Monday, March 7, 2011

Ninja Gaiden II music is ROCKING

The Ninja Gaiden series of games is pure evil.  The level designers of these games must have been masochists to design such sadistic set pieces.  Each enemy, platform, pitfall, and obstacle were precariously placed to ensure maximum frustration.  This was an era where you got your $50 money's worth from mastering a handful of ridiculously hard levels and Ninja Gaiden was the king of such level designs back in 1990.  If you were a souless robot, you could beat such a difficult game in about 15 minutes but of course it took normal humans many many more hours to master it.  Many controllers were probably broken by pure rage form this game but those than persevered through the game were treated to entire animated cutscenes and a involving plotline which was an amazing feat.  It was one of the first games to involve ANY story on the NES! Most NES games were as simple as "you are this guy, you want to kill this guy, GO!".  In Ninja Gaiden it was "You are Ryu Hayabusa, you want Ashtar dead, GO!" but with supporting characters, a love interest, sacrifices, and plot twists! Sure it's no novel, but it was a novel idea for a video game at the time.

The point is this was a difficult but rewarding game that featured a ROCKING soundtrack. The only problem with the music is that it rocks SO hard it messes up my playstyle.  If you want any possibility of beating this game you need patience, but it's so hard to stand around to survey situations with such bumping tunes!  I had a hard time picking a track from Ninja Gaiden II specifically...that is until I found out about The Nintendo Drummer's Youtube page.  He did an amazing job covering the drums that I felt no need to include the original NES version of the song as his drums take nothing away from the original song but add new life to it.  I encourage you to check out his youtube page. He's done 16 drum covers for NES games and I'll definitely bring him back into my blog again! Enjoy Ninja Gaiden 2's music taken from Act 2 Scene 2 covered by The Nintendo Drummer!

Anyway, how rocking is this shit?!

33 comments:

  1. i love oldschool game music remixes

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  2. This was actually pretty dang impressive, nice post, man!

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  3. now the music in that game is just too awesome!

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  4. what an amazing song, thanks for posting this one

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  5. I agree about the map designers thing, that game was so frustrating...

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  6. Awesome drum cover I love 8 bit Nintendo songs :D

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  7. I love 8 bit music, I think I skipped Ninja Gaiden 2 because I can't remember that theme, I think I went from 1->3.

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  8. For some reason, I really enjoyed this post. Probably because it's so different than the stuff on my blog. I even googled Ninja Gaiden after reading it. LOL

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  9. Love the lil running guy on the right!

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  10. FUCK YEAH Ninja Gaiden 2 Rocked and that music was just epic, also HATE the freakin falcons in the game. When i finished that game i felt like A GOD. A GOD I SAY

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  11. hahaha when I played the original Zelda Ocarina of Time lately I was sucked in by the music and I downloaded it all!!!

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  12. didn't know about this nintendo drummer. thanks for the link!

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  13. Ninja Gaiden 2 was pretty epic. I guess I'd forgotten how epic the music was too.

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  14. old, but definitely better music than the newer games

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  15. Ninja Gaiden 2 was too much for my child mind to handle.

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  16. loving the old school vibe

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  17. Gotta love Ninja Gaiden 2.......

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  18. i really dig all the game music you have been posting

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  19. Dude ninja gaiden had really good music. Check out OCRemix if you haven't already I saw some good remixes on there.

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  20. I think the worst part is that I couldn't even THINK of the music until I listened to it again. All I remember was how angry that game made me.

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  21. That shit is pretty rocking ^^

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  22. That was awesome. I just found something new to subscribe to!

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  23. Great post! I'll be checking back soon! alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  24. haha true story. Even the original NEs versions are insanely hard

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  25. fucking epic drums. and i totally miss this game. it was hard as fuck last i remember.

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  26. Thank you so much for featuring my channel.

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