Video Game Music of the Week - 43

The Revenge of Shinobi (Sega Mega Drive)


The Shinobi, Make Me Dance, The Dark City, My Lover

Yuzo Koshiro

The Revenge of Shinobi was the first Shinobi game to be released on the Sega Mega-Drive/Genesis during the early years of the console. The early years of the series provided a very memorable gaming experience, not only in its side-scrolling gameplay, but its unique moments such as its ninja-star shooting segments. The music in The Revenge of Shinobi is outstanding and it’s really something that stood out when the game was originally released in 1989.

The Shinobi
Hands down one of the most memorable tracks from The Revenge of Shinobi. The Shinobi is fast paced, very exciting and it really does define the early and golden years of the series. The track begins with a fast paced melody that mellows out just that small amount, which keeps the song constant but helps define it in a really engaging way.

Make Me Dance
This song has a funky trait to it thanks to its offbeat and addictive bass line. The melody chimes in at what seems to be random points in the track and disappears quickly, only to return again. This musical effect helps in delivering to the player the overall revenge story in The Revenge of Shinobi.

The Dark City
The Dark City has a great nighttime feel to the it. The majority of the game focuses on wondering around during night, as ninja’s do and pursuing your goal of achieving revenge on those who have killed your master. The Dark City has the characteristic to it that makes you feel like your character, Joe Musashi, is succeeding and is truly on top of his mission.

My Lover
It was difficult to choose only a few of the songs from The Revenge of Shinobi because the soundtrack is extremely good in its entirety. My Lover is much different to the other songs and it focuses on building up to a truly inspirational song. The track is a really great companion to the others from the game, and it enforces how important the legacy of Shinobi is to the early years of the Mega-Drive/Genesis.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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