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Game music of the day: Blaster Master

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April 23, 2010




Game: Blaster Master

Song: Final Boss

Composer: Marumo, Kodaka and Hara


Above: Area 7 from Blaster Master

Just about everyone who was playing games in the ‘80s has a soft spot for Blaster Master. Its impossibly strange story, about a boy who follows his pet frog through a tunnel that leads to a radioactive fantasy land, turned heads even in the nonsensical NES days. Once the game begins you’re dropped in a cannon-mounted ATV that can jump, walk on walls and eventually fly, making even the playable character a unique departure from heroes like Mario, Link and Samus. But 22 years after its release, it’s the melodic, energetic music that lives on without a hint of aging.

Given the game’s steep difficulty, most of us never made it to the final boss (or even Area 7, which plays the same song). Shame, because this is a fantastic showcase of how close NES music can come to the freakish speed of thrash metal. I listen to a (sex)load of NES music and can’t recall another song that has such a furious pedal beat. Definitely great music to hear while you’re tossing grenades down the last guy’s throat.



Above you’ll find the ending music, which we actually used to close out one of our podcasts a year or so ago. As far as I’m concerned it’s among the best NES ending songs, which is a rewarding sub-sub-genre of music to explore if you’re really digging these daily game music updates A good NES ending needs to sound celebratory, but maybe just a tad melancholy because the adventure is now over. Like, truly over, because most NES games didn’t have an incentive to beat them again.

It’s also a nice song to end out the week. Cue it up, look forward to your weekend and check back Monday for another entry.



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9 comments

  • 8bitBaby - July 2, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    ooh! i don't know how i missed this post. this game is LEGEND for me and my friend Angel. so much over heated NES, from having to leave it on over night to keep playing. nice!
  • crazytar - April 25, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    When are we gonna see some Ape Escape 1 music?! That game had such an awesome soundtrack...
  • RonaldRayGun - April 24, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Good stuff.
  • philipshaw - April 24, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Never played this game because I'm only 19 but do remember loving the music when you played it on Talkradar. Great track
  • ventanger - April 24, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    Wow, that Blaster Master theme is serious thrash metal.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 24, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    I cannot believe that alot of old-ass NES tracks beat the likes of modern day ones such as Mass Effect 2's, to say these tracks are bleeps and bloops they contain so much mood. May have to start putting the odd nes track on my ipod. Love music of the day!
  • Imgema - April 24, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    I like how the instrument that sounds like a solo fades out
  • Strangleme - April 24, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    I know this might sound insane to most but I've never played Blaster Master and I really wish I had a history with it now, after listening to Brett's amazing Choice. Sweet Fuckin' Track Brett.
  • tomthespesh - April 23, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    Loved this game although I'm only 18. Never really got far though as I was playing it when I was only 4 years old. Sweet memories though.

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