Game music of the (holi)day: Ducktales

Game: Ducktales

Song: The Himalayas

Composer: Yoshihiro Sakaguchi

Above: The Himalayas from Ducktales

Good lord, Ducktales. Disney's carefully calculated return to television animation ensnared an entire generation of kids, instantly endearing Scrooge McDuck and his entire gaggle of feathered friends to us for life. Beyond the cartoon, there was the Capcom-developed tie-in game which, as hard as it is to believe in today's environment, was one of the best titles on the NES. The gameplay, the graphics, and yes, even the music, were all outstanding and hold up today. Hard to believe the AAA dev team used to be assigned to kiddie stuff, huh?

Scrooge's journey for riches takes him across the globe, which, as you can tell, includes the Himalaya mountain range. I can't say this song is particularly wintry or evocative of snow , but it sure is catchy as hell. The level itself is covered in snow and ice, often so thick you can fall waist-deep into the stuff, so it does have that angle covered. But uh, let's not kid around about Ducktales' music - the real star of the game is undoubtedly The Moon:

Above: Holy crap, best game song ever

Above: Norg's "Harden the Duck Up" remix, which WILL rock your goddamn face off

If I had any type of superhuman powers, I would use them to fly through time and see the look on all our faces the first time we heard The Moon music. The expression must be akin to seeing the face of god, or becoming at one with all existence. There may not be a better game song in our lifetimes... or ever. If you don't like The Moon, I daresay we can never be friends.

So yeah, The Moon kinda hijacked a GMOTD post that was supposed to be about the snow level, but it's The Moon, so it can do whatever it wants. As for the rest of the Ducktales soundtrack... it's all good. All of it, everything. Not a single bad note in the game. If you haven't experience the pure joy of Ducktales, it's high time you caught the hell up.


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  • philipshaw - December 24, 2010 1:29 p.m.

    Classic Brett, You just gave me a early Christmas present with that great remix
  • Imgema - December 24, 2010 6:49 a.m.

    The Earth is billions of years old. We only live for less than 90 years. And we were lucky enough to be human kids the time Ducktales was released. And no other kid in the future for the next 100, or 1000000 years will have the chance to bind his childhood with the Moon song and have the same, heavenly, nostalgia rush we have when we hear it.
  • Mortified_Cow - December 24, 2010 5:39 a.m.

    Great stuff. The remix of The Moon is what got me through the 3 papers I had to write during finals, I absolutely love it. Excellent choice, oh, and its about time too.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - December 24, 2010 4:32 a.m.

    The moon! Reminds me of when I was 6 with my new NES playing this.
  • Genericide - December 24, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    I love this song. I can't recall, but I think I first found out about the moon (the song, not the celestial body) from somewhere on this site year(s) back. I grew up after the NES had passed, so thank you, Brelston, for introducing me to some damn awesome game music. And yes, Brentalfloss is awesome.
  • lrem - December 24, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    The Advantage has an absolutely perfect cover of Moon. Hell yes.
  • Aeshir - December 24, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I'd heard The Moon before, but remember when I first heard Harden The Duck Up as the outro music to TalkRadar 6, awwwmigaaaaah. Those old episodes are just...magical. Just no way to describe it. <33333 Boner sowce.
  • KnightDehumidifier - December 24, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    I hope one day in a distant future, when civilization finally arrives to our lunar satellite, I want the first sounds to play upon seeing the grey terra firma, is that Moon song.
  • NdIGiTy - December 24, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    I feel like I'm a better person for having heard The Moon. Thanks!
  • BlankBrush - December 24, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    should have known The Moon would be on here eventually
  • 93bleach - December 24, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    Wow i cant they talked about the moon level music and did not mention Brentalfloss...the song kicks even more ass with his lyrics.
  • kickedbylizzieinthetwuntista - December 24, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    I didn't have a system at home growing up. Love getting to be able to hear all the great old music I missed out on. Thanks a ton Brelston!
  • BoltActionRevolver - December 24, 2010 midnight

    Curse you Brentalfloss. I can not listen to The Moon with out hearing your lyrics! To spread the crazyness...
  • batmanboy11 - December 23, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Hell yes!
  • tomthespesh - December 23, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    Yes!! I was waiting for Ducktales to make an appearance on GMoTD, the moon level is definitely one of my favourite pieces ever. I can remember playing it when I was 2 and still whip out my dad's NES when I feel nostalgic. I have the a remixes of most of the ducktales tracks on my ipod and phone too.

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