ReMix: Ninja Gaiden "Floor Master Ninja" 2:55

By Ryce Beetz

Arranging the music of one song...

"Ryu's Determination"

Primary Game: Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, 1988, NES), music by B.B., Keiji Yamagishi

Posted 2002-07-20, evaluated by djpretzel


From the simple intro with nice synth pitched+panned percussion, this old skool breakbeat techno coverage of Ninja Gaiden from newcomer Ryce Beetz is catchy without being overly slick, and struck me as particularly appropriate for the source material. Tempo's just right, synth bass is deep, phat, and syncopated, drums aren't just an afterthought, but are quite varied, have some nice lead-ins (including a funky 1,2,3,4 count), and a bell synth does some nice call-and-answer augmentation off the main melody, which sounds like a detuned square wave with some portamento. I would call this deceptively good stuff - it doesn't knock you flat on your arse the first time, but if you let it loop, there are portions that really click just right, and at just under three minutes, things are fresh and no one element outstays its welcome. Very strong first mix, esp. rhythmically, from Ryce Beetz - recommended.

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Rexy
on 2011-12-11 10:22:08

I've been quite a fan of this source tune since Vurez's take in 2005, so it'll be good to hear others' takes on it.

Though, considering it's a 2002 mix I can understand the sample quality. The percussion feels quite involved; the main beat might be stale, but the occasional claps, retro toms and scratches do help give it a little bit of life, and while the synths don't feel all that expressive the little panning work with the bell throughout was actually pretty neat and helped with the soundscape.

Otherwise, the structure follows too close to the source; the only thing that's been done with it is transposing it down a semitone and adding some additional pad/rhythm parts to it, so for some it's most likely to come off on the vanilla side.

Ninja Gaiden fans may get a good kick out of it at least; it's a pleasant listen, though on both fronts I'm feeling it's been showing its age.

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Bahamut
on 2009-10-31 11:11:03

The volume is too low in general in this song. Nice idea, but it could use more variation - it's too repetitive as is.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-06-06 10:34:27

The lack of progression hurts this otherwise harmless take on Ninja Gaiden. I didn't mind it at all; the melody is worthy of looping a few times, and there are hints of some added oomph to the hooky parts with the percussion, but overall, there isn't much in this mix that I find especially interesting. However, it's the sort of thing that will never prove to be a chore for me to endure, which I guess is all you can hope for with something as straight forward as this.

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42
on 2008-12-15 23:39:09

Nice and contained, but it doesn't really hold my attention.

Ultimately, nothing too special and an o.k. remix.

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DragonAvenger
on 2008-09-26 19:18:52

I like the downward line you hear a few times (1:15 is the first time). Not the first place I've heard it, but it works nicely here.

Overall, a cute mix. Nothing that sticks out, but worth keeping.

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OA
on 2007-06-11 10:59:40

A little on the generic side, nothing really grabbed me about this mix. I think part of the issue is that all of the elements used have good background qualities, but nothing really jumps to the forefront. The bass rhythm is nice, and the scratches hare and there are cool, but the lead synth isn't strong enough, and the drums lack punch.

Great background music, but nothing i'd actively rock out to.

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blackhwoarang26
on 2006-11-13 17:48:12

i like so much this song. i feel positive things when i hear it

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Generic Asian Guy
on 2005-07-08 19:36:44

I love the bg piano triad thing going on :D

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tatsujin
on 2002-08-17 21:15:24

I like. I like alot.

This is totally a very nicely done mix. This is the kind of thing you listen to, like, and contiue to like even if you listed to it looped for hours on end all by itself*. I haven't notived anything really "off" with this mix, yet, and I continue to enjoy it. Exellent mix from an exellent game. (ok, maybe it was horribly frustrating, but it's the thought that counts)

*fine fine, maybe it wasn't by itself. But it could have been!! :P

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FireBug2X
on 2002-08-16 12:15:54
All i can do is tear up when i hear this remix.It just screams for the attention of not only Ninja Gaiden fans everywhere,

but any gamer that can identify with the light hearted fun of 80"s side scrollers.I myself enjoyed every minute of this track...just as much as i enjoyed the game itself,which says alot for me.The track has'nt been mangled or manipulated to any extremes and keeps the original trance style intended by the riginal composer.Overall i give this remix a high rating.I give it **** four stars out of a possible 5 on my scale...though ryce beetz could even stray away even more from the original i bet it'll still be a hit,and i look forward to seeing more of beetz in the future...live long and stay true to generator....it really makes me want to get in there and try a mix out.I can almost see Ryu running and slashing his sword in that strange way he did...***sniffles*** :twisted:

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tetsusan
on 2002-07-26 20:30:46

This is strange enough... I never liked NG very much - there's always a bat, or an eagle, or an axe, ready to push you into an abyss!

But this remix rocks! I've downloaded many remixes from this page, and there aren't many I liked so much as this one!

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Ryan8bit
on 2002-07-21 14:31:47

You're right, Ginnsu. Ninja Gaiden has shown to provide a few mixes on here, but none that seem to totally have the flare of the game. Something about this genre and the samples don't quite fit this song from the game. Something with piano might've been more fitting, but I digress. It was an ok mix, but not much to say about it as it just doesn't really grab you.

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Ginnsu
on 2002-07-20 23:02:03

Ninja Gaiden 'Floor Master Ninja'

Ryce Beetz puts out a nice ...beats. A very well done piece, but I don't have much to say because I'm aching for a song that'll jump out at me. Great work Ryce Beetz.

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Primary Game:
Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, 1988, NES)
Music by B.B., Keiji Yamagishi
Songs:
"Ryu's Determination"

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