Soundtrack Sunday Ep20 - Otogibanashi Taisen & Kinnikuman: The Dream Match

June 11, 2017

This weekend we're rocking out to a pair of games by an unsung master of Game Boy music - Norihiko Togashi. He worked on lots of Game Boy titles, but they were mostly Japan only. He was responsible in part for Bomberman Quest that you may have played on GBC, but I don't know that you'll have heard of many others of his. The two I've chosen today are both JP exclusive games (which seems to be a running theme at the moment on Soundtrack Sunday... hmm).

First up is a 1995 RPG called Otogibanashi Taisen, developed by Sun L and published by Yojigen, and is a game I know very little about. It looks to be very standard for RPGs - nothing out of the ordinary.

Second is a wrestling / anime game called Kinnikuman: The Dream Match. This was released in 1992 by a company called Yutaka. I'm a little more clued up on this - it's one of many games based on a manga about a superhero wrestler who needs to win a King of the Ring-style tournament in order to retain the title of 'Prince of Plannet Kinniku'. The name "Kinnikuman" literally translates as 'Muscle Man', which should give you a hint as to the depth of the show. Check it out on YouTube, it's pretty cheese-tastic. Reminiscent of early 90's WCW promos - you half expect The Shockmaster to jump out from behind a screen any moment. But I kind of like it.

I love these two soundtracks - they're lots of fun. Shame the same can't be said for the games they're from, but you can't have everything.


Dan or @SuperGBShow for all yer nonsense 

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