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Game: The Mafat Conspiracy
Song: Golgo 13 theme
Above: Golgo 13 theme from The Mafat Conspiracy
You can keep your Master Chiefs and your Kratoses - for gamers in the '80s, no character defined badass as thoroughly as Duke Togo, the cold-blooded, manga-based assassin/secret agent who went by the codename Golgo 13 and talked mostly in dots.
In an era when the hardest heroes were power-pellet-firing soldiers with names like Radd Spencer and Super Joe, Golgo 13 shot people with Colt Pythons and M-16s (frequently through a sniper scope), drove Ferraris, had a logo that clearly included the skeleton of Jesus and invented the art of having strongly implied sex with ladies to refill his life meter.
Above: Also, his high kicks created scenes that were easy to misconstrue
Mafat Conspiracy was the sequel to his first NES game, Top Secret Episode, but nobody bought it. Partly because it didn't have his name anywhere on the box, and partly because it was an unforgiving bastard of a game with mediocre side-scrolling bits and unclear victory conditions.
Above: AGH WHAT IS HAPPENING
Mafat had one saving grace, though: its graphics and sound were a pretty big upgrade over the more popular (but stick-figure-y) Top Secret Episode, and included a more elaborate, less tinny version of Golgo's iconic 8-bit theme song. The rest of the soundtrack was pretty great, too - take this tune from the first stage, for example:
Also great was Mafat's Ferrari-driving theme, meant to stir the adrenaline of NES players circa 1990:
Let's forget about the nightmarishly repetitive 3D-maze theme, OK? The rest of Mafat's music was cool. Just hold on to that.
Jun 2, 2010
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