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Game music of the Day: U.N. Squadron

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Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.

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

Aug 13, 2010



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12 comments

  • neilbeforezod - August 16, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    Capcom, why on earth is my commanding officer an effeminate long-haired dude with an X carved in his head? Japan must think the UN's peacekeeping force is metal as f*ck.
  • Nupetarian - August 16, 2010 7:01 a.m.

    Another great Capcom game that needs to go to virtual console, or be updated for XBLA or PSN.
  • TastiestJamb - August 15, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    Excellent Choice! I've been waiting for this one, obviously I suppose (note the avatar). My favorite SNES game hands down. I'm still using a few of the songs for my alarm every morning :)
  • CaptCOMMANDO - August 14, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    Great pick Tyler. Look out Brett, someone else has an ear for game music.
  • MrAnthonyDR - August 14, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    Me and my cousin wasted so many hours on this game!
  • philipshaw - August 14, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    Cool song and Hard Boiled is awesome except for the awful blu-ray transfer
  • garnsr - August 14, 2010 3:45 a.m.

    I'm surprised you never mentioned it was made by Capcom. Anyone who grew up with a SNES should recognize their style of art and music, but the whippersnappers wouldn't know that Capcom used to make some awesome games that weren't Resident Evil or Street Fighter.
  • Tenfey - August 14, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    I had this game as a kid, I always played as the fat guy with the moustache.
  • NotSteve - August 14, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    I actually learned recently that this game (which I loved in my youth as well) is based on an old manga/anime called Area 88. Sadly, they are not as awesome as the game.
  • juicenpancakes - August 14, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Wow, forget about the music, the game looks awesome. I have never played this but am extremely intrigued. It looks like I will likely be making a purchase from ebay very soon.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - August 14, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    Yeah! I remember getting this for Christmas once when I was younger. So awesome.
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 14, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Oh god, it took me about 2 minutes to recognize those screens. I loved that game, it was the hardest game I owned. I never beat it, probally because I was about 5 and lacked the focus to go through it in one sitting due to its lack of a save system. Also, I lacked financial skills and always finished with crap. I wonder if it is on wiiware...

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