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 checkBlaster Masteror hit up theCompendinariumfor all the current GMOTD tracks.

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