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(NES - 1990)

Composer: Masakatsu Maekawa

The music for this very bizarre NES action game starring everyone's favorite martial arts movie star, Jackie Chan, was composed by the same person who did the music for the NES Dragon Spirit: The New Legend. There is a definite similarity in the two scores, so I would highly recommend this to anyone who liked the Dragon Spirit soundtrack.

  • Cherry Blossoms
    Mood/Style: Adagio, Ballad
    Comment:
    The ending music. It's short, but I really like how pleasant it sounds. I would score it higher if only it was longer.
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  • Deep in the Caves
    Mood/Style: Asian, Rock
    Comment:
    Caves, dungeons music - some of them autoscrolling. Very much like something out of Dragon Spirit.
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  • Fall From Grace
    Mood/Style: Rock, Suspenseful
    Comment:
    The final boss music. If you're wondering about the title, yes this fight is during a freefall.
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  • Heart of the Fiery Volcano
    Mood/Style: Asian, Rock
    Comment:
    Is the mountain Jackie Chan's climbing in this game actually a volcano? There certainly is a lot of lava flowing about.
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  • Kappa Rapids
    Mood/Style: Asian, Rock
    Comment:
    Going down a river and waterfalls while Kappas attack from all sides.
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  • Long Road Ahead
    Mood/Style: Asian, Rock
    Comment:
    I was very much reminded of the first level music of Conquest of the Crystal Palace when I heard this.
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  • Slippery Slopes
    Mood/Style: Asian, Rock
    Comment:
    Icy areas always have music that sounds like this.
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  • Urashima Taro's Way
    Mood/Style: Asian, Rock
    Comment:
    Sounds a lot like the Level 3 (Jungle Area) music of Dragon Spirit. The title comes from a folk story about a man, Urashima Taro, who rides to an underwater palace on the back of a turtle, because, well, this level is a palace setting where you ride on the backs of turtle shells.
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    JIKKYOU OSHABERI PARODIUS
    (Super NES)

    Composers: Kazuhiko Uehara, Masanari Iwata, Tomoya Tomita, Saiko Miki, Takahito Uenishi & Nobuyuki Akena

    Never played this game, but it contains a variation of one of my favorite Gradius songs, so here it is.

  • Festival in Space
    Time: 1:19
    Size: 1.83 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the Mechanical Base music from Gradius 3, remade to sound happier and more like a Japanese festival song. I prefer the original version, but this is a novelty if you like this song as much as I do.
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    JOURNEY TO SILIUS
    (NES)

    Composer: Naoki Kodaka

    Naoki Kodaka was a game music god.

    Music also featured on:
    Game Ending Songs Extravaganza

  • Boss Theme
    Time: 1:32
    Size: 2.12 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The hard-hitting boss theme is okay when heard in-game, but it's not as much to listen to outside of it. If you haven't heard any of this game's music, try the other stuff first and go to this only if you want more.
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  • Ending Theme
    Time: 1:25
    Size: 1.94 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Final credits and cinema scene music. Not really my favorite song in this game, though some people like it.
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  • Intro Theme
    Time: 1:07
    Size: 1.54 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This song is from the intro story cinema, and like the boss music, it works in the game, but isn't as meaningful outside of it. Though one very interesting thing to note is that the last part of it is clearly taken from the Terminator theme, which this game was supposed to be based on until Sunsoft lost the license.
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  • Level 1: Space Colony Ruins
    Time: 2:02
    Size: 2.80 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Really hard-hitting first level theme. It's amazing what could be done with the NES's sound capabilities.
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  • Level 2: Underground Concourse
    Time: 3:42
    Size: 5.09 MB
    1 loop with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the slowest and longest song in the soundtrack. It's well over 3 minutes long before it loops.
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  • Level 3: Headquarters
    Time: 1:51
    Size: 2.56 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is my favorite Journey to Silius song.
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  • Level 4: Exodus
    Time: 1:49
    Size: 2.50 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The inside of the Exodus spaceship.
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  • Title Theme
    Time: 2:46
    Size: 3.81 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The title theme is very impressive, too.
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    JURASSIC PARK
    (Super NES)

    Composer: Jonathan Dunn

    I confess that part of my reason for being able to finish this game was its excellent soundtrack. A combination dance, jungle, techno, and ambient. It's a huge departure from the symphonic movie score, but it still works.

  • Building Area
    Time: 4:07
    Size: 5.67 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    If you're walking around the overworld and get near a building, this music will take over. It's the song that's closest to dance/tencho in style.
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  • Interior Area
    Time: 3:56
    Size: 5.42 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the most different of all of these songs. It's only heard in the 3D interior areas. It's very subdued and ominous, and sounds kind of like something out of a Terminator movie.
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  • Jungle Area
    Time: 4:54
    Size: 6.75 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The main overworld theme. This is used mostly for when you're deep in the jungle, not near any buildings, mountains, or the ocean. Has a jungle beat and some ambient sound effects.
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  • Mountain Area
    Time: 4:44
    Size: 6.52 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    If you're on or near a mountain, you'll hear this song. My favorite of this game's soundtrack. A melancholy techno/jungle song with flutes and other good stuff.
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  • Ocean Area
    Time: 1:55
    Size: 2.65 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Soft, short, and sad, this is only heard when you're in the small area near the ocean and the ship.
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    JURASSIC PARK 2: THE CHAOS CONTINUES
    (Super NES)

    Composers: Dean Evans & Jonathan Dunn

    I didn't play much of this game. I was disappointed in it and I preferred the open-ended exploration of the original SNES Jurassic Park game to the generic sidescrolling aspect of this one. (Not that I don't like sidescrollers, but this one was just rather blah.) Anyway, the first level had a really good theme song, though, so here it is.

  • Dark Jungle
    Time: 5:27
    Size: 7.50 MB
    1 loop with fadeout
    Comment:
    Not bad at all, but it's the only song in the game I really cared for.
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