30-Day Video Game Music Challenge – Day 2
Well, I’ve made it a whole two days without giving up or forgetting, so I’d say my track record is looking pretty spot on! Day 2 is “opening level music”.
Day 2 – Opening Level Music
Castlevania 3 / Akumajou Densetsu – Beginning
Composer: Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi, Yukie Morimoto
The Castlevania series is a series known for legendary opening tracks, so almost any game in the series would have made a strong contender for this spot. I ended up settling on the track “Beginning” from the Japanese version of Castlevania 3 — named Akumajou Densetsu in Japan — for being an absolute tour de force on the original NES / Famicom. It is important to note that the Famicom version of the game included a specialized audio chip which greatly enhanced the system’s audio capabilities. The western version of the game did not include this chip, and as such the audio is notably downgraded.
As a very, very close runner up, I would have chosen the opening level music from Super Castlevania IV. It’s an iconic track that made unique and wonderful use of the SNES sound chip, and was also reprised during the final boss fight as a callback to the start of your adventure and just how far you’ve made it. Good stuff.