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Zoda's Revenge

   

ZANAC
(NES)

Composer: Miyamo Shant

One of the most fantastic, yet overlooked NES soundtracks in existence (sort of like the game itself). Miyamo Shant was a master of his craft.

Music also featured on:
Game Ending Songs Extravanganza
NES & SNES Midi Conversions
Unused Game Music Oddities

  • Area 1 Theme
    Time: 0:58
    Size: 912 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Whatever happened to Miyamo Shant, anyway? He's like a god amongst NES composers, but after Zanac and The Guardian Legend, it seems he just disappeared.
    Rating:

  • Area 2 Theme
    Time: 0:54
    Size: 846 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Another great Miyamo Shant song.
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  • Area 5 Theme
    Time: 0:54
    Size: 846 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    You probably already know from my midis page that this melancholy song is my favorite from the Zanac soundtrack.
    Rating:

  • Area 6 Theme
    Time: 0:38
    Size: 905 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    One of the weirder songs in the soundtrack, but not one of the best.
    Rating:

  • Area 8 Theme
    Time: 0:44
    Size: 698 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    More great music from a great game.
    Rating:

  • Area 12 Theme
    Time: 1:00
    Size: 952 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The final approach to the final boss.
    Rating:

  • Ending Theme
    Time: 0:52
    Size: 822 KB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    Simple but memorable ending song. This made my original Top 50.
    Rating:

  • Game Over
    Time: 0:13
    Size: 216 KB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This song is only about 13 seconds long, but it's one of my favorite "Game Over" themes. The first few notes sound like Bach's "Tocatta & Fugue".
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  • Title Theme
    Time: 1:03
    Size: 1.46 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The title theme isn't one of the better songs in the game, imo. Sounds a little too "happy" for my liking.
    Rating:

  • Unused Track
    Time: 0:51
    Size: 1.17 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Several site readers have written in to inform me that this song can actually be heard during the game by using a code to change the background music on one of the stages. Since you're even less likely to find that on your own than the hidden sound test where this song can be heard, I'm still considering it an unused track. With that said, don't expect much out of it. There's probably a reason it was hidden.
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    ZELDA 2: THE ADVENTURE OF LINK
    (NES)

    Composer: Akito Nakatsuka

    I'm not really a huge fan of this game's soundtrack as I just think the sound quality is kind of ugly and the tunes aren't really as good or memorable as the best from the other games in the Zelda series I've played, but I do like Thunderbird Palace and the normal Palace theme is okay, too.

  • Battle Theme
    Time: 1:15
    Size: 1.73 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This one's rather simple and not really all that special. Those 2 weird little notes in the middle of this one always bugged me.
    Rating:

  • Ending Theme
    Time: 1:21
    Size: 1.87 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The ending theme is okay, but sometimes I have difficulty remembering what it sounded like if I haven't beaten the game or listened to it in awhile.
    Rating:

  • Final Boss
    Time: 0:47
    Size: 1.09 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The music for the Dark Link fight. Again, not really that special.
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  • House Theme
    Time: 0:30
    Size: 717 KB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I won't pretend that this is anything great, either.
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  • Overworld Theme
    Time: 1:39
    Size: 2.28 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Not a real big fan of this overworld theme, either. The notes are all right on the beat, which makes it sound rather mechanical and it gets kind of sloppy towards the end.
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  • Palace Theme
    Time: 3:14
    Size: 4.45 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I put this one up because I got a couple of requests for it. I think it's okay, and I do like a lot of the fan remixes I've heard of it, so here's the original.
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  • Thunderbird Palace
    Time: 1:13
    Size: 1.12 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The music for the final palace, aka, the Great Palace. This is the only song in this game I really like a whole lot.
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  • Title Theme
    Time: 2:41
    Size: 3.69 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    For what it's worth, I think the title theme is okay, but could have benefitted from better sound samples.
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  • Town Theme
    Time: 2:31
    Size: 3.46 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Like the overworld theme, this one is okay for awhile, but then it gets messy near the end. Some of the music in this game just carries a feeling of having been rushed to me.
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    (Super NES - 1994)

    Composer: Fox Productions

    I knew someone who had this game years ago (and actually I own her copy now) and while I never played it myself, I remember that when she was playing it, I noticed the music was actually quite good. Certainly not what I would've been expecting from the 3,000th Cartoon Mascot Platformer.

  • Beach 1
    Style/Mood: Hard Rock
    Comment:
    Most of the music in this game is done in such a similar style (hard rock), that I don't really feel the need to comment on every one. If you're curious, just download a few and see if you like them.
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  • Beach 2
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    This was the song I remembered the most from hearing someone else play the game years ago.
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  • Cliffs 1
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    Every part of the game has two areas, apparently.
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  • Cliffs 2
    Style/Mood: Hard Rock
    Comment:
    This one's really cool!
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  • Factory 1
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    Maybe they should've used this score for a more serious action game.
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  • Factory 2
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    More of the same.
    Rating:

  • Forest 1
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    A little more melancholy than some of the others.
    Rating:

  • Forest 2
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    Wish I had better track titles, but I don't know enough about the game to come up with anything good.
    Rating:

  • Jetski 1
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    If you liked the rest, this is still more of the same.
    Rating:

  • Jetski 2
    Style/Mood: Hard Rock
    Comment:
    More hard rock.
    Rating:

  • Map Screen
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    I love this map screen music! A little different from the others, though not by much.
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  • Tunnels 1
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    I detect a bit of an Asian style to this one.
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  • Tunnels 2
    Style/Mood: Rock
    Comment:
    Last one for now.
    Rating:


       

    ZODA'S REVENGE: STARTROPICS 2
    (NES)

    Composers: Takashi Kumegawa & Y. Hirai

    I seem to like this game a lot more than the rest of the world does, and here are some really good songs from its soundtrack.

    Music also featured on:
    NES & SNES Midi Conversions

  • Boss Theme
    Time: 1:33
    Size: 2.14 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    A typical boss song. Nothing spectacular, but gets the job done.
    Rating:

  • C-Island Tunnel
    Time: 1:51
    Size: 2.56 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This, admittedly, sounded better in the original StarTropics game. This is from the revisit to that game's first dungeon.
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  • Dungeon Theme
    Time: 1:10
    Size: 1.62 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The most commonly-used dungeon theme in the game.
    Rating:

  • Egypt Theme
    Time: 1:59
    Size: 2.73 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Typically catchy overworld theme.
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  • Ending Theme
    Time: 2:15
    Size: 3.09 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Not the best ending song in the world, but here it is anyway.
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  • Stone Age Theme
    Time: 1:36
    Size: 2.21 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    My favorite song in the game. This is a good way to start things out.
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