Sesame Street 123 (NES)

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Sesame Street 123
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Platform: NES
Year: 1988
Developer: Rare Co., Ltd., Zippo Games Ltd.

Sesame Street 123 is a math-based learning title for Ages 3 to 6 featuring Sesame Street characters and it was includes a compilation of 2 previously released games, Astro-Grover and Ernie's Magic Shapes. The game was developed by Zippo Games, with production assisted by English-based developer Rare, and it was published by Hi-Tech Expressions, with it being released in 1988.

While most NES games at the time were being handled in Japan, Sesame Street 123 was developed by famed English developer Rare. This was one of the first educational titles to be released on the NES, as well as the distinction of being the first NES title to be published by Hi-Tech Expressions.


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The title screen.


Since the game was an early NES release, the music leaves a lot to be desired.

The music was all done by David Wise of Donkey Kong Country fame. To write the music, Wise had to tediously enter the music in 6502 assembly machine code using hexadecimal numbers. He used Chris Stamper's sound driver.

The track names and orderings are taken from the game's NSFE.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Select Game David Wise 0:26
02 Ernie's Magic Shapes David Wise 0:57
03 Incorrect David Wise 0:03
04 Correct David Wise 0:02
05 Ernie's Game Success David Wise 0:06
06 Astro Game Complete David Wise 0:35


(Source: Verification from composer, Double Dare NES credits; game lacks credits.)

As per usual with most of Rare's NES titles, this game does not contain staff credits, as Rare wanted to prevent their staff from being hired by other companies. We have contacted David Wise, who has verified composing the music to this game. Wise also confirmed Chris Stamper to have programmed the game's sound driver. We have verification from the Pickford brothers that Zippo Games worked on the game.

Also, Double Dare shares many of the same sound effects with the Sesame Street games. Double Dare, one of Rare's only 5 NES games to have credits, gives credit to Stephen Patrick for sound effects specifically.

Game Rip




Ripping NSF music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game uses the RP2A03 for music and sound effects. It uses Chris Stamper's sound driver.


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Sesame Street 123 - NES.jpg
Title: Sesame Street 123
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-01-??
Publisher: Hi-Tech Expressions