Game music of the day: Chip n Dale's Rescue Rangers

Game: Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers

Song: Final level

Composer: Not sure... probably Yoshihiro Sakaguchi?

Above: Final level from Rescue Rangers

As children of the '80s, we at GR have a depressing amount of love for old cartoons - especially those that became NES games to further ensnare our impressionable minds. When both of these worlds collided in a colorful explosion dictated by Capcom, the results were a series of TV tie-in games that were among the best the platform would ever see. Rescue Rangers is certainly one of our favorites, particularly due to its consistently catchy soundtrack.

The above song is from the game's final level, aka Zone J. While the rest of the game's music is typical (but well made) gamey stuff, Zone J adds a layer of importance, a hint of finality that hovers over you as you play through the game's last few steps. The action is intense, the jumps are tough, and this song helped make an already kickass game go out with a bang.

Above: Zone A is energetic, hyperactive stuff

Above: Zone F has a '50s swing style to it, and has a strong enough composition that someone could weave it into a top 40 hit

The real question is, which is better - Rescue Rangers or Ducktales? As a show, and then as a game, and then finally as a soundtrack? Both weigh in strong on all three criteria, so choosing a clear winner would be tough. For my money, just deciding right now, I'd say Rescue Rangers as a show and game, then Ducktales as a soundtrack. The Moon, man!


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Game music of the day: Ducktales



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  • CanadianBeaverHunter - January 24, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    As a show: Ducktales As a game: Rescue Rangers As a soundtrack: Ducktales
  • kennytheinsane - January 15, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    Errrrr rescue rangers? Or ducktales? Rescue Rangers? Or Ducktales? Screw it Darkwing Duck was my favorite.
  • sweetzombiejesus - January 15, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    Wow, the final level song is amazing. After it was done I just couldn't stop replaying it.
  • philipshaw - January 15, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    I remember the TV show but not the game. But this music is great, I'm sure I have heard it on Talkradar before
  • fatman2097 - January 15, 2011 11:32 a.m.

  • zer0hvk - January 15, 2011 6:21 a.m.

    This is one of the best soundtracks on the NES (in my opinion), I loved Rescue Rangers, the videogame made me love them even more. I remember having such a hard time when playing it as a kid, and now I can beat it with no loves lost, it's still a very enjoyable game. Awesome tracks, Brett!!
  • AdonisX82 - January 15, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    If i did'nt already mention it on my gigantic (and multiple) postings on the Megaman X GMotD article, M.C kids is another game with an amazing soundtrack. look it up
  • tyler_14_420 - January 15, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    I'd say I prefer DuckTales for the show and soundtrack. Unfortunately, I have no experience with either of these games, but even without the significance of playing the Moon Level, I just absolutely can't get The Moon level music out of my head. It's awesome! And DuckTales rocked my socks off when I was a kid (The show, I mean).
  • AdonisX82 - January 15, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    I was just sayin the other day when you did the Megaman X (again, my favoritest game) GMotD, that Chip and Dale should be done. Lo and behold... Show - Chip and Dale Game - I'd say tie, most would say ducktales Soundtrack - DEFINETLY Chip and Dale Classic Chip and Dale show moment - Theme to Coo-COO cola, and the drinkers of it "singing" in zombie voice "come along, you belong, FEEL THE FIIIIZZZZZ Classic Ducktals show moment - Great spoken line "no nose knows like Bubba's nose knows"
  • Redeater - January 15, 2011 4:09 a.m.

    Fantastic I just picked this up recently for my nes.

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