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Game music of the day: Dark Wizard

Game: Dark Wizard

Song: Armer IX's theme

Composer: Jun Senoue

       
Above: Armer IX's theme from Dark Wizard

Even though you've likely never heard of Dark Wizard, there's a damn good chance you know its composer. Jun Senoue brought us Sonic 3, Sonic Adventure and is currently working on Sonic 4, but before he devoted himself to Sonic he whipped up a remarkably strong classical score for this long-forgotten Sega CD title.

Dark Wizard was a hex-based strategy game with four playable characters. Each had his or her own theme music that would play endlessly as you moved your units around, so by the time you finished the campaign you had that song burned into your brain. While I mostly played Krystal (the girl above), Armer IX's theme stuck out the most. It was also unique at the time to have orchestral sounds in a game instead of the usual bleeps - and while I love my bleeps, a change is always welcome. Especially here, as it made the Lord of the Rings-esque battles feel all the more important.


Above: The villains all had their own themes as well. Give 'em a listen!


Above: The cutscenes, however, are usual early-'90s fare. Watch for a good laugh and be thankful for how far we've come

Dark Wizard is still a well-made SRPG and has tons of side stuff to do in between the hours-long battles, but the hurdles before you are great. You'd have to find a Sega CD, plus a copy of the game, plus have enough space for save data, plus tons of time to really do the game justice. Oh, I HEAR there are easier ways to play old games like this but heavens me, I just don't know how you'd go about it!

Seriously though, if you love Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, Advance Wars, anything like that, Dark Wizard is a valid (though old-school in the potentially negative sense) option.

 

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20 comments

  • JenosIdanian - September 30, 2010 1 p.m.

    This sounds very similar to John Williams's Superman Theme. At least the beginning does.
  • Cleanser247 - September 16, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Very cool Brett! Good choice.
  • elpurplemonkey - September 16, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    Now I just want to go on an adventure!
  • philipshaw - September 15, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    That was cool music as always Brett, never had a sega CD because I was only 3 when it came out
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 15, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    I care! Keep it up Brett, your features get me through my homework!
  • Alroos13 - September 15, 2010 6:16 a.m.

    Another semi-obscure title I missed... Thanks again Brett. I promise I'm listenng every day. Trying to do a better job of posting...
  • goochbiscuit - September 15, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    I care, Brett. I care.
  • SenatorPepper - September 15, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    I love the Velonese theme. It's really quite spooky. Recaptcha: stunt-and-quip lateitre
  • may.be.vital - September 15, 2010 3:34 a.m.

    Kinda makes me think of the Back to the Future theme. Sick song though
  • richtaur - September 15, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    This takes me way back …
  • batmanboy11 - September 15, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Cool beans.
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 15, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    I remember this from the podcast a long time ago. It's a tad generic, but probably because so many others have emulated it. And Brett's right, please stop clogging the comments with your suggestions, respond to the actual post.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 15, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    Still better to message me directly for requests. I'll get to them!
  • Metroidhunter32 - September 15, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    Oh, so all we have to do is put suggestions on these pages? Silly me, I sent a message straight to you Brett. I'll repost it here. Metal Gear 2, the original, not solid. Select list is... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n8m4j7MKAs&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF_QgTHQxWc&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVS_IhkOj50 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnaELXyRhZo&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCZSrHc2W2E&feature=related
  • norwegiankingofnames - September 15, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    that whole emulator thing was aimed at chris...
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 15, 2010 1 a.m.

    *I* don't use emulators, dear me no! (This is strangely true, as I have some idiotic aversion to convenience.) I've played to the end of Fire Emblem GBA and halfway through Sacred Stones, and like them both. I'll follow up on your suggestions for FE GMOTD at some point, promise!
  • norwegiankingofnames - September 15, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    if you guys like advance wars so much then play the GBA fire emblems! and play them all the way through not just till chapter ten then give up. you admit you use emulators so please just play them( i want someone on talkradar to have)
  • norwegiankingofnames - September 15, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    games radar realy needs to do a fire emblem for game music of the day here are some good songs. there are plenty more. excpecialy knight's oath. http://tindeck.com/listen/zvoe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWo-azI6eL0&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojjk5DAqdGI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOOq3CaRLqE&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NInPPas8dsc&feature=related i don't know if i love these just because of the nostalgia, but i hope you can enjoy them half as much as i do.
  • Hydrohs - September 15, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    I never played this, but I care, Brett! That is some really good music. And as a fan of all the games you listed I feel I need to try this. And I just may know those other methods you... mentioned.
  • KREATIVEassassin - September 15, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    Whoooooo, shit! Dark Wizard is the best!

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