Lode Runner (NES)
Lode Runner is a platforming game based off the popular computer game by Doug Smith, and ported to the Famicom and NES by Shinichi Nakamoto. The objective of the game is to collect all of the gold you find in the level and climb the ladder that appears after you have collected all of the gold. You can trap your enemies and walk over them, but be careful, they won't stay trapped forever. While the NES version has good graphics, it does not compare to most of its computer counterparts. Later, the game was re-released in Japan as Championship Lode Runner, which gave players a bigger challenge with harder levels. It is basically the same game though and uses the same graphics and music.
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There's not a lot to offer in the audio department of this game. You get a few jingles here and there and a short title theme, but the in-game theme is just a 10 second loop, and since the game plays forever until you lose all your lives, the song can easily get very annoying very fast. Because Shinichi Nakamoto did not know how to write music, he made a wise decision of hiring a professional musician, Isamu Hirano. This was the only game Isamu composed music for (unless you count Championship Lode Runner which uses the same exact tunes.) In Championship Lode Runner, it uses the same exact music, except the title screen music is replaced with the level complete music.
|01||Title Screen||Isamu Hirano||Shinichi Nakamoto||0:15||Download|
|02||Get Ready||Isamu Hirano||Shinichi Nakamoto||0:06||Download|
|03||In-Game||Isamu Hirano||Shinichi Nakamoto||0:32||Download|
|04||Ladder Unlocked||Isamu Hirano||Shinichi Nakamoto||0:02||Download|
|05||Level Complete||Isamu Hirano||Shinichi Nakamoto||0:12||Download|
|06||Death||Isamu Hirano||Shinichi Nakamoto||0:02||Download|
|07||Game Over||Isamu Hirano||Shinichi Nakamoto||0:03||Download|
- Ripper: Unknown
- Recorder: Doommaster1994
- Game Credits:
Because this is such an early title, the game lacks staff credits. Because of this, we have contacted a former Hudson Soft staff member who has given us confirmation that Shinichi Nakamoto worked most of the game including the game's programming, graphics, and music driver. He also may have written the game's sound effects. Isamu Hirano's webpage lists this game as one of his works.
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.