Game music of the day: The Minibosses

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April 6, 2010

Game: Castlevania

Songs: Wicked Child, Stalker, Vampire Killer

Composer: The Minibosses (via Kinuyo Yamashita)

This week is all about real-life game bands, and without a doubt the first one that leaps to everyone's mind is the Arizona-based quartet known as The Minibosses. Active for more than 10 years (I bought their first CD in 2000, yikes), this team has become the default game band and, like yesterday's group, has fronted its share of massive conventions, PAX included. It's not outlandish to suggest that if these guys never bothered translating NES bleeps into guitar chords, the whole scene might not be as lively as it is today.

This particular song is likely the first I ever heard from them - it's a medley of the first three levels of NES Castlevania, each of which contains some of the most famous and memorable game music of all time. Castlevania has one of the richest music histories in all of games, and The Minibosses do a fantastic job adopting these songs into shredding metal. If Final Fantasy songs are more your speed, check the pre-Minibosses group Jenova Project, but be aware those files are super raw (as in recorded live in a club).

Above you'll find their equally long Castlevania III blend. Actually, that's another thing they're known for - taking 50 second NES songs and stringing them together to make a senses-shattering wall of sound that lasts several minutes, all without sounding artificially elongated. They're not as smooth as The OneUps, but The Minibosses are unquestionably excellent, and possibly the most important game band out there. Decide for yourself: their whole first album is totally free!

Game music of the day: The OneUps
A Metroid and Final Fantasy VI blend


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"Time's Scar" by Yasunori Mitsuda


Game music of the day: Advance Wars DS
"Black Hole Power" by Yoshito Hirano


  • philipshaw - April 7, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    These guys look awesome,heard a couple of their covers before but I'm definitely downloading that free album
  • DrFred79 - April 7, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    My favorite VG cover Rock Band ! The Megaman 2 cover is just awesome !
  • understudybass - April 7, 2010 3:51 a.m.

    I appreciate what these guys do and i like most of it but i have a hard time with them only doing covers. Not that i want originals or anything but i'm just saying.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - April 7, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    Dear Brettiter, I'd like to exhort you to maybe do some more obscure video game cover artists, rather than the ones everybody knows. Perhaps I am being too hasty in not waiting until the end of the week, but it seems likely that such choices would be more edifying.
  • axis56 - April 6, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    ahhhh the minibosses, i do beleive i have some metroid works of theirs, if its creditted right that is.
  • TyeTheCzar - April 6, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    You know, it would be a great idea to include more obscure game songs for Game Music Of The Day. In fact, I'll suggest one: Game: Touhou Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Song: U.N. Owen Was Her (Bonus Boss Flandre Scarlet's Theme)

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