Our first look at the 16-bit Sega console focuses on lesser-known titles like Mean Bean Machine, along with classics ToeJam & Earl and Revenge of Shinobi.
00:00 – Vs Mode (Mean Bean Machine)
09:15 – Alien Breakdown (Toejam & Earl)
11:09 – Funkotronic Beat (Toejam & Earl)
12:57 – ToeJam Slowjam (Toejam & Earl)
19:35 – Ninja Step (Revenge of Shinobi)
21:04 – The Shinobi (Revenge of Shinobi)
23:55 – Sunrise Blvd (Revenge of Shinobi)
27:17 – Blocktown (Pacmania)
28:50 – Pac-Man Theater (Pacmania)
31:50 – Combat Cars medley (Combat Cars)
39:30 – Blobby Blob Disco (OverClocked ReMix)
One thing I neglected to mention about many of the titles featured this week is how they grow and change – instead of simply repeating the same 40 second loop (as was often the case with cartridge-based music), many of these songs behave like genuine music, with a chorus, bridge and so on. Granted, they do eventually loop (because again, as cart titles they must) but the journey through the loop is a bit fresher than many other contemporary games.
I know we poke fun at the Genesis/Mega Drive’s sound capabilities, but in all honesty there are numerous outstanding soundtracks on the system, and at the very least you can say the platform has a distinct “sound.” Chiptunes all have a general NES/Game Boy feel, SNES music is all over the place, but Genesis, ah yes, you always know when you’re listening to that.