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Konami music comes alive through the magic of guitar strings

April 12, 2016

I don't know how many times I've said it, and no matter what it still amazes me. Fans who grew up during the late 80s and 90s remember one major aspect from their childhood. Game music soundtracks. Something that plays over and over in your head until you end up running into a wall, just because it so awesome.

Konami music is no exception to the rule, as big hits like Castlevania and Contra have made more than a few waves with many of you out there. So much so that musicians and fans alike come together to do their own special renditions of it in their own style. Guitar being one of them.

His name is Ferdk, and playing guitar renditions of his favorite video games is well.......his game. You may have seen a few of his YouTube uploads now and again, especially for those of you who move in gaming music circles.

Since Castlevania seems to be one of his strong points, we will start with the first two for that one, followed by a really cool twin guitar rendition for Contra, which I'm sure any run and gun fan would love.

As any true Castlevania fan might know, Symphony of the Night has to be one of the best of the best when it comes to the series, and has been hailed by many as likely the grandfather of all Castlevania games. This one titled "Tragic Prince", is the song that takes place once you get to the inverted castle, after you defeat Richter Belmont in his possessed state.

What can I say about Simon's Quest, except that while it did get mixed results from diehard Castlevania fans out there, it did make some waves with a few more. The change from night into day was something considered a bonus, while some thought it was annoying.

But one thing it did deliver was a robust game soundtrack that has fans coming back for more even to this day. Bloody Tears being one of them, and this rendition certainly is what the doctor ordered, and something worthy of turning the volume up. So do so right now.'

Contra is one of those games that's both hard to put down, and yet challenging enough to make you want to pull your hair out. Thankfully the Konami code came to the rescue long ago giving us all enough lives to make it to the end without much hassle.

Along the way came a fantastic soundtrack which paved the way for fans to do their own renditions, this one being one of the more special versions. It contains a "twin guitar" feature, which is something I haven't seen in a while on YouTube. Take a listen and tell me what you think in the comment section below on any or all three of them.

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