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Metal music mixes with Konami gaming for a new listening experience

December 18, 2014

Video game music is nothing new, but as time has progressed, so have the desires to listen to it rather than just music coming from the radio or your favorite band. Gone are the days of the pops, blips, and bleeps that were common with early gaming music, as it has evolved into massive orchestrated performances that fans are listening to in their cars as they drive to work or school.

Konami has been at the forefront when it comes to music, whether it's from the Castlevania game series, or a dose of Metal Gear in your ear.

So where do the world of metal meet the world of Konami? One video answers that question with a mix of the two using an electric guitar and a few popular NES games to produce a theme medley you will want to listen to more than once.

First on the list is the classic hit Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest, which was one of my personal favorite titles from the series, as it played similar to an RPG, one that that changes from night to day which altered the difficulty of the enemies. Second up was the run and gun Contra game which not only provided a strong challenge to players, but for some made it necessary to the the Konami code.

Remember that one?, yeah.....Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start. A code that is still being used in some form today in both games and even on certain websites. Next in the video is the side scrolling shooter game Gradius, which actually was the first to make use of the Konami code. The code was actually intended not to be a part of the game for players, but simply allow beta testers an easier time in testing the game.

Next up was Rush 'N Attack. Oh yeah, perhaps a game you remember from your youth if grew up in the 1980s as I did. The cold war during that time gave rise to influencing the title (Russian Attack), and the title was known in Japan as "Green Beret". Moving on to the next one is a name that needs no introduction, and that being the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Indeed, this NES gem goes along with Saturday morning cartoons like milk and cereal.

Who could forget Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, all four being based on famous sculptors, artists, inventors, and painters from history. Oh, and let's not forget Splinter, who is the mutated rat who trains and looks after them.

Created by "Ultra Games", which was a subsidiary of Konami and used as a platform to avoid the restriction that Nintendo of America had that limited third party developers to only publishing five games per year.

If you like the guitar performance in the video, leave a comment in the section below and if you have a video of yourself doing something similar, whether it is with a guitar, piano, violin or whatever instrument you prefer then submit it and I just might do an article for you about it.


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