Game music of the day: Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge

Game: Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge

Song: Praying Hands

Composer: H. Funauchi

Above: Praying Hands from Belmont's Revenge

About a week ago, Nintendo announced it was creating a new Virtual Console for the 3DS, one that would primarily feature re-released Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. We quickly rattled off a dozen of those lost classics we'd love to see return, but one I neglected to mention was Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge. While its run and jump action and dinky graphics will indeed feel dated, the music remains one of the best uses of the Game Boy hardware and further reveals why chiptunes have become such a popular form of music.

Praying Hands is one of the slower songs in the game, but it nonetheless exemplifies how much variation you can get out of the ancient Game Boy. The fittingly morose beginning slowly accelerates into a rising melody, becoming one of my all-time favorite pieces of VGM in history. And that's just one level!

Above: New Messiah is from another early level. Much faster, more game-y and undeniably exciting

Above: Ripe Seeds was always the "main theme" to Belmont's Revenge for me

Above: And now a face-shredding version of Ripe Seeds from Dracula Perfect Selection

Konami loves tossing out re-released classics as much as the next company, so there's a very strong chance you'll see this on the 3DS Virtual Console within the next year. I'd be equally pleased with a WiiWare remake, as was done with this game's predecessor, Castlevania the Adventure. The Game Boy original was touched up and re-released as Castlevania the Adventure Rebirth in 2009 (a great remake, btw), but that obviously took time and money - why go to the trouble to remake Belmont's Revenge when there's a brand new Virtual Console on the way, one that'll allow you to justifiably release the original, unaltered game? Whatever the method, definitely give it a shot, if for no other reason than to check out the rest of the soundtrack.


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  • UltimateOwnage - January 28, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    Oh man, that's some of the best GameBoy music I've heard. So much depth and quality considering the limitations of the hardware. I've been looping this track over the last few days since the article was posted. Great tunes. :)
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - January 27, 2011 4:08 a.m.

    Never played this one. Digging the Ripe Seeds tune.
  • philipshaw - January 26, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    I have never played it so I would love a virtual console version because that soundtrack fucking rocks
  • 4fromK - January 26, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    can I suggest a GMOTD? its a relitavely obscure Gameboy shooter called "solar striker". Had some pretty awesome music. (although watching that vid makes me think it sounds a lot better on the Gamboy advance SP for some reason
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 25, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    The song is actually called "Playing Hands". You god-damned racists.
  • Redeater - January 25, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    WOW! Fuck me, I remember playing this as a kid. Oh the times I had......huddled up to a lamp squinting at the blurry monochrome screen until my eyes felt like they were going to fall out. Good times.
  • CancerMan - January 25, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    Ooh... was not prepared for something this intricate and good.
  • G0D - January 25, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    ROCK THE SHIT OUTTA DAT GAME BOI! now can we have a 3ds castlevania please?
  • batmanboy11 - January 25, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Cool beans.

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