Saturday, 26 May 2012

Revenge Of Shinobi - Sunset Blvd (Yuzo Koshiro)

Another Yuzo Koshiro track, although I genuinely didn't realise until after selecting this track that he actually wrote the soundtrack to this game as well as Streets Of Rage. In hindsight, I am not surprised but I'm glad that his talents are exercised on this title as well.

Revenge of Shinobi was the home sequel to the original release of 1987 on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, following the exploits of ninja Joe Musashi. Released in 1989, you've got to save your bride to be and take on an evil clan of ninjas called Neo Zeed across the city. It was a straightforward platform beat-em-up with a difficulty ramp that kept things interesting (especially a labyrinth level towards the end) - all underpinned by a healthy dose of Far East-inspired dance tracks. 

"Sunset Blvd" comes up a few times amongst the levels and is a great example of Yuzo's manipulation of the Mega Drive sound hardware. I feel like flipping out just listening to this track.