Game music of the day: The Mafat Conspiracy

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June 2, 2010

Game: The Mafat Conspiracy

Song: Golgo 13 theme

Composer: Seriinu

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.


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.

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  • BrushieTundra - June 4, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    Never played it but keep the 8 bit a'comin!
  • CaptainSpatula - June 3, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    wasn't this the video game that had the first sex scene?
  • BlackElement17 - June 3, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    An entertaining tune.
  • jpalz - June 3, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    I had never heard any music from this game. It's really really good. Thanks for sharing! :D
  • Maasai - June 3, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    Ah,this brings back memories...
  • Modroneman - June 3, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    I could see myself putting this on my ipod and jamming out! Cool selection.
  • SeattleSound - June 3, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    8-bit is where its at. I would like to recommend "Bye bye American pie" from Doom 2.
  • philipshaw - June 3, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    Never heard of this game but the music is so awesome, where can I find it Mikel?
  • Stahlbrand - June 3, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    Tasty 8-bit jams to be sure. Didn't play the game as a kid, but I can remember seeing the boxart at the rental place, or at least the Top Secret Episode box.
  • screwball08247 - June 2, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    I love the sound of this.
  • garnsr - June 2, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    Ah, Duke Togo. I can't remember if I ever managed to play one of the games, but Golgo has stuck in my head for my whole life anyway.

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