Posted 2008-10-29, evaluated by djpretzel
Today marked the 20th anniversary of the original Japanese release of the Sega Mega Drive, known to us Northern Americans as the (beloved) Sega Genesis. This system was my first introduction to RPGs with Phantasy Star II (I went back and played the first one later), has one of my favorite game soundtracks ever (Revenge of Shinobi, baby), produced the very first ReMix posted on this site (PSIII), and represented the last great hurrah of FM synthesis on the console market with the venerable YM2612. Twenty years seems like an eternity, especially since working on OCR has kept the system, its games, and their music very fresh in my mind. I've actually been playing Phantasy Star IV all the way through on my PSP lately, which I neglected to do back in the day.
The Mega Drive was the system that made Sega a force to be reckoned with on the first party console market. Though great systems in their own right, the Saturn and Dreamcast both were incremental steps away from the market share that the 16-bit era brought for the company, and I'm not going to dwell on the 32X too much... suffice to say, the early 90s were a great time for gamers, and this system was a huge part of that. I am and always will be a bit of a Sega fanboy, especially when it comes to their arcade and console hardware - in its time, NOTHING matched the experience of Galaxy Force II in the big-daddy swivel-tilt cabinet.
And so, without further pomp and only minimal additional circumstance, I'm proud to present yet another amazing mix by Juan Medrano, of Super Hang-On for the one and only Genesis. This is Sixto's second mix of tunage from the system, his epic Sonic collab with Shariq being his first. He writes:
"I was going through my collection of chipytunes and ran into the soundtrack to Sega's Super Hang-On. I remember Hang-On for the Sega Master System was one of the first games I ever played as my first game system ever was the SMS and it came with Hang-On and Sega's version of Duck Hunt whose actual title I've long forgotten. Anyway, back to the track. The original has such a huge 80's vibe to it, so that's what I tried to incorporate into the mix. I just wanted a big-hair rock sound with a cannon for a snare and plenty of reverb for the guitars to swim around in...um, in which to swim around? Eh, I was never good with grammar. So, I hope you dig the track. Peace out, G's."
That'd be Safari Hunt, Juan :) Which, while it didn't have the laughing dog that mocked you, was actually pretty fun... plus the SMS light gun looked really badass. Especially in the intro to Zillion where the main character shoots it right into the screen, right at you... wow, sorry. Totally geeked out, there... I think Juan succeeded - and then some - in his goal, and the mix title really says it all. This is classic Juan, classic Funky K.H./Pretty.KN, and classic Sega. I've spent most of this writeup talking about the Genesis and Sega and what not, but let that be a testament to what Juan's done - this is the *perfect* mix to help celebrate 20 years of a fantastic console that changed video games forever. I wouldn't say that if I didn't feel it, because this system's as close to my heart as a hunk of plastic and silicon can be, and OC ReMix probably wouldn't exist if it hadn't. So run, don't walk, to the download link, and check out Sixto's latest opus.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Super Hang-On (Sega, 1989, GEN)
Music by Katsuhiro Hayashi, Koichi Namiki, Shigeru Ohwada
- "Outride a Crisis"
- Electric Guitar, Synth
- 5,926,912 bytes
- Size: 5,926,912 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 4f4d9630b569d768cb3f635c6dd29b29
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