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A special Konami video game music 8-beats marathon that deserves a listen

July 7, 2016

Back in the early days of gaming for those of you who grew up in the early 1980s, you didn't have much of a selection when it came to video game music. The technology for consoles was very new, and the most any game could dish out were mostly in the form of those beeps and boops you heard over and over. Ancient dinosaurs by today's standards.

Over time that quickly changed with the advent of more advanced computer chips, and the industry was going through a massive boom where it seemed that as soon as a new game was released, people were already talking about the "next big thing" in terms of both graphics and sound hardware.

Along with that came the need for sound improvements. With Nintendo at the helm restoring a failing gaming market that had crashed almost beyond repair, they introduced the almighty NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), and a new and better way to experience game music like never before.

Sure primitive by today's standards, but timeless in the sense that this is simply one of those precious moments in game history that can never be forgotten.

Konami has always been there of course, and with it an onslaught of incredible games like Castlevania, Contra, Metal Gear, and of course those lovable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we can never forget. But the game play and graphics were only half the game, as you always have to gave a great soundtrack to go with it right?

Right, and it couldn't just be any old music theme playing while killing the bad guys,.....it had to be something that sets the mood for the game, and fits the environment and atmosphere of it as well.

Well take a listen to this.....the 8-beats Video Game Music where you can check out not only a mix of great soundtracks from hits like "Streets of Rage", but a nice 30 track compilation of Konami NES sountrack hits from some of your favorite games in the bygone era of 8-bit music.

You will hear a familiar assortment of titles ranging from Akumajou Densetsu and Mission Impossible, to Contra and even some Crisis Force and Bayou Billy thrown in for good measure.

Well over an hour of a special blast from the past is in there, and worthy of an honorable mention at least. All in high quality stereo of course, and no other real way to experience it properly.

Which ones are your favorite? Let it be known in the comment section below.


Soundtrack time:
00:00:00 - Rush'n Attack - intro
00:00:16 - Rush'n Attack - stage 1
00:02:24 - Rush'n Attack - last stage
00:04:45 - The Goonies - stage 1
00:06:36 - Hi No Tori - stage 1
00:08:30 - Konami Wai Wai World - Fuuma's theme
00:11:20 - Konami Wai Wai World 2 - Getsu Fuuma Den theme
00:13:10 - Konami Wai Wai World 2 - Ganbare Goemon theme
00:14:55 - Jackal - stage 1
00:17:12 - Contra - area 1 (Jungle)
00:18:53 - Konami Wai Wai World 2 - Contra stage (Jungle Fight)
00:21:04 - Contra - areas 2, 4 (Base)
00:23:32 - Contra - area 5 (Snow Field)
00:25:36 - The Adventures of Bayou Billy - main theme
00:28:20 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - scene 3-1 (Winter's Here)
00:30:59 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - scene 7 (Technodrome)
00:33:40 - Batman Returns - stage 4-2 (Rescue the Children)
00:36:04 - Mouryou Senki Madara - map 2 (MA-DA-RA)
00:38:51 - Mission Impossible - stage 1 (Moscow)
00:41:35 - Mission Impossible - stage 5 (Swiss Alps)
00:43:20 - Crisis Force - stage 2 (Land and Sea)
00:45:40 - Gradius 2 - stage 7 (Something Ghostly)
00:47:47 - Akumajou Densetsu - Deja Vu
00:50:40 - Konami Wai Wai World 2 - Vampire Killer
00:52:54 - Konami Wai Wai World 2 - Bloody Tears
00:55:08 - Castlevania 3 Dracula's Curse - Stream
00:57:45 - Akumajou Densetsu - Rising
01:00:35 - Akumajou Densetsu - Aquarius
01:02:50 - Akumajou Densetsu - Riddle
01:05:06 - Akumajou Densetsu - Beginning
01:08:20 - Thankful "Super Edited" Ending

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