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A video game medley comes to life with Castlevania and Contra guitar music

August 20, 2015

After all these years of growing up with some of the best Konami games ever produced, it's no wonder a fellow fan every now and then will pop up and try out their own renditions of video game music. Castlevania and Contra have to be one of the two at the top of the list when it comes to a soundtrack that can bring the house down.

Back in 1987 when I first went to the movie and game rental store and saw both of them sitting there on a shelf staring back at me, my first impression was a rather mild one. I was somewhat war torn after years of dealing with terrible games that were released on the Atari 2600.

Indeed, after the great crash of 84' it seemed like there was no end in sight to the kind of agony that all the "fly by night" game developers had caused people like me. Then like a phoenix out of the ashes came Nintendo, and third party companies like Konami which made things great again. Sure you would still have your bad apples every now and then, but this time thanks to a quality control system put into place, we finally were getting our money's worth in the end. 

Along with great games, came great music soundtracks unlike the bleeps and bloops you were used to hearing from the early 80s games. Castlevania and Contra were no exception to the rule, and to pay special homage to these two long time running gems a man who goes by the name Ferdk on YouTube has put together a group of videos of him playing a guitar medley to some of the best of the best when it comes to game music.

The one called "The Tragic Prince" from Symphony of the Night has to be one of my personal favorites. Oh, and let's not forget the thundering tunes that helped make Contra so great. Isn't it about time for another one of those games to be made? Just watch them all and you'll see why each and every one deserves your undivided attention.


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