubleDragon I'' and ''II'' both have professionally arranged OST albums. More recently, Jake Kaufman reworked several of the series' iconic tunes for ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'', including the title theme, "Arrival of the Black Warriors", "Riot", "Linda's Theme"(which gets a literal orchestra arrangement in the Haunted Forest level), "Old Nemesis Willy", "Unleashing The Ogre", and the Stage Clear and Intermission jingles.
[[/folder]]
[[folder:First Person Shooter]]
* Many tunes from ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' were orchestrally remastered in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', and the first game's soundtrack was also reorchestrated by Skywalker Sound for its ''Anniversary'' edition. The "One Final Effort" and "Halo Finale" arrangements of the main theme are especially awesome.
* The original MIDI music to ''{{Descent}}'' was heavily dependent on specific sound card models. Fortunately, the Macintosh version was given [=RedBook=] recorded music, which included awesome arrangements of several of the PC tunes. Compare the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdKZAFsCaI PC version]] of the Lunar Scilab BGM to its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRh38kgzh9g Mac counterpart]].
[[/folder]]
[[folder:Platform Game]]
* ''SuperMarioBros.'' The main theme especially gets this treatment, considering how well known it is.
** ''SuperMarioGalaxy2'' contains orchestral arrangements for the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0WnISE79mU Bowser level]] and main level tunes from ''SuperMario64''.
* Lately, the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series has been using orchestral rock mixes of the games' main themes as backing music for the FinalBoss fights.
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'': "His World".
** ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'': "Endless Possibilities."
** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'': "Reach for the Stars."
* {{Banjo-Kazooie}}: Nuts and Bolts has many redone versions of old music, including an unused final boss theme.
* The original arcade version of ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIIMonsterLair'' and its MegaDrive port had tinny FM-synthesized music, but the PCEngine[=/=]TurboGrafx16 CD version recieved a professionally mixed [=RedBook=] soundtrack, which is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome quite awesome]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Racing Game]]
* ''GranTurismo 4'''s opening used an orchestral version of the series theme "Moon Over the Castle".
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU-PV_MNKs8 A suite of the Rainbow Road themes]] from ''SuperMarioKart'', ''MarioKart64'', and ''MarioKart7''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Role Playing Game]]
* ''FinalFantasy'' games get this a lot. Square Enix has released orchestral albums of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII II]]'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', and there are several CD's based on orchestral concerts.
** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' in particular--there's an orchestral version of virtually the entire soundtrack...
** Orchestrated themes for the actual game soundtrack are pretty commonplace for the series post-VII.
** Yoko Shimomura's "Drammatica" provides another album of orchestrated versions of soundtrack pieces from Square Enix games ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'', ''VideoGame/FrontMission'', ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' had a soundtrack CD that, rather than containing the NES games' eight bit melodies, reproduced them as fully orchestrated and vocal songs.
** Tropers may know its first song, "Pollyanna," from the fact that it's the official unofficial theme song of the SugarWiki.
* OverClockedRemix has ''Chrono Symphonic'', a retelling of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s soundtrack entirely in orchestrations.
* The original soundtrack for ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' was fairly normal, but in the US release, every track was replaced with an orchestrated version of the original.
* The VideoGame/{{Ys}} series has redone several major themes in full orchestra.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shoot Em Up]]
* The fans of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'' are quite fond of making orchestral remixes of ZUN's [[AwesomeMusic/{{Touhou}} already awesome music]].
* ''{{Gradius}} V'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgPwhLPHfKg Stage 2 & 8 BGM]] begins with an orchestral version of the first few notes of "Challenger 1985", the first game's Stage 1 music. The previous games' boss themes, including the well-known [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDbGrpBZ2WM Aircraft Carrier]], were also reorchestrated for the returning bosses.
* ''StarFox'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qy5Yn5aMrI orchestra medley]].
* Russell Cox from OverclockedReMix orchestrated ''TheGuardianLegend'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QrTvNl8NuQ title theme]] as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMGax7FkevM "Naju Overture"]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sports Game]]
* The famous fight theme for ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' was completely redone by a rock band (with awesome horn section) for the Wii remake.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stealth-Based Game]]
* The ''SyphonFilter'' title theme got this treatment in ''The Omega Strain'', ''Dark Mirror'', and ''Logan's Shadow''.
[[/folder]]

!!Non-video game examples:

[[folder:Anime]]
* ''[[Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou]]''. Creator/AyaHirano and Creator/MinoriChihara actually gave the vocals for four of the songs performed ("Bouken Desho Desho", "God Knows", "Lost My Music", and "Yuki Muon Madobe Nite").
* In ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', one of Nanoha's {{Leitmotif}}s, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ysWdBTT4J8 Raising Heart, Set-Up!]]", was later updated with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR-vzNA1d0Q Raising Heart, Set Up! (The Magical Orchestra)]]". When TheMovie came, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzRnGEWmeaU another Orchestral Version of the song was created]], and one of the the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray]] bonuses show that they hired an actual orchestra to perform it along with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2UVZNqDbhU other]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnTg6PzZy9c similar]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9aDEx5gaN0 updates]] to the Season 1 soundtrack.
* [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} The Pokemon anime]] has a number of orchestral versions of music based on [[{{VideoGame/Pokemon}} the corresponding games]]. Sometimes it is mixed with rock/pop style as well.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* The original cast album of the "play about a musical" ''Say, Darling'', which had songs by Jule Styne and Creator/ComdenAndGreen, replaced much of the two-piano accompaniment used in the production with orchestrations by Sid Ramin. Ramin and his then-uncredited assistant Robert Ginzler went on to orchestrate Styne's next musical, ''{{Gypsy}}''.
* The original off-Broadway production of ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'' was done without a real orchestra, but StephenSondheim's score was orchestrated for the original cast album.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd's theme tune has an orchestral version floating around on Website/YouTube, by the fans. It was later used in his videos.
* As an homage to the Future Crew megahit demo ''Second Reality'', Remedy's ''Final Reality'' benchmark demo has a cityscape sequence with a remastered version of Skaven's [[{{MOD}} S3M]] music from the former demo.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtHJ8lFUrWI Evening Star's orchestration]] of the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' theme.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There exist quite a number of traveling productions that exclusively perform re-orchestrated versions of video game songs. The most notable ones are probably ''Video Games Live'' and ''[=PLAY!=]''.
[[/folder]]
----