"Sadly, most people who hear an arcade game will compare to the MD/GEN soundchip also by Yamaha called YM2612 without realizing before the Nintendon't ad, Sega of America had a commercial saying about "Bring arcades at home."
They did, but in retrospect they could've done a better job with porting most of the earlier music from YM2151 to YM2612 I think.
Golden Axe - Quite different and sometimes very harsh instrumentation Outrun - Drums are noticeably different and worse Altered Beast, Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, Crack Down, Bonanza Bros. - Pretty good on YM2612 even if not perfect. Super Hang-On, Turbo Outrun, After Burner 2 - Definitely better on YM2151 Alien Storm - Pretty good considering the original used 2x chips, but still harsher instrumentation at times. Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Strider, Forgotten Worlds (ported by Sega although Capcom made the originals) - Different, mostly harsher instruments Thunder Blade - Different and worse Columns, Galaxy Force II, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine - Good OutRunners - Different but good Super Monaco GP - Good except for the drums and adds some nice new tracks Super Fantasy Zone - Includes the first ost and it's good, though it's by Sunsoft
Post by 1983parrothead on Oct 10, 2017 9:29:40 GMT -5
At least Atari Games is American. Nichibutsu is Japanese, though their international version had the YM chip, it was brought back in Japan. Marble Madness however, used YM2151 (perhaps the most used audio chip).
America pioneered video games, but Japan really improved it and their games hit most top 10 best game charts.
Another notable arcade called Psycho Soldier uses the same audio chip as Terra Cresta's, but along with Y8950. One notable reason: vocal music.
Post by ommadawnyawn2 on Oct 10, 2017 17:17:22 GMT -5
Yes but Marble Madness was still first as far as I'm aware. Were you thinking of YM2149 as a PSG chip? YM2203 is an FM (+ PSG) chip actually, just not as advanced as most of the others used.
I agree. For the most part, I find that JP games from the 80s and early 90s are easier to go back to than western ones. Musically, there were fewer western composers that used FM well but otherwise I think it's about equal.
The 1987 list could use some Double Dribble, which also had vocals and came out a few months before Psycho Soldier. You could also add Starglider (Atari ST, Amiga) for 1986, another game with a (short) vocal track.
Auf Wiedersehen is one I had in the C64 list but just outside of the top 50-100 (can't remember exactly for C64) that I went with for the yearly lists, which does skew them towards the bottom at times. I think it should be on there though, along with the others, so I added them.
That's not the first time the US national anthem was heard on a computer though. This is one of the demos that was included(?) with SAM, a speech synthesizer for various 8-bit computers. It was controlled via BASIC and one of the commands allowed you to change the pitch of the voice, which effectively could be used to make the computer sing. I had a lot of fun with this as a kid.
I had another look at the 87 list, here are some more soundtracks that I would add, including a few shocking omissions
Post by ommadawnyawn2 on Oct 11, 2017 17:32:09 GMT -5
Oh crap, looks like I confused Dragon Spirit ARC with the X68000 ver.
Some good stuff there, and some that was kinda rough (don't worry, I added it anyway). I actually added Shinra Bansho right before seeing this, very good for '87. I had JSW listed as '86 going by atarimania.com, could be wrong though. I went with GBelair's DQ2 upload since the NES doesn't have stereo.
Some hidden gems: Thoroughbred Breeder II (SNES) Biker Mice From Mars (SNES) Eek! The Cat/Sleepwalker (SNES) Super Stardust (AMI) Nobunaga no Yabou: Tenshouki (SNES) Sword World SFC 2 (SNES) Inferno (PC, MT-32) Zed Blade (NG) Down the World: Mervil's Ambition (SNES) Urusei Yatsura: Dear My Friends (MCD)
Tekkaman Blade (PC-98, MT-32) Liberation: Captive II (AMI) Heracles no Eikou IV (SNES) Daikaijuu Monogatari (SNES) Asuka 120% Burning Fest. (X68K, YM2151) Ruff 'N' Tumble (AMI) A/X-101 (MCD) The Lawnmower Man (SNES) Ganso Pachinko Ou (SNES) A Ressha De Ikou IV/A-Train 4 (PC-98, MT-32)
Post by ommadawnyawn2 on Nov 3, 2017 18:03:30 GMT -5
I haven't been able to get those packs to load in any hoot version (while I do have one that loads mdx files) but this ost was apparently in the hoot player you sent me so problem solved. Should've looked more thoroughly.
It's a shame that nobody seems to be interested in updating these packs for the latest releases anymore. There are a lot of sets that only work in older versions of Hoot which are really hard to find now and use outdated emulation code anyway. I did a full update for all the X68000 games I could find last year, but that's a ton of work and I haven't really made much progress with the PC-98 section I was going to tackle next.
A hidden soundtrack gem on the SNES is Akazukin Cha Cha. Some tracks, such as Alternative World Town and Squirrel Village really showcase that era of music well. There's an X68000 Akazukin Cha Cha game as well, but I have no idea if it featured the same tracks played back on the YM2151 or completely new tracks.