Feb 102016


When you think about vikings, you don’t usually picture early 90s dance music. But composer Charles Deenan sure did, and used a mix of keyboards, guitars and beats to craft one of my favorite SNES soundtracks.

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Show Notes:

00:00 – Title Screen (Lost Vikings)

12:56 – Space Area (Lost Vikings)

14:55 – Egyptian Area (Lost Vikings)

25:25 – Candy Area (Lost Vikings)

27:04 – Factory Area (Lost Vikings)

37:00 – Smuggler’s Cove (Lost Vikings 2)

39:17 – The Future (Lost Vikings 2)

49:00 – The Great Factory (Lost Vikings Genesis version)

  7 Responses to “VGMpire 111 – The Lost Vikings”

  1. Oh my goodness thank you! I have many fond memories of Lost Vikings. This OST belongs on a shelf with Super Adventure Island as being the most 90’s things EVER. Incidentally, I wandered into a record store a few months ago and walked out with a $.99 copy of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (as well as a used Disasterpeace CD titled “Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar”……how is that even possible?). Half of the drum fills and breakdowns from Lost Vikings came from that CD. The other half came off the Bell Biv Devoe/Boyz II Men albums. Great stuff. Fun game, and the OST for the SNES was way better than the Genesis version, but of course everybody already knew that.

  2. *sigh* I’m guessing Gilbert doesn’t visit the VGMpire forums, so I’m just saying this to say it. I wish Henry could make even a small effort to disguise his disdain and condescending attitudes towards Sega and specifically the Genesis……or at least get his stats in order before he prattles on. The SNES was unquestionably superior in terms of onscreen colors as well as total palette. 64 onscreen out of 512 for the Genesis, 256 onscreen our of 32,768 for the SNES. That came from my head because back in the 90’s, when that stuff really mattered, that was the garbage I stored in my brain.

    That was over 20 years ago….I just like playing good games now. Brett, thanks for being a fan of good games and good game music no matter where it comes from.

  3. I dug the music in this episode, although I’m pretty tired of the “Egyptian Melody” cliches in desert levels, and just media in general.

    I remember always reading through The Lost Vikings strategy guide section from one of my old Nintendo Powers (I think it had either Donkey Kong GB or Batman Returns on the cover?). As a kid I’d trace my finger over the level layouts they had on the pages and “play” the levels in my head. I eventually played a teeny bit of the game and liked what I’ve played. Would be sweet to see it on Wii U VC at some point…

    There are a bunch of SNES games out there that for lots of technical reasons, can’t be ripped via SPC. This is why there aren’t proper SPC rips of The Lost Vikings / Pit FIghter / The Chessmaster / Out of this World / etc. This page has more info about it: http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=SPC

    “Because the S-SMP chip had a limit of 64 KB of memory, several games dynamically altered the memory during the course of a song and the static dumps of the S-SMP’s memory don’t contain these changes. Therefore, games that use this technology will not play properly. Second, SPC dumps cannot be made at all for games that use the S-SMP chip in non-standard ways. In situations like these, SNSF files are ripped.”

    I’m curious to find out the musical/gameplay differences between the PS1/Saturn/PC/SNES versions of Norse by Norsewest.

  4. wow! I never got around to playing this game even though I’ve been hearing y’all talk about it since the tdar days. (Candy Area actually made me nostalgic for tdar, because it was played there) X3
    but this sound track is out of control, just how weird that these vikings are running around while a bunch of “New Jack Swing” style music is playing.
    haha 90’s… it’s a shame they lost that by the 2nd game, because the first one is a nice time capsule of a game ost.
    I have a few music mysteries from tdar segments that i still haven’t figured out, thanks for helping me finish another part of the puzzle Brett! (I can sleep well tonight)

  5. I loved this soundtrack when it came out and it’s great to revisit it. I don’t have as much nostalgia for SNES tunes as I do for NES, just because with NES you had such a tightly defined sound palette with the two square wave/triangle/noise channel. But I think soundtracks like this really showed how amazingly versatile the sampling could be on SNES as opposed to the pure chiptune stuff on NES.

  6. This episode was definitely 2-legit-2-quit. It made me want to sweat ’till I bleed, but I like big butts and I can not lie. But seriously, that girl is poison.

    I love the 90s. Sorry for no viking references.

  7. Excellent episode, i now have this game on my radar to play sometime, because it seems really fun and interesting. Music seemed pretty good.

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