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Game music of the day: Castlevania

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Game: Castlevania

Song: Heart of Fire

Composer: Kinuyo Yamashita

       
Above: Heart of Fire from Castlevania

The original NES Castlevania doesn't contain a great number of tracks; there are essentially only seven genuine pieces of music from beginning to end. Yet in that brief amount of work, Konami managed to squeeze out some of the most timeless game music the medium has ever seen or heard.

Any one song, from Vampire Killer to Wicked Child to Stalker, is worth mentioning in a GMOTD article, but I've gone with Heart of Fire, perhaps more commonly known as the Grim Reaper's stage theme. It begins almost playfully, then hits hard with a barrage of notes, all of which lead up to the game's most challenging boss battle.


Above: Here's Wicked Child, another decades-old track that's been remixed countless times


Above: Oh, here's one now, from Castlevania Chronicles. So goddamn good!


Above: If you dare, here's the ultra-cheesy, lovingly dated Kukieha Club version with vocals

Castlevania began life as an action side-scroller, then morphed into Metroid-style adventures and is set for yet another re-invention this fall with Lords of Shadow. Early reports suggest it'll be more in line with the action-based classics, so we're already supremely interested. We just hope the newness doesn't come at the cost of the series' impressive audio catalog.

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25 comments

  • Bobbety - September 4, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    I don't know if you're still taking suggestions or even checking these comments and this may be a lame suggestion in other peoples eyes, but I always loved the music from The Sims and I personally think it's good if enough to be in a MOTD article... That is, if anyone knows the music from that game.
  • elpurplemonkey - September 4, 2010 8:13 a.m.

    That rap song was better than I thought it'd be.
  • Tenfey - September 3, 2010 5:20 p.m.

    Castlevania 3 is the only NES Castlevania I owned and played. I feel like I may have missed out.
  • Stahlbrand - September 3, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Castlevania musics is my GMOT everyday from Sept. 1st to Nov. 1st
  • philipshaw - September 3, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    Great pick Brett. I love all the music from this game, looking foward to the new game
  • NoiseAsylum - September 3, 2010 6:57 a.m.

    I love it!
  • xDxP - September 3, 2010 6:39 a.m.

    Always wanted to hear the original music, thanks!
  • JohnnyApplesperm - September 3, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    Rap song = pure win. @goochbiscuit: DO IT! And post results!
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 3, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    How delightfully iconic. I'm very interested in seeing how Lords of Shadow turns out, and how it remixes the music.
  • Crimmy - September 3, 2010 3:15 a.m.

    @ RonaldRayGun Ha, didn't see that one coming.
  • RonaldRayGun - September 3, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    Ready to have your minds broken Alucard backwards is... Dracula! But in all seriousness great stuff Brett. Thumbs up!
  • flabslapper - September 3, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    dude thank you so much for posting the Castlevania rap songs! I've been dying to listen to them ever since you mentioned them on the podcast (I listened to it like a month ago), I don't know why I didn't think of looking for them on youtube?
  • Lurkero - September 3, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    Castlevania should be in GMotD at least every day.
  • CaptainSpatula - September 3, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    Mister Elston. I love this GMOTD article, I visit it whenever I can. You probably get a huge load of requests from people but I'd like to suggest the music from "Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure". It's got a ton of great music in it (plus it's a kick ass game). Just thought I'd let you know.
  • grappler51 - September 3, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    <3 vampire killer
  • Aeshir - September 3, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    "I'm.....GONNA GETCHA." Oh TalkRaider 20 (or was it 20?).
  • DarkTone - September 2, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    ♪♫ Its kinda thriller...♪♫
  • goochbiscuit - September 2, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    Awesome shit, Brett. I feel like you could do a whole month of GMOTD based solely on Castlevania. I wanna take this and blast it out of my window at my Mexican neighbors who are just sitting in their driveway blasting some rap shit. It's just constant bass thudding that's rattling the house, and everyone's nearby, I'm sure. 8 bit Nintendo music is awesome, but it's fucking annoying to everyone who doesn't like it, lol. Keep up the awesome work man!
  • vadorsoul - September 2, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    Thanks :)
  • NdIGiTy - September 2, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    If we're on the topic of suggestions, anything from the Mother 3 soundtrack would be fantastic.

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