This week’s music comes from another Technos arcade hit from back in the day, called Xain’d Sleena, or Solar Warrior. While my awesome friend and namesake Vlado has very fond memories of it, I unfortunately wasn’t that good at it. Still, some of the music was quite awesome. Shame I can’t find the name of the composer – if anyone knows it, drop a comment.
In the good old days, the good old arcade cabinets ate quite a few of my coins… And, naturally, the beat ’em up genre was flourishing. I’ve already mentioned my love for The Punisher back then, but the true classic of the genre I first got the chance to experience was Technos’ Double Dragon. The first stage theme is one of the many memorable things about this rather clunky, but highly entertaining and extremely important game. And here it is, Arrival of the Black Warriors. The arranged version is also worth checking out, easy to find that one on YouTube.
Composer: Kazunaka Yamane Game: Double Dragon Song: The City Slums (Arrival of the Black Warriors)
In line with my most recent review, the second video game music of the week is from an 8-bit classic. It’s the title screen theme from the excellent team fighting game Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu, one of the amazing Nekketsu/Kunio games from Technos – my favourite series on the NES and still among my favourites even today. 8-bit music can be very impressive with how much composers have achieved with the extremely limited sound chip capacity available.
Composer: Kazuo Sawa Game: Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu Song: Title Screen