Game music of the day: Bionic Commando

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April 21, 2010

Game: Bionic Commando

Song: Main Theme

Composer: Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya

Above: Main theme from Bionic Commando

Until very recently, Bionic Commando was one of those long-lost franchises that held a lot of promise but just never made it to the big time. Today, we've got sequels and remakes aplenty, though it all still goes back to the NES original.

The original soundtrack is filled with typical Capcom excellence, though nothing matches the song played during the game's first level. It's something like a military march mixed with the grandest symphony ever constructed, suggesting you're on a serious life-or-death mission behind enemy lines, but oh man, are you in for a high-flying adventure.

Above: The Rearmed remix

This 8-bit classic saw a fairly shitty follow-up on Game Boy Color in 1999, and after that fell into oblivion it looked like the BC series was gone for good. Then, against all hope, came 2008's Bionic Commando Rearmed, possibly the best retro-remake of all time. It kept the same rock-solid gameplay but added cutting edge graphics and a stunning remixed soundtrack from Simon Viklund. Above is the main theme remixed, and below is another track from Rearmed.

Above: Power Plant from Rearmed, a staggering achievement in sound

On a personal note, I loved Rearmed so much that I hassled Capcom about its fake bionic arm long for months on end. Eventually, in December 2008, they finally let me borrow it and dick around with it in San Francisco.

Above: You can't imagine the amount of paperwork involved in this

Just this week Rearmed 2 was announced. Naturally I'm stoked, and with Viklund back at the helm, I'm certain there'll be another soundtrack to floor me in 2011. Until then, check out his work in the recently released Final Fight: Double Impact.


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  • elpurplemonkey - April 22, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    Wife arm?
  • philipshaw - April 22, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Never played the original Bionic Commando but BC:R was great and the soundtrack was bad ass!
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 22, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    Never played any, but I have the Remixed soundtrack on my Zune, and it's constantly in use. I love the Power plant theme.
  • RebornKusabi - April 22, 2010 2 a.m.

    Holy hell, Simon Viklund is doing the music for the sequel! I take back what I said in another posting, I can't wait for the next Bionic Commando! Off-Topic: I actually downloaded the entire soundtrack from iTunes and listen to it constantly ; )
  • rafa_slash - April 21, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    you wrote the first paragraph twice, to be honest i dont know why I was reading the text instead of listening to the music
  • lovinmyps3 - April 21, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    The Power Plant Rearmed sounds like something Lady Gaga would use, only without the shitty lyrics to go with it.
  • squidhead442 - April 21, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Perfect choice! I love all of these songs so much. The old ones take me back to being young and the new ones are just plain awesome. They sound great with my sound system!
  • WonsAuto - April 21, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    I love the BC:R soundtrack, and absolutely love the Power Plant track. I need to put it all on my phone ASAP.
  • ventanger - April 21, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    That last video is hilarious "Be cool guys! It's just my bionic arm!"
  • Strangleme - April 21, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Wow!! Awesome video with that sick Bionic arm!!
  • Strangleme - April 21, 2010 9:01 p.m.

  • FartsOnMilk - April 21, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    The first time I heard the "Area 1" music, it blew my young mind. The music for BC has always stuck with me alongside the music from Contra

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