Another SNES classic – not an RPG, but part of an illustrous series, is Super Castlevania IV. In essence, it’s a remake of the first Castlevania game, in which you play as Simon Belmont. Aside from being a really awesome game, it has another invaluable asset in the soundtrack. And, having mentioned Simon Belmont, it’s his incredible theme that I have chosen for this week. It plays during the very first stage of the game, so everyone that’s played it’s bound to know it.
Composers: Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudo
Game: Super Castlevania IV
Song: Simon Belmont’s Theme
Captain Tsubasa IV was quite the pioneer in the series, introducing awesome stuff like branching scenario paths (there were 4 different main scenarios), and different weather during matches. Unfortunately, some simple things kept it from being truly great, such as the fact that aerial shots (volleys and headers) were WAY stronger than ground shots, to the point where hitting a normal volley with a player was more powerful and more likely to turn into a goal than using that player’s special ground shot. But still, the conversion of Tsubasa and company to pros was imagined and presented in a fascinating way. And, in 2-player mode, the game even featured legendary Japanese “real-life” footballer Kazuyoshi Miura, also known as “King Kazu”, or simply “KAZU” in the game. Captain Tsubasa IV also had a really good soundtrack, and I’m sharing one of my favourite songs with you today – Italy’s theme, which plays during one of the four possible final matches of the game.
Composer: Hiroshi Miyazaki (a.k.a. Sugito Miyashiro)
Game: Captain Tsubasa IV: Pro no Rival Tachi
Song: Italy’s Theme
Captain Tsubasa III was a great successor to the glorious second game. As the first entry of the Tecmo series on the SNES, it kept strictly to the “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” rule, adding some sweet things like 2-player mode. Some small shortcomings like the relatively low difficulty in comparison to the ruthless Captain Tsubasa II, less exciting story, and graphics and character art that couldn’t quite match the second game, which had achieved pretty much the maximum possible on the NES, kept it from being as revered as Captain Tsubasa II in fans’ hearts, but it was still a really good game. The soundtrack had a few gems, too, even if the composer was different this time. One of my favourites is the first Japan theme, which I’m sharing with you today.
Composer: Shake Keijin
Game: Captain Tsubasa III: Koutei no Chousen
Song: Japan’s Theme (1st)
And, without further ado, here is the second part of the list. I hope you enjoy it at least as much as the first!
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Plenty of games shape our life as gamers, and we all have our favourites – some mainstream, some more niche. But there are some games that every self-respecting gamer should know about. You don’t have to like them. You don’t have to even think they’re good. But, as a gamer, you should know about them.
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