Game music of the day: Super Adventure Island

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May 17, 2010

Game: Super Adventure Island

Song: Blue Blue Moon

Composer: Yuzo Koshiro

Above: Blue Blue Moon from Super Adventure Island

In the ongoing tit for tat between the Sega Genesis and the SNES, the latter had one undeniable advantage - a superior sound chip that allowed for near CD-quality sound. Super Adventure Island was a champion of audio, featuring an amazingly varied and listenable soundtrack from legendary composer Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage, among others).

Each song retains a tropical vibe, though this one veers to the ultra-relaxed early '90s sound, and plays while you swim through the innards of a whale (what?). Even though it's a bit cheesy, it still sounded years ahead of anything else out at the time. It also always reminded me of Duran Duran's "Come Undone."

Above is another track, this time from a side-scrolling trip through the beach. It's clear the devs knew they had a knockout soundtrack, as you could simply pause the game and the music would continue playing unobstructed. In those days, pausing usually meant everything, audio included, would stop.

One more before we go! Such a fantastic piece of work. Every single song is catchy as all hell and just floors me every time I rediscover them. Adventure Island used to be a popular franchise but since this game it's kind of died. There's Super Adventure Island 2, but that's for another day.


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  • Eaxis - May 17, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    This is great!
  • DrIntrigue - May 17, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Thank you! I always loved this game, partly because the music was so amazing. It totally blew me away the first time I heard this coming from my SNES as a kid.
  • FreddiexKruegerxinxmyxWetxDreams - May 17, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    I have this game!!!
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - May 17, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    Haha smooooooooooth. I can imagine Barry White talking me into bed over the first one.
  • Modroneman - May 17, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    Great song! Awfully repetitive, but most hip-hop beats are.
  • lovinmyps3 - May 17, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    Pretty good song. It sounds like something that would get stuck in my -- aw damnit!
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - May 18, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    I dig it.
  • ccitk - May 18, 2010 3:38 a.m.

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  • philipshaw - May 18, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    Never heard or played this game but when you said it was the streets of rage composer, I knew the music would be awesome
  • DrillurSimpson - May 25, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Ahh this one is so good. It's my favorite so far. The first YouTube video is the best evar :D

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