Game music of the day: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

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July 1, 2010

Game: Gremlins 2

Song: Level 1

Composer: Nobuyuki Hara

Above: Level 1 from Gremlins 2

Once upon a time, movie tie-in games didn't have to automatically suck. Sure, sometimes they fell short, but by and large a company's A-team was put on a licensed product. Capcom and Konami were quite good about this, and in the case of Gremlins 2, Sunsoft built a challenging, hardcore tie-in that also made great use of the property. Still didn't expect music this awesomely badass though.

Right here, first song, first level. Knocks me on my ass every time. My kingdom for a crunching guitar version of this music, which kicks off a thoroughly gruff soundtrack that clashes beautifully with Gizmo's relentless cuteness.

This song plays during the last level - which is level five by the way. It's such a hard game that they only made five fairly short levels, knowing it would take kids for-e-v-e-r to best them. No matter how many times I died, that music kept me coming back. Hell, I played it a lot just to listen to the songs.

Above: And here's the ending. Strangely serene for such a grisly finale

Sunsoft had quite a few standout songs on the NES - we'll no doubt cover more of them in the future. For now, you can check Blaster Master or hit up the Compendinarium for all the current GMOTD tracks.


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  • DrIntrigue - July 3, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Sunsoft games always had amazing music. Batman and journey to silius come to mind as well.
  • Cleanser247 - July 2, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    Good times back in the day.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - July 2, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    gizmo looks so sad
  • Modroneman - July 2, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    Hell yeah! A GREAT selection! This song is so great! Not exactly what I was expecting. That's what makes you the video game music aficionado!
  • philipshaw - July 2, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Quality stuff but it's strange that I haven't played this game despite loving the films as a kid
  • toastile - July 2, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    Damn, Level 1's good. I'm going to listen to this over and over.
  • rooster2814 - July 2, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    I love this feature. I'd like to see one on the Turks' theme from FFVII. So simple but so badass.
  • CoolBowling - July 2, 2010 4:36 a.m.

    Ahh Gremlins 2. Brings back memories
  • AnthonyGalindo - July 2, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    8-bit Phoebe Cates.
  • goochbiscuit - July 2, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    Wow, I love level 5.
  • richtaur - July 2, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    Good choice Brett. Level 1 is so catchy! SHUT UP ABOUT YOUR CAPTCHAS :)
  • 8bitBaby - July 2, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    i like the music for this game. i never played the game... but probably because i really didn't like the second movie. well... the spider gremlin was kinda awesome.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - July 2, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Nice, this song is awesome!! I've got a friend who's into remaking game tunes in a metal style I'll get him on the task.Just for you Brett ;)
  • zer0hvk - July 1, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    freaking awesome song, might even end up making the "crunching guitar" version of it. Fantastic music.
  • Aeshir - July 1, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Sounds like Monster in my Closet. [URIKEYDISCOMMENT] Captcha: sturgeon and Sounds like an excuse to post a link to
  • garnsr - July 1, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    Ah, Sunsoft, they made some damn fine games. I know I never made it to the end, maybe level 3, but that's come nifty Castlevania-esque music, my favorite sort of 8 bit music.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 1, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    Good music. Nice and eerie. Still haven't seen the movie, though. To continue the theme of old movie games, can you feature the Goonies NES theme that has sometimes shown up on the 'cast? Thanks.
  • Redeater - July 1, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    Damn I loved this game so much as a kid!

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