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Game music of the day: Billy Hatcher

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Game: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg

Song: World Select

Composer: Mariko Nanba

       
Above: World Select from Billy Hatcher

Can you imagine a harder sell in 2003? A GameCube-exclusive game from Sonic Team starring a little boy who pushes eggs around while dressed as a chicken? What? Yet despite this enormous handicap Billy Hatcher went on to some moderate retail success and, while neither rising to Sonic levels of popularity nor spawning a sequel, managed to pack in enough memorable gameplay to earn him a place in this year's Sega All-Stars Racing. It also happened to have some of the cheeriest, run-around-like-an-idiot music of all time.

I have to admit, I've never played Billy Hatcher. I've actually only listened to this one song for the past five years, usually during times of great stress. If a group of kindergarteners planned a BYOB hoe-down inside a barn, this is pretty much what it would sound like. Sure it's potentially annoying, especially if you hate the sounds of children chanting "G-R-A-B E-G-G!" but give it a chance. Odds are you'll have to smile, and maybe leave this page 1% happier than when you arrived.

Here's the intro, which further illustrates how the game beats you over the head with "WTF?" Not much else I can say about it (hope you can in the comments!). I did find out there was a famous baseball player named Billy Hatcher, who I'm sure has never played this game in his life. Also discovered the composer, who largely scores Sonic-related games, contributed to Panzer Dragoon Saga, one of the Saturn's tip-toppiest games ever. Sorry if today's entry is a bit light on actual information, I just wanted to spread a bit of sunshine on everyone's day with this lovely, lovely track.

 

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26 comments

  • foxyexplosion - August 2, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    It is disturbingly catchy, I cant really see myself driving around town blasting this out of my pHat SUbz but it gives me greater respect for kids thingss
  • mastersword369 - August 2, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    More like 10 percent. Thanks, I needed that.
  • Aeshir - August 2, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!
  • PuddingKnight - August 2, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    This brought up so many strange and happy memories of playing the game, thanks GR
  • StrayGator - August 2, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    >I just wanted to spread a bit of sunshine on everyone's day. Mission accomplished.
  • mshdpotatoes - August 2, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    Thank you Brett, that song has made me smile. Now it will be stuck in my head, unfortunately.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 2, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    I vaguely recall either having played or watched Willian Hatcher being played. Looks ridiculously fun, which is something a great deal games have left by the wayside. However, I still love a good story no matter waht.
  • WaffleLeech - August 2, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Gotta say, I loved playing that game to get the stupid hard S rankings on the levels. The music is pretty great all throughout and I would highly recommend that everyone else at least try and play it. Despite the premise, it's a wonderfully super mario 64 'esque style game that surprisingly doesn't suck.
  • goochbiscuit - August 3, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    Never heard of this, but damn the music sure is fun sounding.
  • chainsawninja600 - August 3, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    OH MY GOD for some reasons i have awesome memories of this game. ALOT Of them. This makes me soooooo happy.
  • SausageLozenge - August 3, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    It kind of reminds me of the locoroco music. Excellent choice.
  • Usgo - August 3, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    how can game music of the day be so stupidly simple and yet completly awesome
  • Genericide - August 3, 2010 3:19 a.m.

    I was really disappointed with this game. But my opinion is unnecessarily biased because Nintendo Power gave it some great score and being the impressionable little kid I was I immediately wasted my request for a birthday gift on it. It was ok, but nothing great and frustratingly difficult at some points. The music was pretty good though, and the title and and menu themes almost good enough to balance out my bad memories of it. Good stuff.
  • TrigunGunner - August 3, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    Congratulations. I am now, not 1%, not 2%, but 3% happier thanks to this!
  • shyfonzie - August 3, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    Oh my goodness, this is like injected sunshine into my arm.
  • Nyukins - August 3, 2010 7:10 a.m.

    This has made me so happpy! I want to set up my gamecube now so I can have the happiest day EVER!!! Thank you Brett!
  • Ded - August 3, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    Such happiness :D I remember Billy Hatcher well! LA LA LALA LA LA LAA LALALA LA LA LALA LA
  • Ensoul - August 3, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    "I have to admit, I've never played Billy Hatcher." For some reason that struck me as odd. 0_o The game itself is pretty much how WaffleLeech describes it. Personally I really liked it, it had an undeniable charm.
  • philipshaw - August 3, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    This one of the early gamecube games that I played to death. Forgot how great the music was so thanks for sharing it Brett
  • Modroneman - August 3, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    This was also released on the PC. Song sounds like it belongs on a Saturday morning cartoon.

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