From some of the earliest days of video gaming, running and shooting has been an integral part of the industry’s repertoire. From the fast-paced gameplay, to the imaginative and screen-filling bosses, to the aggressive and driving soundtracks, run & gun titles were designed to give the player a mental and physical workout. Today, Ed invites speedrunner, parenting podcast host, and good friend Dan Laughton back to the show to check out some music from one of his favorite speedrunning genres. From the classic NES soundtracks of Contra and Mega Man to the modern sounds of Blazing Chrome, the intense tunes just don’t stop on this one!
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1 – “Area 5: Massacre Mountains” from Super C (NES/Famicom, 1990) Composed by Hidenori Maezawa
2 – “Neo Tokyo 2015” from Shock Troopers (Neo Geo, 1997) Composed by Masahiko Hataya and Masaki Kase
3 – “Nightmare (Mission 3 Boss – Phase 1)” from Blazing Chrome (Steam, PS4, Xbox One and Switch, 2019) Composed by Dominic Ninmark https://youtu.be/Rk5-xsDUnGo
4 – “Battle Theme” from Total Carnage (Arcade, 1991) Composed by Jon Hey
5 – “Proto Man Fortress” from Mega Man 5 (NES, 1993) Composed by Mari Yamaguchi
6 – “Title Theme” from Gauntlet III (Amiga, 1991) Composed by Tim Follin
7 – “The Foggy Cave in the Darkness” from Contra: Hard Corps (Genesis, 1994) Composed by Hiroshi Kobayashi, Akira Soji, Kenji Miyaoka, Michiru Yamane, Akira Yamaoka, Hirofumi Taniguchi and Aki Hata
8 – “Menu” from Dead Nation (PS3, PS4, 2010) Composed by Ari Pulkkinen
9 – “Runner/AD2025” from Alien Soldier (Genesis, 1995) Composed by Kazuo Hanzawa
10 – “Mission 1” from Cyberpunks (Amiga, 1993) Composed by Adrian Cummings