04 July 2012

Episode 88: Konami 2

Brent and Rob take another look at the legendary company Konami, originally focused on in Episode 23, but this time digging much deeper in to the Konami library and discovering their more obscure titles such as Mouryou Senki Madara, Wai Wai World, and Gradius.  Just kidding on that last one.  Great, great music in this episode.  Konami is one of the best companies to explore when it comes to video game music.  Find out why on Episode 88 of the Legacy Music Hour.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

King Kong 2: Ikari no Megaton Punch - Shinya Sakamoto (Rusher Shinya), Satoe Terashima (Brilliant Satoe), Kinuyo Yamashita (Yamako), Kiyohiro Sada (Charley-Sada) - Main Theme - Konami - Famicom - 1986

Crisis Force - Kenichi Matsubara, Yasuhiko Manno, Jun Chuuma - Stage 2: Land and Sea - Konami - Famicom - 1991

Crisis Force - Kenichi Matsubara, Yasuhiko Manno, Jun Chuuma - Stage 4: World of Fire - Konami - Famicom - 1991

Bucky O'Hare - Tomoko Sumiyama - Green Planet - Konami - NES - 1992

Getsu Fuuma Den - Hidenori Maezawa - Final Battle - Konami - Famicom - 1987

Mouryou Senki Madara - Konami Kukeiha Club - Symphony of Destruction - Konami - Famicom - 1990

Mouryou Senki Madara - Konami Kukeiha Club - Reparable Gimmick - Konami - Famicom - 1990

Rollergames - Norio Hanzawa, Katsuhiko Suzuki, Atsushi Fujio, Shigemasa Matsuo - The Worst is Yet to Come... (Zone 6) - Konami/Ultra Games - NES - 1990

Super Castlevania IV - Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudou - The Cave - Konami - SNES - 1991

Mouryou Senki Madara 2 - Tappi Iwase, Miki Higashino, Hirofumi Taniguchi - Homesick~Her Beloved Flowers - Konami - Super Famicom - 1993

Tsuyoshi Shikkari Shinasai: Taisen Puzzle-dama - Kenichi Matsubara, Hideto Inoue, Masahiro Ikariko, Harumi Ueko, Kazuhiko Uehara - Title - Konami - Super Famicom - 1994

Laser Invasion - Shigeru Fukutake, Atsushi Fujio, Tomoko Sumiyama, Shigemasa Matsuo - Equipment Select - Konami - NES - 1991

Dragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi Maryuu - Kouji Murata - Desert - Konami - Famicom - 1987

Contra Force - Kenichi Matsubara, Yasuhiko Manno, Tomoya Tomita, Jun Funahashi, Jun Chuuma - Level 2 - Konami - NES - 1992

Yume Penguin Monogatari - Katsuhiko Suzuki (Suzuki the Enigma), Atsushi Fujio (Sukenomiya Fujio) - Stage 1 - Konami - Famicom - 1991

Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijyuurokubei no Karakuri Manji Katame - Kazuhiko Uehara, Yukie Morimoto, Noriko Takahashi, Jun Funahashi, Tomoya Tomita, Nobuyuki Akena - Stage 5 Part Two - Konami - Super Famicom - 1994

Batman Returns - Jun Funahashi, Harumi Ueko, Kazuhiko Uehara - Meeting Selina Kyle - Konami - SNES - 1993

Konami Wai Wai World - Shinya Sakamoto, Shigemasa Matsuo, Atsushi Fujio - TwinBee/Gradius Stage - Konami - Famicom - 1988

The Lone Ranger - Yoshinori Sasaki (Moai Sasaki), Kenichi Matsubara, Kozo Nakamura (La Nakamur), Tomoya Tomita (Gorgeous Tomita), Kenji Fukui, Satoko Minami - Shop - Konami - NES - 1991


  1. you guys should have a contest where the winner crashes at Brent's house for a weekend and spends the entirety of the weekend going through secret of mana from beginning to end. this contest should be designed for me to win since I love secret of mana sooooo much.

    Every track in this episode was fantastic. Every one.

  2. You foolish foolish man! Secret of Mana is easily one of the best games on the SNES!

  3. Maybe Rob should be eased into the action RPG genre with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past first. It is much more action packed than Secret of Mana and features a lot less micromanaging.

    Another great episode guys! Looking forward to Konami part III.

  4. I love RPGs and I'm only a partial fan of Secret of Mana. It's probably because I didn't play it when I was younger but it doesn't really hit me that deeply.

    The music is great, the animation/graphics are beautiful, and the fighting game play is one of the best I've played, but the story seems to be really poorly translated. I had no idea where I was supposed to go or what I was really doing (I gave up about halfway in).

    Also, most of the bosses have a trick you're supposed to know to beat them, which is pretty aggravating when you've been grinding levels and all of a sudden get to a boss and spend half your life trying to figure out how to attack them.

    I think it's mostly just that I didn't play it when I was young. For instance, I think Illusion of Gaia is one of the best games ever and it's pretty similar.

  5. Really loving all of the nice Famicom music, Konami really had some of the best track on the good ol' Fami. I think the VRC6/7 may have some contribution to that! Especially Mouryou Senki Madara, I absolutely adore that soundtrack... Fighting human's way and MA-DA-RA are two of my favorite songs on the Famicom as a whole, the Kukeiha Club really hit it off with that soundtrack. Nice episode, and I can't wait for more! ;)

  6. Sorry for taking so long to comment...yes, Rob. I did really like this episode! :-)

    Thanks for the shout out!

    I can't remember which track it is now on here that you guys said reminded you of Contra, but I heard it too. Only it wasn't the final stage it made me think of. It was the 3D stages, the staccato'd "duh duh duh duh march towards the end of the loop.

    Also, tracks like the Gonbare Goemon 3 track and the Moryou Senki Madara 2 "Flowers" track are just the kind of things that keep me from drifting too far from center on the SNES vs Genesis thing....they're great tracks!

    Keep up the great work, boys!

    -St. John

  7. Crisis Force - Kenichi Matsubara, Yasuhiko Manno, Jun Chuuma - Stage 2: Land and Sea - Konami - Famicom - 1991

    Such an amazing track!!!!

  8. Wow, those tracks from the original Mouryou Senki Madara are SOOO reminiscent of the music from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake for the MSX2. The Kukeiha Club soundtracks definitely have an incredibly distinct sound to them. Interestingly, Tappi Iwase from the sequel's soundtrack is the same TAPPY that composed the music for the original Metal Gear.

    Gotta ask, because it was so strange...why did Rob say "Glug?" after Brent said he beat Super Castlevania IV?

    Also, Rob isn't alone in disliking Secret of Mana. It doesn't appeal to me at all.