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August 13, 2010
Above: Many bosses in U.N. Squadron took up several screens
Game: U.N. Squadron Song: Ground Carrier Stage Composer: Manami Matsumae and Mari Yamaguchi
Above: Ground Carrier Stage theme by Mari Yamaguchi
Today we pay tribute to one of the best songs from one of the best side-scrolling shooters to grace the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: U.N. Squadron. We loved playing the arcade version back in the day, but it was the SNES version that really worked its way into our 16-bit memories.
The game gave you a life bar, which still seems unusual for shooters in general. Not being a one-hit-wonder made surviving waves of enemies and bullets that much more satisfying. And don’t forget the awesome weapon shop that let you spend the cash you earned on upgrades for your plane.
There are so many great tracks in this title. We even loved the menu music where you were debriefed on your mission objectives. But in the end, we’re going with the theme for the fourth stage in the desert, which ends with an epic boss fight against a huge ground carrier.
Above: Mickey Simon's name was changed to Mickey Scymon in the SNES version for some reason
Above: Okay. We’ll admit it. We really just wanted an excuse to post this video of Chow Yun-fat playing UN Squadron in Hardboiled
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