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Liner Notes XV: A “BREAKDOWN!” of Goemon’s musical genius

"We all love videogame music for a lot of different reasons. Nostalgia plays a big part obviously, but the infectious melodies often reign supreme.

The Mystical Ninja series is no exception. In fact, its melodies are so damn memorable that the moment I decided I would write about its first Nintendo 64 outing, I couldn’t get the music out of my head for at least 24 hours. I haven’t been a stranger to writing about my fondness for Mystical Ninja in the past.

One of the brilliant things about 1998′s Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon’s soundtrack is just how much of it there really is. The game easily spans more than eighty tracks, and that’s not even including all of the voice samples. This was made possible thanks to the game’s 128-megabit cartridge, which was a hefty size for N64 games back in the day.

The Konami stamp of authenticity lay in the composition of the music, which was handled by an enormous group of people. Composers like Shigeru Araki, Yusuke Kato, Saiko Miki, Yasumasa Kitagawa, and the “Goemon Production Committee” were on hand to create some of the game’s delightfully humorous anime-inspired vocal tracks."

- Patrick Kulikowski

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