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Game music of the day: Journey to Silius

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Game: Journey to Silius

Song: Level 2

Composer: Nobuyuki, Marumo, N. Kodaka, About SS, MaboChan

       
Above: Level 2 from Journey to Silius

Never heard of Journey to Silius? Not surprised. It wasn't a hit when it first released on the NES, and publisher/developer Sunsoft did little to keep it in the minds of gamers beyond that initial launch period. Bit of a shame, really, as it boasts some unusually rockin' music that utilizes the NES' meager capabilites to great effect. This isn't unusual for Sunsoft though - the previously featured Blaster Master and Gremlins 2 were equally badass.

But this song, taken from the game's second level, really gets the point across. It's less beepy game music and more like an 8-bit lament playing over a dreary, rainswept street. The crunchy beat makes way for a soaring lead guitar-ish sound, as if yelling out in protest over some kind of wrongdoing. In this case, the hero's father has been killed, and it's up to him to run through a very Contra-like game to make the bad guys pay.

Slowing things down is the credits music, which ranks quite high on my personal list of NES ending songs (a thrilling list, believe me). So somber, so final. Perfect ending music in every way. Listen to this and really soak up the image up top. Once you're done with that, really take note of the names rolling through the credits. It was pretty common back then for credits to be filled with nonsense names, but Silius has some of the best - Sleepy K, North-River and About. SS really came together on this one.

Fun fact! Journey to Silius began its life as a Terminator game, but somewhere between the 1989 reveal in Nintendo Power (above) and the game's 1990 release, Sunsoft lost the rights and had to re-think the entire game. Interesting to some, perhaps, but the larger point is how rampantly Japanese developers were making games based on R-Rated US films. Robocop, Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Friday the 13th and plenty more all had games aimed at 10-year-olds, years before the ESRB was even a drop of thought-sperm in someone's brain-balls. Won't someone think of the children? They did - and made a ton of money off 'em.

 

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14 comments

  • DrIntrigue - August 10, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    Ah, I remember this game well, especially for the music. Thanks for featuring it, it deserves to be remembered.
  • philipshaw - August 6, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    Never heard of the game but them are some rocking beats
  • goochbiscuit - August 6, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    Dude this music is bitchin'.
  • HumanMeatPuppet - August 6, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    I just beat that game after i found my NES yesterday!
  • Tenfey - August 6, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    The title screen and level 1 music from this game ball completely and utterly out of control.
  • 8bitBaby - August 5, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    i can't believe this one went under my radar. AND it was originally supposed to be terminator?! i gotta play this NOW. lol@thought-sperm in someone's brain-balls.
  • richtaur - August 5, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    OverLooked ReMiX did a parody of this soundtrack: http://silius.olremix.org/songs.html
  • garnsr - August 5, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    Where did Sunsoft go? They made some great games on the NES, with great music, and had the first non-Sega game on Genesis (I think that's how it went) with Batman, then I can't remember anything else they did on 16-bit machines. Pity.
  • Strangleme - August 5, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    SHIT!!! I meant If!!
  • Strangleme - August 5, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    Great choice Brett. I actually never heard of this game. aif it would of been released as The Terminator, I would of definitely had it.
  • varin_omega - August 5, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    At last, someone put this classic on the table! But to be sincere, the song for the first level is a lot better. Sunsoft always have really good music in the NES era (fester quest, and batman are other examples, like the AVGN said)
  • juicenpancakes - August 5, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Ahhhh!! That ending music sounds exactly like another song! I've listened to it about 15 times now, trying to pinpoint it. This is driving me insane. Please, can anyone help me out? I can't stop thinking about it. I think it was a 90's song that had a tie-in to a movie. The title is on the tip of my damn tongue. It's fantastic music, but I'd love to have a Seth Killian moment of revealing that one ripped off the other.
  • grappler51 - August 5, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    Woah, there was an article about this game in the new Nintendo Power! I like the first song a lot.
  • WillisTron - August 5, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Very interesting

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