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Game music of the day: Bomberman Hero

Game: Bomberman Hero

Song: Beak

Composer:Jun Chiki Chikuma

       
Above: Beak from Bomberman Hero

When you hear "Bomberman," you never think "drum and bass club music." So why N64's Bomberman Hero, which arrived on Wii's Virtual Console this week, was chock full of hyperactive dance tunes instead of chipper, melodic game-bleeps is beyond me. Frankly it's baffled me for more than 10 years. But whatever the reasoning, Hero's inappropriate music is of the N64's strongest soundtracks, and absolutely worth a listen.

The song above, Beak, is actually the game's intro theme. This plays while a goofy Bomberman snowboards, rides a submarine and flies around with a propeller beanie sticking out of his head. It's one of the most incongruous audio/video moments I've ever witnessed in a game, but damn that's some quality music.


Above: Cell is possibly my favorite track from the game. It sounds too damn clear and produced to be coming out of an N64


Above: Redial is still intensely active, but there's a happier vibe about it. Really sounds like a drum & bass track you'd hear on a legit album

So who's behind this surprisingly crisp soundtrack on a system known for its tinny audio? That'd be Jun Chiki Chikuma, who's produced just about every Bomberman soundtrack there is. Why Hero had such a differing style is unclear, but I again tip my hat to its substantial quality.

 

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18 comments

  • FaIconPaunch - April 28, 2011 6:11 a.m.

    Oh wow, so much nostalgia for this soundtrack I'd forgotten how fantastic it is.
  • Maxw144 - March 10, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    yessssssssssss. I absolutely loved all of the n64 3d bomberman games. Just downloaded the OST for this.
  • philipshaw - March 9, 2011 8 p.m.

    I think I played this back in the day but I didn't notice the soundtrack but you are right, it's fucking great
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - March 9, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    Are they even cymbals? :-/
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - March 9, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    The cymbals at the beginning of this track are reminscent of Super Mario 64's intro track.
  • KREATIVEassassin - March 9, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    I've always thought Cell sounded like a Josh Wink song.
  • Lolo - March 9, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    I second the want for Bomberman 64. I've wanted them ever since N64 died. 3DS? anyone? <3.
  • FunkyPickle - March 9, 2011 3:05 a.m.

    Bomberman 64 and Bomberman 64: The Second Attack! should be put on the Virtual Console, too. Also, Second Attack's Stage Select music piece is one of my favorite tracks ever.
  • BlindMarksman - March 9, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    HOLY CRAP! I had forgotten about Redial! That used to be (is) one of my favorite Videogame Tracks of all time! Thank you very much GamesRadar!
  • Fuzunga - March 9, 2011 1:47 a.m.

    YES! Finally somebody acknowledges the brilliance of this soundtrack. One of the most overlooked ever, imo.
  • Spybreak8 - March 9, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    Hell yeah, one of my fav osts as a kid, electro rockin out!
  • Chewrocka - March 9, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    This is awesome! I LOVED this game so much as a kid I saved up months of my allowance to buy it.
  • Robx - March 9, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Man I loved this game...didn't know it was brought back, thanks for sharing the memories though.
  • NdIGiTy - March 9, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    Wow, you're right - surprising clarity on those. On a side note, my favorite Bomberman track is probably "Area Select" from Mega Bomberman. A lot mellower, but just as enjoyable.
  • erreip199 - March 8, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    heh i own this one :D nice choice
  • talkraider - March 8, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Can anyone remove the image of a bomberman from my Bioshock 2 cover
  • batmanboy11 - March 8, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    WIN! Welcome back, GMOTD.
  • GhostofTaft - March 8, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    EYES... TOO... BIG

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