Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Junko Tamiya

Junko Tamiya Tamiya joined Capcom’s Sound Team in 1987, where over the next three years she would be one of the leading musicians for their NES output, contributing soundtracks to Bionic Commando, Little Nemo: The Dream Master, Gun.Smoke, Street Fighter 2010, Sweet Home, and Code Name: Viper. She was also responsible for several key arcade…

Opinions: If I could design a NES Classic 2…

Nintendo plans to re-release the NES Classic next year, but that’s sort of old hat. If Nintendo came over to me to generate a NES Classic 2 (modeled after the late second model of the console) with the same number of games, this would be what I would supply. Now in this case I’m giving…

Music: Celebrating More Amazing Women Composers

A couple weeks back I posted five compositions from women I love enough to put on my Top 100 list. This week I’d like to include more tracks from women that haven’t broke into my absolute favorites, but are fine musical numbers in their own right. Enjoy! Ice Hockey – In-Game Theme (NES, Nintendo, Soyo…

Ruminations: Favorite Games of the 1980s – 1993

Note – I’m reposting this after leaving it in stasis for quite some time. The games I discuss below are still favorites of mine, but the original essays I wrote are off the site for now. Composing little essays on my favorite games is a nice exercise to work on my writing skills, but I…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – The NES

When I launched LVLs. and then P4, I had a series of articles on my favorite or “essential” games that ran until quite recently. I wanted to rethink my approach of analyzing the games that I love, and would like to take three to six games I adore for each system the most and try…

Culture Clash! – Bionic Commando/Top Secret: Hitler no Fukkatsu (NES/Famicom)

Study 5 – Bionic Commando/Top Secret: Hitler no Fukkatsu (NES/Famicom, Capcom) Capcom’s early NES/Famicom output was primarily releasing straight arcade ports onto the console, often with the aid of the dubious Micronics doing the heavy lifting. After the release of Mega Man, however, Capcom began shifting more of their design teams onto the Famicom, and…