Game music of the day: X-Men Arcade

Game: X-Men Arcade

Song: Level 2

Composer: Fukami, Takenouchi, Nakano and Hashimoto

Above: Level 2 from X-Men Arcade

Yesterday a small childhood fantasy finally came true - a home conversion of the classic X-Men arcade game that dominated pizza parlors and bowling alleys from coast to coast. I played through it immediately (and then grabbed other GR editors to discuss it in an upcoming FAP) and found that not only did I still enjoy it, but the music was mind-blowingly fun. Never noticed that in the arcade... maybe I couldn't hear it over all the drunken fathers yelling at their kids.

As you can tell by the description, this song plays over the second stage. Grab some headphones, cuz you really need to soak in all the hyperactive nuances of this stuff - the constant rapping of "X-Men" (x-x-x-x-x-x-x-men!), the electric piano tune, the synth-heavy voices, the record scratching... so much going on! All while you bash the shit out of exploding robots! What else do you want?!

Above: The intro song is permanently burned into my brain after years of staring at the screen, praying for quarters to fall from the sky

We'll talk more about the game tomorrow, and I'm going to try my damndest to get a review soon as well, but until then I think it's totally worth the $10 asking price, especially if you've got fond memories or a group of friends willing to beat the crap out of a million bad guys over XBLA or PSN.


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  • Aeshir - December 18, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    I remember that first song from TalkRadar episode...something or other! WHAT THE FUCK MY SECOND CAPTCHA WORD IS UPSIDE DOWN.
  • Japanaman - December 17, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    You know what? The battle IS over. The battle to finally get this game on home consoles.
  • Japanaman - December 17, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    $10.00 isn't bad considering you get the Jap version which is way better. I spent a good $5.50 on this back in 1994 beating with a friend who also blew around $5.50 on it. So, a $1 less to own it? Alright!!!
  • philipshaw - December 17, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    Music is great but I don't think I'm going to spend money on a game I can beat in 30 mins
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - December 17, 2010 11 a.m.

    X-men! X-men! Go save the city but look out for welcome to die!
  • CaptainSalmon - December 17, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    Right, this was the final convincer I needed to go get it. Thank you internetz!
  • Mexicutioner - December 17, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    My god I loved this game. I remember playing this game at a crappy swap meet my parents used to take me when I was a kid. Playing this with $3 worth of quarters using Cyclops to blast through the game really stuck with me. The music, like you mentioned, never really stuck with me either, and that just seems odd. I am going to buy this when I get paid, and I am going to blast through it once more!
  • AngryScotsman - December 17, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Wolverine has some hairy biceps.
  • elpurplemonkey - December 17, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    I only got the chance to play this game a couple of times back in the day, but I recall really enjoying it. Colossus all the way. And I never noticed the music either- this track is 90's epic.
  • AnarchyZombie - December 17, 2010 7:10 a.m.

    Depression cured!
  • Sy87 - December 17, 2010 5:49 a.m.

    The game is awesome and the music gets me pumped. Its so awesome XBLA got it. Now if they can bring more like the Aliens vs Predator arcade and of course Strikers 19xx
  • ssj4raditz - December 17, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    C'mon - GET IT! Great track. I loved this game so much back in the day. Need to download it ASAP!
  • batmanboy11 - December 17, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    I love this music and this game so damn much!
  • HumorTumor - December 17, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    This music is amazing This game makes me glad to have lived through the arcade era

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